Holiday World has confirmed the name of its new spinning tower ride for the 2012 season as Sparkler, after fans were challenged to think of a suitable moniker.
The new ride will be one of two additions to Holiday World in 2012. It will replace Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, which closed at the end of the 2011 season after operating for 33 years. The Sparkler name was selected from 1,600 entries received in a contest run by Holiday World, which announced the winner in its newsletter.
Sparkler will be a small-scale version of the spinning tower rides that debuted at many Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks during 2011. Whereas those rides topped out at heights of up to 301 feet, Holiday World's Zamperla-built version will be significantly smaller at just 65 feet tall.
A Spider ride, Paul Revere's Midnight Ride was built by the Everly Aircraft Company in 1978 and was located alongside the Lewis & Clark trail. The new swing ride will sit on the same spot.
The park's other new addition for 2012 is the record-breaking Mammoth water coaster, which will open at a cost of $9 million. Located in the Splashin' Safari water park, it will be the longest ride of its type in the world at 1,763 feet. This 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.
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