Fox News - The public --and even members of the media --haven’t yet been able to get a ride as architects at Schlitterbahn Park in Kansas City conduct ongoing safety checks after local broadcaster KSHB reported that a test featuring sand bags on rafts were launched into the air.
Now, the park has released footage of real, live humans riding the heart-stopping water slide. This point-of-view video shows designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley as they go down the slide themselves--and live to tell the tale.
German for “the Crazy,” the Verrückt, a 168-foot water slide featuring a 50-foot drop, is taller than Niagara Falls and the previous water slide record holder, Kilimanjaro in Brazil.
It was supposed to open several times and there’s no official word on when the ride will be open to the public, but these human test runs give us hope that we won’t have to wait much longer.
Couple of things here.
1) I always forget how awesome water slides are until I see one, and I'm pretty sure we all can say the same. You never think about how amazing it is to slide down water lubed plastic until you're driving on some rando highway and see the top of a water slide out of nowhere. Then it all pours back in. Every image of your childhood slide riding days rushes back in to your brain, so much so that you can almost feel the inevitable wedgie. I think it's a good idea for all of us to remember to take some time in our days and think about water slides more often. Feelin down? Think of a water slide. That thought shouldn't be reserved for just an off chance drive by situation.
2) Is that "Sail" song just the standard "we're making an exhilarating video" song now? I mean, cool I guess, but I feel like that should be up for discussion before we just anoint that THE song. In fact, new idea, literally just came up with it as I'm typing this: from now on, if you post a video like this (read: random excitement video), then you also need to accompany it with a playlist of relevant songs that the viewer can select from in order to find the right song for each individual. Not sure how we'd pull it off from a technical standpoint, but it's a great idea and I'm patenting it now.
"But why can't you just mute the video and play your own song from Spotify?" OOOHHH sure, be that guy. I'll tell you why: cus it shows no creative prowess from the video uploader. My plan still makes that person responsible for selecting the songs, you just get to pick your favorite. Plus, I'm too lazy to scroll through my whole Spotify playlist to find the right song, probably just end up selecting "Fuckin Problems" every time... which actually totally would've worked for this. But still, need some sense of creative ownership from the person posting, otherwise we're no better than animals.
P.S. Schliterbahn is such an aggressive water park name.