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New high-flying attraction announced for Mall of America

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Space restrictions at Mall of America's amusement park are forcing the indoor amusement park to get creative in an effort to add new attractions. So the park is building up.

Director of construction Nathan Klutz told the Pioneer Press Tuesday that the mall plans to build two 405-foot zip lines above Nickelodeon Universe, which are expected to open in July.

Riders would start 55 feet in the air in the theme park's northwest corner, right by the existing Dutchman's Deck ropes course, and then fly east to end near the Swiper Sweeper ride, before climbing up a tower to make a return trip, the newspaper says.

Information on price for the ride was not disclosed. It's not yet known if the ride price would be included in the unlimited ride wristband price.

This isn't the first time a mall has opened a zip line for shoppers – the Mall of Asia has a zip line that flies over the outdoor mall.

The Mall of America, with more than 520 stores, boasts that it is the nation’s largest retail complex. The mall recently held a ceremony to mark plans for a $325 million expansion that will include an office tower, a new luxury hotel and more than 50 additional shops and restaurants.

The mall's amusement park was rebranded as Nickelodeon Universe in 2008, investing an initial $25 million to open new rides and upgrade attractions, Park World says. Since then, the park has added at least five new rides, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock, which opened in 2012, according to the mall's website.

Visitors have taken 130 million-plus rides at the 25-ride park since it opened, Mall of America says.

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