Discovery Channel to feature The Voyage in new series

Posted Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:40 AM | Contributed by Raven Maven

[Editorial note: Press release follows.]

A crew from The Discovery Channel will visit Holiday World later this week to film construction of The Voyage wooden roller coaster.

The four-day shoot will include a series of interviews about the design and construction of the park’s record-breaking coaster, which will open in May of 2006.

The one-hour program will be part of the new Discovery series Building the Biggest, and will profile the design and construction of the 1.2-mile-long Voyage, along with two other wooden coasters scheduled to open next year.

“The series itself is six stand-alone films following some of the world’s most ambitious projects currently under construction,” says Associate Producer Liz Collier. “Other subjects are as diverse as the NASA space station, the new Singapore subway, and the stunning diamond mines in Yellowknife.”

Shot in high-definition format by a four-member crew from the U.K., Building the Biggest will also include the “human side” of roller coasters, including interviews with coaster enthusiasts and the Koch family, who have owned and operated Holiday World for six decades. The series will air worldwide on The Discovery Channel next year.

Last month, a crew from the National Geographic Channel visited Holiday World to shoot interviews and Voyage construction footage for its two-hour documentary, Coasters: Riding Into the Extreme, which is slated to air in the spring. The park will also be featured in a Travel Channel special in 2006.

Holiday World will open its 60th anniversary season, along with The Voyage, on May 6, 2006. For more information, log on to or call 1-877-Go-Family.

Link: Holiday World

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:52 AM
Nice. Haven't seen as many coaster documentaries lately. Nice that they are focusing on wood. :)
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:04 AM
It's about time you finally got some publicity for that park you work for, Paula ;)
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:57 PM
Thanks, Moosh.

I know ... it's a steep learning curve. :)


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 4:55 PM
Just be careful, it'll go downhill from here. Of course, interest will peak and drop many more know PR, it's a wild ride. ;)
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:31 PM
The Discovery Channel crew will also be at Beech Bend Park filming the construction of Great Coasters yet to be named coaster. They were also going to stop by our fabrication shop and office to film in early November but i'm not sure if that is still going to happen.

The other wood coaster featured will be El Toro at Great Adventure.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 7:49 PM
Hi-def, huh? Awesome -- hopefully this show actually ends up on Discovery HD, so that I can watch it in style...
Thursday, October 20, 2005 9:09 AM
I just saw this on the Holiblog and one word in there now has me with a stupid commecrial in my head ....


Please someone get it out of my head!

Friday, October 21, 2005 10:40 AM
Stupendous.....this should include anti-coaster fans to reconsider.

Themeing is much needed on all new coasters in the future. Forever now they will make or break a ride.

Voyage will be revolutionary.

Friday, October 21, 2005 1:40 PM
The Voyage looks amazing, will definitely kick the pants off El Toro to be sure - mainly because it's being built by the masters.

Looking forward to heading out there in May!!

Sunday, October 23, 2005 9:31 PM
For purely selfish reasons, hopefully I'll have my DLP screen by the time this airs. I'll be wasting an hour of my life either way. Sweet...

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