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Holiday World has announced the addition of two new attractions aimed at children for the 2011 season, along with a host of other improvements designed to improve guest comfort.

The park's plans include the addition of a new kids' ride, the opening of new child-friendly water slides in the Splashin' Safari water park and a range of smaller upgrades. In total, Holiday World plans to spend $5.2 million on the upgrades, which follow the addition of record-breaking waterslide Wildebeest in 2010.

The new ride will be located in the Rudolph's Reindeer Ranch section of the park, which is themed as a year-round Christmas celebration. It will be a custom-designed flat ride, with guests boarding "Santa's sleigh" and being carried in a circle and up and down. Although it will be aimed squarely at younger children, parents will be able to ride as well. A contest will be held to decide the name of the new attraction.

Also aimed at younger guests will be a brand new area of Splashin' Safari known as Safari Sam's SplashLand. The new land will feature eight small body slides, alongside a large number of water-play elements in a shallow pool.

Park President Dan Koch claims that the new additions are being made in response to guest feedback: “We’ve studied the feedback from our park guests that comes to us via email, our Facebook page, comment cards, and conversations out in the park. This is the year we will add more for the little ones to do plus a lot of extras around the park."

Those extras will include the addition of air-conditioning at the Plymouth Rock Café, additional seating and shade at Splashin' Safari, new restrooms and changing rooms, 500 new lockers and improvements to Holiday World's parking lot.

The park also plans to restore a historic Santa statue, located close by in the park's home town of Santa Claus, Indiana. The statue was acquired by former president Will Koch several years ago, prior to his tragic death earlier in 2010. The current president - Koch's younger brother - says that restoring the statue was a pet project of his highly-regarded sibling.

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