(USA Today) -- This winter's polar vortex, arctic blast, and Deep South snow have us yearning for days of summer. But until swimsuit season arrives, we can look forward to new water parks and attractions coming in 2014. These mild to wild additions include everything from a sublime float-through oasis, to highly themed indoor and outdoor resorts, to a high-speed drop taller than Niagara Falls.
Verrückt Meg-a-Blaster, Schlitterbahn Kansas City, Kansas
The most anticipated new water attraction of the year is 17 stories high, taller than Niagara Falls, and steeper than any ski slope. Riders plummet at speeds of 65 mph in a four-person raft with a multistory uphill "water coaster" blast after the initial plunge. The deranged creators of this speed slide acknowledge how crazy the concept is - the name Verrückt is German for insane. Yes, seat belts are required.