Leftovers

It’s that time of year when leftovers aren’t a burden. They’re appreciated. Cherished, even. So I knew you wouldn’t mind a leftover story from this summer. It was when “Deal or No Deal” came back to town. More than a year ago, the GM over at Santa’s Lodge was chosen to be a contestant. Surprise!…

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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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Double vision

If you’ve been coming to the park for 10 or more years, you may remember this fellow. Blaine sent us an email the other day, starting with: You might not remember me, but my name is Blaine … Yes, Blaine, of course we remember you! Blaine and his identical twin, Brandon, worked here in the…

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‘I liked the chickens that go around’

We didn’t have the heart to tell the little girl her Chicken-Go-Round was a cluck of a different color. But it’s nice to know our new tilt-a-whirl is a hit. And speaking of chickens… We caught up with these fellows again later. Obviously they’d found a ride that was more their speed.

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Not just silly, absolutely silly

Real Simple magazine published a “special travel issue” this month. It includes all sorts of fun lists. You know, like “U.S. Cities That Hardly Sound Inviting” (including Smelley, Alabama, and Satan’s Kingdom, Vermont) and “Five Places Where You Can Climb A Tree–and Sleep In It.” And then there’s this one: “Nine Roller Coasters That Will…

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…and for this we give thanks

Last week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, some lucky full-timers got an early Thanksgiving treat. Following seven weeks of track work on The Voyage (with a grand total of 1,120 feet of track replaced) it was time to test out the workmanship. And what a surprise…when they got back to the station, they all asked for…

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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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Top drawers

What an alarming newspaper headline to greet you first thing on a Saturday morning: “Holiday World visitor suffers humiliating loss.” Now what? Must be something about a ride we used to have. We hear all summer long from folks who want us to know how scarred their families are since we removed the Banshee four…

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Snakes on the brain

Long green snake at Voyage

Been wrestling all season about whether to share this story. Snakes, after all, cause many people to get the vapors. And here I am, fresh out of smelling salts. But in light of the movie that’s getting so much attention these days, it’s time to unleash. Back in late April, before The Voyage opened to…

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Adding to our lexicon

Crazy busy last week. Spent one day with a crew from the Canadian Travel Channel. "We'll be oot and aboot the park all day," I told everyone. One ride operator's eyes nearly popped out when I whispered, "They're from Canada. They don't speak English." That little joke got old very quickly, especially when I fessed…

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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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