National and local media members were scheduled to take rides Thursday and Friday on the 17-story, 168-foot-tall Verruckt water slide, but Schlitterbahn Waterpark spokeswoman
There's a chance the
"When we had problems this weekend, we flew in parts, flew in people, flew in all kinds of stuff," Prosapio said Wednesday. "Crews are still working toward Sunday. That's still our goal."
Verruckt, which means "insane" in German, was certified as the world's tallest water slide in April by
The ride's official opening date was moved from the May date to
"We'll take embarrassment before putting someone in the slide when it is not ready," she said.
Sunday's opening would coincide with a one-hour special on the Travel Channel titled "Xtreme Waterparks" documenting the designing and building of Verruckt. A promotional video for the show includes footage of two men riding a raft down a half-size test model of the slide and going slightly airborne as it crests the top of the first big hill.
The conveyor system hauls the 100-pound rafts to the top of the slide because "that's not something you can have guests carry up 264 steps," Prosapio said.
The Unified Government of
"There are very few, if any, rules in the state of
Prosapio said the water slide is still in the manufacturing phase and "hasn't been handed over as a completed project."
Park owners have high hopes for the ride, which they anticipate becoming a destination attraction.
The opening of a second highly anticipated ride in the area, SteelHawk at Worlds of Fun in
The ride, which spins people around a 301-foot tower, was supposed to open last month. In announcing the delay in the scheduled
A Worlds of Fun spokeswoman didn't immediately return a call Wednesday afternoon seeking comment.
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