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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Big Splash

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is breaking records once again, and is now home to the Mammoth, which bills itself as the world’s longest water coaster. Standing 69 feet tall with seven drops, this three-minute thrill ride can handle more than 1,000 riders per hour. Inspiration stemmed from the popular Wildebeest water coaster and the opportunity to decrease line wait times.

Linear induction motors (LIM) are what give riders the familiar feeling of being on an actual roller coaster. LIM technology uses magnets on the bottom of the rafts to propel riders up the hill, similar to going up a lift hill on a roller coaster. ProSlide Technology Inc., out of Ontario, Canada, designed this one-of-a-kind coaster, which took nine months and $9 million to complete.

The Mammoth and Splashin’ Safari will be featured on a Travel Channel special, “Extreme Water Parks,” airing in July. Also new this summer are the Bahari River Cabanas, where families can enjoy exclusive amenities, and The Sparkler, a swing ride for all ages located in the park’s Fourth of July section. The park is open daily for the summer.

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