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.
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! :) ----------------- Rollercoaster lovers do it in the front seat!
A great addition for a great park. Anybody know how fast it will be? ----------------- Please disregard anything said by me that is incomprehensible, incoherent, or just dumb. I am and will be drained from the arduous school year, thank you!
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! ----------------- Bomb Squad Technician
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. ----------------- "who needs drugs when you have coasters...they're like a natural high"
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. ***