2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Holiday World's The Voyage
Today's attraction spotlight shines on the biggest roller coaster at the smallest park in this year's tournament: Holiday World's The Voyage
joins the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
as the fifth seed in the Best Roller Coaster bracket.
This hybrid wooden coaster from The Gravity Group debuted at the Santa Claus, Indiana theme park in 2006, as the anchor of the park's Thanksgiving land. Themed to the Pilgrims' voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, The Voyage offers all the thrills that one would expect from a tempest-tossed ocean crossing.
This 1.2-mile coaster provides five underground tunnels, three 90-degree banked turns, dramatic drops, and multiple track crossovers at a maximum speed of 67 mph.
And did we mention the airtime? Oh, yes, lots and lots of airtime.
For 2010, Holiday World will install new, Timberliner trains on the coaster, with larger seats and adjusting wheels, designed to provide a smoother, faster ride, with less wear on the track.
Yeah, it's the off-season, and there's been a pile of snow on the ground in southern Indiana, but let's take a ride anyway, shall we?
Holiday World's been one of the few attendance success stories in recent years, with not only The Voyage but also the park's free parking and free soft drinks drawing fans from all over the Midwest. (And with Kentucky Kingdom closing, expect more people to visit Holiday World in 2010.) Even so, the park draws millions fewer fans that the Orlando and Southern California parks that are dominating the tournament. If The Voyage is going to make it into the later rounds, it will need its fans to make a strong case for it to other readers.
Here's your chance, in the comments.
That is quite a coaster!
Robert - I'm going to take a swing and say that Manta is your favorite steel coaster and The Voyage is your favorite woodie. Am I way off?
I've heard nothing but amazing things about this coaster & just looking at it & watching POVs gives me chills. I think I'll finally be experiencing the glory of The Voyage this year & I can hardly wait!
I live 10 minutes from Holiday World and get there often. The Voyage is the best coaster ever! Rode it 8 times in one day once. I love it! They have lots of other great rides, as well as an awesome water park. All make for a great day at the park. What other amusement park can you go to and get free soft drinks all day, freee sunscreen, and free parking. They're the best! I'm so glad I love so close, though it is well worth a drive, too, especially if you have kids. I sound like a commercial but I'm just that big of a fan! GREAT PARK!
The case for Holiday World is much like the movie Field Of Dreams. If you build it, they will come, and we have.
This is one of those rides that truly belongs among the best in America. The problem is that not many around here have ridden it, and for some reason people think coasters like Griffon belong in the same ballpark as it. This is a ride that should advance far, but won't because of the format. Sad to think that The Voyage will be out of the tournament and some show will still be in it.
Yep, Joshua. That's what I told the LA Times, and I'll stick with it.
The Voyage is amazing and unrelenting from start to finish. If you are a wooden coaster fan you owe it to yourself to ride this outstanding creation.
After watching that video I really want to add this park to my Cedar Fair 2011 road trip. Although not a Cedar Fair park, it seems like a few trips on The Voyage plus a free beverage would be worth the price of admission.
One other note: Holiday World's other two coasters, the Raven and The Legend, are both stellar coasters in their own right, and well worth your time. Some parks have "IT", and some parks don't...Holiday World may actually have too much of "IT"! =)
A question about Holiday World- we're planning on making a trip there this summer. Should we plan on a one-day visit or two days? Plus, my wife has MS and heat and sun really take a toll on her- is there plenty of shade there, and are they accomidating to those using electric scooters? She can walk short distances, but long walks or standing long time in heat will cause her to have a major problem.
3/4 to 1 full day if you are just there for coasters and midway rides, 1&1/2 to 2 days if you are going to the uber water park as well.
I agree with James (again), Holiday World has THREE awesome coasters (going a bit against the grain, I rank them Legend, Voyage and Raven in that order). But I will almost certainly pick Voyage over it's challenger. Holiday World is a park well worth a drive from Cedar Point, or King's Island (I'm among the many who say "good riddance" to Kentucky Kingdom...). And I recall quite a few trees and plenty of shade.
I have no doubt the ride alone is worth the price of admission, but I live in Ottawa. Sure, if Holiday World was in Toronto or New York, I would definitely pay a visit, but Santa Claus, Indiana? Bit of a hike for one park.
If you wanna ride the best, you have to travel to the best! It is not going to come to you!
The Voyage is the BEST wooden coaster today.
James K --
^Wow...gotta love that kind of top notch commitment to customer service! Kudos to Holiday World! =)
Voyage is a fast, fun coaster. The day I went to Holiday World in July 2007, it must of been grumpy employee day. I was disapointed in the park. NO dark ride in the Halloween area. Free drinks were great though.
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