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Hey everybody!


This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Holiday World, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.


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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!







June 13th, 2005 - New Thanksgiving Section and the world's top "air-time" wooden coaster "The Voyage" announced!(See Below)

September 15th, 2005 - Holiday World blogs about Gobbler Getaway

September 22nd, 2005 -Voyage Construction Pictures

October 28th, 2005 -Awesome, up-close Voyage Construction Pictures



January 6th, 2006 - Holiday World announced a new enthusiast event: HoliWood Nights

January 20th, 2006 -Voyage Lift Hill Pics from Holiblog!

April 6th, 2006 -Voyage construction pics from Gravity Group, including the turnaround!

April 19th, 2006 -The Voyage is testing!

May 23rd, 2006 - Consumer's Digest names Holiday World "Top Value"

September 6th, 2006 - Holiday World announces 2007 additions: Turkey Whirl, Thanksgiving Cafe and waterpark bowl attraction

November 6th, 2006 - Holiday World records highest attendance in a year



September 20th, 2007 - Kima Bay announced



Aug. 26th, 2008-World's Tallest Water Ride "Pilgrim's Plunge" coming to Holiday World



April 6th, 2009 - Pilgrim's Plunge starts testing

Mar. 13th, 2009 - Pilgrim's Plunge is completely up!

Mar. 31st, 2009 - Pilgrim's Plunge construction pics, including the station.

April 30th, 2009 - Santa takes the plunge at the Pilgrim's Plunge media day!



June 13th, 2010 - Holiday World's President Will Koch passes away

June 22nd, 2010 - Dan Koch, Will Koch's brother steps in as park president

July 1st, 2010 - Holiday World launches a free iOS App & mobile site

August 6th, 2010 - National news show names Wildebeest "Top Coaster"

October 12th, 2010 - Record attendance, Will Koch in hall of fame & more!

November 4th, 2010 - Video of Timberliner Trains taking 1st human riders!



February 13th, 2011 - Koch family donates $25,000 to Lincoln Amphitheatre

March 3rd, 2011 - Vote for Wildebeest as 2010's best new water park ride!

April 11th, 2011 - Burt the Conqueror coming to Holiday World!

April 27th, 2011 - Jay Cutler to raise funds for diabetes research

June 12th, 2011 - Holiday World mourns the loss of long-time employee

July 1st, 2011 - Holiday World to be featured on Bert the Conqueror

August 3rd, 2011 - 'Mammoth' water coaster surpasses Wildebeest at HW

September 28th, 2011 - Mini Star Flyer for 2012 (replaces Paul Revere's Midnight Ride)



January 9th, 2012 - A 'Mammoth Monday,' Mammoth construction update!

January 14th, 2012 - Voyage offseason track work & Timberliner update

February 7th, 2012 - Historic church being moved to Santa Claus Park

March 19th, 2012 - Timberliners won't be installed on Voyage until 2013

April 3rd, 2012 - Holiday World to host "Rock the World" Christian Music Fest

April 16th, 2012 - Mammoth to be featured on new Travel Channel show

May 11th, 2012 - 'Super Fan Family' contest winners revealed

June 28th, 2012 - 4th of July fireworks cancelled due to dry weather

July 15th, 2012 - The Voyage featured on Insane Coaster Wars show

July 25th, 2012 - Holiday World named "Top Value Park" in Consumer Digest

September 11th, 2012 - Holiday World receives Golden Ticket Award honors

October 23rd, 2012 - New for 2013 Rides/Slides Announced!

November 4th, 2012 - Park named "Best Amusement Park for Merrymakers"

November 15th, 2012 - Details for 2013 Holliwood Nights released



January 8th, 2013 - Matt Eckert named Park President and CEO

March 28th, 2013 - Park ranks 2nd only to Disney according to FamilyFun

April 19th, 2013 - No Timberliners for 2013 Season

May 17th, 2013 - Park receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

July 6th, 2013 - Hyena Falls POV posted!

August 4th, 2013 - Splashin' Safari named best water park in the nation

September 6th, 2013 - Park announce $8 million expansion for 2014

October 4th, 2013 - Court sides with Lori Koch in park control dispute



February 20th, 2014 - "Rock the World" Christian Music Fest acts announced!

April 18th, 2014 - Giraffica/Pilgrim's Plunge removal confirmed

July 24th, 2014 - Thunderbird announced - B&M launched Wing Rider

October 13th, 2015 - a few Thunderbird construction shots

November 18, 2014 - Thunderbird's lead car revealed!



April 27th, 2015 - Thunderbird Media Day coverage



January 14th, 2016 - retacking elements of Legend announced

October 30, 2016 - Park reveals there are restoring a Calypso to open in 2017, ride name is Firecracker



January 11th, 2018 - New entertainment offerings coming for 2018 season!



October 11th, 2018 - $5.5 million in investments planned for 2019!



August 6th, 2019 - Cheetah Chase launched racing slides announced!


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Your family will want to gather together for a feast of fun next season!


The world's top "air-time" wooden coaster will be the main course at Holiday World's new Thanksgiving section in 2006!


"The Voyage is going to be an air-time machine, with riders experiencing a feeling of weightlessness for a total of 24.2 seconds," says Will Koch, the parks' president. "We're taking the traditional out-and-back layout to the extreme, with the steepest drop on any wooden coaster in the nation. The Voyage will be 1.2 miles long, placing it among the planet's top three longest and fastest wooden coasters."


A feast of "floater" air-time, The Voyage will feature three drops of over 100 feet, with the first drop's angle of descent a steep 66 degrees. The top speed of the three-train coaster will be 67.4 miles per hour.


"We've carved out five underground tunnels for The Voyage‹which is a world record," says Koch. "And some of those tunnels will be wide enough that we'll roar through them twice, creating a total of eight 'underground moments,' one of which will include a 'triple-down' feature."


The Voyage will also have two sections of extreme, 90-degree banking.


And the rest... is gravy.


Other new attractions planned for 2006 include Bahari River, an action river for Splashin' Safari. The Thanksgiving section in Holiday World will be stuffed full of family fun, including a turkey-chase-themed interactive "dark ride," another new ride, large restaurant, shop, games and more.


The Voyage will set sail on May 6, 2006, on the opening day of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari's 60th Anniversary Season.


THE VOYAGE Roller Coaster Fact Sheet


DESCRIPTION: The Voyage, which opens May 6, 2006, is Holiday World's third wooden roller coaster. Located in the new Thanksgiving section, it is 1.2 miles long and provides a record 24.2 seconds of "air time." This steel-structure wooden coaster takes a twist on the standard out-and-back layout, adding a terrain-coaster adventure in the "back" half of the ride.


FEATURES: The Voyage includes a record five underground tunnels (some are double, creating eight "underground moments"), a series of dramatic drops (including a 66-degree angle of descent on the first drop), two 90-degree banked turns, and multiple track crossovers. The Voyage includes extreme air-time, extreme banking, and extreme speed.


TRACK LENGTH: 6,442 feet (1.2 miles), third longest wooden coaster in the world.


RIDE HEIGHT: The maximum height difference on The Voyage is 173 feet.


DROPS/ANGLES: The most dramatic drops on The Voyage measure 154 feet (66-degree angle of descent, the steepest drop on a U.S. wooden coaster), 107 feet (51-degree angle), and 100 feet (50.5-degree angle). The lift hill measures 163 feet.


EXTREME AIR-TIME: The Voyage provides the most air-time of any wooden coaster: 24.2 seconds (anything less than +.25 vertical G's, average front/middle/back seats).


EXTREME BANKING: The Voyage includes two 90-degree banked turns.


SPEED: The Voyage's maximum speed is 67.4 mph. Average speed is 41.9 mph.


RIDE TIME: 2 minutes, 45 seconds (station to station).


RIDE SIMULATION: www.holidayworld.com/voyage_video.html


TUNNELS: A record five underground tunnels, including eight "underground moments" and a "triple down" feature in one of the return-run tunnels.


TRAINS: Three 28-passenger PTC trains (seven cars per train, four riders per car).


LUMBER: Southern Yellow Pine; estimated board feet: 320,000.


STEEL: 750 tons, estimated.


CAPACITY/HEIGHT LIMIT: 1,200 Guests per hour. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall.


INVESTMENT: $6.5 million, the largest ride project in Holiday World's 60-year history.

RIDE DESIGNER: The Gravity Group, Cincinnati, Ohio.


You can download a video of the ride here:



Images from the Holiday Worldwebsite:


The New Thanksgiving Section


The "Airtime Chart"


Figure 8 out in the woods!


The "Return"

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After watching the video, all i could think of was....


"rumored prefessional version of no limits is true?"


There were a LOT of similarities of that video, and no-limits, most notibly, the base-audio of the train.


It does look like one AWESOME coaster though.

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All I can say is "WOW"!! I have been following this impending announcement on their website for the past couple of weeks as I am planning to make my first visit there in two weeks. This sounds like an awesome addition to what sounds like just an awesome park. I am so excited to go there now, and will definitely plan a return visit for 2006!


Robb and Elissa.... TPR Day at Holiday World sometime next summer????


Shari "WOW" Shoufler

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After watching the video, all i could think of was....


"rumored prefessional version of no limits is true?"


There were a LOT of similarities of that video, and no-limits, most notibly, the base-audio of the train.


It does look like one AWESOME coaster though.


So thats where my nolimits track went to!!


But seriously it does seem to be the professional nolimits software used to make this video.


Jarvis "about to call my lawyer right now" Morant!

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WOW, this could end up being one of the best coasters ever, we will see, but I HAVE to get to Holiday to ride it, as well as the other two great coasters they have there, good lord!

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After watching the video, all i could think of was....


"rumored prefessional version of no limits is true?"


There were a LOT of similarities of that video, and no-limits, most notibly, the base-audio of the train.


It does look like one AWESOME coaster though.


It is not the first time NL was used for such a presentation. It's been done quite a few times before. The Vekoma Motorbike coaster or the Gerstlauer Vertical Drop Coasters jump to my minds right now...

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Wait Wait Wait...I'm more interested in the Thanksgiving themed dark ride! Does it involve shooting turkey's? Giving Thanks virtually? This could be interesting.


As for the coaster...I'm sure it will be good, I'm not the biggest Shivering Timbers fan though and this reminds me of that a lot. I'm wondering also why they went with steel structure...I guess cost.


Good for Holiday World!


Elissa "now get back to more water park rides!" Alvey

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I'm wondering also why they went with steel structure...I guess cost.


I started thinking about that very thing and the best i could come up with is this:


Since the coaster appears to border the woods quite frequently, it seems like a steel structure would keep the base of those tall hills from getting too wide. Hence saving some trees and concealing the coaster.


I mean look at the supports for Mean Streaks first drop ...


Source: http://www.rcdb.com


compared to Hades ...


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I think steel, because of the 90 degree banking, and the fact that it can withstand those forces better



RCDB says it only going to cost 6.5 million, that is a deal for a coaster like this



DAMMIT, HW is like 1300 miles away, that would be quite a road trip

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Keeping the structure narrow makes alot of sense. I really don't like alot of steel/wood coasters, but I think as long as the track is maintained the rigid feeling will be minimal. HW definitly doesn't slouch on maintinence so that shouldn't be an issue.


*Digging in for the longest 10 months in some time.*

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I had to look at the HW website before I left work this evening, reading all the info & watching the 2 video clips of 'Voyage'.


All I can say is I'm very impressed... Looks like HW are building a 'winner' there.


Paul 'Oh well I'll have to go back to Holiday World ' Chapman

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