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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When your 6-year-old emails your boss

James Werne at The Voyage

My son James absolutely loves to email. He’s only six. He’s in Kindergarten. You may recall he is one of those “Coaster Crazies.” He can’t get enough. Remember Ralphie from A Christmas Story? And how when he’s describing the Red Ryder BB gun he wants for Christmas, it’s all one word? James is the same way…

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On top of the World

Voyage construction - lift hill

It’s after lunch here, so I think it’s safe to post the next batch of Craig-on-the-lift Voyage lift hill photos. Let’s join Craig for a glance up Voyage‘s lift hill. This is what you’ll see when you ride The Voyage Of course, by the time you ride our new coaster, Craig et al will have…

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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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It helps to have an understanding spouse

Thought you’d get a kick out of this, from my pal Mike in Louisville, who has an understanding spouse: I had just turned off the lights last night and I said, “Five months from tomorrow!” I thought my wife, Michelle, was asleep but she was not. She asked me what I was talking about. I…

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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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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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Coaster’s over yonder, Tom!

Poor Tom The guy’s worked here something like 30 years, and once in a while he still needs directions. All kidding aside, Tom is one of those go-to guys who always know what’s going on all over the park. He definitely knows where The Voyage is. And he gives as good as he gets, so I…

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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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