Holiday World announces tallest enclosed water slide

Posted Thursday, October 4, 2001 10:21 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari will build the world’s largest enclosed waterslide for the 2002 season, ZOOMbabwe, at a cost of $1.7 million.

ZOOMbabwe, a gigantic purple enclosed waterslide, will be 102-feet tall, making it the largest ride of its kind in the world. It will be 887-feet long, ranging in diameter from nine to 12 feet.

ZOOMbabwe rafts will hold up to five family members each, with hourly capacity expected to top 1,000 riders. Covering four acres, the new ride will increase the size of Indiana’s largest water park to 22 acres.

The park plans to hire an additional 50 seasonal employees for next season and expects the new ride to increase the parks’ attendance by 10 percent in 2002.

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Thursday, October 4, 2001 10:22 AM
Great Picture!  Looks like they will be having a good time next year!
Thursday, October 4, 2001 10:33 AM
That looks pretty sweet.  ERT on the slide come SRM!!!  Can't wait.  Looks like a great addition for the park, and it should increase attendance as they said.  Everyone loves a waterpark!  :)
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Thursday, October 4, 2001 10:41 AM
A great addition for a great park.   Anybody know how fast it will be?
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Thursday, October 4, 2001 10:53 AM
Soggy's avatar If nothing else, it has a really cool name!

"X" marks the spot in 2001!

Thursday, October 4, 2001 10:58 AM
Coasterman J enlighten me.....what is ERT and SRM
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Thursday, October 4, 2001 11:12 AM
COOL!  Finally, a contender for Aquazoid!  Only problem is that there wont be laser effects and an outside U-Turn where you almost fly off the side.   Still, looks great!  I have GOT to get out to Holiday World soon!
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Thursday, October 4, 2001 11:55 AM
This is cool....if PKI or SFMM had announced a water slide as its 2002 attraction, everyone would be griping.  But since it's Holiday World, everyone loves it.

I think this just proves what the family atmosphere of HW does for one's attitude.

Thursday, October 4, 2001 12:09 PM

This will be a very good addition to Holiday World's existing water attractions. I think the public and the park will both be quite pleased.
Thursday, October 4, 2001 12:10 PM
It looks great, but I think it should have a 360 degree spin at the somewhere in there(like at the end). All it is is turn, drop, turn,drop,turn,drop and so on and so fourth.

I also agree that it has a great name.

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Thursday, October 4, 2001 12:37 PM
A 360 turn might be cool, however on any family raft ride i've been on 360 turns are boring compared to the turn and drop sensation like on this ride.  On th turns featured, it feels like your going to flip over and it's a really cool experience.
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Thursday, October 4, 2001 12:48 PM
SRM (Stark Raving Mad) is an annual ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) event at HW (Holiday World. Got to love those acronyms.

I think they need an elevator for this thing. 102 feet is a lot of steps in your bare feet, especially on that "comfortable" flooring they use at water parks.

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Thursday, October 4, 2001 1:06 PM
sweet! I wanna ride!
Thursday, October 4, 2001 1:13 PM
Nice!!! :)
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Thursday, October 4, 2001 1:15 PM
i posted the first comment to this news item, but it like a few others, it got deleted, all it said was 'cool' jeff what happened?
Thursday, October 4, 2001 1:32 PM
If "cool" is all it said, that's the reason it got deleted. "Cool" and "me too" type posts don't stay.

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Thursday, October 4, 2001 1:44 PM
ok thanks
Thursday, October 4, 2001 1:48 PM
This looks a lot like Dark Voyage at Wisconsin Dells Noah's Ark except for the height. There is always a long line for DV when we go to Noah's Ark so that should tell you about the kind of popularity this will most likely receive. Unfortunately I have never made it down to this park, but this is just another reason for me to plan a trip in 2002. I guess to while your talking about SRM I am reminded that maybe I should join a coaster club so that I am able to go (it will give me reason)  but I do wonder when they will decide to hold it this year I know that last year was sometime in May. *** This post was edited by rollercoast01 on 10/4/2001. ***
Thursday, October 4, 2001 2:14 PM

Got the logo, photo and 3D design posted on our website ( Please be kind, as I basically don't know what I'm doing--but I got the graphics on there somehow.

Thanks for all the great comments--gee, I find myself blushing purple. :0)

I'm going home now!


Paula Werne
Director of Public Relations
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa Claus, Ind.


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