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Definitely not a "roller coaster."

 

Definitely better than at least 80% of the "roller coasters" I have ridden, but why compare apples and oranges.

 

If CBS wants to give Holiday World publicity for it though then it's a good thing. Who cares how CBS defines the ride.

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^It's interesting that journalists are held to such a low standard now that people don't even expect them to get rudimentary facts about the topics they're covering right. Maybe newspapers can start writing their stories in Textese. Because editors cost money and stuff. LOL.

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I mean, when Schlitterbahn released its "Master Blaster (remember,kiddies, this was the first ever ride of its kind), did it ever get named as a coaster?

 

Not to be a dick or anything, but Master Blaster wasn't the first, just the most famous. Dragon Blaster opened next door 2 years earlier.

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^"Well, Kiddies, looks like I got my facts wrong!"

 

I guess that's what happens to you when you don't get to ride enough water blaster rides or visit Schlitterbahn very often.

 

Then I've received another response from DBru that responded that the reason Master Blaster was never named as a coaster was because

Master Blaster isn't a complete circuit ride.

 

"Then are you saying that The Wildebeest is a complete circuit ride?" If that is the case, then it means two things to me: 1) That has got to be a first of its type - a water slide that is in a complete circuit, and 2) I"VE GOT TO GET OVER TO HOLIDAY WORLD AND RIDE IT!

 

"I would like to ride it too, but I might get my stuffings wet.

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Sorry, but it's 'extreme agressiveness' that you admit to beats the poo-poo out of me.

 

Having never ridden the Voyage, I was just wondering- would you say that it was noticeably 'smoother' or 'less aggressive' during its first couple of operating seasons and it has simply been difficult to maintain causing it to tear itself apart much like Hades? Or have you just never really been a big fan of the ride?

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"Then are you saying that The Wildebeest is a complete circuit ride?"

 

That's exactly what I'm saying...

 

You board the ride in the station, ride a conveyor belt to the top of the slide, traverse the course, unload in the "unloading station," and then the boats continue on a track around a corner and back into the loading station.

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^"Well, Kiddies, looks like I got my facts wrong!"

 

I guess that's what happens to you when you don't get to ride enough water blaster rides or visit Schlitterbahn very often.

 

Then I've received another response from DBru that responded that the reason Master Blaster was never named as a coaster was because

Master Blaster isn't a complete circuit ride.

 

"Then are you saying that The Wildebeest is a complete circuit ride?" If that is the case, then it means two things to me: 1) That has got to be a first of its type - a water slide that is in a complete circuit, and 2) I"VE GOT TO GET OVER TO HOLIDAY WORLD AND RIDE IT!

 

"I would like to ride it too, but I might get my stuffings wet.

 

Deluge at Kentucky Kingdom preceded this one. I consider both of these to be coasters. Coasterforce has a liquid catagory on their site and this is what these are.

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Sorry, but it's 'extreme agressiveness' that you admit to beats the poo-poo out of me.

 

Having never ridden the Voyage, I was just wondering- would you say that it was noticeably 'smoother' or 'less aggressive' during its first couple of operating seasons and it has simply been difficult to maintain causing it to tear itself apart much like Hades? Or have you just never really been a big fan of the ride?

 

It was always very agressive, but it was a heck of a lot smoother earlier in its operations. My personal opinion is that the PTC's, while a very good product, really aren't designed to go that fast through the wicked transitions on The Voyage. I've heard that they have to do substantial re-tracking every year. I personally LOVE the Voyage (even when it was beating the poo poo out of me.) If I'm not mistaken, Robb and Elissa have never really been big fans of it and much prefer the Raven at Holiday World.

 

David

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Sorry, but it's 'extreme agressiveness' that you admit to beats the poo-poo out of me.

 

Having never ridden the Voyage, I was just wondering- would you say that it was noticeably 'smoother' or 'less aggressive' during its first couple of operating seasons and it has simply been difficult to maintain causing it to tear itself apart much like Hades? Or have you just never really been a big fan of the ride?

 

It was always very agressive, but it was a heck of a lot smoother earlier in its operations. My personal opinion is that the PTC's, while a very good product, really aren't designed to go that fast through the wicked transitions on The Voyage. I've heard that they have to do substantial re-tracking every year. I personally LOVE the Voyage (even when it was beating the poo poo out of me.) If I'm not mistaken, Robb and Elissa have never really been big fans of it and much prefer the Raven at Holiday World.

 

David

 

The park had to do a lot of retracking earlier in the operations of Voyage. When they realized how much the track was being beat up, they installed a trim brake halfway. That was a couple years ago, since then, they have braced areas and removed the trim brake. With any wood coaster, retracking is always needed in the off season. I personally have ridden Voyage every year since it opened. I believe it is this best it has ever ran this year. I don't believe it has ever been that rough I have never wanted to reride it.

 

The Voyage was designed with Timberliners in mind, they said on facebook that they are still testing and tweaking. I am going to the coasterbuzz event and hope it is ready for that event. But if they have to rush to get them ready, just have them ready for 2011.

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Frieda worked at the park from 1954 to 2009 and the 22nd will be her 100th birthday. HW posted this message

 

From 1954 to 2009, Frieda was a familiar face here at Holiday World (and Santa Claus Land). Won't you help us celebrate the "flower lady's" 100th birthday on September 22? Please mail a card to the park and we'll present them to her on her birthday: Frieda Foertsch, Holiday World, PO Box 179, Santa Claus IN 47579. We're hoping for 100+ cards!

 

 

I plan on sending one.

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I really have no idea what to expect for the 2011 addition. I somewhat feel like it'll be another slide or expansion to Splashin' Safari, but since it's been a few years since something was added in Holiday World (Pilgrim's Plunge counts as a water ride), I hope a more major ride will make it's way to the park. No way is it going to be a coaster, but some type of thrill ride like a frisbee, top spin, windseeker (kidding...), or something would be nice!

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I could see them going with a sort of in memory of coaster for 2012, but definitely not this year.

 

For 2011, I would love to see a new enclosed ride, similar to Cyclone Sam's at World's of Fun, or even enclosing Scarecrow Scrambler. Not likely, but stranger things have happened.

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My hopes for 2011 have officially been extinguished..

 

This was posted on Holiday Worlds Twitter about 2 hours ago.

babytoolkit: @HolidayWorld Thanks for some great Labor Day weekend family time. Holidog's FunTown is the best idea for families with little kids!

HolidayWorld: @babytoolkit In that case ... I think you'll *really* like what we're adding for 2011! :0) #HW

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^A new kiddie attraction might not be the only thing they're adding next year, just saying. Plus Holiday World is a family park, they need to stay well rounded.

 

What about a whole new kid's area....? (With a possible new credit?)

 

I noticed they didn't finish Pilgrims Plunge's station, I hope they finish that up this off season (along with the Timberliners) and that'll be enough for me!

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  • 2 weeks later...

Actually - an expansion or addition or refurb of the kiddie areas would be an excellent idea. With the Timberliners (if they work as expected) - they are getting a MAJOR upgrade on their biggest ride next year. They ARE a family park, and although I'm not a huge fan of kiddie areas, theirs could definitely be worked on or added to.

 

Either that, or another family ride (read, not just kiddies but everyone.) I look forward to any announcement. I love Holiday World and I'm sure that whatever they do will be a nice addition.

 

David

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Holiday World purchased some more land with a Santa Statue that will be restored. It is one of the projects that Will wanted to do (acquire the land and restore the statue, it was the 1st Santa Statue).

 

Plymouth Rock Cafe will have a covered eating area with a/c.

 

Rudolph's Reindeer Ranch will have the airplane ride taken out and have a sleigh ride to replace it.

 

Safari Sam's Splashland.....new kids area with slides.

 

Also, there was talk about paving the parking lot, adding l.o.c.k.e.r.s, restrooms and changing rooms.

 

Will update with official release when it is out.

 

Also, Pat Koch will be 80.....she doesn't look a day over 30.

 

News Release

 

SANTA CLAUS, IND.----- Additions and enhancements planned for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in 2011 can be divided into two categories: children and comfort.

 

That’s according to park president Dan Koch, who says the investment of $5.2 million will provide more fun for children and more comfort for families.

 

“We’ve studied the feedback from our park guests that comes to us via email, our Facebook page, comment cards, and conversations out in the park,” says Koch. “This is the year we will add more for the little ones to do plus a lot of extras around the park.

 

Additions for 2011 include:

 

· Safari Sam’s SplashLand: Located in Splashin’ Safari, SplashLand will feature eight colorful body slides for smaller children, plus dozens of water-play elements in a shallow pool

 

· New family Christmas ride: A contest will be held to name this sleigh ride for smaller children to ride with older siblings or adults. This custom-designed ride will take riders in a circle and up and down. It will be located in Rudolph's Reindeer Ranch in Holiday World's Christmas section

 

· Air-conditioned dining at Plymouth Rock Café

 

· More shade and seating in Splashin’ Safari

 

· More restrooms, changing rooms and family restrooms in both parks

 

· 500 new l.o.c.k.e.r.s

 

· Parking lot improvements

 

· New maintenance shop and paint shop plus two new employee break rooms

 

In addition, the town’s historic Santa statue, which was dedicated in 1935, will be restored in the coming year. The 22-foot concrete statue, which has been in disrepair for many years, was acquired by the Koch family several years ago and is located southeast of the park on State Road 245.

 

Koch and his mother, Pat, detail the plan on this YouTube video, released on the park's blog.

 

Holiday World is open weekends-only through October 10; Splashin’ Safari is closed for the season. For more information about the parks, visit http://www.HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-Go-Family.

 

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=43799

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