Last Summer my Wife and I took a trip to Holiday World. We had a blast. We went two days and were able to experience everything we wanted to. Most of the time when we go to the parks we opt not to do the water parks portion. This time we decided to try Splashin Safari because of the parks official website touting the popularity of Mammoth and Wildebeest, the two record setting water coasters. As a long time roller coaster lover I am almost ashamed to say this but these two were the highlight of our riding experience. Thunderbird was amazing and the three wooden roller coasters were good as well. This is about the two water coasters though. They were so much fun. We rode each of them twice the first day and once again the second day. Wildebeest sits four riders behind one another and I was able to sit in front each time which I loved. The front of the ride gets the most airtime and also spray of water. I laughed about the entire ride and my Wife had just as much fun. I dont know the science behind how the upward propulsion of the ride takes place but it is absolutely great. Mammoth was very similar only it has a larger frame to carry the round six passenger raft. Both of these rides are well worth the admission to Holiday World and Splashin Safari. The questions I have for you all are have you ridden a water coaster? Not a water slide, not Journey to Atlantis, not a roller coaster over water, but a real water coaster. If you have what were they? Where are they located? Which is the best? I have searched and found there are some at the park in Wisconsin, I think Noah's Ark. Shlitterbahn in Texas and there is one at Walt Disney World, maybe called Crush and Gusher at Typhoon Lagoon. I am considering going to some of these places and any others. If you have any info on water coasters please fill me in because I am fascinated. Thank you.
Tim, I rode Mammoth and Wildebeest for the first time back in 2015 when the Raos and the Koehls visited Holiday World together. And I gotta agree, they were both fantastic rides. While I wouldn't rank them above Voyage, Thunderbird, Legend, or Raven, those two water coasters far exceeded my expectations.
Water World in Denver has the Mile High Flyer, but their best rides are actually their water slide based dark rides. Unfortunately, I haven't been on any other water coasters. I really look forward to the day when someone combines water coasters with dark rides similar to the way Water World combined raft slides with dark rides to make Voyage to the Center of the Earth and the Lost River of the Pharaohs.
I've been on several water coasters and I agree that they are a ton of fun. The older Master Blaster version (which uses water jets to shoot rafts up hills) is somewhat tame by today's standards, but the ProSlide Hydromagnetic rides (which use LIM magnets...this is what the Holiday World ones are) are easily the best waterpark attractions out there. While I wouldn't go as far as calling Wildebeest better than Voyage, it definitely makes Splashin' Safari a must do when visiting Holiday World.
Correct on Wet N Wild Florida not having a water coaster, AJ. I just figured they had all the thrills. However, when I was double checking, I found out that Wet N Wild Phoenix does have a water coaster, Maximum Velocity. So, let's just say I was talking about the Phoenix park!
Maximum Velocity is a very fun duel racing water coaster and it's one of my favorites at that water park. Best of all: the line is never that long.
Thank you all for your responses. I look forward to trying some of these rides.
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