Water park enthusiasts of the world, get ready for the latest and greatest slide in water park history. The introduction of a new water slide, opening in 2012 at Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, proves that it’s not just the roller coaster world coming up with new ideas– In the roller coaster world, the latest creation is a stand up coaster that opened up at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. The coaster, themed after the Green Lantern movie, is the first of its kind.
But over time, water parks have also introduced different sizes, shapes and styles of rides to keep up with the ‘what’s next?’ attitude of people in this day and age.
The newest member of the water park world, called The Mammoth, is designed like a coaster but the vessel is a boat and the track is a water-filled giant slide. Prior to the birth of The Mammoth, the world’s biggest coaster was The Mammoth’s neighbor, The Wildebeest, also a ride at Holiday World.
The Wildebeest is a four person maximum slide that is 64 feet high, one-third of a mile long, with seven drops totaling 178 feet. It’s fastest speed is 36 feet per second, with an average speed of 20 feet per second and the whole ride lasts about 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The exciting slide starts with a four story high drop at a 45 degree angle.
The Mammoth will be wider to allow use of a 6-person boat to journey the 69 foot high, one-third of a mile long slide. The six drops riders will experience accumulate to a drop size of 282 feet. The speed and time of the ride is not yet known and will be recorded during testing in 2012. The ride will tower seven stories from its highest to lowest point and cover a total of over two acres of land, with its first drop at a 28 degree angle.
Check out www.holidayworld.com to get a glimpse of the Wildebeest and a sneak peak at the upcoming Mammoth ride, set to be completed by 2012.