September 20, 2007
Santa Claus, IN -- Holiday World & Splashin' Safari will continue the expansion of their water park with a new monkey-themed family waterplay attraction named Kima Bay. The new interactive water play structure is part of a total $6 million being spent on additions at the Indiana theme park and water park in 2008.
"Kima is the Swahili word for monkey," says Holiday World & Splashin' Safari's president, Will Koch. "We think children will especially enjoy the fun monkey theming, nearly as much as all the climbing, splashing and sliding in store for them at Kima Bay."
Kima Bay will feature seven water slides plus more than 100 water-play elements, including more than 125 water jets. The four-story interactive structure to be built in Splashin' Safari will be topped by a 1,200-gallon ever-filling, ever-tipping bucket of water.
The attraction, plus a new Pepsi Oasis soft drink station and restroom building will add two acres to Splashin' Safari, increasing the size of the water park to 25 acres.
This $1.7 million attraction is part of the Holiday World & Splashin' Safari's $6 million expansion budget for 2008.
Koch says he's still in the decision-making process regarding additional new attractions and infrastructure improvements; further details and announcements will be made on the parks' website and blog this fall.
Curious fans can watch the construction of Kima Bay on the Holiday World web site as the new SplashCam will be renamed the Kima Bay Construction Cam during the off-season.
Kima Bay says Koch will add needed capacity, which is an ongoing priority, as attendance in 2007 will again surpass one million guests.
Koch already predicts that he'll need to hire an additional 50 seasonal employees for 2008.
Holiday World is open weekends through October 14. For more information, log on to www.holidayworld.com
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