Holiday World announces new for 2005 attractions

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 12:32 PM
This was sent to me by the park.... Sounds incredible!!!


SANTA CLAUS, IN---Indiana’s largest water park will continue to grow until it is double its current size. The first step is part of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari record $6.3 million expansion plan for 2005.

“When we announced the opening of Splashin' Safari for the 1993 season, we never dreamed how successful it would be,” says Will Koch, the president of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. “We have added to it nearly every year since, and for the 2005 season are launching an expansion that will eventually make it twice as big.”

Koch announced Wednesday the first step of this expansion will be the addition of Bahari*, a huge themed wave pool.

“Bahari is Swahili for ‘immense sea,’” says Koch, “and that sums it up. Bahari’s size will be nearly twice that of The Wave, the wave pool we added in 1994.”

Bahari’s six-acre expansion will include a new food outlet and a second smoking area for the water park.

In Holiday World, a new ride called Revolution will replace the Roundhouse in the 4th of July section. “This is an updated version of the existing ride, with higher capacity, a faster and higher spin, plus it lights up at night,” says Koch. “And we can continue with our joke that after getting wet riding Raging Rapids, you can spin dry on Revolution.”

Additionally, Koch says the following improvements will be ready for 2005:

- Second train for The Raven wooden roller coaster, increasing capacity by approximately 70%;

- Karaoke added to the entertainment lineup;

- A fireworks display on the 4th of July;

- Improvements to both parks to increase capacity and comfort.

The park will hire an additional 50 seasonal staff members for the 2005 season, bringing the total number of employees to 1,150. Koch expects the 2005 expansion to increase the parks’ attendance an additional 50,000 guests next season. Attendance for the 2004 is up 14 percent, with the season’s final numbers expected to approach a record 885,000 guests.

Holiday World will be open October 9 and 10 and then close for the season. For more information, visit or call 1-877-Go-FAMILY.

* Bahari rhymes with “safari.”


Wednesday, October 6, 2004 12:37 PM
All the right choices, All the right men, (And women) Helps put Holiday world back on the map again!

Chuck, who gives congrats to HW on their ever expanding horizions.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 12:52 PM
What an exciting time for Holiday World! It's great to see such an awesome park doing so well. I'll definitely have to make a trip out next year. :)
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 12:53 PM

So they will have two huge wave pools?

Two train operations on Raven - Sweeeeet!

Bigger/Better Roundhouse - Perfect!

Karaoke - Japanese for "Hide the microphone - George is coming!" ;)

14% Growth! --- AMAZING!!!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 12:56 PM
So, is the Revolution a Dartron Zero Gravity?
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 12:57 PM
How many e-mails did you have to send to Holiday World to pull this one off Playa?

I hope their new wave pool is intense enough to where "the waves will slap you into the middle of next week" if that's what you're looking for. =D


Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:05 PM
I don't want to rain on the parade because this parade is really nice. But, wouldn't a different ride be better in terms or advertising. Ads for essentially the same ride seem, well, wierd.

Nevertheless, I am very excited to see it all next year.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:06 PM
I don't care too much for the Waterpark and Round up additions, but two trains on the Raven is SHWEET! *** Edited 10/6/2004 5:06:22 PM UTC by thepinkdoomofmonkeys***
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:07 PM
Looking good :)

I'm particularly excited about the Raven's second train, after years of people saying it would never happen. If anyone can pull it off though, it'd be HW.


-Ryan *** Edited 10/6/2004 5:08:48 PM UTC by Legend_n_Raven***

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:13 PM
Cool. :)
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:13 PM

+Danny said:
How many e-mails did you have to send to Holiday World to pull this one off Playa?

Only one.

And yes, this is proof they love me and not you.


Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:19 PM
Go Holiday World!

Shaggy said:
- Improvements to both parks to increase capacity and comfort.


Since I think HW is one of the most "comfortable", friendliest, and caring parks, it amazes me that they are "improving." Can't wait until next year.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:22 PM
You're missing the point. Holiday world needs increased capacity, not increased attendance. You don't add a wave pool when you've already got one because you're trying to draw in more people... you're trying to deal with all the people you've already got!
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:40 PM
I like the 2 trains on Raven, but if I recall correctly, doesn't the train finish breaking in the station? I thought Raven could not have 2 trains. I am sure they know what they are doing, I am just having trouble picturing it.

I hope they start running both trains. They are usually running only one on Legend when I go, and it often has quite a line.

Any word yet on SRM?

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:46 PM
^^ I was actually referring to the Roundhouse more than the pool. I guess I never saw that many people on the Roundhouse, as opposed to the packed pool.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:49 PM
Awesome! Way to go Holiday World!


Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:53 PM
We needed to replace The Roundhouse, which was built in 1958. It's a tiny footprint, so there weren't many rides that would even fit in the spot. It's not a *wildly* popular ride, but it's a workhorse with decent capacity.

Regarding SRM...we're taking another year off.

Thanks for the comments!


Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:55 PM
No SRM :( Bummer....Understandable, though...
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 1:58 PM
Totally understandable, Paula.

SRM or not, I will make it a point to visit at LEAST once a year. Thanks for an awesome 2004 season!


*** Edited 10/6/2004 5:58:53 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 2:31 PM

RavenTTD said:
I like the 2 trains on Raven, but if I recall correctly, doesn't the train finish breaking in the station?

I believe the Raven has manual operating system, so it's up to the operator to bring the train to a smooth stop. That means the operator can stop it on the brake run, stop it in the station, or (technically) let it blow through both entirely (though that's probably not a good idea). The longer the brake run, the more gradual (and smooth) stop you can achieve. By using the station to extend the brake run, so to speak, a Raven operator could stop the train more smoothly.

Going to two trains will require a computerized system and automatic braking, which will always bring the train to a stop on the brake run before advancing into the station when it's clear.

*** Edited 10/6/2004 6:31:46 PM UTC by coasterdude318***


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