August 26, 2008
Santa Claus, IN -- The attention will once again be on Holiday World & Splashin' Safari next summer as the Indiana theme park debuts the "world's tallest water ride."
Pilgrims Plunge, a classic "shoot-the-chutes" ride, will stand an impressive 135-feet tall, beating the current record holder Perilous Plunge at Knott's Berry Farm by 19-feet.
Passengers will board one of five, ten-passenger boats. A dual-sided, open-air elevator will lift the boats up 135-feet where they will briefly pause before beginning a record 131-foot descent at a 45-degree angle.
Traveling at a top speed of 50 miles-per-hour, the boats will create a massive 45-foot high, 90-foot wide splash as they enter the splashdown pool.
"We've dreamed about adding a shoot-the-chute ride for years," says Will Koch, the president of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. "When we saw the opportunity to break the world's record and to use an open-air elevator in the design, we couldn't resist! This is a high-capacity, classic family ride with a modern twist."
Pilgrims Plunge is estimated to cost $4.3 million, making it the second largest ride project in Holiday World's history.
The entire ride will span 1,480-feet and last two minutes and forty seconds station-to-station.
Riders will be safely secured in the ten passenger boats by individual, double-hydrualic valve, overhead lapbars. Pilgrim's Plunge will have a height requirement of 48 inches.
Pilgrims Plunge is being designed by Swiss ride designer Intamin, Ltd.
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Pilgrims Plunge artwork courtesy of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. All rights reserved.
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