Why wood?

Why wood? Here’s Will’s explanation of why Holiday World added a third wooden coaster this season:

“We believe that wooden roller coasters, in general, appeal to a wider (family) demographic than steel coasters do. They have that traditional look and feel. Wooden coasters shake. They vibrate. You know you’re on a ride.”

 

From a North Carolina teen

I visited Holiday World last Tuesday, June 13, and just yesterday, June 20. I had a great time as usual. I’ve been visiting with my family for many years now since I was about six.

I enjoy the feeling of walking into your park and being greeted by the staff, and seeing Santa (the statue and the live one). We always get a picture by his statue. My little brother and sister always visit Santa, and get a picture taken with him.

I am, and always have been, impressed by the park staff, and the park’s cleanliness. You guys have trash cans everywhere, so I don’t have to walk through half the park to find one. I hate how in amusement parks you can’t find a trash can easily, but not at Holiday World. You guys make sure people can find the trash cans.

Your pizza is amazing as well. Every time we visit, we get pizza for dinner at Kringle’s Kafe. And we also go throughout the park knowing we can drink something good when we’re thirsty. I love the free unlimited soft drinks.

My family and I are blown away by the progress you have made through the years we’ve visited. I am impressed by The Voyage also. During my first visit of this season, I rode The Voyage seven times.

Your website and brochures say to visit during the months of May and June, and that’s no lie. The lines for everything were much better than those at other parks. I hate going to Cedar Point just because of the long wait, but I won’t get into all of that.

I was surprised and happy that I got to ride the Voyage three times in a row without having to get up. The Raven is my second favorite of the three roller coasters.

Splashin’ Safari is the best water park I have ever been to. The one at Kings Dominion in Virginia is horrible. You guys have it all. You have two wave pools, two rivers, the longest water slide, the best water slides, and free sunscreen! I’ve decided Bahari wave pool is better, but that’s just me.

Thanks for all that you guys do, and keep it up. I plan to visit next summer, and work there one summer after I graduate. See you guys in 2007!

Sincerely,
Jai J.
Age 15
Jacksonville, N.C.

“Wanna see my ring?”

It’s happened again. Another HoliCouple.

Joe and Kayla, sittin’ in a …

… coaster?

They met here eight years ago, working in rides.

So when Joe gathered up his courage to pop the question (although his friends feared he’d faint), he wanted to do it somewhere special.

At The Raven.

Joe's proposal

Kayla happily said yes and off they went for a ride on The Raven.

Surely no one thought to mention that, as a married couple, they would experience life’s ups and downs.

Will is half of a HoliCouple, too. He met his wife, Lori, while they both worked here as college students.

Will and the happy HoliCouple

Kayla to Will: Wanna see my ring?

We all wish Kayla and Joe nothing but happiness … Evermore!
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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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