Holiday World announces world’s first launched water coaster, Cheetah Chase

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SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (WEHT) – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari announced Tuesday it will introduce the world’s first launched water coaster.

The new attraction, called Cheetah Chase, will also be the world’s first racing water coaster.

This will be the park’s third water coaster, totaling more than 1,700 feet of track.

Riders will experience a water-powered flat launch before racing against their families toward the finish line.

Riders will go more than 20 miles per hour.

“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,” said Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “There’s nothing like this out there.”

The ride will cost approximately $7 million to build. Construction will start later this summer. It’s expected to finish by summer 2020.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s existing water coasters, Wildebeest and Mammoth, have been voted the No. 1 and No. 2 water park attractions by the Golden Ticket Awards.

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

Brad Stanton is a coaster enthusiast. He came from Los Angeles to see the reveal.

“It looks like an awesome water coaster,” he said. “I’ve been on a couple water coaster, this one looks really cool with the dueling aspect.”

Leah Koch, part owner of the park, says Holiday World prides itself on being the biggest, best, and first in many things.

“We already have the world’s best water coaster, we already have the world’s longest water coaster, so we knew we needed something different,” Koch said.

They’ll squeeze Cheetah Chase in the shadow of The Voyage roller coaster, near Kima Bay and Bakuli.

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This story was originally published on August 6, 2019

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