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Drought leads to temporary closure of Pilgrims Plunge at Holiday WorldSubmitted by Nick Sim on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 08:28
Holiday World has voluntarily closed its Pilgrims Plunge attraction in order to help conserve water after its local area was hit by a prolonged drought.
The park announced via its official Facebook page that the water ride has been closed to enable water use to be conserved for the Splashin' Safari water park. Holiday World's home town of Santa Claus, Indiana is currently subject to Level 1 Water Restrictions, leading to the closure.
Pilgrims Plunge was the world's tallest water ride when it opened in 2009, and sees guests plunging down a 45-degree first drop from a height of 135-feet. The ride can be accessed from both the Holiday World theme park and the Splashin' Safari water park.
Holiday World's daily water usage is likely to be high during the summer, with the park having invested heavily in record-breaking water coasters for Splashin' Safari during the last two years. The most recently-opened, Mammoth features a 1,763-feet-long circuit that sprawls across 3 acres.