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Holiday World made an announcement on their “Holiblog” on Wednesday about the new attraction coming to the park for the 2012 season. Along with the announcement of the new ride came the news of the departure of an old ride as well, Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride.
Having taken guests for spinning rides for 33 years, Paul Revere’s Midnight ride will see its last days at Holiday World over the next week, retiring when the park closes for the regular season on October 9, 2011. A product of the famous Everly Aircraft Company, Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride is a classic Spider ride which opened with the park, then known as Santa Claus Land, in 1978, alongside the Lewis & Clark Trail. On their website, the park stated that the ride was “no longer dependable,” and as a result was being removed.
Going up in its place however, will be a new 65-foot tall “Vertical Swing Ride!” From the concept drawings seen, the ride appears to be either a Funtime Star Flyer or Zamperla Sky Rider model swing ride. With so many giant swing rides popping up around the US the past few years and in the coming years, it is somewhat confusing why Holiday World went with one of such a relatively small stature. That may be answered, however, by the rides 36” height limit, compared to the 52” height limit seen on most of the Cedar Fair Windseekers. The park wanted to replace Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride with a new ride that had the same height restriction, so that kids and families would not lose a ride they could enjoy together.
Holiday World has stated they will have more information about the new ride coming over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for additional details.