Holiday World plans first launched water coaster

Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana, will introduce Cheetah Chase for the 2020 season. It is their third water coaster and will feature two ProSlide rocketBlast-powered racing slides totalling more than 1700 feet (518 m) of track. Riders will experience a water-powered flat launch before racing against their families toward the finish line.

The ride features the first-ever head-to-head dueling zone on a water coaster, as well as two other RallyPoints where rafts will synchronise with one another. Each side also features two FlyingSaucer elements, which will create “a faster and tighter ride with stronger g-forces,” as well as “maximum curving speed and centrifugal force,” according to ProSlide.

“Cheetah Chase is the perfect thrill ride for families. The three-person rafts allow families to race face-to-face, and the launch is the first of its kind,” says Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “There’s nothing like this out there.”

With a total investment of approximately $7 million, Cheetah Chase is the world’s first full-circuit racing water coaster. It will travel at 30 feet (9 m) per second and will have the tallest RocketBlast section in the world, 27 feet (8 m) tall. Each side will feature five RocketBlast sections: one flat and four uphill.

“With the addition of Cheetah Chase,” adds Eckert, “Splashin’ Safari will now be the undisputed Water Coaster Capital of the world.”

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