Saturday, August 30, 2008

Holiday World plans towering water slide

Holiday World plans towering water slide
By Zach Dunkin
Posted: August 26, 2008

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Ind., today announced an $8.9 million expansion that will include the world's tallest water ride for the 2009 season.

Pilgrims Plunge, a classic "shoot the chute" ride, will use an open elevator to lift boats filled with riders 135 feet in the air. The boats will pause briefly and then rapidly descend a record 131 feet at a 45-degree angle, creating a wall of water splashing 45 feet high and 90 feet wide. Its maximum speed will top 50 miles per hour.

In addition, park president Will Koch announced a free HoliWatch program for 2009. The wristband-style radio frequency identification service will serve as locators for families or groups who become separated during their visit.

The expansion project is the second largest in the 63-year history of the park, located 180 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

Contact Star reporter Zach Dunkin at (317) 444-6079.

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