Holiday World adds Family Boomerang coaster for 2024

August 1, 2023, 9:55 AM · After weeks of teases, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari this morning confirmed its new coaster for 2024 - Good Gravy!

The Vekoma Family Boomerang will be the first of its model installed in the United States, the park said.

"Since 1946, our family has been dedicated to being the best at family fun, Holiday World Owner Leah Koch-Blumhardt said. "We're excited to add a coaster to our lineup that caters to the entire family, just like Thanksgiving dinner! The experience will be smooth and gentle enough for grandparents and younger children to enjoy, yet it's still dynamic enough for the thrill seekers."

The coaster's name comes from the Boomerang coaster's resemblance to a gravy boat. Good Gravy!will feature a cranberry-colored track and decorations including a giant cranberry can, a 20-foot-tall whisk and an 18-foot-tall rolling pin. Its train will be pulled backward uphill before flying through the station on its way up a 77-foot-tall spike, then returning, backwards. The top speed on the nearly 1,500-foot journey will be 37 miles per hour.

In keeping with the family design of the coaster, the height requirement for Good Gravy! will be just 38 inches.

"We put the Guest experience at the center of this design," Park Owner Lauren Crosby said. "We took every detail seriously. We added stroller parking, and a play area for kids who aren’t quite big enough to ride yet, and benches with shade for the family members who prefer to watch. The best detail is that the queue building is air-conditioned, and themed elaborately to Thanksgiving at Grandma's house."

Coaster track will arrive on site in Santa Claus, Indiana - appropriately - in November for an opening next season.

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Replies (2)

August 1, 2023 at 3:06 PM

This is a great additional to this park and the theming is spot on. This reminds me of some of the quirky theming you see at some of the European Parks.

August 1, 2023 at 4:09 PM

Holiday World's Thanksgiving land is emerging as one not to sleep on, with this joining Thunderbird, The Voyage, and Gobbler Getaway.

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