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So this means that the first official coaster running Timberliners will be Twister at Grona Lund?

 

Yay I'm riding in June!!!!!

 

Hey, Me too !

 

I'm going in August. I'm looking forward to seeing the new red trains, I think it will be a shorter train than the raven because of the fact that is has so many tight turns and drops, or am I wrong?

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Holiday World posted a clue as to next year's theme in their HWN Facebook group... I couldn't pass up the opportunity...

So, I think i'm going to burst my HWN cherry next year and finally take the trip (before I get too old).  I've never did a several day coaster event so I have no idea what to expect.  I've also never

My tips are that you really don’t need two full days in the park if they’re running rides at full capacity, but they probably won’t be next year in time for the event given the vaccine schedule.

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^Darien Lake only got 2 of the 3 trains. This year, Voyage will be running the one remaining original train and one brand new 7 car PTC Train.

 

Holiday World bought 5 cars so they will have enough to make a 2nd 7-car train, so it won't be a completely new PTC train.

 

Just remember the trains sent out to Holiday World are basically prototypes, so I'm not surprised at all. It's going to take time to work everything out

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Has Voyage ever ran 3 trains?

 

Paula could answer that best.

 

I've only been there for HoliWood Nights the past three years and they only had two running. They've got loading down to a science and two work great with the way they do things. Actually, I think I may have asked Will about that one time and he said three trains didn't really help with throughput. The third train would just keep people waiting in the brake run.

 

Plus, with two trains, they don't need to use the brake at the end of the turn around before the triple-down.

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Good to see they're being incredibly patient with those new trains Something tells me SOB and other such coaster accidents keep flashing through their minds. These trains are supposed to be next gen for a woodie, but if anything goes wrong, that track won't be as nice to the trains or the riders as a calmer woodie like Wooden Warrior. That just means anyone who hasn't ridden it with the PTCs should head out there this season I got to ride on both the original PTC train, and the Ravage train last summer! So if I get back there with the TLs, I'll have three separate credits on that beast, according to Jeff Johnson

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Holiday World has sent us a press release about their next TV coverage, this time on the Travel Channel's Burt the Conqueror.

 

The host of the wildly popular Travel Channel reality show, “Bert the Conqueror” will travel to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari next month to “conquer” two of the world’s top-ranked rides.

 

“We hear that Bert hollers like a little girl on roller coasters,” says park president Dan Koch. “I hope that means he’ll drown out my screams.”

 

Comedian Bert Kreischer is an “everyman” who travels the country, conquering extreme rides, sports and unusual competitions. During his two-day visit to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari on May 6 and 7, he’ll attempt to “conquer” The Voyage roller coaster and Wildebeest water coaster, each voted the world’s top rides of their kind.

 

“Plus, mom is planning an extra special challenge for Bert,” says Koch, referring to Pat Koch, the park’s 79-year-old matriarch. “I sure hope he’s ready…”

 

According to show producers, Holiday World was the "most demanded" venue for Bert to feature in his show's second season.

 

To select the families who will ride with Bert each day, the park is conducting “open auditions” by video and email through April 20. In under 60 seconds or 175 words, families are asked to explain why they should be chosen to ride along with Bert. Complete rules are explained on the park’s blog at http://HolidayWorld.com/HoliBlog.

 

“Bert the Conqueror” airs Sunday evenings on The Travel Channel, which is available in more than 94 million U.S. households. The Holiday World episode is expected to air in June.

 

Holiday World will open its 65th season on May 7 with the debut of Rudolph’s Round-Up, a new children’s ride; Splashin’ Safari will open May 13 with the premiere of Safari Sam’s SplashLand. For more information about the parks, visit http://www.HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-Go-Family.

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Holiday World has sent us a press release about this year's "Holiday World Walk to Cure Diabetes."

 

The sixth annual “Holiday World Walk to Cure Diabetes” will be a homecoming of sorts, as Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returns to his hometown of Santa Claus to serve as the walk's grand marshal.

 

Cutler, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 21, will join in the walk’s opening ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, and will lead an anticipated 2,000 walkers through Holiday World Theme Park.

 

Cutler and the walkers will also honor the late Will Koch, who was Holiday World’s president until his diabetes-related death at age 48 last June, by presenting a special award to Koch’s family.

 

Over the past five years, the “Holiday World Walk to Cure Diabetes” has raised nearly $1.5 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through the donation of tickets to walkers who’ve raised funds for the organization. This year’s goal is to raise an additional $376,000 for JDRF. Visit the JDRF.org website for more information and to sign up for the walk.

 

The newly engaged Cutler will be accompanied by fiancée Kristin Cavallari throughout the day, which will also include an evening event at Santa’s Lodge to raise money for the Jay Cutler Foundation.

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Must resist urge to fire off a string of Jay Cutler jokes. Must resist urge to fire off a string of Jay Cutler jokes. Must resist urge to fire off a string of Jay Cutler jokes.....

 

 

I do wish Holiday World the best with the event though!

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So, is Holiday World going to have to bring in a replacement halfway through the event?

 

 

Good luck to Holiday World with the event, and hopefully they can continue to be successful with this event. It's great to see how involved Holiday World is in the community, and it just shows what a great park and organization it is.

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I thought it was well known by now that Cutler suffered a torn MCL before halftime, and tried playing through it to start the second half.

 

Kudos to Jay. He recently did a similar event here in Naperville to promote an active lifestyle/combat childhood obesity.

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I thought it was well known by now that Cutler suffered a torn MCL before halftime, and tried playing through it to start the second half.

Yes, his "medial collateral labia."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott "couldn't resist" B.

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I thought it was well known by now that Cutler suffered a torn MCL before halftime, and tried playing through it to start the second half.

Yes, his "medial collateral labia."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott "couldn't resist" B.

 

Well played.

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Went to the park today. It was cold and cloudy, and there were a few brave souls that went to the waterpark.

Operations were not exactly great. Raven and Legend were running one train, Liberty Launch opened late, and there were some slow ride ops, but overall it wasn't bad.

The Raven was running great. The roughness was next to none, and the drops delivered. I now consider this to be the best ride at the park simply because it has been kept in great shape after all these years and is the most enjoyable/re-ridable coaster.

The Legend was a little rough but still very enjoyable; strong laterals, as well as the best first drop of the three coasters.

As for the Voyage? Those timberliner trains can't come soon enough. The ride was so rough that it was rather difficult to enjoy all the airtime. I really appreciate Holiday World being so patient with getting the new trains, and I really hope that the ride can be restored to its former glory. I still remember my first rides back in 2006. Voyage was smoother, faster, and way more enjoyable back then. It is now a little slower, and a lot rougher. On the other hand, it was kinda nice to see brand spanking new PTC cars. They almost had a new-car smell to them.

Overall, the visit was nice. Holiday World continues to do a good job of keeping the park clean and pretty.

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For those who attended HWN this year, you know that HW is looking for suggestions on what to build for a steel coaster. What did you fill out on your surveys? I recommended an Intamin airtime machine.

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I don't know why, but I've always thought if one park was going to get a MegaLite in the US Holiday World might be the best fit...and for some reason I don't see them as a park that needs any sort of looper. Interesting to hear, though!

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