Tonight, serious thrill seekers will have to wait to ride the world's tallest, fastest waterslide. The grand opening of that frightening free fall in Kansas City, delayed again. ABC's Matt Gutman has... See More
Tonight, serious thrill seekers will have to wait to ride the world's tallest, fastest waterslide. The grand opening of that frightening free fall in Kansas City, delayed again. ABC's Matt Gutman has the story. Reporter: It could be the ultimate thrill for adrenaline junkies. This Kansas City waterlied slide is taller than niagra falls, topping a spine tingling 186 feet. The slide, verruckt, German for insane. And you might just be out of your mind to ride it. It's 60-degree drop hurtles riders down at nearly 70 miles an hour. Creator Jeff Henry tells the travel channel that initially some of those sandbags didn't survive the test run. Tipped over and kill every sandbag in there. Reporter: The engineering so novel, the ride's opening has already been pushed back twice. And this week, another delay, after a glitch in the system that tows the rafts to the top of the ride. As with any innovative product, they going through the process to evaluate it is safe for every single rider to go down it. Reporter: Verruckt is just the latest in a wave of extreme rides. Opening next week at new Jersey's six flags great adventure, the drop of doom. Climbing a recor415 feet then rocketing thrill seekers back to Earth, reportedly at 90 miles per hour. Just last week at six flags Chicago, goliath, touted as the fastest, tallest and steepest wooden roller coaster ever. Theme parks today are benefits from new technology each year. In years from now, who knows what they'll have. We have pushed our limits. Reporter: And while the heights are terrifying, the chances of being seriously injured on an amusement park ride, 1 in 24 million. Verruckt does have safety measures in place. The rafts are equipped with safety belts. And safety netting was added to enclose the slide. For now, the world will have to wait. Until this megaslide is ready for riders. Matt Gutman, ABC news, Miami. German for insane. Will you try it?
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