The sky’s the limit

Voyage construction

The lack of a Voyage construction update lately doesn’t mean work isn’t getting done. It just means the gloomy skies don’t provide for the sharpest photos. No matter what the weather, when it comes to The Voyage, the sky’s the limit! Indeed, as Jacob, our marketing intern, ventured forth into the sunshine this week, he…

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Crossing Over

Voyage's second hill

What a lovely fall day. Much better than yesterday. Not as chilly. Or as windy. Not even as muddy. Tom, the editor of Construction Digest magazine, and I took a lovely stroll from one end of The Voyage site to the other. Here’s something new … As you start up the lift hill, you may…

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Keep a lid on it

Voyage tunnel construction

Let’s get something straight: The “lid” for Tunnel #1 in no way resembles Tupperware. And the tunnels are nothing like those on The Raven and The Legend. Because the tunnels at The Voyage are underground. Cedar worked for the wooden tunnels at The Legend (and offered a lovely whiff of relaxing aromatherapy). But for the…

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Keeping track

That big ol’ crane isn’t just lifting steel. That’s wood track flying high. How handy is that? At Monday’s staff meeting, Will told us the “lid” for Voyage‘s Tunnel #1 is supposed to arrive on Friday. I’m picturing a gigantic Tupperware lid being lowered down onto that huge underground tunnel. I sure don’t want to…

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Which one is worse … er, better?

Which one? You decide. This is the view heading up Voyage‘s lift hill. A coaster enthusiast emailed a suggestion that I climb up and take a photo from the very top. Not gonna happen Without question. Not a chance. Not even if I could catch a ride on the crane. Here’s another angle from the…

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Topping #2

Isn’t that always the way? The firstborn gets all the outrageous baby gifts, savings bonds, monthly framed portraits, and the totally-filled-out baby book. Number two? Not even a cupcake. No news release. No media gathering. Not even a flag. Sigh! We middle children have to stick together. We’ll love Hill #2 every bit as much…

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An ever-changing skyline

Voyage in the distance

Wow, has our skyline changed! Take a look: From the Funnel Cake Factory in the 4th of July section: And from the west side of the Raging Rapids observation deck. That’s the Bamboo Chute water slide running through the picture. Here’s a little closer to the water slide. Remember, the Bamboo Chute will be reprofiled…

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Sunday’s Voyage

It’s so nice to see the lovely fall colors coming out this week. Oh, and The Voyage looks pretty good, too. This was taken on Sunday by one of the people interviewed for the Discovery Channel program. (Thanks, Matt.) He sent me a bunch; I’ll add a few more as I go through them. I’ll…

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Top o’ the morning!

Voyage's 2nd 90-degree section

Got ‘er done. Our Voyage topping ceremony is complete We couldn’t have asked for a prettier day. Just about everyone started out wearing jackets, but they didn’t stay on long. It may even hit 80 degrees today. Before the topping got started, the three TV crews took some time to interview Will. Will talked about…

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A-topping we will go!

Voyage construction

Driving south on Highway 162 will never look the same. The VBC (Very Big Crane) will get quite a workout today. We know the height of the crane now. Steve left me a highly informational voicemail message: Hey, Paula! The crane has a 170-foot boom. And a 30-foot jib. Although you probably don’t know what…

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The VBC is here

The Very Big Crane arrived yesterday afternoon. While driving to work around 7:30 this morning, I must say that crane was an amazing sight to see. In fact, the VBC is so tall, the top part disappeared into the fog. Here’s a mid-morning screen grab from our webcam: That’s the Very Big Crane to the…

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Banking on Free Unlimited …

Voyage track

… Dramamine? Take a look at this track! When riding this part of The Voyage, you’re heading toward the photographer. Look in the upper right, in the background of the photo. That’s one of the 90-degree banked curves. Now, mentally continue on the track. See what happens? You’re banking the other way. (And we’re not…

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