Holiday World announced that they will be getting “Firecracker” for 2017. The park made the announcement by producing a unique mannequin challenge video, which can be seen above.
Firecracker is a Calypso ride, one of only a handful still in operation nationwide. The vintage ride will be restored with a patriotic theme and will be located across from Liberty Launch in the park’s 4th of July section.
“Firecracker is a distant cousin to our Scarecrow Scrambler ride,” says Eckert. “The difference, though, is that there are 16 cars which will hold two riders each – and the ride platform is on an angle. It’ll be a great family ride and a wonderful addition to our collection of classic rides.”
Firecracker’s story began in 1972, when it was a new ride at LeSourdsville Lake Park near Cincinnati. That park shuttered in 2002 and the ride was eventually moved to Fun Spot in northeast Indiana, which closed in 2008.
Other projects for 2017 include:
- Shade structures over Kitty’s Tea Party, Comet’s Rockets, Jungle Racer and Otorongo
- Track work on The Voyage and The Raven wooden roller coasters
- New six-story tower at Watubee family water slide
- Restaurant improvements to Alamo and other outlets to enhance service, allow for new menu opportunities, and increase access to free soft drinks
Holiday World will open for its 71st season on April 29.