Lip synch

Hard-hat stickers for Voyage work

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…

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Podcast: Controls Freak

Brian Pastor

Today’s podcast episode is called The One With the Controls Freak. Meet Brian Pastor: And here’s his story: That highly coveted hoodie Tomorrow’s #Podcast guest. Can’t wait! A post shared by Holiday World (@holidayworld) on Apr 19, 2018 at 5:47pm PDT Brian mentioned the Irvine Ondrey Facebook page as a great place to go for…

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Podcast: Smooth Talker

Raven shirt design

As we enter the last month of the off-season, track work on The Voyage is coming to an end (the photo, below, is from back in January). So who is the guy who plans out the nips and tucks? Meet Brian Kosmac, PE, who joins us on this podcast episode: In our Amusings, we mention Foster…

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Hard Hat Chronicles, episode XX

Voyage Crossing

Question: When were fractions invented? Was it after Roman Numerals were already in place? … because both XIX.V and XIX I/II just look wrong. And so, we’ll move on and call this second part of Episode XIX simply Episode XX. (If you haven’t watched Episode XIX yet, please go back and take a look.) In this episode,…

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Dan and Chad take a walk by The Voyage

We love our Voyage. It's been voted the #1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet since it was one year old. This year is Voyage's seventh season. (Gosh, and it seems like only yesterday we were potty training … oh, wait, I seem to be confusing work and home. Once again. Never mind.) All of our…

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Move over, test dummies…

…it’s time for the humans to take a ride! Join William Koch and Mike Graham as they take the first “human ride” on the new Timberliner train on The Voyage. And yes, it’s really cold out!

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Ready fenders

Been bugging the engineers at The Gravity Group for more photos of our new Timberliner trains. Testing of the new trains for our Voyage roller coaster begins in just a few weeks, and the parts are in painting-and-assembly mode. Korey was kind enough to send a few. In Korey’s words: I took a field trip…

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Special delivery

It’s nice to have The Gravity Group offices just three hours away, in Cincinnati. So when Tony, our maintenance director, asked for sample bogies and a chassis to be delivered to The Voyage early, Chad hopped in the van Friday and headed our way. Searching for a “hanging Chads” joke … sadly, none comes to…

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Thump, thump, clap! Thump, thump, clap!

We've talked about the coaster crazies before. They're those park enthusiasts who love all-things-coasters to the point that they join a club. …to the point that they go to meetings (and we're not talking about the 12-step type). …to the point that they'll even wear silly clothes. Enter Marty Moltz. He's one of our favorites….

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Video: Will takes a seat…

Considering that The Gravity Group is based in Cincinnati, and we're here in Santa Claus, one would think Will wouldn't have to go all the way to Las Vegas to try out the feel of a Timberliner car. But since the IAAPA Expo was in Vegas this year, it does sort of makes sense. The…

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The family that rides together…

Will is a happy guy. He’s in Las Vegas at the IAAPA Expo, where a sample Timberliner car just happens to be on display. Looks pretty comfortable, doesn’t he? Front row, from left: Lori Koch (Will’s better half), Will, brother Dan and mom, Pat. The back row, from left: Chad Miller and Larry Bill from…

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Santa Claus pays an early visit

This is so "hot off the presses." When we heard from the engineers who designed The Voyage that they wanted to also design coaster trains, we were intrigued. As you may remember, we provided The Gravity Group with a testing ground for their Timberliner prototype last spring. And today we announce that indeed we will…

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