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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL TO FEATURE RIDE CONSTRUCTION
SANTA CLAUS, IN—–When construction crews for the Wildebeest water coaster hoist a huge piece of rounded fiberglass four stories in the air to “top the lifthill” in a few weeks, a crew from the National Geographic Channel will be on hand to capture the moment.
“We just got word that Wildebeest construction will be the focus of a one-hour episode of the show World’s Toughest Fixes,” says Holiday World’s president, Will Koch. “We’ve been talking to their producers for two months and it’s tremendously exciting to get the thumbs up.”
World’s Toughest Fixes is a host-driven show, with “engineering enthusiast” professional rigger Sean Riley taking part in the task at hand. While on location at Holiday World, Riley will help top Wildebeest’s lifthill and also place the final piece of the water coaster’s fiberglass.
“We’re told Riley is game for just about anything, especially at great heights,” says Koch. “We’re talking about sending him to the top of The Voyage’s 163-foot lifthill and the summit of Pilgrims Plunge’s 135-foot elevator tower.” The host will return to Holiday World in the spring to ride Wildebeest, the world’s longest water coaster. The episode is scheduled to air in June.
World’s Toughest Fixes is one of National Geographic Channel’s most-watched shows, second only to The Dog Whisperer. The popular channel is available in more than 140 countries, seen in over 160 million homes and in 25 languages.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are closed for the season following a record 63rd year. Holiday World will open for the season on May 1, 2010; Splashin’ Safari’s opening day, with the premiere of Wildebeest water coaster, is May 14. For more information, visit www.holidayworld.com or call 1-877-Go-Family.