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Best New Water Park Ride of 2010: Wildebeest
Best of Theme Parks 2010
Holiday World.
Santa can place another accolade under the tree at Holiday World's Splashin' Safari. The Indiana park that is known for its award-winning coasters won top honors for the best new water park ride of 2010 with Wildebeest. It had some strong competition from Scorpion's Tail, the first water slide in the U.S. with a nearly vertical loop. But Wildebeest also had Holiday World's tireless media maven, Paula Werne, beating the (African?) drum for the water coaster, and the park's mighty legions of fans who turned out in droves with their votes and support.

The world's longest water coaster, Wildebeest boasts 1710 feet, or one-third mile, of track. It delivers a two-and-a-half minute ride featuring uphill surges powered by magnetically charged linear induction motors (LIM).

The Theme Parks Guide says:

I was surprised that Omaka Rocka, the wild-looking mini-funnel ride at the popular Aquatica didn't generate more votes. And Scorpion's Tail, with its trap-door launch chamber and its 100-foot long drop into a nearly (and gnarly? What, too dated?) vertical loop certainly warrants some water park love. But Wildebeest, which breaks another record at Holiday World, was the ride to beat. It gives yet another reason for park fans to make their migration to the out-of-the-way park.

The Runners-Up:

2. Scorpion's Tail at Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

3. Tornado at Hurricane Harbor the water park at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey

4. Omaka Rocka at Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida

5. Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror at Raging Waters in San Dimas, California

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