Ring-a-ding-ding!

Who’s calling?

Why it’s GMA!

The Gospel Music Association?

Grocery Manufacturers Association?

Could it be … the Gulf of Maine Aquarium?

Heck no!

Good Morning America is producing a feature for Friday about the “biggest, baddest” new coasters.

Baddest?

Okay … why not?

We can be bad.

For Good Morning America, we can be very, very bad.
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C is for Coaster … and Cute

Heard from a pal in Massachusetts this morning.

He had a cute story about his seven-year-old daughter, Ella:

She’s in speech therapy (some issues with S, Th, and R sounds). Yesterday the therapist was doing a series of R words. After a bunch of relatively mundane ones, Ella piped up, very enthusiastically, with “RAVEN!” and talked about how she’s tall enough to ride it now.

Golly, Dad, what better incentive to keep Ella working on letters than to bring her to a Theme park in Santa Claus to ride The Raven?

Theoretically, sounds reasonable, don’t you think?
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Take cover!

Evansville Living cover story

There are Cover Girls and then there’s that stylish Cover Coaster.

Evansville Living cover story

Thanks to Evansville Living magazine for the great feature about The Voyage!

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The coaster is 1.2 miles – and so is the Walk

The Walk to Cure Diabetes, that is.

We’re hosting this walk next Saturday, May 20.

Mrs. Koch spoke at the news conference when the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation announced the details.

As she told the media, “They can send a man to the moon and back. Why can’t we all pull together to fund research to finally find a cure for diabetes?”

Diabetes is not simply an inconvenience, it’s a serious disease. And when a child has it, life changes for the entire family.

I asked Mrs. Koch for a few comments to share:

I love the quote from the Talmud, “All of us are responsible for one another.”

I feel a sense of responsibility and gratitude that Holiday World and the Koch family will be sponsoring the Diabetes Walk to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

I have been personally affected by the disease of diabetes and know how devastating it can be for a child and for a family. Much progress has been made, but research is essential to help those who have the disease now and also to hopefully eradicate the disease. I will be walking with the group and hope that we can raise money for further research projects. It cannot happen unless all of us care for one another.

Will has donated 1,000 park tickets as an incentive for folks to raise some research funds and then come to the park to walk (and then ride) 1.2 miles at Holiday World. Let’s raise a lot!

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Poulty puns

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.

(See? Good puns!)

Me: My hat (yes, the one with the big buckle) is off to you, Arthur. But wattle happen to your Top 10 List after riding?
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Never been so excited about a new coaster

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 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) OKC and take a trip on The Voyage.

Sincerely,
=New fan=
Michael F.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
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Geek Power

This email from The Gravity Group‘s Chad Miller today made Will and me laugh out loud:

We saw the reverse POV video you posted of The Voyage.

Who would have expected that four geeks like us could make women scream like THAT!?!?

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A mother’s prerogative

It’s a mother’s prerogative 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

That sign.

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 …

James is tall enough

Whew!

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 it’s this mother’s prerogative to be awash in guilt. 

But I’ll treasure this triumphant photo forever.
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