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Holiday World announces Mayflower swinging ship ride for 2014 season

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Published: September 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana has announced its new addition for 2014: a swinging ship ride for its Thanksgiving section, named, appropriately enough, the Mayflower.

Concept art courtesy Holiday World

After several years of focusing on its Splashin' Safari water park, Holiday World returns its attention to the theme park side of its operation, with its first new ride on that side in several years. And a Mayflower-themed swinging ship ride next to The Voyage roller coaster seems about as obvious match as one can imagine. Here's the park's promotional video, with another nice little announcement at the end.

If you didn't watch, Holiday World's also announced the addition of Friday night fireworks in the park for the 2014 season.

Readers' Opinions

From Mike Gallagher on September 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM
I really want to get back there. I loved the place on my two-day visit in 2007..the only time I've been there. But this addition will assuredly not draw me there like flies to honey.
From Rod Whitenack on September 6, 2013 at 9:25 AM
Not exactly a new ride concept, but it makes total sense for the Thanksgiving area of the park. I love Holiday World and live very close. As one of the occasional contributors here on TPI, I hope to send in a report covering Holiday World's Halloween Weekends. It's only their second year hosting a Halloween event, but it looks like a pretty cool, family oriented event. Stay tuned!


From James Rao on September 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM
This announcement is a poster child for "meh". Sure, it makes sense, but swinging ship rides are just so...so... common. Even the simulated riders in the video look bored. I guess we just have to resign ourselves to the fact that HW is never going to add an adult steel coaster to the park. *Sigh*.
From Chad H on September 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM
As much as I love a swinging ship... Was this even worthy of a press release on its own? Its a standard flat right found just about everywhere.

Dont get me wrong, its a very pretty example of one, but nothing notable.

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