Holiday World has announced that it will open the most expensive ride in its history in 2012, with the Mammoth water coaster set to become the longest ride of its type in the world.
The new addition will be located in the Splashin' Safari water park, and at 1,763-feet-long will break the previous record set by Holiday World's own Wildebeest in 2010. The park claims that the success of Wildebeest inspired the plans for Mammoth, which will be located east of the existing water coaster when it opens in May 2012.
Mammoth will cover 3 acres, and will begin with a 53-feet, 45-degree drop. Guests will ride in 6-person boats, which will allow them to face in multiple directions. Following the first drop, linear induction motors will propel the boats up 5 additional hills, as well as into enclosed sections and through a number of twists and turns. A video showing a computer simulation of the ride's circuit is embedded below:
Speaking of the new water ride, Holiday World Park President Dan Koch said: "We added the Wildebeest water coaster last year and it was a runaway hit, so we asked our designers for something even bigger. It's so huge, we’re calling it Mammoth. The new twist to this water coaster is the six-passenger boats - this is a brand-new design. These round boats add tremendous capacity, plus riders may be facing forward, backward or even sideways. It’s all the fun of Wildebeest, plus Mammoth is taller, longer and wider. Starting next season we’ll have the two longest water coasters on the planet!"
Holiday World is investing $9 million in building Mammoth, making it the most expensive ride in the park's history. The announcement marks a return to the rapid expansion seen at Holiday World over the last few years, which was inspired by the leadership of the late Will Koch. It also signals a focus on the Splashin' Safari water park, which has now received both of the park's two biggest additions in recent years.
In addition to opening Mammoth, the 2012 season will see Holiday World host a new event dubbed Happy Halloween Weekends during the month of October.
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