Holiday World announces Mammoth, the longest water coaster in the world

Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:08 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

The largest single-ride investment in Holiday World’s history is announced today: The World’s Longest Water Coaster will open in Splashin' Safari next May.

“We added Wildebeest water coaster last year and it was a runaway hit,” says park president Dan Koch. “So we asked our designers for something even bigger. It’s so huge, we’re calling it Mammoth.”

Located east of Wildebeest, Mammoth will begin with a conveyor ride up the water coaster’s lifthill. Following the five-story drop at a 45-degree angle, linear induction motors (LIMs) will propel the six-person round boats up additional hills, into dark enclosed sections and through twists and turns. Mammoth will cover three acres, increasing the water park’s size to 30 acres.

“The new twist to this water coaster is the six-passenger boats—this is a brand-new design,” says Koch. “These round boats add tremendous capacity, plus riders may be facing forward, backward or even sideways. It’s all the fun of Wildebeest, plus Mammoth is taller, longer and wider. Starting next season we’ll have the two longest water coasters on the planet!”

Mammoth’s tallest elevation is 69 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.

Today’s announcement, on the 65th anniversary of the park’s opening as Santa Claus Land, marks the largest single-ride investment in the park’s history. Koch says the price tag for Mammoth is $9 million. In addition, Koch announced that the park’s 2012 season will be extended to include a family-friendly event called Holiday World’s Happy Halloween Weekends throughout the month of October.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:41 PM

CoasterDemon said:
I was just thinking how Mammoth is kinda like Mammosh, in it's lettering. That's pretty cool, Moosh loved HW.

Oh, I'm so glad you caught that! I was just going to post something about that if no one else did. I've been thinking how he would have insisted we name the world's longest water coaster after him. :) HW loved Moosh, too. Bunches!

Paula


Paula Werne
Holiday World

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:43 PM

Regarding capacity ... 1,080 an hour. And we intend to run at full capacity. Coincidentally the weight limit per boat is 1,080 pounds.

Thanks, Paula


Paula Werne
Holiday World

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:49 PM
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^Very cool, thanks Paula! Off hand, do you know the actual capacity for Wildebeest?


Billy
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Thursday, August 4, 2011 8:14 PM

Will there be scales ? ? ?

Just asking...

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:05 PM

I wish it was like a minimum of 4 people, or 3 on wildeebeast... Gross strangers (not to offend) can be a total buzzkill. Especially on wildeebeast. I'd rather wait an extra 10 min and ride with just my "party" But I do get why it is how it is.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:23 PM

1080 lbs/6=180. It seems statistically unlikely you'll be able to fill all of the seats during ERT at HWN without going over the limit.


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Friday, August 5, 2011 1:20 AM

1080p? So Mammoth is in high def? Cool. :)


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Saturday, August 6, 2011 10:08 AM

CoasterDemon said:
^Very cool, thanks Paula! Off hand, do you know the actual capacity for Wildebeest?

Wildebeest has a capacity of about 720 per hour.


Paula Werne
Holiday World

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Saturday, August 6, 2011 10:09 AM

FloridaRider said:
Will there be scales ? ? ?

Just asking...

Not if you use soap and scrub behind your ears ...:)

Not sure about scales yet ... we're experimenting on some of the other rides with "group scales" that simple give a red or green light.


Paula Werne
Holiday World

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Saturday, August 6, 2011 11:03 AM

That's kind of cool. Last year the crews were pretty good at guessing weights. I believe there was a few 600 lb limit rides. My family was around 625, and we got split up more often then not.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011 11:36 AM
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Raven Maven said:

CoasterDemon said:
I was just thinking how Mammoth is kinda like Mammosh, in it's lettering. That's pretty cool, Moosh loved HW.

Oh, I'm so glad you caught that! I was just going to post something about that if no one else did. I've been thinking how he would have insisted we name the world's longest water coaster after him. :) HW loved Moosh, too. Bunches!

Paula

So it wasn't just me! :)

-Tina

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Saturday, August 6, 2011 5:15 PM
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After cricket this afternoon, we were sat in the clubhouse and one of the lads mentioned to me - "You heard about that thing they're building in Indiana, longest in the world, spinning raft thing".

This guy has little interest in theme parks etc, sounds like Paula and team have done well!


Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:20 PM
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Yowza Yowza Yowza:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/426359_1015061...0887_n.jpg


Billy
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Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:46 PM
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Holiday World just posted a Mammoth test video this week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgAhUTXsNBs&feature=youtu.be

Looks like this is going to be pure fun.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012 1:45 PM
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Water dummies on a water ride. That's so meta or something. Looks like another ride full of airtime.


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