Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Mammoth Water Coaster Almost Ready for Season Holiday World's New Coaster to Carry 1,100 Riders per Hour

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Mammoth Water Coaster Almost Ready for Season Holiday World's New Coaster to Carry 1,100 Riders per Hour

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SANTA CLAUS, Ind. - With the start of the season about a month away, Holiday World President and CEO Dan Koch has a list of things that still need finished before the park opens; new restrooms finished, chairs scrubbed, pools filled and roller coasters tested. The biggest item on the list - literally and figuratively - is the Mammoth, Holiday World's new water coaster and the largest of its kind in the world. The first small scale tests of the motors that will power the ride began Wednesday. Workers will test the main lift hill today and the pumps will start sending water into the ride by next week.

"We are actually ahead of schedule," said Koch. "We have really been rolling on this thing. There are just two itty-bitty pieces of fiberglass that aren't installed, but this thing is done. It is on schedule and at cost."

The Mammoth was built in a wooded area of Holiday World's water park, Splashin' Safari. It is next to the Wildebeest, the park's first water coaster, built in 2010. At 1,763 feet, Mammoth is slightly more than 50 feet longer than the Wildebeest. The design of the Mammoth preserved many of the trees and took advantage of the hillside.

"We have some wonderful terrain, not just some flat parking lot," said Paula Werne, Holiday World's director of communications. "So we can't buy things right off the shelf. Everything here is customized for what we do. I think that is wonderful, because even if there is another giant water coaster built somewhere else, it won't be the same as what we've got."

The Mammoth covers three acres with a conveyor-style lift hill and a five-story first drop. It will feature two kinds of rafts: eight-person toboggan-style and a six-person circular model. Riders will be able to choose which type of raft they prefer. Wildebeest is able to carry up to 700 riders per hour, while Mammoth will have a capacity of 1,100 per hour.

"We don't like seeing people have to wait in line," said Koch. "We have gone up in capacity on our water coasters by about 150 percent. The Wildebeest was the No. 1 demanded ride in the two parks, so we just delivered to our guests what they want. …

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