By Paula @ Holiday World

Have you ever wondered where that phrase originated?

Are we there yet?!

Could it have been … on board the Mayflower?

It was, after all, a 66-day trip, crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the New World.

Our story begins with a little event we threw for members of the roller coaster enthusiast clubs we call our “partner clubs.”

Loose Lips Sink Ships event

Late last week, we had about 150 enthusiasts gathered from all over – including Texas, Seattle, and London.

And we’re not talking London, Kentucky.

One of the perks of these events is a little something called a “walk back.”

A photo walk back. Video, too. Up close and personal with The Voyage.

All will be explained eventually, but after the group had trudged up the hill toward Voyage’s spaghetti bowl, an Ohio lad named Lee spotted something unusual near The Voyage’s underground tunnel.

We called Safety Craig to investigate.

Lee decided we should allow Safety Craig exactly one minute to answer the call. It sure was handy that Lee carries an egg timer in his pocket.

Leah and Lauren were able to talk Lee into giving Craig an extra minute. Thanks, Lee.

The red arrow in the photo points to what Lee saw with his seven-year-old eyes.

Impressive, no?

Leah, Lee and Lauren, waiting for Safety Craig

Safety Craig arrived with several grains of sand to spare and invited Lee to accompany him to the excavation site.

The enthusiasts gathered ’round, enthralled.

Watching Lee and Craig

Craig dug.

Lee supervised.

Lee and Craig

As they pulled a very old wooden box out of the ground, Lee and Craig were joined by Leah, Lauren and Matt.

Clearly Leah has watched one too many late-night horror movie reruns.

Leah, Lauren, Lee, Matt and Safety Craig

Matt carried the mysterious box back to Plymouth Rock Cafe, so its contents could be revealed.

And inside was …

66 Days At Sea journal

… a very, very old journal.

Later, when the enthusiasts returned from their extra rides on The Voyage, even scraps of paper were documented.

Those scraps of paper that were discovered with the journal contained the following URL:

And so we begin.

Day by day, we reveal journal entries written long ago by a mother on board the Mayflower.

Here’s her first day’s entry: journal entry Day 1

Please follow along with us as we experience those 66 days and learn just a bit about that incredible voyage back in 1620.

At the end of the 66 days, we will announce what we have in store for 2015. It will be worth the wait.

As you read each day’s entry, you just might get a hunch or two about what we’re planning for Thanksgiving next year. Want to take a guess?

Meanwhile, if you’re curious about these coaster enthusiasts and their clubs, take a look at the HoliWood Nights page on our website – you just might want to join us!

Either way, we’re not tipping our hand (or our ship) before July 24.
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459 Responses to “Are we there yet?”

  1. Melissa Donahue

    An indoor dark ride… with a ship… and waves… and wind… and storms… and rocking… and splashing… and eventually… land.

  2. Corey Doolittle

    What about the possibility of an RMC coaster named The Journey?