Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana issued a press release announcing its major new addition for the 2012 season, Mammoth. Mammoth, a new prototype from ProSlide Technology Inc., is set to be the world’s longest water coaster when it opens in May, and at a cost of $9 million will be the “largest single-ride investement in Holday World’s history.”
While the ride is somewhat similar to Wildebeest, a smaller water coaster that the park opened up in 2010, Mammoth will be a longer and much larger attraction, featuring rafts that hold up to six passengers, and a much larger tube. The ride will be located just east of Wildebeest and will utilize the same LIM technology from HydroMagnetic that ride uses to propel riders up and down undulating hills and twists. President Dan Koch stated in the press release “It’s so huge, we’re calling it Mammoth.”
After ascending to the highest elevation on a conveyor, the ride will drop five-stories down at a 45-degree angle before the LIMs take over to propel up the rides numerous hills in between the twists, turns, enclosures, and drops. Mammoth will take up about three acres of real estate, and combined with Wildebeest, the park now boasts the two longest water coasters in the world.
The ride will stand 69-feet high with the largest drop plunging riders down 53-feet. It will also feature five hills totaling 282-feet in length, five enclosed sections, and a number of twists and turns in between. The record setting length will stand at 1,763 feet (1/3 of a mile).
The announcement itself marked the 65th anniversary of Holiday World, which originally opened as Santa Claus Land at that time. Along with the new Mammoth slide, the park announced it would be adding the family-friendly Holiday World’s Happy Halloween Weekends throughout October, extending its normal operating season.