Schillterbahn has much to celebrate this year.
By now it seems as though everyone knows about the firm's attempt at the world's tallest waterslide with the introduction of the Verrückt Meg-a-Blaster under construction at the Kansas City location. Set to open in May, the four-person raft ride reaches 17 stories high and sends riders plummeting at 65 miles per hour.
The timing of the new ride couldn't be better. This year, Schlitterbahn celebrates its 35th anniversary. In honor of the event, the Houston Chronicle compiled a slideshow of fun facts for each year the park has been in business. For example, did you know the park (which will have five locations in operation as of this summer) started out with a mere 4 waterslides?
But that's not all the company has in store for 2014. This June, it will open its fifth location on Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas. The 65-acre park will include everything from a Torrent Tidal Wave River to the Shoot the Chute.
Meanwhile, as originally reported in December 2013, plans for what could be a sixth park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. seem to be moving forward after three years in the making.
Lastly, if you didn't catch it earlier, Aquatics International even named Schlitterbahn's social media communications manager to its Power Issue for 2014.