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World's tallest water slide - 17 stories up - to open in Kansas City

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The world's tallest water slide is being built in Kansas City and is due to be completed next spring.

Visitors at Schlitterbahn Park have to go nearly 140-feet in the air to ride the slide, or roughly 17 stories. 

Riders are expected to drop at approximately 60-miles-per-hour on the way down the ride named The Verrückt, German for insane. 

Riders will have to climb 264 steps to reach the top of the ride. 

The 2nd largest water slide is in Brazil at 134-feet-tall.

Renderings of 'Avatar' at Animal Kingdom released

Walt Disney World is bringing the movie "Avatar" to life.

WFTV-Orlando obtained renderings of what the mythical world Pandora will look like.

The Disney Imagineers are working with "Avatar" director James Cameron to design the "park within a park," which will be at Animal Kingdom.

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Guests will be able to see the floating mountains and glowing forests, as well as fly through the sky on one a banshee, which is a flying predator from the movie.

The "Avatar" section of the park is slated for 2017.

Walt Disney World announced in September that it will build a new attraction area at Animal Kingdom based on the blockbuster movie, "Avatar."

Disney CEO Bob Iger said at that time the company will build an entire "Pandora" themed area that will bring the fantasy of the film to the amusement park.

"We think we've got an opportunity to do just that with the characters and the land that inhabit Pandora," said Iger.

The new attraction will include multiple rides and shows. Disney will spend $500 million on the project.

"The scope and the scale of this thing are pretty incredible," said James Cameron, director of Avatar.

Cameron's film generated almost $3 billion worldwide.

Disney's announcement comes one year after Universal Orlando opened its popular, Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  When it opened, ticket sales at Universal went up nearly 50 percent.

"I think it's new. It could be the greatest hit for Disney," said Disney tourist Timo Immermann. "So, let's see what the people think about it."

Construction on the new attraction is scheduled to start next year.  It is slated to open to guests in about five years.

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