Holiday World announces three new rides for 2003 season

Posted Friday, October 4, 2002 5:04 AM | Contributed by Raven Maven

[Ed. note: Press release follows. -J]

Following a season of 20-percent attendance growth, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari will add three new rides to its lineup for 2003.

“With the unprecedented growth we’ve experienced this season, we need to increase capacity in both parks,” says Will Koch, the president of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. “As we grow, we’re determined to keep lines short and families happy.”

Koch says the $3.8 million expansion project is the largest in his park’s 58-year history, and will include a new family water ride in Splashin' Safari and two new rides in Holiday World.

“We’re working with the company that designed ZOOMbabwe for us in introducing a brand new water-park ride—which we’re calling Zinga,” says Koch. Zinga, the Swahili word for “to move in a circle,” starts eight-stories high with a 108-inch diameter water slide tunnel. The slide propels riders into a 60-feet-wide, open “funnel” where the inner tubes zoom back and forth across the funnel, high up the banked sides, before exiting through a tunnel. Families will ride Zinga together in three- and four-passenger “clover leaf” inner tubes.

In Holiday World, two new rides will be added for the 2003 season: HallowSwings and Liberty Launch. HallowSwings is a four-story “flying carousel” ride, which will swing riders high up in the air. “This ride is being custom made for our Halloween section,” says Koch. “The design includes pumpkins, witches, scarecrows, bats, and lots of other colorful Halloween figures. HallowSwings will be a work of art.”

New for the 4th of July section is Liberty Launch, an eight-story “double shot” tower ride. Riders will be launched 80 feet in the air and will then experience a free-fall sensation as they are blasted back to earth, and are then launched a second time.

Other capacity-boosting projects for 2003 include expanded seating areas at several restaurants, widened walkways, a new gift shop in the Christmas section, and more than 1,500 new lockers.

The park plans to hire an additional 50 seasonal staff members for next season, totaling 1,050 employees. Koch expects the new ride package to increase the parks’ attendance by 10 percent in 2003.

Holiday World is open weekends through October 13. For more information, visit the parks’ website at www.holidayworld.com or call 1-877-Go-FAMILY.

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Friday, October 4, 2002 5:27 AM
Wow, I actually *guessed* the double shot (though with a "firecracker" theme. Not a big fan of wave swingers, but with the addition of the "royal flush" type ride, 2003 might mark the first year I ever set foot inside a water park!

Give 'em love HW!
jeremy
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Friday, October 4, 2002 5:32 AM
At least their widening the midways. I couldn't believe how packed they were when I was there. And I'm hoping that they will be adding Holdiday World Christmas decorations to their new Christmas store. :) Hard to believe they don't have any. This is great news that they are expanding all around!

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Friday, October 4, 2002 5:41 AM
These are all great additions, Im looking forward to riding them all.

My Big Question: Are there any rides or attractions going to be removed to fit the new thrill rides in? I know ther were a few problems with Banshee (formerly known as Mantis) and the Spider has a low capacity issue. Hopefully not.

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Friday, October 4, 2002 5:50 AM
Excellent! I've always wanted to ride one of those 'toilet bowl' slides.

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Friday, October 4, 2002 6:27 AM

Matthew, HW widened the walkways for 2001 and are doing it again for next year :)

A double shot in insane mode is better than Power Tower by a long shot!

The wave swinger is a perfect family ride.

The water ride looks awesome, That first picture don't look like much but look at the second one. www.holidayworld.com.

I love this park and am super glad that they really look into the detail of what they need and not necessaraly what everyone wants. It makes things more rounded if you know what I mean.

Chuck, who is glad HW is doing so well and hopes it will continue to do so!

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Friday, October 4, 2002 6:48 AM

All these additions sound great, I really want to get here but its kinda hard when I work at a park all summer.

One question, in the Christmas section are there christmas lights on every thing at night?

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Friday, October 4, 2002 6:59 AM

Yup, only one question:

Where are the rides going?

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Friday, October 4, 2002 7:09 AM

To answer a few questions...

Yes, our merchandise director is adding a line of Holiday World Christmas ornaments for 2003.

Will Koch wasn't in favor of using the name Firecracker for the Double Shot, since we used to have a coaster with that name. I know someone on this board had suggested Bottle Rocket. When I did a bit of research, I learned that a bottle rocket is the smallest type of fireworks...so we didn't go that way either.

Someone asked how to pronounce "Zinga." It's ZING-guh.

And finally, yes, we are removing the Banshee from the Halloween section ... HallowSwings will be taking that spot--but will load from the other side, as we are adding a new walkway connecting Halloween and 4th of July.

Thanks, Paula

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Paula Werne
Holiday World PR
JPWerne@holidayworld.com

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Friday, October 4, 2002 7:59 AM
Is Zinga a one-of-a-kind ride? I thought most of the "royal flush" type rides swirled riders in a circle, but Zinga looks like you will go back and forth, like a skateboard half-pipe.

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Friday, October 4, 2002 8:16 AM
Well, I know Banshee had a few problems, but it was the "best" Falling Star I had ever been on. I guess MIA is taking their Falling Star out soon as well.

Where will the Double Shot go in the Fourth of July Section?

Has the park considered extending the operating hours at all?
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Friday, October 4, 2002 8:49 AM

Yes...the design of Zinga is "patent pending"...a brand new concept.

Liberty Launch will go where the wax museum used to be.

And yes, some of our hours will be extended next year.

Thanks, Paula

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Paula Werne
Holiday World PR
JPWerne@holidayworld.com

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Friday, October 4, 2002 9:14 AM

Yes! My wife will be very happy to hear about the addition of Holiday World Christmas ornaments for 2003. When we were down at the park for the GOCC event, that was the one thing that my wife did not like about the park. With that exception, my wife (and my kids) loved Holiday World, and we all can't wait to go back.

--Brian Plencner

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Friday, October 4, 2002 9:21 AM
Why is Michigan's Adventure removing theirs? It's the best run Falling Star I've been on. That said, apparently that thing is a pain to maintain.

Still, Banshee always had a line.

[You know, a double-shot is the smallest of the launched rides, isn't it?]

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Friday, October 4, 2002 10:05 AM
Kara mentioned that MiA's Falling Star would soon be history, I guess those 1980's Chance platform rides don't hold out well (The Inverter, a 1999, is plaqued with problems)

Cedar Fair still have Falling Stars at KBF, VF and MoA, so I wonder what will happen to those in the future.

The HallowSwings is a Zamperla Flying Carousel, exactly like the one at Kneobles but with cooler art. The other "Wave Swinger" rides are built by Zeier.

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Friday, October 4, 2002 10:25 AM
Cool! I've been collecting xmas ornaments for 28 years. I'll be adding to my collection at SRM! Picked up one at MiA with the lion logo on it.

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Friday, October 4, 2002 11:15 AM
I have to give it to the Buzzers on this one. All three additions were mentioned in the latest thread trying to guess the rides. For the best family park in the states, this is good stuff. Again, see you at SRM.

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Friday, October 4, 2002 11:30 AM
One not on Zinga, go to the Holiday World website (www.holidayworld.com) and lookup the Zinga Design, as you can see its a good bit different than the "Royal Flush" type rides.

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Friday, October 4, 2002 11:37 AM
That Liberty Launch sounds EXACTLY like StarBlaster! @ Canobie.

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Friday, October 4, 2002 12:20 PM
I am surprise that a drop ride was added since Paula made to sound like it would ruin the old fashioned feel of the park but like everything else HW does I think its a good move to add the double shot! :-)

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