August 3, 2011
Santa Claus, IN – The world's longest water coaster, a $9-million investment, will open at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari next May.
"We added Wildebeest water coaster last year and it was a runaway hit," says park president Dan Koch. "So we asked our designers for something even bigger. It's so huge, we're calling it Mammoth."
The park announced the new attraction today, on the 65th anniversary of the park's opening as Santa Claus Land. The new water coaster named Mammoth is the largest single-ride investment in the park's history.
Koch says the price tag for Mammoth is $9 million.
Mammoth will be built east of Wildebeest and begin with a conveyor ride up the water coaster's lift hill. Following the five-story drop at a 45-degree angle, linear induction motors (LIMs) will propel the six-person round boats up additional hills, into dark enclosed sections and through twists and turns.
"The new twist to this water coaster is the six-passenger boats—this is a brand-new design," says Koch. "These round boats add tremendous capacity, plus riders may be facing forward, backward or even sideways."
Mammoth will reach a height of 69-feet higher than its lowest drop.
To make the ride more accessible, a conveyor-style lift hill replaces the slide-tower stairs. This design is same as Wildebeest and makes the water coaster accessible to riders who might have difficulty walking up stairs.
"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," added Koch.
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari are open daily through August 16 and then most weekends through October 9. The park will also be open for a new family event called Holiday World's Halloween Weekends throughout the month of October.
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