Will’s favorite ride

Pleasureland

When you saw the subject line of this post, you probably assumed the top was going to be coasters. Right? That’s a reasonable assumption, but truth be told there’s another ride from Will’s childhood that is right there at the top. Pump cars. See them there, in the middle of the photo? This is the…

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A post-script to yesterday’s story

Here’s a P.S. to tag yesterday’s post about Will’s top fan: Last night was Concerto Night at our high school. The annual Solo and Ensemble contest is coming up on Saturday, so it’s nice for the musicians to have the opportunity to perform in front of a friendly audience. James and I were sneaking in late,…

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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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Home for the Holidays

Holidog in Will's office

Remember that coffee commercial, in which the college lad returns home for Christmas vacation early one morning, with only little sister awake to greet him? To prove he’s put the tuition money to good use, said college student proceeds to brew a pot of coffee that’s so strong the aroma awakens his parents. Holidog nearly…

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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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Top o’ the morning!

Voyage's 2nd 90-degree section

Got ‘er done. Our Voyage topping ceremony is complete We couldn’t have asked for a prettier day. Just about everyone started out wearing jackets, but they didn’t stay on long. It may even hit 80 degrees today. Before the topping got started, the three TV crews took some time to interview Will. Will talked about…

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A-topping we will go!

Voyage construction

Driving south on Highway 162 will never look the same. The VBC (Very Big Crane) will get quite a workout today. We know the height of the crane now. Steve left me a highly informational voicemail message: Hey, Paula! The crane has a 170-foot boom. And a 30-foot jib. Although you probably don’t know what…

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Podcasting with Will

We had a grand time hosting the folks from CoasterBuzz.com last weekend. One of the “extras” on Saturday was the opportunity to sit in on that week’s podcast recording, which we held in our Holiday Theater. They asked Will Koch to be their special guest (that’s him on the left). He was only too happy…

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It’s a Wonderful Budget

No one looks forward to capital budget time. Some departments get what they want; others need to try again next year. Just like Christmas, it’s rare to get everything you wanted. We announced our 2006 capital budget early this year: $13.5 million. …but that doesn’t mean everything was set in stone. When push comes to…

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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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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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