More Voyage construction photos

Voyage construction

We promised yesterday to post more Voyage construction photos, so I’d better get to it. This photo is the beginning of the final tunnel. It’s actually back on the other side of the station. That’s the beginning of the station there on the left. And here’s a look at the first drop The angle of…

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90 degrees is more than just today’s temperature

Voyage construction

You remember 90-degree angles from math class, right? Straight up. Perpendicular. When you bank a curve at 90 degrees, it takes on an interesting look. And a little voice in your head whines, “How will the train stay on the track?” Then a smarter, more logical voice reminds you of the laws of physics. But…

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A Voyage verse

These photos inspired us to compose the following  Voyage verse.  Lots of lumber, neatly stacked. Working hard, now that’s a fact. Adding structure, piece by piece. Ready to ride? Bring some grease! Twisted track, to the right. That hill on the left will double in height! Using your imagination… There on the right … the Voyage…

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Some dark details

Gobbler Getaway plans

Everyone knows what a roller coaster is. But not everyone is all that sure about the term “dark ride.” Here’s a primer: It’s in the dark You ride in a multi-passenger car It’s indoors You will ride in air-conditioned comfort If you’re not already sold, how about this: as you move from room to room,…

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Coaster Car colors

Months ago, when The Gravity Group was creating the virtual ride for The Voyage, they asked us about the coaster car colors. We weren’t quite ready to make that decision yet. It’s not just a matter of “what’s your favorite color?” There was a bit of research to be done and opinions to be gathered….

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Bahari River’s location

Bahari River plan

We all know about The Voyage, but exactly where is Bahari River’s location? It helps to look on this graphic: It will be back here, between the two wave pools and behind Monsoon Lagoon: Remember all those culverts? We will put those culverts to good use. Gotta keep the creek out of the River, right?…

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Pilgrim’s progress

We’re seeing progress! It’s really starting to look like a coaster. Just ask Craig … This next shot (thanks, Rachel) is where, on The Voyage, you’ll fly down the first drop and charge up the second hill. This next photo shows part of the structure where we’re on our way back to the station. Breathless….

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Vertical Voyage

Voyage's first bent

It’s a great sign when roller-coaster construction gets vertical. One Voyage “bent” down (or, actually, up) … … and that means there are just 899 to go! A bent, by the way … is a civil engineering term for a horizontal cross section of a structure. And isn’t there a famous saying that goes something…

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80-thousand strong

screw label

The delivery arrived this morning, and we’re 80-thousand strong. Two semi-loads. Eighty-thousand times three, actually. It wouldn’t all fit in the storage trailer. When Steve told us about the upcoming delivery in Monday’s staff meeting, I gasped, “Where will we put them all?” Steve misunderstood and gave me quite a look: “In the coaster structure,…

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A new number

Just because the announcement is in the past, that doesn’t mean the hints, teasing, and a mysterious number or two have gone away. Perish the thought! Tomorrow, we will receive a huge delivery on the Snowy White Gravel Road. Included will be 80,000 … things. We’ll post some photos and more info once the trucks…

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Voyage construction photos

early Voyage construction

Rachel, who is truly a wonderful person, offered to head up to the Voyage construction site this morning. She set out before it got too hot to take some photos for you. All together now: Thank you, Rachel! Let’s start out by looking from side to side at the top of the hill when you…

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Drumroll, please …

Can it really be? Drumroll, please: Our final HoliHint? And I mean FINAL … this is driving me nuts! (Whose idea was this, anyway? Oh, never mind …) You already know a few important numbers … $13.5 million for the budget plus 7/13/05 and 11:00 am for the announcement. What’s left? Here are a few…

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