11/21/2013 05:37 EST | Updated 11/22/2013 06:43 EST

'World's Tallest Water Slide', Named Verruckt, To Top Niagara Falls In Height

(Relaxnews) - Thrillseekers may find this idea appealing, while those who suffer from vertigo will find it horrifying: the world’s tallest water slide is being built in Kansas City and will send adrenaline junkies down a 17-story drop.

Named Verruckt, which means ‘insane’ in German, the new theme park attraction will be taller than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty (from her toes to her torch), sending a raft of four riders down a 50-foot (15 meter) chute.

When the Verruckt, designed by waterpark attraction specialists the Schlitterbahn Development Group, is completed next year, it will break the current record held by the Kilimanjaro at the Aguas Quentes Country Club in Rio de Janeiro -- a record the park has held since 2002.

To get to the top, riders will also have to climb 264 stairs.

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Construction of the towering attraction is also the subject of a documentary produced by The Travel Channel.

The official height will be revealed next spring when the ride is completed.

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