Thursday, August 13, 2009

Holiday World's New Beast

One of my complaints about water slides is that the ride time is never very long. It seems to be over as soon as it's begun.

But in 2010, Holiday World is doing something about that problem.

When "Wildebeest" opens next year, it will be the World’s Longest Water Coaster. It's one-third of a mile long and will run an amazing 2:30.

According to Holiday World....

"Wildebeest will begin with a conveyor ride up the water coaster’s lifthill. Following the four-story drop at a 45-degree angle, linear induction motors (LIMs) will propel the four-person rafts up seven additional hills, through three tunnels (two of them underground) and around a helix. Wildebeest will cover more than two acres; its top speed will hit 36 feet per second. Wildebeest’s tallest elevation is 64 feet higher than its lowest drop; the conveyor-style lifthill replaces any slide-tower stairs, making the water coaster accessible to riders who might have difficulty walking up stairs."

I think it's cool how the ride uses linear induction motor technology for propelling the rafts up the hills. That should add a nice touch of tech to this amazing ride.

Talk about this in the forums.

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