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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A closer look…

Here's a second video from the testing of the prototype Timberliner train being developed by The Gravity Group: http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/Uhb7G7WlFgM&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6&border=1

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A train of a different color

Once upon a time, a rabid coaster enthusiast lived here in the town of Santa Claus. He never missed a trick. He loved to ask me about things before I even knew about them He moved away a few years ago for career reasons, but I thought of him the other week. …and wondered how…

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“Hi” from Shanghai

Holidog in Shanghai

They got me. Again. You may remember this story from a few years back. The Gravity Group engineers pulled off a clever ploy by sending a little beanie-version of Holidog around the world (literally) on a “voyage.” For months they sent anonymous photos and emails; we never figured out who was behind Holidog’s jet-setting ways….

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He sees you when you’re sleeping …

In our bimonthly marketing meeting yesterday, we were further familiarizing ourselves with the VisiStat system we're using to analyze our website traffic. It's way cool. One of the most remarkable functions is being able to see — in real time — who is visiting your site. For example, as I write this, there are 14…

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One of those hints

So have you taken the time to go back and review the hints we dropped prior to our Pilgrims Plunge announcement? This one in particular. Korey from The Gravity Group really was here with his family to visit the park. That's all. The "meeting with the maintenance technician" reported by a park visitor on one…

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Designer hint

You never know who you'll encounter when out in the park. This very tall dad is visiting with his family, including two very small daughters. In case you don't recognize the dad's legs, let's zoom out to get a look at this stately fellow. Why, it's Korey from The Gravity Group! He's hanging out in…

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Shaken, but some weren’t stirred

I’ve been wanting to post for the past hour, but keep getting derailed by all the emails asking about The Earthquake. Thanks for caring. The coasters are fine. (Oh, and we are, too.) It was 4:36 this morning. The rattling began. Later, I thought of the ratty motels featured in movies and sitcoms — those…

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Extreme cover

It’s really a thrill to be featured on the cover of a magazine. And to have a multi-page, color article. But 17 pages?! Well, that’s … almost embarrassing. Almost. Well, after all, it is “RollerCoaster Magazine,” and The Voyage is a rather extreme coaster, so maybe ACE isn’t exactly overdoing it. That’s right, RollerCoaster Magazine…

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Holidog: Unleashed

Well here we are; another Groundhog Day. No shadow is good news. Just like we got a year ago on Brown Dog’s Day. Those reports from “Holidog’s Voyage” were a kick. In case your memory needs refreshing, we started receiving emails from Holidog back in July of 2005. It seems Holidog was inspired by The…

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Puppy love

Korey, one of the four Gravity Group guys, likes to stay in touch. Right before the holidays he wrote to tell us that Lord Chadwick had just become Lord Dadwick. You’ll be pleased to note that all four of those super-intelligent, wildly creative, admittedly geeky engineers are tender-hearted family men. Here’s the latest missive from…

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