Verruckt opening delayed until end of June - KCTV5


Verruckt opening delayed until end of June

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As work continues on the world's tallest water slide, the opening is now scheduled to be at the end of June.

Matt Burke turned 11 on Friday and spent it at a favorite destination of his.

"I like all the fun rides and boogie bomb, that's my favorite part," he said while at Schlitterbahn.

One of the fun parts Matt and his big brother are looking forward to the most is Verruckt.

Schlitterbahn had been scheduled originally to debut the 17-story slide when the park opened for the 2014 season on May 23. But after officials said the slide was "not behaving properly" and the opening was delayed until June 5.

On Friday, park spokesman Layne Pitcher said the slide is "now functional and a few operational tweaks are ongoing."

He said the slide will now open on June 29, which is also the same day that the Travel Channel will debut a special on the building of Verruckt.

Schlitterbahn said it just wasn't finished, but online reports said there was a problem with the design, a design that had test dummy riders on the scale model in Texas going airborne.

The park has always denied that was a reason for the delay and told KCTV5 Friday the reason they're pushing the launch date back again is because the Travel Channel requested it.

The network's show Xtreme WaterParks will focus on Verruckt on its June episode and park officials said combining the opening with the air date made good sense for everyone.

Opening so much later could translate to a real financial hit, but park officials say it was an easy request to fulfill because of their great relationship with the Travel Channel. 

Whatever the reason, park goers Friday said the anticipation is only growing and they just want to take a crack at Verruckt for themselves.

"I want to make history to be one of the youngest people to ride it," said 10-year-old Nolan.

The look and path of the slide has clearly been changed in recent weeks particularly involving the second hill. Workers have started installing the safety net that will surround each set of riders and, although there are a few things left to tweak, Schlitterbahn said Verruckt is officially fully operational.

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