Swinging ship part of Holiday World projects

Artist rendering courtesy of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

From local sources

SANTA CLAUS — Holiday World officials announced today that the park’s major construction project for 2014 will be a swinging ship ride named the Mayflower.

The new family ride will carry up to 60 riders at a time and swing in an arc 54 feet above a pool of water, according to park President Matt Eckert.

Since the park expanded to include a Thanksgiving-themed section in 2006, it has received hundreds of suggestions to add a ride like this, Eckert said. He said the park made the announcement today because it is the anniversary date of the Pilgrims setting sail for America. He also said more additions are planned for the Thanksgiving section of the park.

Additional projects for 2014 include Friday night fireworks from June 13 through Aug. 1, a Summer Fun Card program for multiday summer visits, a covered-bridge entry to the Thanksgiving section, additional benches and shade structures, parking lot improvements and, in Splashin’ Safari, extended hours, a new restaurant and shop and more cabanas.

Eckert says the cost of next year’s improvements will total $8 million. Ticket prices, he said, will not increase in 2014.

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