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November 6, 2009

Water Coaster Construction Subject Of National Geographic Show

Santa Claus, IN -- A television crew from National Geographic Channel will be visiting Holiday World & Splashin' Safari to film the construction of the world's longest water coaster – Wildebeest.

Construction Wildebeest Water Coaster Splashin' Safari Waterpark
Construction has begun on Wildebeest, the world's longest water coaster, located at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana.

"We just got word that Wildebeest construction will be the focus of a one-hour episode of the show World's Toughest Fixes," says Holiday World's president, Will Koch. "We've been talking to their producers for two months and it's tremendously exciting to get the thumbs up."

Construction of Wildebeest is already underway and Holiday World expects to "top the lift hill" with the television crew filming in a few weeks.

World's Toughest Fixes is a host-driven show, with "engineering enthusiast" professional rigger Sean Riley taking part in the task at hand.

While on location at Holiday World, Riley will help top Wildebeest's lift hill and also place the final piece of the water coaster's fiberglass.

"We're told Riley is game for just about anything, especially at great heights," says Koch. "We're talking about sending him to the top of The Voyage's 163-foot lifthill and the summit of Pilgrims Plunge's 135-foot elevator tower." The host will return to Holiday World in the spring to ride Wildebeest, the world's longest water coaster.

World's Toughest Fixes is one of National Geographic Channel's most-watched shows, second only to The Dog Whisperer. The Wildebeest construction episode is scheduled to air in June.

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari are closed for the winter, but the theme park will open for 2010 season on May 1. Splashin' Safari waterpark and Wildebeest will open two weeks later on May 14.

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Wildebeest photo courtesy of Holiday World & Splasin' Safari.

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