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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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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What a difference a decade makes

Raven 3D

Actually, it was 11 years ago that we announced The Raven. I’ll never forget that day. And our … well … “model.” It was remarkably low tech But it was all we had. No virtual ride, no streaming video, no sound effects, no 3-D renderings. Will recently dug the model out of his office closet…

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A tall tale

James Werne at The Voyage

My youngest child spent his final four in utero months riding around Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari as Mommy took reporters and travel writers on tours of the parks. When my ob/gyn figured out how significant a baby was on the way, he offered to speed things up a bit. Sweet Baby James was 12…

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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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Wood is good

Rachel donned her hard hat and headed down to The Voyage’s construction site this morning. Because wood is good. Here’s what she found: Ah…wood! Those are ledgers. What’s a ledger? According to Chad at The Gravity Group: A ledger is the wood cross-beam at the top of each bent that supports the track. The ledger…

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Tunnel vision

You may have noticed that Will loves a tunnel. Frightful Falls has one. So does Raging Rapids. The Raven has one. And The Legend has four. There’s something about a tunnel that adds to the ride experience. Not just going from light to dark and then back out in the sunshine. It’s the sound That…

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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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Holidog’s Voyage

Holidog’s voyage? I guess this shouldn’t surprise me. After all, my parking spot here at work is just a few spaces down from one marked “Santa Claus.” But … … I just received an email from Holidog Complete with pictures! Here’s some of the message: In celebration of our new themed area, I have decided…

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A case of the piles

Here’s another discussion about footers. It seems they’re also called piles. This is from our old pal DJ, you remember him, right? What the man in the photo is drilling into is typically referred to in the construction industry as a “pile.” A pile is a vertical shaft made of concrete. It is created by…

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