Sunday, October 24, 2010

World’s Longest Water Coaster, “Wildebeest” Featured On National Geographic Channel

wildebeest water coaster holiday world

The Wildebeest, the world’s longest water coaster, was recently featured on National Geographic Channel’s World’s Toughest Fixes. No, the ride wasn’t broken, but the show covered its complicated construction process.

wildebeest water coaster holiday world

First, let me bring you up to speed. If you thought water rides only flow downhill, welcome to the 21st century of water coasters! A water coaster is a water ride that provides descents and ascents powered by water jets, conveyor belts, and more recently: linear induction motors (think bullet train magnets).

The Wildebeest at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana, is a “HydroMagnetic Rocket” ride that utilizes a linear induction motor. It is also the longest water coaster, at 1/3 mile (1,710 feet).

Park president, Will Koch, is quoted on the Holiday World website:

“An alternating magnetic field beneath the slide surface propels the rafts, pushing them rapidly and smoothly uphill. LIM technology is a popular feature in some steel roller coasters; it

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