Trip Report: Holiday World Splashin Safari (August 31, Hyena Falls Review)

Having not been able to visit Holiday World earlier in the year, I was able to find an opportune time to make a drive up on Labor Day weekend. This would be a particularly short visit since I wanted to be out of the park and driving before sundown, so I made sure to hit the essentials immediately.
Upon arriving and getting in to the park, I made my way to the lockers where I would place my belongings (including camera), then made a bee-line straight to Hyena Falls. If you’re not familiar with the layout of Holiday World, then you should probably know that the walk to there can be, admittedly, quite lengthy. On your way there, you pass a wave pool, two water play structures, a world class wooden roller coaster (Voyage), and an Intamin shoot-the-chutes (Giraffica, previously called Pilgrim’s Plunge).

Eventually you make it to a more quiet corner of the amusement park where the new ProSlide complex was placed, along with a small splash and fountain area for smaller children, a new large restroom stall, an extra Dippin’ Dots stand and a roofed area containing free Pepsi drink stalls and a pretzel stand. The area was fairly quiet upon arrival considering it was far from most of the other water slides in the park, but as the day went on, people began to migrate more towards it and that’s when the lines really filled up.
So how about the new slides?

Hyena Falls is yet another water slide complex built by ProSlide company for Holiday World Splashin’ Safari. On the lower deck are three enclosed inner tube slides named Chuckles, Giggles, and Tee-Hee. The slides vary in having helixes or regular turns, but each one has a section that has riders coming out of an enclosed section and down a dip to gain a bit more speed before coming back into a tunnel. They’re fairly short, but can pick up some fair speed when riding with a partner.


On the upper deck sits a specialty slide, the new ProSlide Wave named Laughs. This particular slide is longer than the three previous ones, and has a larger tunnel to accomodate ProSlide’s special two-seater whirly wheel inner tubes and larger single-person inner tubes. It begins with an s-bend curve before coming down a fast drop into the slide’s main centerpiece, which is a halfpipe element that is completely rounded to give a smooth, zero-gravity experience when riding up and down the wall. The exit from the element did have minor jarring due to the inner tube riding over rough waters at the bottom and coming quickly towards the edge of the flume before slowing down, but nothing to cause any discomfort from the floating sensation one receives on this slide in particular.
All four slides make a very nice addition to the park’s already impressive lineup, especially with Laughs. I was able to try each of them at least once (Laughs twice) before going back to the water park and re-riding other slides.
Right after Hyena Falls, I was able to hop in the single rider’s line for the park’s largest Hydromagnetic Water Coaster, Mammoth, and had an experience on it that definitely beat my first time on it (when the water was freezing cold)! It’s safe to say that the water this time felt especially warm, and the raft almost felt as though it moved quicker on the course! With the excessive amount of water that was thrown around during the quick course, it still made for a very, very wild ride that must be experienced before leaving the park!
The only other slides I was able to hop on were Wildebeest and Jungle Racers before taking on the
dry-side of the park. Coming from the Thanksgiving area later in the day, I noticed that the park had silently removed two inner-tube slides that used to sit near the entrance of the water park, their names AmaZOOM and Bamboo Chute.
All in all, the day visit went smoothly. The coasters were still running wonderfully, and the same could be said about the rest of the park; especially considering the crowds on a Labor Day weekend.

(*Edit [May 7, 2014]: It has been confirmed that both AmaZOOM and Bamboo Chute were relocated to the Lake Rudolph campgrounds next door where it now operates as Santa’s Splash Down.)

*Hyena Falls:
   *Chuckles: 7/10
   *Giggles: 7/10
   *Laughs: 8/10
   *Tee-Hee: 7/10
Jungle Racer: 7/10
Mammoth: 10/10!

Splashin’ Safari Mammoth Review (June 2, 2012)

Holiday World Panorama
I recently made a trip to Santa Claus, Indiana to attend the Holiwood Nights roller coaster enthusiast event at Holiday World. The event mostly consisted of exclusive ride times on the park’s most popular rides, including their three wooden roller coasters, Raven, Legend, and Voyage.
This event also included exclusive ride times on the park’s two (count it, two!) ProSlide Hydromagnetic water coasters: Wildebeest, and new for 2012 Mammoth.
Wildebeest Wildebeest Raft
Wildebeest Panorama
I’ve already written a short review of Wildebeest before, but I feel like giving another just to reiterate what was said before. Wildebeest was the park’s first water coaster, and was the world’s longest of it’s kind when it first opened. It first consists of an easy conveyor lift to the top of the hill while sitting in the green 4-person inline raft, which makes riding this slide easier for people who have difficulty climbing stairs and makes it much less of a hassle to get on the slide.
The lift ends when you are greeted by an operator at the top, and enter the tunnel with a flood of water that constantly pours in from the sides. Then the slide gets going and never stops until it reaches the end. It flies through the entire course at a very quick speed, sending riders down airtime-inducing drops and back uphill at speeds that would match a real roller coaster (hence the name “Water Coaster”). Once the slide reaches the end, it lands on a conveyor belt that brings the raft to a halt at a separate exit station for riders to disembark.
(The following POV footage was shot with the express written permission of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari management during a private event.)

Wildebeest is a hit with any roller coaster enthusiast who rides it, and it is definitely a must-ride if you ever visit the park. But of course, it’s not the only slide one must experience if they ever come here.

Sitting beside the Wildebeest is the newest water coaster to open at Splashin’ Safari for the year 2012. It stole Wildebeest’s record for being the longest water coaster on the planet, and absolutely dominates Wildebeest by its sheer size. With its size also comes a suitable name: Mammoth!

Mammoth Entrance
Mammoth is the park’s second ProSlide Hydromagnetic water coaster. It breaks a record by being the longest of its kind, and is the first of its kind to feature the new 6-person cloverleaf rafts. The rafts are just like the 4-person cloverleaf rafts used by select ProSlide raft slides. The difference is that it seats more people, does not have a hole where you can touch the surface of the flume through it, and the seats are a little bigger and more cozy to sit in.

Mammoth Mammoth Queue Line Mammoth Conveyor Lift
Mammoth starts with a conveyor lift up the hill side, with an operator to greet you at the top just like Wildebeest. Once you get going on this slide though, you are either facing forwards, backwards, or sideways depending upon where you sat. Another fun part about the round seating is that you get to rotate during the slide, which adds to the excitement.

Mammoth Mammoth Tunnel
Mammoth Panorama
Unlike Wildebeest, Mammoth doesn’t exactly speed its way through the entire course and it doesn’t pull any airtime on the hills (except for the fourth drop, which is angled at 45 degrees and can give a good scare for any riders going backwards!). What it does do is soak you with a ridiculous amount of water; more than Wildebeest! In some of the tunnels, the raft will pass through floods of water that completely soak every passenger on board. And when you reach the end, it gives a whitewater finale by ending in a small flowing river of water instead of on a conveyor belt like Wildebeest does.

(The following POV footage was shot with the express written permission of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari management during a private event.)

Mammoth is absolutely amazing to ride, and is beautiful to look at. Wildebeest will provide more thrills, but Mammoth is probably more fun to ride with friends because of how you are facing each other and how Mammoth has a higher capacity.

I was able to ride both of these slides once during the exclusive ride times (ERT’s). I wish I could have ridden them more, but I wanted to be able to take photos of both slides. Also, the water that morning was freezing! The air temperature during the ERT session was around 60 degrees (Fahrenheit), and the water was cooled the night before when temperatures were around 50 degrees. Don’t think that the water is like this all the time though. On normal warmer days, the water is pretty nice. Splashin Safari even has an app on their website to tell you how warm their water is.

Still, even with the frigid water that morning, everyone who rode Mammoth seemed to love it!

I’ll have to take another trip back to Holiday World later this summer so I can try Mammoth again when the water is warmer. I definitely can’t wait for that!

Mammoth next to Wildebeest

Splashin Safari Review

Splashin Safari

I would like to first say that Holiday World has to be one of the cleanest parks I have ever visited. Even with free sodas and people drinking them from plastic cups, there is almost no litter to be found on their ground. Holiday World also gives off a great family feeling with the owners, Pat and Dan Koch, walking around their park often to greet guests. These factors I especially enjoyed about their park.

I visited Splashin Safari during an annual roller coasters enthusiast event called Holiwood Nights which contains exclusive riding times on their roller coasters and a few of their water slides, including the world record holder for the longest water coaster, Wildebeest.

 

The Wildebeest is a thrilling water coaster with seven upward hydromagnetic sections. The water slide starts with a conveyor lift to the top while you sit in the inline raft. Once you reach the top, you are greeted by a ride operator, and a flood of water coming in from the sides of the tunnel. The slide races towards and over each hill at a very fast pace and soaking you at the same time. Because of the fast pace, you can get airtime on most of the hills. This water coaster always leaves people smiling and completely soaked by the time they reach the station at the end of the slide. The only downside to this amazing water slide is that the water temperature on it is the coldest throughout the entire water park, but this never kept me from riding it more than 5 times during the Holiwood Nights event.

Wildebeest Wildebeest Wildebeest Wildebeest

Zoombabwe is a very tall and long dark family raft slide. This slide is pretty fast for a dark raft slide, and with all that speed it’s surprising how long it lasts. The slide has air holes in it punched out in shapes of tiki faces and there are areas in the slide where extra water is added to slow down the rafts. This water slide also sits between the tracks of the Legend roller coaster, giving a unique view of passengers riding it. The downside to this water slide is that the walk up to it is pretty long.
ZOOMBabwe ZOOMBabwe ZOOMBabwe ZOOMBabwe

Zinga is a purple and blue ProSlide Tornado that also sits in the area of the Legend roller coaster. This water slide starts with a speedy drop into a large tunneled helix, then it drops out into the Tornado section where you ride up the walls. This was a very fun slide to ride because of how fast you enter the tornado section and the floating feeling you get when you ride up the walls of the element. The downside to this slide is that it also has a long walk to get to it.
Zinga Zinga Zinga Zinga

The Jungle Racer is a normal 10 lane mat racer water slide with three dips. This slide seemed to have one of the shorter lines in the park because of it’s higher capacity and short slide duration. The slide simply completes three drops, the third giving slight airtime.
Jungle Racer Jungle Racer

Otorongo is made up of three black tunneled inner-tube slides. Each slide is named from part of the slide complex’s name: Oto, Ron, and Go. Oto (right) is a normal dark slide that does a few turns before landing you in the pool. Ron (Middle) is the dark slide with two quick drops before making a big splash in the pool. Go (Left) is the slid that completes a helix before dropping and landing into the pool. Each water slide has a water curtain where the tunnels end before you hit the pool.
Watubee and Otorongo Signs Otorongo

The park’s ProSlide Behemoth bowl, Bakuli, is a very large water slide and the hardest water slide to miss. It consists of a few left and right turns before picking up a lot of speed going down a large drop and into the bowl section of the slide. When done in the bowl, you go down a much smaller, but steeper drop then forwards into the pool. This slide is quite thrilling because of it’s entrance speed into the bowl element. The only problem with this slide is that it sits within a lazy river and has only one way to get to it.
Bakuli Bakuli Bakuli Bakuli

Splashin Safari was easy to enjoy because of their selection of water slides. Unfortunately the water park did not seem to have enough shade to go around. The majority of the water park is out in the sun, and this causes the pavement to become very hot on sunny days. Luckily Holiday World offers free sunscreen in many places throughout the water park so you can avoid sunburn. Along with this is the free drinks available throughout the entire park, including the water park. This is good so you can stay hydrated.

Splashin Safari was one of the best water parks I’ve ever visited, and the reason why is not just because of the water slides. Along with the great water slides are the nice staff, clean facilities, and the free sunscreen and drinks.

Water slide ratings (N/A= unavailable)
Watubee
Watubee
AmaZOOM: 6/10
Bakuli: 8/10
Bamboo Chute:6/10
Jungle Racer: 7/10
Otorongo (3): 6/10
Safari Sam’s Splash Land (8): N/A
Watubee: 6/10
Wildebeest: 10/10!
Zinga: 8/10
ZOOMbabwe: 7/10

Other Rides/Attractions
Amazoom and Bamboo Chute
Amazoom (Blue) and Baboo Chute (White)
Bahari River: 7/10
Bahari Wave Pool: 7/10
Congo River: 6/10
Kima Bay: 7/10
Monsoon Lagoon: N/A
The Wave: 7/10