Holiday World's new ride for next year is essentially the same ride the
theme park added last year.
The $9-million Mammoth, destined to become the world's longest water coaster when it debuts in
, will unseat the previous title holder, Wildebeest, which
added in 2010.
Confused? I had to do a double take when the ride was first unveiled Wednesday by the Santa Claus, Ind., theme park. I actually thought it was a joke.
But it's true. Come 2012, Holiday World's Splashin' Safari water park will be home to the two longest water coasters in the world.
At 1,763 feet, Mammoth will be 53 feet longer than Wildebeest -- and 5 feet taller.
Both of the ProSlide-built water coasters employ conveyor belts to ascend a lift hill before magnetic linear induction motors take over, propelling inflated rafts over inclines, around turns and through tunnels.
The round, six-person Mammoth boats will spin as they descend the water coaster with riders seated facing inward. The toboggan-style Wildebeest boats seat four.