2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Holiday World's The Voyage
Published: February 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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.