2012 Best Attraction Tournament: The Voyage vs. Apollo's Chariot
It's time to return to the Best Roller Coaster bracket in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
We're a step away from our final four contestants in this bracket, and your vote today will put one of these popular coasters there. Which will it be?
The Voyage - at Holiday World
Apollo's Chariot - at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Voting is open for 24 hours. You can recruit more voters to your cause by sharing this post on Facebook and via Twitter.
Tomorrow: Universal's Horror Make-Up Show and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular face off in the Best Show bracket.
The Voyage is a flawless, excitingly, and breath-taking attraction that you do not want to miss!!
There are far better wooden coasters than Voyage (El Toro, Thunderhead just to name a few). Although I don't like B&M Megas, I went with Apollo for the upset.
I voted for The Voyage.
I love both, but the Voyage is a singular experience, unmatched thus far in my coaster travels.
I have only been on Apollo's Chariot. I voted for it, only because I usually find wooden coasters (even highly rated ones) a little bit of a disappointment. I didn't actually love Apollo's Chariot that much, so really that was a slight disappointment to me too, but I still felt after seeing footage of The Voyage I would have found them about the same. And a vote for the devil you know, is better than a vote for the devil you don't.
Brilliant. I promise I won't use it for tactical voting. :)
I voted voyage even though I haven't rode it it seems awesome
In 2007, I had my only rides on Voyage. 50 rides over 2 days, many at night. The ride blew me away, and when I left Santa Claus, I had it as my #3 coaster, behind only El Toro and The Beast (those rankings have changed since.) I have not made it back to Holiday World in the intervening years. I've heard, from people I trust, that the ride is a shell of what it was. Maybe I'm kinda romanticizing it a little (remembering it as better than it was,) but I loved the ride.
Mike, I am saddened to say that you are not the first TPI poster to mention that the Voyage may be showing some age. Rough kills a coaster faster than an overdone MCBR, so I sincerely hope HW is doing everything it can to preserve this tour de force. I would hate for my favorite coaster to go the way of so many other neglected woodies: re-tracked to death, slower than snot, and basically un-ride-able. The victims of this type of neglect are littered across nation: Mean Streak (CP), Hurler (KD), Timber Wolf (WoF), Screamin' Eagle (SFStL), Cyclone (SFNE), and Judge Roy Scream (SFoT), just to name a few. However, I refuse to believe HW would let the Voyage go down that same road.
I've been on both and while they are both outstanding rides, I voted for Voyage for one reason and one reason only: It is the more unique of the two. I've been on four different B&M Mega Coasters, and all of them were pretty similar. However, out of the nearly 40 woodies I've been on, none is quite like the Voyage. Sure, it is rough and it certainly isn't for everyone, but I think it is a better ride overall and if the new trains do what they are supposed to this will be a no contest decision next year.
I've only ridden The Voyage once, and that was more than enough for me. It instantly gave me a pounding headache that lasted quite a while. (Same for the other three people in my party.) I love coasters, but not ones that leave me feeling beaten up! I've been going to Holiday World since it was Santa Claus Land when I was a kid, but I just can't vote for The Voyage. (Now, if it were The Raven...)
James, have you ever made it to Quassy in CT? Their Wooden Warrior, which opened last spring, was the first US installation to use Timberliners, and they were wonderful. Fun ride, too.
Mike, I have not been to Quassy in CT. The only park I have hit in
Mike, it's funny that you mention Quassy. I had the chance to visit it once over 20 years ago and was completely freaked out. Now, mind you, I was completely freaked out by Connecticut in general since, up to that point, I'd never been north of the Mason Dixon Line in my life. But after a lifetime's exposure to Disney's squeaky-cleanliness, Quassy was something different. I remember thinking "It's like a carnival, but it doesn't move!" There was an old roller coaster that scared the crap out of me, partly because I wasn't sure if it would hold the combined weight of myself and my future husband :-)
James - did you get a chance to view this video? http://youtu.be/K36iWnSaOEQ It's an update regarding off-season work on Voyage, plus a Timberliner update. Thanks!
James, hate to nitpick, but SFNE is in Massachusetts, not Connecticut. Very close to CT, though..Connecticut River borders the property and can be seen well from Bizarro.
Melanie: Found it, if you care to read. Parts I and II.
I know Apollo's does not stand a chance here, but I do love that coaster. It is one of the few coasters that I readily ride as many times as I can in a row every time I am at BGW. One, or two, or three rides are just not enough. So, yeah, Apollo's will lose here to a ride that looks damn sweet, but I still have to give some love for the ride that broke Fabio's nose.
Good, Tim. Blame the ride, not the REAL culprit!
Who's blaming? I celebrate anything that would break Fabio's nose, be it the noble bird that sacrificed his (or her) life for such a wonderful cause, or the ride that caused Fabio's nose to meet said avian.
Thanks for the links, Mike, and for the little trip down memory lane :-)
Thanks, Paula, will take a look when I get back to the wifi at work!
SFNE is right over the border, so it is very easy to get confused.
A ride like Voyage is going to require constant care to maintain it's edge and the ability to go at top notch. All of the speed and forces are rough on the structure and the trains. A lot of the issues with the coasters that James mentioned are maintenance related, but they are also design related. The type and design of the trains has everything to do with the ride experience, and only recently has their technology been revisited...oddly enough by looking into the past. The Millennium Flyer train from GCI is a 1920's design that's been made better through modern engineering and manufacturing techniques. The more modern looking Timberliner Train are very similar with an added perk...seat suspension.
Paula, I very much look forward to being "terrified in luxurious comfort!" Thanks for sharing the link. I wonder if the Timberliners will be in place in time for a Father's Day visit....?
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