Minimum height to ride: 48 inches
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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.
At some point, Holiday World plans to 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.
This beast is currently the #1 ranked wooden coaster on the planet (Amusement Today 2011), and has held that position five years in a row.
My gosh, what a ride! It has a perfect layout. Long, airtime filled, and intense. The main word to describe this though is aggressive! It is quite rough and really packs a punch. I think this adds some character for the ride, however, it is a bit too rough in places. Still, that can't take away from the fact that it is truly one of the best coasters on the planet. A top 5 coaster. 10/10
First of all, I completely agree with all of the reviews stating that this is one of the most fun, and exciting wooden roller coasters on the planet. It also has an unbelievable layout. However, what I don't think gets captured, is the violence that this coaster attacks the course with. It was a real struggle to keep my hands up on the ride. Also it can be super rough in some spots, not Mean Streak rough but man it will bang you up if you aren't ready. Overall the coaster was an incredible ride, but I gotta knock off a couple points for roughness. 8.25/10
I absolutely love this coaster. It is tall, fast, seems to go on forever, and never lets up. The first drop is great and the whole entire out run is full of airtime while being reasonably smooth. The run back to the station, on the other hand, does give you a bit of brain rattling and focuses more on twists than airtime, but I would much rather ride a wooden coaster that is aggressive and intense than one that is perfectly smooth but not overly exciting. Voyage is my second favorite wood coaster (after El Toro) and my favorite ride at Holiday World.
Having been on roller coasters across the globe, I can safely award The Voyage my humble slot for #1 overall (wooden or steel). It is without a doubt the wildest and most enjoyable ride experience I've had since I started riding at the wee age of 6. It's the best for several reasons:
This has one of the best layouts I've seen for a wood coaster. It never lets up! Some of the turns near the end can be pretty jarring. They gave my daughter and me mild headaches... and even some slight nausea, which usually does not happen to us on any coaster. At the same time, I love the challenge of riding this coaster! I'm not a huge wooden coaster fan, but this is now my favorite wooden coaster. However, we only rode it twice. I wanted to keep riding, but my teenage daughter found the second half too rough for her tastes. (July 2013)