The world's tallest waterslide is almost ready for its first riders — and based on this new footage, it looks like it's time to pay a visit to Kansas City. 

The 17-story Verrückt (German for "insane) will soon open at the Schlitterbahn water park, taking four-person rafts plummeting down a height greater than Niagara Falls or the Statue of Liberty from her torch to her toes. While there's no word yet on the top speeds reached when rocketing down that initial 169-foot drop, the company promised last year that the Verrückt would be faster than Insano water slide in Brazil, which tops out at 65 mph. 

view from the top of the Verruckt water slide

In April, the Verrückt was certified as the tallest waterslide in the world by Guinness World Records.

"We wanted our Kansas City park to have an iconic ride all to itself," the Verrückt website states. "Just goes to show you, when Schlitterbahn has fun with water, we are always willing to go to record heights!"

Check out this new first-person look at the slide courtesy of a camera strapped to a brave sandbag. The first actual human riders are expected to take the plunge sometime later this summer. 

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Take a plunge down the world's tallest waterslide
Taller than the Statue of Liberty, this 17-story monster slide looks like an absolute blast.