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How intense are the water coasters? My 4 year old is 42", are they generally too intense for a child that age? He enjoyed splash mountain and big thunder at disneyland but not sure how that compares. I'm going to do a lap as a single rider to check things out first, but just curious if it's the kind of ride that generally gets kids that young?

 

My 5 year old is tall enough for Millenium Force at Cedar Point but obviously have not taken him on it yet Just wondering if it's one of those deals

 

 

I don't think it's too intense but one thing is the water splashing in your face while you ride, particularly on Wildebeest, can make it feel like a bigger deal than it is. It's a bit hard to capture in words, one of those 'you'll know what I mean once you do it' kind of things. But if he's ok with those Disney rides then he'll be fine here

 

cool thanks, which would be the best to start with, wildebeest or mammoth?

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I agree with mikey above and going with that, Mammoth would be the better starter to test the waters, as it were. A plus to Mammoth is the seating arrangement seems like it would be more reassuring to a younger child.

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I agree with mikey above and going with that, Mammoth would be the better starter to test the waters, as it were. A plus to Mammoth is the seating arrangement seems like it would be more reassuring to a younger child.

 

yeah i was wondering, on wildebeest they'd always be facing forwards and i could wrap my legs around them.. but on mammoth they're kind of on their own and will have times where they can't see whats happening

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Also, will be visiting next wednesday, I'm hoping it will be pretty quiet but if it isn't, what's the best plan of attack for Voyage, Legend, Raven and Thunderbird. What order should I do them to wait in line the least amount of time?

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if you're not doing the water park, I would kind of spend the first hour riding some of the flat rides because at 11 when the water park opens the dry side empties out quickly and typically the waits are a whole lot better until the water park closes and then wait times will go back up again.

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if you're not doing the water park, I would kind of spend the first hour riding some of the flat rides because at 11 when the water park opens the dry side empties out quickly and typically the waits are a whole lot better until the water park closes and then wait times will go back up again.

 

yeah i'm not big on flats, i'm going mostly the 4 big coasters and will join family in the waterpark afterwards

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If you want to do the big water slides, ride them as soon as Splashin' Safari opens.

 

Raven gets its worst wait when the park opens due to its location. If you aren't at the front of the pack, just move onto Legend, Voyage, and Thunderbird.

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If you want to do the big water slides, ride them as soon as Splashin' Safari opens.

 

Raven gets its worst wait when the park opens due to its location. If you aren't at the front of the pack, just move onto Legend, Voyage, and Thunderbird.

 

Thanks! Hows the single rider line on the two water coasters, if I wanted to re-ride later in the day when the kids are napping or something, does it move pretty fast?

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Would the other TPR members here want to make a water cup challenge team? I have 3 spots left for Team 9 at 10 pm tomorrow.

 

I fully expect it to be a disaster on a ride with this many laterals, but it'll be a fun disaster.

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Would the other TPR members here want to make a water cup challenge team? I have 3 spots left for Team 9 at 10 pm tomorrow.

 

I fully expect it to be a disaster on a ride with this many laterals, but it'll be a fun disaster.

I’ll do it! Maybe I can get my significant other to join as well. Didn’t know there were teams. Which coaster is it? I was Queen of the 2010 TPR water cup challenge on Medusa, but I’ve never tried one on a wooden coaster.

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Voyage was running absolutely insane last night in the dark. I talked to one of the supervisors and I don't remember the exact number he said but they said the run time was (at least 5, 6 seconds, or 9 (lol sorry I don't remember) faster than a normal run. You could definitely tell the difference. And with actual facts to back it up from the ride system instead of it just feeling crazier in the dark.

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Yeah it was flying! That was the reason I came to Holiwood Nights and it didn't disappoint. That speed with the darkness was completely out-of-control. And the trim was off for my ride earlier today as well.

 

Would the other TPR members here want to make a water cup challenge team? I have 3 spots left for Team 9 at 10 pm tomorrow.

 

I fully expect it to be a disaster on a ride with this many laterals, but it'll be a fun disaster.

I’ll do it! Maybe I can get my significant other to join as well. Didn’t know there were teams. Which coaster is it? I was Queen of the 2010 TPR water cup challenge on Medusa, but I’ve never tried one on a wooden coaster.

 

I signed up a team for 10 pm. It's on Legend so those lats will be killer with a water cup.

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Water cup challenge on Legend during HWN 2018: in the top 10 single most fun times I've ever had on a coaster. I didn't make it this year, but I'll be back next year eager to do that challenge!

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Yeah, Voyage?... Holy cow, that coaster was flying high these past two nights! I'm so glad to have made it to this year's event, because the whole vibe and overall atmosphere was so much better than many of the past years too.

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The park knocked the event out of the park. I had only heard good things and it exceeded those lofty expectations. I'll definitely be returning.

 

The water cup challenge was a challenge, but I miraculously got back with a full cup! I saw one other person do it to. Neither of us will reveal the tricks of the trade.

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I'll post a full report at some point but wow, wow, wow, and more WOW. This was my first Holiwood Nights and Holiday World absolutely knocked it out of the park. Definitely one of the best weekends of my life. Oh and.... OMG. TRIMLESS VOYAGE IN THE FRONT SEAT

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Yeah, Voyage?... Holy cow, that coaster was flying high these past two nights! I'm so glad to have made it to this year's event, because the whole vibe and overall atmosphere was so much better than many of the past years too.

 

I agree. Although the attendance was reported higher than any previous year (and it showed), it didn't detract from the experience. The energy was incredible, especially in the Voyage station. Of course, Voyage was running awesome both nights and the triple-down into the second-half (minus the trims), was insane!

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I got my first rides on Voyage in during the day before HoliWood Nights started and thought "holy crap, that is the most insane coaster ever, how...." not even knowing what I was in for when they turned those trims off later in the night. HOLY ******* **** BALLS that girl hauls when they unleash her 2nd half. I wish I could have purchased my picture because I know I had a look of terror on my face bracing on the lap bar as she just absolutely screamed us back to the station. The noises those PTC's make on an untrimmed lap are just mental. The Voyage (untrimmed) is very clearly the edge of what you can do with those cars / traditional wood and oh man was I living for it.

 

I'll be back to HoliWood Nights just to get more trimless laps, that thing is INSANE. /voted

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Overall HN was an incredible event... thanks to the park staff that made it all happen!

 

I did have two questions about Holiday World in general though. Are their operations and food always so terrible?

 

For some reason I thought I had read on here / elsewhere that HW had some decent food but yikes the options were tragic, Six Flags levels bad. The worst chicken fingers, nearly inedible pizza w/ weird sauce, soggy boneless wings w/ generic Tso sauce, the cheapest burger patties available from costco, the scariest looking mexican ground beef we'd ever seen (it's in little pellets), no interesting condiments to help the situations above... our group was a bit surprised at how awful the food was and how young/inexperienced the 14 year olds that seemed to be serving it all were.

 

As for ops, their need to lock and unlock containers every cycle was causing every major coaster except Thunderbird to stack for 30-45 seconds while someone fumbled with a lock.

 

Overall we left LOVING the park, its atmosphere, and its rides, but it was really a struggle finding anything edible and watching kids fumble with padlocks while full lines of people wait.

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If you ever return, I highly recommend trying Plymoth Rock Cafe. It's the restaurant in Thanksgiving right next to Voyage's lift hill and across from Gobbler's Getaway. I've always loved their fried chicken, green beans, and other side dinner options there. Sorry to hear ya had a less-than-stellar experience with the food.

 

So nice to see all the praise for The Voyage, with all the new track work. How 'bout a vote for the old girl? https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-roller-coaster/the-voyage-holiday-world/ Thanks!

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