See These Terrified Humans Ride the World's Tallest Water Slide
updated 07/08/2014 AT 07:50 AM EDT
•originally published 07/07/2014 AT 12:10 PM EDT
However, careful viewers will remember that, in the original video, the only things joining the camera on the record-breaking slide were a handful of sandbags. But now Schlitterbahn has released video of the ride's first human victims – err, test subjects – taking the plunge.
Much in the manner of a Greek myth, the two men responsible for the slide's construction were chosen to make the maiden voyage. Fortunately, waterpark designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley survived their 17-story plunge, thus preventing them from joining the ranks of inventors killed by their own inventions.
Watch their journey above, accompanied by the dulcet tones of AWOLNATION's "Sail."