Learned something new today: The top two layers of track on our wooden coasters are collectively referred to as The Lip.
As a result, the term Lip Service takes on a whole new meaning around here.
Why? Because the top two layers – the lip – is where the artistry takes place.
Retracking a wooden coaster is not simply a matter of measure, cut, hammer. It takes skilled carpentry work.
It takes an artistic eye
The late Will Koch (who designed The Voyage with The Gravity Group) used to say there should be theater in a roller coaster. It should tell a story and provide drama.
On stage, you need lighting, sound, staging.
For a wooden roller coaster, you need incredible designers and a crew of highly skilled technicians.
Let’s take an even closer look:
Once our crew cuts the wood for the lip, they secure it in place.
The next step is a layer of steel.
Let’s back up a week or so, so we can show you some of the earlier layers going in (remember, it takes eight layers of wood on our coaster tracks).
This next photo shows a fantastic achievement
Where are we? Inside the Voyage tunnel that’s underneath the pedestrian bridge into the Thanksgiving section of Holiday World.
This spot is where the track of The Voyage became a circuit again. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel, if you will, that the 720 feet of track replacement is making tremendous progress.
Our crew is sure to offset each layer from the previous one.
Remember, not all the track is flat. The Voyage has some extreme banking, including three stretches of 90-degree banked turns.
That ain’t no game of peekaboo – the coaster techs are checking their work. Thanks to them, your Voyage ride will be smoother this season.
And who’s on this crew? Here they are, a combination of Holiday World’s team plus a handful of local contractors.
Following tradition, the crew members each received a hard-hat sticker to commemorate their role in our Relentless Return Retracked project.
The Voyage – and the rest of Holiday World – will open for the season on May 4 – that’s just 50 days away.
Can’t wait that long? Take this 360-ride:
We hope you’ll join us in person this season to ride this amazing work of art!
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The Voyage is a WORK OF ART! There’s nothing like it in the entire world, which is why people visit from all over the world again and again…like me!
Special shout-out to Holiday work and its craftspeople who make this happen, and have committed to providing and maintaining such an incredibly unique experience.
The Voyage is the only coaster that actually frightened me (!) when the tracks got wet and it went 50% faster in total darkness during HoliWood Nights …so I just HAD to go AGAIN! Never ceases to amaze…
“Relentless Return Retracked” – that’s truth in advertising…<3
I love this ride so much, it is right next to the legend, the legend being my favorite. Its been about a year since I rode the voyage, and I can’t wait to ride it as soon as I can! If anyone is thinking about going on it but isn’t sure, let me just say this. You will not be disappointed.
Great job keeping the best coaster in the world even better! Can’t wait to be there again during Holiwood Nights. I sure hope you have a charity auction like last year to walk the re-tracked section. Had the privilege of doing that last year and have the most amazing photos from that great experience. Thanks go to all of your very talented carpenters! You should be so proud of your amazing and detailed work!!!
Thank you! Are you a member of our HoliWood Nights group on Facebook? We plan to post the list of auction items there in the coming weeks.