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10 May 2006 - 12:00am
Our friend Arthur Levine is the Theme Park "Guide" at About.com.
He loves puns.
And he's really good at finding less-obvious ones.
His weekly e-newsletter arrived this morning, bemoaning that from all he'd heard about The Voyage, he wouldn't be able to call it a "turkey."
So of course I emailed him.
Me: Hope you can carve out some time to come visit us this season.
Arthur: Sage advice. Now, if I can just get my schedule un-stuffed.
My hat (yes, the one with the big buckle) is off to you, Arthur.
But wattle happen to your Top 10 List after riding?
9 May 2006 - 12:00am
The emails are flooding my Inbox.
Those who've never been to Holiday World, but want to remedy that this summer, aren't exactly familiar with the size of our "city."
The town of Santa Claus has a population of about 2,200 (including the Elves).
We can direct you to an airport in Louisville, Evansville or Owensboro, but unless you're able to rent a car, plan on a long walk to the park.
When I explain to these folks that there isn't a bus, subway, taxi or sleigh service available, I usually get another email. THIS SECOND TIME THEY EMAIL IN ALL CAPS, IN CASE I JUST DIDN'T HEAR CORRECTLY THAT FIRST TIME.
It's exciting, though, to watch how word of The Voyage is spreading far and wide. I've received links to articles in Australia, the UK, and some bona fide cities such as New York, L.A. and Chicago.
5 May 2006 - 12:00am
Look what just popped in my Inbox:
I grew up in Southern California with Disneyland at my back door (I even worked there for 10 years). I used to draw coasters, ride coasters and dream coasters. But it all slowly faded away into the past as I grew well into adulthood.
Over the course of a few decades I traveled here and there visiting some parks, riding some incredible rides but never, ever, ever in my 42 years of life have I been so excited about a new roller coaster ... until now.
The two (very brave) ladies in your onride video had me squealing right along with them (yes, I'll admit I'm a grown man).
I have not laughed so hard in a long time.
Speaking of videos, the first three drops look like smooth sailing but after that tunnel it's seems as if the Voyage is manned by a drunken sailor the way it tips left and right! The coaster designers have done an incredible job and you should be proud to have the greatest roller coaster in the universe (and I've yet to ride it!).
I hope to one day head on out from my new home (in much closer) Oklahoma City and take a trip on The Voyage.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3 May 2006 - 12:00am
... is to be really rotten once in a while.
Yesterday evening, my son James and I headed down to The Voyage. I had to check on a few things in preparation for media coverage on Opening Day.
Then I saw it.
The "Are You Tall Enough To Ride?" sign.
Now James has always assumed that he's tall enough to ride The Voyage. After all, he was tall enough last summer to conquer The Raven and The Legend. But we'd never really talked about the height limit for The Voyage.
Until we saw the sign.
"James! There's the height sign for The Voyage... Quick! You'd better make sure you're tall enough!"
He dashed over...
Truth be told, the height limit is 48 inches (with shoes on), the same as The Raven and The Legend.
So the poor lad needn't have been concerned.
Suddenly I'm awash in guilt.