In case you lost count

Surely, you've all memorized the stats for The Voyage by now, so you know about it being the world's top air-time wooden coaster. A reporter just emailed to ask how many "moments" of negative-g riders experienced with each lap this season. (He admitted to losing count after 21.) Checked in with Korey Kiepert of The…

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It’s so easy being green

Larry and Korey from The Gravity Group are here today to ride The Voyage. … with another park’s owner. Anyone else around here feel a slight tinge of jealousy? It’s so easy being green. Doesn’t it hurt just a bit? After all, we’ve meant to each other over the past two years … Planning an…

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The view from the front, er… back, seat

Will Koch and Larry Bill

As soon as word got out that the first human rides had taken place (we’ll talk more about Fred the Test Dummy later), the emails started pouring in. Everyone wanted to know Will’s reaction to his first ride on The Voyage. So I emailed him, asking if he had time to submit a “trip report”…

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Closing in on speeds

end of The Voyage

The questions about “how fast will The Voyage go at (fill in the blank)” are leaving me feeling quite inadequate. We lecture the Hosts & Hostesses to always find an answer, so I guess now I must eat my words. Happily, I knew where to go for the answers: Our pal Chadwick. You know, I…

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“M” is for Mud

Voyage station construction

Chad from The Gravity Group was here on Tuesday to check up on Voyage construction But who knew? After tromping about the construction site, catching up on the progress made over the past several weeks, Chad was so muddy he just headed back to Cincinnati. “The mud was up to my knees, so I didn’t even…

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Back in the woods

Voyage construction

Thanks to The Gravity Group, we have a few more photos from out in the Voyage woods from this week. Let’s start with a look at the turnaround. To get there, we must traverse yet another underground tunnel.   Korey got artistic with this one. The structure will be very close to the ground here….

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The Gravity Group guys take a walk-about

Voyage construction

Larry and Korey, two of the four Gravity Group engineers, took a nice long walk yesterday. How kind of them to snap off a few photos for your viewing pleasure. Let’s get started:   This is the view you’ll see as you walk down the pathway into the new Thanksgiving section. The crane is lifting…

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Midnight train in Georgia

Will and Mrs. Koch in train

Okay, so it’s not midnight blue, but close enough. Will, his mom, and three of our directors were in Atlanta last week, attending the annual IAAPA Convention. The folks at PTC had a display model, which garnered a lot of attention. Interesting new seat divider: Remember, The Voyage will have three trains when it opens…

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They never did say “blimey”

Liz and David

What a disappointment. Not a single “blimey.” “Oh no … ” chirped Liz. “They only say ‘blimey’ in Mary Poppins!” They did, however, greatly add to my laudatory lexicon. Here are just a few words of British praise: Brilliant! Superb! Splendid! Sublime! Ace! Fab! Our Discovery Channel’s “Building the Biggest Coaster” crew is international. Meet…

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Wood is good

Rachel donned her hard hat and headed down to The Voyage’s construction site this morning. Because wood is good. Here’s what she found: Ah…wood! Those are ledgers. What’s a ledger? According to Chad at The Gravity Group: A ledger is the wood cross-beam at the top of each bent that supports the track. The ledger…

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