Holiday World has revealed that construction work on its record-breaking Mammoth water coaster is progressing well, with the ride due to open on May 11, 2012.
Mammoth will become the longest water coaster in the world at 1,763-feet, and will cover a total of 3 acres in Holiday World's Splashin' Safari water park. The Evansville Courier & Press quotes CEO Dan Koch as saying that work to install the attraction is currently ahead of schedule, and its expected to be ready for the opening day of the water park's season.
Testing of Mammoth's linear induction motors has begun, with the ride expected to be filled with water next week. The water coaster's circuit will begin with a 53-feet, 45-degree drop, and has cost a total of $9 million to manufacturer and install.
Riders on Mammoth will board 6-person boats, which will allow them to face in multiple directions. Following the first drop, motors will propel the boats up 5 additional hills, as well as into enclosed sections and through a number of twists and turns.
Mammoth will break the water coaster length record set by Holiday World's own Wildebeest in 2010. The park claims that the success of Wildebeest inspired the plans for the new ride, which will be located east of the existing attraction.
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