Water ride torn down at Holiday World

By The Associated Press

SANTA CLAUS — Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari has removed what once was touted as the world’s tallest water ride.

The deconstruction of the ride formerly called “Pilgrim’s Plunge” began earlier this month. The ride, featured on past Travel Channel programs, had been renamed “Giraffica.”

Holiday World President Matt Eckert said the decision to tear down the attraction was difficult but unavoidable.

“If you’re one of our super-fans, you’re probably not surprised,” Eckert said on a blog post on Holiday World’s website. “You’ve noticed the ride has not been open as often as we all would have liked. We sincerely apologize for the disappointment.”

Director of Communications Paula Werne said there is plenty to look forward to this season, including the Mayflower, a swinging ride ship located in the park’s Thanksgiving section.

Holiday World will open Saturday. Splashin’ Safari will open May 16. This season will feature several new attractions, including the Wildebeestro restaurant, a grab-and-go food outlet serving wraps, seafood, salads, fruit and other items and the Safari Outpost with swimwear, sundries and souvenirs as well as new interior and exterior designs for Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen. There will also be a new home for visits with Santa Claus and Friday night fireworks displays.