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Get ready to ride. Verrückt, the world's tallest water slide, is finally opening on Thursday at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark. The 17-story, 168-foot-tall ride in Kansas City, Kansas, was originally scheduled to open May 23 but the date was pushed back three times for more testing and then to fix problems with the conveyor belt.

Verrückt, which takes its name from the German word for "insane," was certified as the world's tallest water slide in April by Guinness World Records. Riders must climb 264 steps to reach the top of the attraction, which sends them plummeting on three-person rafts more than 60 mph down a steep ramp and back up a 55-foot hill. Kansas City Mayor Mark Holland, one of the first to take a test run down the slide on Wednesday, called it "terrifying and terrific."

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