I think that this year will be it. With Hades 360 receiving Timberliners, I'm confident that the Voyage will have them on track this season. Not sure if they will be ready by May, but hopefully before the end of summer.
x2isawesome wrote:I can't see them taking this long and using up all this time for something that doesn't improve the ride experience at least a little.
While logically that would make sense, sometimes efforts like this don't always make the ride experience better (or at least significantly better). Gwazi was almost entirely retracked and received brand new Millennium Flyers, and yet the ride experience was still pretty much the same (some would even say worse) as it was before.
I haven't been to Holiday World yet so all I have to go on is what I've been told of The Voyage, but I do hope that the Timberliners work out for the ride and make the experience better.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
As promised, our Timberliner update: Although we have made progress testing the new Timberliner trains designed for Voyage, they were not delivered to us in time to complete testing. We intend to resume Timberliner testing following our daily season. We thank everyone for your patience, and promise to post updates when testing resumes in late August. Meanwhile, we plan to run PTC trains on Voyage during our daily season this year.
^Thanks for the update, Paula. I admit I am a little disappointed, but at least we still have this amazing roller coaster to ride no matter what trains you are using. This won't stop me from coming to Holiday World this year. In fact, I'm coming to Holiwood Nights this year for the first time, and I am stoked!
For those of us who don't keep constant tabs on the park, would someone be kind enough to post a brief summary of the Timberliner train situation from the beginning? My understanding is that the trains were first announced for the 2010 season and have been "testing" ever since... What on earth could possibly be taking this long? Do we have any idea what the problem(s) is / are? And if it's just a matter of testing, why can't the park keep the ride closed for the first few weeks of the season, finish testing, and roll them out before the busy summer season?
2010: Timberliners show up and start testing, but as they were prototypes, they had a lot of kinks to work out that kept the trains grounded the whole season.
2011: Holiday World decided to wait to hear how the Timberliners performed elsewhere (Wooden Warrior and Twister). Reports were good, so they kept the project going.
2012: Gravity Kraft built updated Timberliners made just for the Voyage, but they weren't going to be delivered in time to finish testing for the season, so they are held off again. Testing resumes at the start of the off-season
2013: Apparently all the testing that happened over the fall and spring wasn't enough for Holiday World to give them the green light, so they are being held off again.
This is all very interesting. TopThrill182 I agree with you. If it really is just a matter of testing, why can't Holiday World just keep the Voyage closed for the first 2 to 3 weekends to finish testing? There's probably a lot of other information we don't know. As I said in my last post, I am just glad that the Voyage is already an incredible ride as it is. Patience is a virtue, people.
Well that's too bad, but thanks for keeping us in the loop, Paula. Hopefully, the bugs will get worked out in the future.
That being said, I am now in the infancy stages of planning a trip there the second week of June during the week. Hope the weather is nice because I am definitely pumped to visit this park for the first time ever!
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