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!
We’re here and you can see Verruckt from the parking lot!
The entrance to Schlitterbahn Kansas City.
Which way to Verruckt? I don’t see it. 😛
The entrance area has a nice lake/pond and right across from that waits Verruckt!
The main gift shop also serves as the ticket booth area before you walk into the park. Welcome to Schlitterbahn Kansas City!
There’s also photos on the wall of the attractions inside the park.
Look at all the fun!
The entrance area is very nice, there’s even a mini train on display.
The layout of the park, everything is connected by water except for the all new Verruckt.
For the start of the day everyone heads to Verruckt to get a reservation time to come back later in the day to ride.
While we’re waiting we decide to take some photos in front of Verruckt.
John poses for a picture that Holly is taking with his camera.
While we’re waiting for our reservation time you can catch a peak of some of the park’s other slides.
Looks like a lot of stairs to climb.
The BoogieBahn has opened up.
Close up of the rafts going up the conveyor belt. The employee making sure everything is lined up for the raft.
That raft has a long way to climb.
The line sure has gotten a lot longer behind us. Did we mention we came on a Saturday?
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.
They even give you a wristband with your reservation time.
We got our reservation time for 4 PM, we head back to get a locker. The first riders of the day are coming down the slide! Notice how long the line is still.
Looks like they had fun!
After getting a locker we decide to start our day on what we think is the lazy river. Apparently we thought wrong.
Torrent River equals Tidal Waves Ahead!
This contraption based on the Archimedes screw generates a giant wave of 20,000 gallons that flows through the river.
Some information on the Archimedes screw.
Obviously there’s a loud sound created by 20,000 gallons releasing from the reservoir to serve as the mammoth wave. When you hear that sound, here comes the wave!
Here’s a side view of the reservoir. Pretty sure it’s an old recycled railroad tanker. The cool thing about Schlitterbahn is a lot of the attractions used recycled parts to build them including Verruckt.
Look out for the wave!
There’s a bunch of spare tubes here at this park. Pretty nice to know that you’ll always be able to get a tube, other water parks should learn from this.
And look even more tubes! See what I mean, you’ll never not be able to get a tube here.
Here comes the wave!
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.
At the end of the Torrent River you can get in line for the Storm Blaster and the best part is you don’t even have to exit the water and you can hang onto your tube!
Storm Blaster up ahead!
You ride up the slide on your tube. No stairs to climb! Also again notice the recycled shipping container? Pretty neat huh?
Almost done climbing the lift….
After the initial dip and the climb back up you go into a final helix in the dark. Short slide but fun and unique nonetheless.
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.
At the end of Storm Blaster you are dumped into the park’s lazy river highway system. With entrances and exits all over. Where to head next?
Hmm King Kaw? Wonder what that is?
Oh it’s a rapid’s river, sounds like fun!
The entrance to King Kaw! You have two options sit on your tube and be carried up the lift the lazy way or take the stairs on the right. Hint: The stairs are much quicker.
However we took the lift since we weren’t sure where we going and when we got to the top we had no clue where we were.
One last chance to get out before you start the long journey of King Kaw.
The start of King Kaw (where the lift takes you) is the back corner of the park away from the other attractions.
Here’s a look back at the start of King Kaw. Once you go down the hill you’re off….
On a long winding journey!
However no matter how far you go on the winding river, King Kaw gives you a great view at just how massive Verruckt is!
Love the banner on the side of the slide as well.
Eventually King Kaw dumps you back out into the water highway system. The end of King Kaw is the farthest lane on the left. And you’re back where you started, pretty neat.
This highway system is apparently known as Kristal River.
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.
Well that was fun and all, but don’t forget we’re here for Verruckt!
Is it time for this yet?
We show up ready for our reservation time and see the standby tent full of people waiting for their chance to ride.
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!
Are we ready to conquer this?
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. 😦
Hanging over the edge!
Here we go!
And brake pad. 😦
We must climb the second hill! Water jets propel the raft up the hill.
Finally up and over!
You come to the end of the slide where a lifeguard is waiting for you.
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.
Holly and John wanted a drink after the slide, since we don’t have to worry about going overweight now. 😛
The bar area had a nice riverboat that had private cabanas in it.
Holly and John this wheat beer that is famous in the Kansas City area, pretty good tasting.
Another look at the bar.
While Holly and John relaxed at the bar, I decided to walk around some more and grab some more pictures.
More private cabanas.
Even the water park tries to get you to buy a season pass.
Signs also making sure there’s plenty of tubes for people to enjoy.
Get your Kona Ice!
People obviously saw the sign. 😛
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!
Mighty Mo goes under the tube slides and winds around.
After a short wind around, Mighty Mo dumps into the highway system also. The ending is the middle lane.
We didn’t decide to check out the tube slides today but they didn’t look much different than any other tube slide we’ve been on.
A Geauga Lake towel at Schlitterbahn?!? Blasphemy! 😛
Schlitterbahn also has a zip line that you can pay extra for.
You do go pretty high up there, above the entrance area of the park.
Here’s one final look at the Archimedes screw before leaving. Pretty neat!
Time to go. 😦
Get your Verruckt merchandise before you leave!
There’s not much of it left! They’ve been selling like hotcakes since it opened.
Have a Schlitterrific Day!
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!