Hitting the big Times

Will Koch and The Voyage

My folks live in Madison, Connecticut. They have a subscription to the New York Times. I probably need to send them a box of Band-Aids and a tube of Neosporin for all the paper cuts they’ve surely endured the past week. Because the New York Times interviewed Will for a business article a few weeks…

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Why wood?

Why wood? Here’s Will’s explanation of why Holiday World added a third wooden coaster this season: “We believe that wooden roller coasters, in general, appeal to a wider (family) demographic than steel coasters do. They have that traditional look and feel. Wooden coasters shake. They vibrate. You know you’re on a ride.”  

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Ring-a-ding-ding!

Who’s calling? Why it’s GMA! The Gospel Music Association? Grocery Manufacturers Association? Could it be … the Gulf of Maine Aquarium? Heck no! Good Morning America is producing a feature for Friday about the “biggest, baddest” new coasters. Baddest? Okay … why not? We can be bad. For Good Morning America, we can be very,…

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Take cover!

Evansville Living cover story

There are Cover Girls and then there’s that stylish Cover Coaster. Thanks to Evansville Living magazine for the great feature about The Voyage! ___ Would you like to receive HoliBlog notices – along with news releases and sweepstakes – by email? Sign up here and you can choose whether to receive the emails weekly or the same…

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Never been so excited about a new coaster

I grew up in southern California with Disneyland at my back door (I even worked there for 10 years). I used to draw coasters, ride coasters, and dream coasters. But it all slowly faded away into the past as I grew well into adulthood. Over the course of a few decades, I traveled here and…

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Geek Power

This email from The Gravity Group‘s Chad Miller today made Will and me laugh out loud: We saw the reverse POV video you posted of The Voyage. Who would have expected that four geeks like us could make women scream like THAT!?!? ___ Would you like to receive HoliBlog notices – along with news releases and…

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A mother’s prerogative

It’s a mother’s prerogative to be really rotten once in a while.  Yesterday evening, my son James and I headed down to The Voyage. I had to check on a few things in preparation for media coverage on Opening Day. Then I saw it That sign. The “Are You Tall Enough To Ride?” sign. Now,…

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The ‘dummy’ rides alone

Fred finished his test ride

Will, Steve, Mike, and Jeff weren’t the only fellows to ride The Voyage on Thursday. Fred the test dummy rode, too. In fact, he traveled all the way from Utah for the opportunity. Fred always hogs the back seat. He calls it his “office.” (Please note we haven’t changed our Dress Code here at the…

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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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One last day for the auction

Gary and James on The Raven

The excitement is just beginning for our eBay charity auction. We’re down to the last day, so it should get wild in the coming hours. We’ve received lots of wonderful feedback as well as a few emails asking for some coaching so that they are sure to win. No big secret: Bid more money than…

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Train #1 is here

Voyage's first train arrives

The first beautiful Voyage coaster train is here. Seven cars per train means 28 riders for each. (The trains for The Raven and The Legend have six-car trains.) Train #2 is enroute from Pennsylvania. Finally, #3 will follow a few days later. Next, a crane will lift them carefully onto the track. We’ll be watching!…

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“This is more-like paradise!”

Final tunnel

That funny little phrase was uttered Friday evening by James as we walked hand in hand through the park. The hours get long this time of year, but the burden of carrying a key is sometimes a perk. You get to take your six-year-old son along for an after-hours HoliBlog photo shoot. It was his…

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