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Riders show up as early as 4 a.m. to take Verruckt plunge

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Some local and out of town visitors showed up in the wee hours of Thursday morning to be among the first to take the Verruckt plunge.

The excited shouts and screams are readily heard by Schlitterbahn goers.

Rides were given on a first-come, first-served basis until just before closing when a few stand-by riders were given the opportunity to take the plunge.

"They will never wait more than an hour to ride the ride," Schlitterbahn spokesman Layne Pitcher said. "We want to make sure they have fun at all the other stuff that's at Schlitterbahn, too." 

Opportunities to ride the world's tallest water coaster are limited. A raft makes the plunge every three to five minutes. The ride opens at noon.

Victoria Frazier celebrated her 14th birthday by riding Verruckt on the first day in which it was open to the public.

"That was pretty awesome," she said. "That was a pretty awesome birthday present."

She's already planning a return trip.

"I know I will come back again and I will definitely ride that again because that was a lot of fun," she said.

Victoria's thoughts were pretty much the consensus. While screams were a plenty, most riders once they completed the "insane" plunge were smiling.

Some drove more than a thousand miles to try out Verruckt.

Troy Reeves and his twin sons spent the night in an RV after driving from Arizona. They were in line in the pre-dawn hours to snag the first raft of the day.

They said it was worth the 1,600-mile commute.

"It was actually pretty good," Reeves said.

The rafts have a 550-pound limit so some riders may be split up. One of Reeves' boys rode with two strangers.

"I told him he couldn't back out. The other two people who had been waiting for hours couldn't end up going," Reeves said.

The boy was scared but said it was an awesome experience.

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