Holiday World's new ride for next year is essentially the same ride the Indiana theme park added last year.
The $9-million Mammoth, destined to become the world's longest water coaster when it debuts in May, will unseat the previous title holder, Wildebeest, which Holiday World added in 2010.
Confused? I had to do a double take when the ride was first unveiled Wednesday by the Santa Claus, Ind., theme park. I actually thought it was a joke.
But it's true. Come 2012, Holiday World's Splashin' Safari water park will be home to the two longest water coasters in the world.
> Photos: Mammoth water coaster at Holiday World
At 1,763 feet, Mammoth will be 53 feet longer than Wildebeest -- and 5 feet taller.
Both of the ProSlide-built water coasters employ conveyor belts to ascend a lift hill before magnetic linear induction motors take over, propelling inflated rafts over inclines, around turns and through tunnels.
The round, six-person Mammoth boats will spin as they descend the water coaster with riders seated facing inward. The toboggan-style Wildebeest boats seat four.
This will be the third year in a row Holiday World has focused on its Splashin' Safari water park. This summer the park added Safari Sam’s SplashLand, a children's water play area with eight kiddie slides and a zero-depth pool.