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This looks amazing, thanks for posting Dave and TG. I remember telling Elissa that I may be in the minority for looking forward to this most if making it on Middle America.


I loved Typhoon so much (yes even after breaking it) that I wanted to one day head south to try out Deluge after hearing so many good things about it. This will be the next best if not the best thing! This should be cool since it won’t have those conveyer belts to lift up some ‘questionable’ weight up the hills lol


Robb, after hearing what you sounded like shooting out of the Patriot slides, we need to mic and strap a water proof camera on you going down this thing .

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The construction of Wildebeest will be featured on a show on the National Geographic Channel.


SANTA CLAUS, IN-----When construction crews for the Wildebeest water coaster hoist a huge piece of rounded fiberglass four stories in the air to “top the lifthill” in a few weeks, a crew from the National Geographic Channel will be on hand to capture the moment.


“We just got word that Wildebeest construction will be the focus of a one-hour episode of the show World’s Toughest Fixes,” says Holiday World’s president, Will Koch. “We’ve been talking to their producers for two months and it’s tremendously exciting to get the thumbs up.”


World’s Toughest Fixes is a host-driven show, with “engineering enthusiast” professional rigger Sean Riley taking part in the task at hand. While on location at Holiday World, Riley will help top Wildebeest’s lifthill and also place the final piece of the water coaster’s fiberglass.


"We’re told Riley is game for just about anything, especially at great heights,” says Koch. “We’re talking about sending him to the top of The Voyage’s 163-foot lifthill and the summit of Pilgrims Plunge’s 135-foot elevator tower.” The host will return to Holiday World in the spring to ride Wildebeest, the world's longest water coaster. The episode is scheduled to air in June.



Go to the Holiday World site for the original press release.

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More news from Holiday World:




SANTA CLAUS, IND-----The #1 Wooden Roller Coaster in the World will feel faster and a lot smoother in 2010, thanks to a new set of trains, engineered by the same team who designed the record-breaking coaster.


“When the engineers at The Gravity Group told us they designed Timberliner trains with The Voyage in mind, they definitely got our attention” says Holiday World & Splashin' Safari president Will Koch. “The Voyage is extreme and we want to keep it that way season after season. These new trains will help a lot.”


Koch says the Timberliner’s wheels are engineered to steer through curves as they move along the coaster track, creating a smoother ride and less wear and tear on the track. The seats are ergonomically designed for greater comfort, including an exclusive seat-suspension design. The padded seats will also accommodate wider-hipped and longer-legged riders.


“Since the trains will ‘track’ better, riders will experience a much smoother

Voyage,” says Koch. “That also means there will be less ‘rolling friction,’ so the ride will quite possibly be even faster when it reopens in May.” The Gravity Group’s engineers tested a prototype Timberliner at Holiday World last spring.


The Voyage is 1.2 miles long and provides a record 24.2 seconds of “air time.” This steel-structure wooden coaster, ranked the #1 Wooden Coaster in the World by Amusement Today for three years running, 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), three 90-degree banked turns, and multiple track crossovers.


The Voyage’s two new trains, which will each seat 28 riders, will be assembled in Indianapolis. The Gravity Group is headquartered in Cincinnati.


Looks like something else for TPR's Mid-America Trippers to look forward to.



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This is the best news I've ever heard. Maybe I'll get a Holiday World season pass!


Although, I think the trains look obsolutely ugly. Looks like and X-Car train extended. But seeing them in person will be a lot different.



Bye bye PTC! The gold on those trains is just beautiful! (Photo by me)

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Hopefully being stapled in these new trains isn't as bad as the old trains


Wait, no seat belts on Timberliners? Capacity should increase by a LOT because HW spends WAY too much time pulling on those seat belts. What, are we riding a coaster or going into oncoming traffic?

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Wow... I was so excited to ride the coaster has been raving about for so long already, but some told me it had become a bit rough. This however is subjective. If those trains impak rove the ride, this is doubtlessly THE coaster i'm looking forward to for Middle America. I just hope those trains don't ruin the ride like Kumbak trains did on Stampida in Spain. Those are an abomination

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What's with those weird things on the sides? Like some sort of side headrest? WTF?

I really wish they'd release renderings with a person in the seat so I could understand how exactly these things look with someone sitting in it. Right now it looks like some weird claustrophic steampunk machine.

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I love that Holiday World does stuff like this, and I'm really excited about articulated trains on The Voyage.


That crotch-poking seat-horn thing is probably going to be a deal-breaker for me, though.

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In my opinion, I don't think the ride can get much rougher so hopefully these trains will at least help a bit. I'm guessing it will be like the difference in PTC vs Millennium Flyers on GCI Coasters. That being said, I'm a bit concerned with the metal bar that looks to be around head level on the side of each seat. There's a lot of lateral movement on this ride and my head does not want to bash into a bar.

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I think having no seatbelt will take up the capacity slack of dropping a train. As was said earlier, any time I was there with 3 train operation, it usually didn't make much difference in capacity due to stacking.


Not that the stacking was the fault of the crew...they were always hustling. Now that I think of it, I can't think of anywhere I've been that ran more than two trains without stacking a little unless the station had separate loading and unloading areas.

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