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Vote of the week: What's coming to Holiday World?

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Published: July 29, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Holiday World is planning a press conference for next Wednesday at the park, when it will announce plans for the largest single project in the park's history, a $9 million new ride for 2012.

Typically, we stick with the big parks here on Theme Park Insider - the Disney, Universal and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment parks that top the annual attendance lists. These parks draw the big crowds for a reason. They offer the best of the best in themed entertainment, with outstanding rides, shows and service in richly immersive environments. (Though we've been known to rip 'em from time to time when they fail.)

Still, a few other, smaller parks have won our readers' love, as well. Holiday World is one of those parks, offering world-class customer service and value (parking, soft drinks and sunscreen are all free at the Santa Claus, Indiana theme park), as well as three of the best wooden roller coasters in the world.

The Raven:

The Legend:

And The Voyage:

Assuming that Holiday World will be adding a fourth coaster, what would you want it to be? Should the park continue its tradition and add another woodie? Or has Holiday World reached the limits of what can be done with a wooden coaster, and should expand into steel?

That's our vote of the week.


Okay, coaster geeks, tell us the make and model you want to see, in the comments. Or, describe what you want to see if not another coaster.

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Readers' Opinions

From Todd Houts on July 29, 2011 at 8:00 AM
Since they have such a great record with wood structures, although I voted for steel, I'd like to see a hybrid coaster (wood structure) but using the new I-box track that has now been successfully used on the new Texas Giant. The ride could contain some amazing overbanks that wouldn't be otherwise possible.
From 70.62.63.30 on July 29, 2011 at 8:19 AM
The Kochs said at Holiwood Nights this year that they'd consider steel...
From Eric G on July 29, 2011 at 8:50 AM
You need to look at the budget of the ride. Six Flags spent $10-million on the Texas Giant upgrade and that cost doesn't include the foundation and structure which were reused. That alone pretty much says they're not getting that sort of ride. Also, the plans for 2012 were hatched by Will Koch, so you need to look at rides that he would've been well aware of a couple years back. I'm expecting it to be a steel coaster.
From Mike Gallagher on July 29, 2011 at 9:09 AM
I voted for a steel coaster, which goes against every fiber of my being...THE WORLD NEEDS MORE WOOD!!! (and by "WORLD" I don't necessarily mean the Holiday kind) But it's not like I'll be heading back to HW anytime soon. Love the place, adored Voyage, loved Raven, could take or leave Legend. I just don't anticipate getting back there in the near future.
From Melissa Donahue on July 29, 2011 at 9:45 AM
I voted for a steel coaster myself. Here's a link to a courierpress.com article that was just posted to Holiday World's Facebook page regarding the new project:

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2011/jul/29/no-headline---ev_holidayworld/?partner=RSS&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

From 199.8.26.10 on July 29, 2011 at 10:18 AM
Just a head's up, and those of us who were at Holiwood Nights will remember, they literally announced on the microphone that there is not a coaster coming to Holiday World for 2012. They had all in attendance complete a survey asking what they would like to see in a future coaster, but emphasized it would not be arriving in 2012. Whatever this $9 million is for, it is not a coaster.
From Jeff Elliott on July 29, 2011 at 10:40 AM
FYI - Here is some research for you all:

Voyage (the Gravity Group) cost $8.5 million in 2006

A B&M Steelie (Intimidator @ Carowinds) cost $23 million (2011).

A B&M Flying Coaster (Tatsu @ SFMM) cost $21 million (2006)

A B&M Inverted Coaster (Patriot @ World of Fun) cost $14 million (2006)

A Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter (SpongeBob @ MoA) cost $2.9 million (2008)

A Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster (Tony Hawk @ SFoT) cost $6.5 million (2008)

A GCI Wooden Coaster (Terminator @ SFMM) cost $10 million (2009)

An Intamin Gigi Coaster (Intimidator @ KD) cost $25 million (2010)

An Intamin Agile Coaster (Fahrenheit @ Hershey) cost $12 million (2008)

An S&S 4th Dimensional Coaster (Eejanaika @ Fuji-Q) cost $31 million (2006)

I would make a guess but I am usually amazingly wrong on these.

From 72.147.163.240 on July 29, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Being that the summers are really getting hotter each year, it would be nice to have a water ride for all to enjoy....i'm not a roller coaster type of girl.
From 98.93.125.28 on July 29, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Being born & raised in southern Florida, I LIVED on steel coasters, and they're definitely my favorite, so I'm hoping that's what they'll be adding at Holiday World. (I now live about 90 minutes from there) Though I love a good wood coaster, I REALLY miss the steel!!
From Zack McDonald on July 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM
I think it's going to be a massive water slide complex from Pro Slide. The lines are long in the water park and they need more capacity. Whatever it is it will be the World's biggest, because that has been the direction they have gone in since Voyage.
From James Rao on July 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM
I'd love to see a steel coaster to compliment the great woodies at HW, however that $9 mil is earmarked for all 2012 improvements, not just a new ride. So if just a portion is used for a steel coaster you'd have to figure it would be some sort of "inexpensive" family coaster along the lines of Flight of the Hippogriff at IOA or Goofy's coaster at the Magic Kingdom.

How much is one of those Zamperla Motocoasters? One could easily be themed to reindeer, although the Xmas section of the park is pretty packed if you ask me...

An indoor dark ride/coaster like Fire in the Hole at Silver Dollar City would be a nice addition... and might fit the budget...?

The big draw at HW is the waterpark as Zack mentioned, so it would make sense for them to add more slides... *sigh*

From 75.137.46.54 on July 29, 2011 at 4:07 PM
I'd love to see a crazy mouse (i.e., a tilt a whirl on a coaster). That would be the "twist" on something we are familiar with (i.e., the tilt a whirl / Virginia reel and the former firecracker roller coaster). Here's hopin'

Or, I'm thinking it could be a 2nd entrance to the park through the water park. It gives them greater expansion capabilities too. They still have quite a bit of land...

From Tony Perkins on July 29, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Enough with the coasters already. The three they have are great but it gets to be overkill after a while. And a steel monstrosity would ruin the park's atmosphere. Build a holiday-themed dark ride with a slow-moving boat.
From 75.89.239.164 on July 31, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Because it seems to be more of a family park than a thrill park, I'd say a great fit would be something like Cheetah Hunt.... that is not overly intense..... but really themed with more than one launch point.

If they don't want the hassle and expense of a multiple launch coaster, a more adventurous mine train type ride might be nice.

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