Holiday World and Splashin' Safari announces Wildebeest, world's longest water coaster

Posted Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:54 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Wildebeest is the world’s longest water coaster, opening in May at Splashin' Safari. It's one-third of a mile long and it will thrill riders for two-and-a-half splashing minutes of hills, drops, twists and turns.

Located to the north of Bahari wave pool, Wildebeest will begin with a conveyor ride up the water coaster’s lifthill. Following the four-story drop at a 45-degree angle, linear induction motors (LIMs) will propel the four-person rafts up seven additional hills, through three tunnels (two of them underground) and around a helix. Wildebeest will cover more than two acres; its top speed will hit 36 feet per second. Wildebeest’s tallest elevation is 64 feet higher than its lowest drop; the conveyor-style lifthill replaces any slide-tower stairs, making the water coaster accessible to riders who might have difficulty walking up stairs.

Read more, with photos and video, on the official Holiday World site.

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Friday, August 14, 2009 7:15 AM

LostKause said:

How did they make that video anyways?

Most likely it was VIP.
http://www.3dvip.com

Here are some earlier examples of his work.
http://badnitrus.coasterbuzz.com/

Originally he used a powerful 3D modeling and animation program called 3D studio.

It's been fun to see the complexity and detail develop over the years. These concept videos are really works of art IMHO.

Last edited by buckeye brad, Friday, August 14, 2009 7:16 AM

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Friday, August 14, 2009 7:40 AM

Wow, this ride looks awesome. Normally I'm not big on water rides, but this one would definitely bring me back to HW. Now I gotta figure out how I'm going to get to both King's Dominion and Holiday World next summer...


And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

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Friday, August 14, 2009 8:21 AM
matt.'s avatar

Good thing Holiday World is well aware of the public demand for a steel coaster, huh. lololololol

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Friday, August 14, 2009 11:51 AM

Honestly, I'd rather wait a few seasons for a great steelie than go half-way with something sooner.

The water park presence now is ridiculous, and this looks fantastic!!

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Friday, August 14, 2009 12:38 PM

Jeff - - -> I heard there is a lot of land for the park to expand, but I was refering to the fact that they will need people (staff) to run and maintain the new things - while they still have to take care of the toys they already have. That is a great way to grow!

CONGRATULATIONS HOLIDAY WORLD!

Splish Splash (A Long Island waterpark) is another place that has added some new things every year - but has never removed something at the expense a new attraction.

I'm sure there are others, but these two are what come to mind.


Here's To Shorter Lines & Longer Trip Reports!

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Friday, August 14, 2009 1:17 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

This looks very cool and makes up for Pilgrims Plunge's lameness.

I agree about the steel coaster coming... HW should save up until they can do it right instead of rushing it just to get inversions in the park. Quality is way better than quantity when it comes to coasters IMO. Considering they have The Voyage, any coaster here on out has a lot to live up to just to be worthy of sharing the same park. ;)


AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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