When we originally planned our Missouri trip we were not thinking about Schlitterbahn, it wasn’t even brought up. As it got closer though and we realized Verruckt, the world’s tallest water slide was gonna be opening up, and only 20 minutes from where we were already gonna be. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit. Water parks aren’t as high on my priority list as Amusement Parks but I do think they can provide a nice relaxing break from the action of roller coasters and provide some thrills of their own. This is exactly how our day at Schlitterbahn was, a mix of relaxing along with some thrills!
Now the tricky part of this whole reservation system is you must have a group of at least 2 but no more than 3, and your group has to be between 400-550 pounds. Pretty small range to fall under for this slide, but I’m sure they just wanted to get it open after the numerous season and half delays it has suffered. Hopefully in the off season they can tweak it a little more to not have such a restrictive window for riding.
Torrent River was very unique and fun, what we thought was the park’s lazy river turned out to be their replacement for a wave pool. How crazy is that?!? There’s no wave pool at Schlitterbahn Kansas City instead an intense river with a mammoth wave that runs the length of it. Pretty neat concept and definitely unique.
Storm Blaster was very fun, using water blasters to propel you back up hill is very cool. Though I think I prefer the magnetic systems used on newer slides to propel the rafts uphill. However I’m sure this slide has a much greater capacity per hour than the magnetic versions, since it can use everyday normal tubes.
King Kaw may be the star attraction of this park. It’s long and loads of fun. It takes you almost ten minutes to complete the course. I’m sure this was the most popular attraction at the park before Verruckt showed up.
The way I understand the standby line works is if they can add another person to your group that doesn’t put your group overweight they will. The way they do this is ask for a person to come forward close to the weight they are looking for. So in example they could say we need someone who weighs 200 pounds and someone would come forward. A little embarrassing if you ask me. Like I said earlier hopefully this will be tweaked a little in the off season. Also once the people with reservations go down the slide if there’s time to fit people in they will send more down the slide. However all in all you could be waiting in this standby line all day and never get a ride on Verruckt. Good thing we have a reservation!
After being weighed two more times to make sure we didn’t gain any weight at lunch we were cleared to ride. Now we must climb 168 feet of stairs. Not as bad a climb as I had expected, plus the stairs in the cave at Silver Dollar City a few days before gave us great practice for this mammoth climb. At the top is a great view, you can even see downtown Kansas City in the distance. Unfortunately you can’t bring cameras or phones to the top. 🙁
Overall Verruckt was fun, the anticipation was killer, however the payoff was not so great. The actual experience of the slide did not meet my high expectations, I’ve been on more intense water slides that were a lot shorter in height. It may be due to the constant braking and slowing down of the raft down the slide but it’s just not as intense as it looks. At the end of the day however it was still a fun slide, and it’s cool to say you’ve been on the world’s tallest water slide.
While Holly and John relaxed at the bar, I decided to walk around some more and grab some more pictures.
After collecting Holly and John we headed back to check out a few more attractions that we missed earlier. The first being the Mighty Mo!
Schlitterbahn was loads of fun! A very unique water park that has a lot more than meets the eye. We originally came here for Verruckt but the other attractions are just as fun and unique. Glad we made a stop here on our trip. Up next more water park fun as we head back to Worlds of Fun for Oceans of Fun!