Holiday World unveils world's tallest water ride

Posted Friday, May 1, 2009 10:32 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Holiday World offered a preview of the new 135-foot tall Pilgrim's Plunge on Thursday. The $4.3 million ride opens to the public at the park on Saturday.

Read more from The Courier & Press.

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Friday, May 1, 2009 10:41 AM

That lift is crazy!

Friday, May 1, 2009 12:04 PM

The ride looks pretty much as I expected it to except that there is no water when you first hit the pool. Is it always going to be like this or will they add more water later. Doubt I will ride it anyway since I'm not really a huge fan of getting that wet.

Friday, May 1, 2009 12:13 PM

I've been wanting to go to Holiday World all winter. This just pushes me over the line to the "need to" stage. What a cool addition to a great park

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Friday, May 1, 2009 12:13 PM

That is definitely a very distinctive-looking ride. Until somebody else copycats it, it will stand as an instantly identifiable structure.

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Friday, May 1, 2009 12:15 PM
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"Copycat" is such an outdated term, Mike.

Nowadays, we refer to it as "Pullin' a Carlos Mencia".. :)

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Friday, May 1, 2009 12:52 PM
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I thought we liked to call it ?cloning"? ;)

As for the new ride... I hope HW gets their ROI. ;)

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Friday, May 1, 2009 1:51 PM

I was just copying someone else who used the term . . .

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Friday, May 1, 2009 2:31 PM

I can't wait to get there this summer! I have Indiana beach this weekend, maybe I'll make Holiday world in a couple weeks.

Friday, May 1, 2009 3:09 PM

I think the lift would be scarier than the drop.

Wow, that does look cool.

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Friday, May 1, 2009 3:56 PM

I don't know. It seems cool and all and I'm all for record breaking rides or a new design. But I would like to see a water ride that is long and more like an adventure through a jungle theme or something. Maybe several drops and near misses. The Jurassic river ride at Universal tries to do this but I honestly found it somewhat boring besides for the drop and T-Rex portion. Maybe a Journey to the Center of the Earth theme. Maybe it's already been done but big drop raft rides just seem pretty boring to me. If I want a huge drop, I go on a roller coaster.

Friday, May 1, 2009 4:10 PM
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Friday, May 1, 2009 7:57 PM

I watched the test vid when they pulled it up by crane. There was much more water, A huge splash and the boat almost completely stopped. Trust me, I rode mile high falls at SFKK leaned back and hit that water and wham. It knocked the breath out of me and hurt like hell. IM sure the waterlevel will be kept at a acceptable level to create as much splash as possible while still not hurting anyone.There was much less in water in the povs and other vides I seen of riders than that first test. It also seemed to take quite some time for the boat to get out of the splash area and back into the stream. Oh well. I hope its great for HW. I'll ride it, like it but Id skip it for the eagles flight :)

Saturday, May 2, 2009 3:49 AM

Interesting splash. Kinda glides over the surface for a while, then BAM, Wall-o-Water. Reminds me of the old Arrow Hydroflumes.

Saturday, May 2, 2009 12:25 PM

I remember the press release touting it as the world's biggest splash or something, around 45ft high. Looks nothing like that, although the splash goes higher than the video, I suppose.

Saturday, May 2, 2009 5:47 PM

There's also no noticeable pause once the elevator reaches the top. It just sends you.

Saturday, May 2, 2009 11:12 PM

I wish Holiday World all the best with this new ride but I think they are going to experience what other parks have dealt with when it comes to Intamins (especially proto-type Intamins) and that is dealing with mass amounts of downtime.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009 7:21 AM

^ You mean like TTD????

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Sunday, May 3, 2009 11:40 AM
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I think I just wet myself..

Oh wait... It was just the splashdown.. ;)

Sunday, May 3, 2009 9:49 PM

This isn't exactly a proto-type though- the lift mechanism is very similar to their vertical lift coasters ala Fahrenheit at Hersheypark. And why are so many people complaining about the size of the splash? I could care less how big it is, it still looks like fun.


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