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Wildebeest rendering

Holiday World will open Wildebeest, the world's longest water coaster, at its Splashin' Safari water park on May 14, 2010.

Manufactured by ProSlide, Wildebeest is a HydroMagnetic Rocket slide and will be some 1,710 feet long. At a cost of $5.5 million, it will be the second most expensive ride the park has ever built (behind The Voyage rollercoaster) and is expected to become one of its biggest draws.

With a ride duration of 2.5 minutes, Wildebeest will exceed very other water coaster in the world. Riding in four-person rafts, guests will first be carried up a lifthill before plummeting down a 64-feet drop. They will then be propelled by linear induction motors up 7 additional hills, as well travelling through as 2 underground tunnels and a number of twists and turns. A video rendering of the ride's course is embedded below, with further videos available on Holiday World's official website.

Speaking to Fox41.com, park president Will Koch stressed the need for Holiday World to continue adding new attractions to ensure that attendance continues its upward trend. Despite the recession, visitors numbers at the park increased by 3 percent in 2009.

Holiday World opens for the 2010 season on Saturday, May 1 although Splashin' Safari and Wildebeest will not open until May 14. Entrance to both the theme park and water park is included with general admission.

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