Holiday World to add world's tallest water ride in 2009
'WORLD'S TALLEST WATER RIDE' COMING TO HOLIDAY WORLD
SANTA CLAUS, IN-----The world's tallest water ride will headline the expansion projects planned for Holiday World & Splashin' Safari's 2009 season.
Pilgrims Plunge, a classic "shoot the chute" ride, will utilize an open elevator to swiftly lift boats filled with riders 135 feet in the air. The boats will pause briefly and then rapidly descend a record 131 feet at a 45-degree angle, creating a wall of water splashing 45 feet high and 90 feet wide.
"We've dreamed about adding a shoot-the-chute ride for years," says Will Koch, the president of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. "When we saw the opportunity to break the world's record and to use an open-air elevator in the design, we couldn't resist! This is a high-capacity, classic family ride with a modern twist." Pilgrims Plunge's maximum speed will top 50 miles per hour.
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Re: Holiday World to add world's tallest water ride in 2009
Originally Posted by albino_pygmy
Sounds really interesting. I wonder how they'll work the open air elevator out for a chute the chutes type ride. I guess they didn't have enough room for a really long lift hill to reach that height?
From watching the video, it seems like a pretty straight-forward elevator lift. There really is enough room on property to do something with a long lift hill--it's not land-locked like Cedar Point or someplace--but they chose to do this type of ride system for some reason. It sits right next to The Voyage, which is the #1 wooden roller coaster in the world for the past two years.
If you haven't been to Holiday World and Splashin' Safari, I'd recommend it. It is really clean and the people are the friendliest. Pat Koch, the lady whose husband was behind the development of the park and whose son now runs it, is always out working on the front lines. She loaded my tray at a restaurant in the park when I ordered lunch and then later in the day I saw her cleaning out in the park. Great family atmosphere!