Holiday World / Voyage Question

Why don't you just ask Papaw? :)

Enjoy your visit! Paula

Paula Werne
Holiday World

I'll most definitely vote for the option of letting loose and going with the coaster. I've ridden Voyage twice, and the first time was not such a good experience -- I had tried to hold myself rigidly in the car, and came off with a horrid headache (and a broken shoe.) This year, when I went to ride it, I made myself as limp as possible, leaned into the turns (although it took a few turns figure out how to do that,) and it was like a different ride. Good stuff... if ridden properly LOL.

ETA: That Papaw story was hysterical!! *** Edited 7/23/2008 3:32:22 AM UTC by CarrieR***

Well, I guess his hair just got a bit whiter. Very cool. I'm sure Papaw gor enough adrenalin & endorphins to keep his heart ticking for a while longer yet.

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

I want to get a WWPD* bracelet. :)


* "What Would Papaw Do?"

Paula Werne
Holiday World

I agree, best coaster I've ever ridden, extreme, off the charts intensity but not rough in my opinion. I've had a lot of physical bumps over the years of riding coasters and interestingly enough, I have zero marks on my body everytime I leave Holiday World and riding all three coasters many times. Although it is tough to ride Voyage twice in a row, no way three times. I generally "take 5" after each ride and then go again, it really is incredible, especially at night.

WildThingNative said:

You've put SFGAm as your location on your profile. I suspect that you have gone up to the Dells to ride Hades a time or two.

WildThingNative: While I've been to the Dells numerous times, I've never ridden Hades as I haven't been there since it opened. :(

Thanks to everyone for their input. Now I can't wait to ride Voyage. Just have to hope the forecasted rain doesn't appear.

Raven Maven: Can you put in a good word to get the rain to hold off? Oh, and I hope I can still ride when I'm 82. *** Edited 7/24/2008 2:04:08 PM UTC by DEK*** *** Edited 7/24/2008 2:04:40 PM UTC by DEK***

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein

Emiroo said:


P.S. Be sure to post a Trip Report when you get back so we know how it went.

As requested:

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
I was 42, 20 pounds overweight and physically out of shape when I rode Voyage. By the end of the mammoth ride, I was really, really out of breath and exhausted from fighting, fighting fighting it for three solid minutes.

Why was I fighting? There's no reason. I braced my self against the turns. I had a death grip on the lap bar, and my legs were working overtime to brace against the turns. Why? The coaster is as smooth as a big ship on water, so really, it was my bracing against the coaster's intense G forces that caused the fatigue.

The last time I rode it, the fifth time that day, I finally gave in to the ride, and it was much more enjoyable, and I was less out of breath by the end. Be a rag doll, and let the trusty lap bar do all the work.

I've lost 20 pounds since then and find that coaster riding is so much more enjoyable. I'm not as fatigued, I feel better able to handle intense elements, and I can reride for hours . Have fun.


My most intense Voyage rides have come at night, in the last seat. Between the darkness and rear-seat view, you simply cannot see anything, and even 'knowing the ride' can't prepare you for every element as they come. Still, despite this, I was able to (repeatedly) ride the entire course with both hands up - from the first drop to the final brake

Pull the seatbelt fairly tight (I'm a smaller guy so the lapbar isn't as effective) and let it do the work of keeping you in the train. Relax and let your body flow with the ride. My only concern was keeping my extended arms from tangling up with my seatmate's arms (or clocking him in the head with an elbow), but this wasn't too difficult to prevent.

One of the best elements is right at the end, when the train goes through the station tunnel, veers up and to the right as it exits, followed by a quick dive to the left into the final tunnel. If you're bracing yourself, this can be a bumpy and painful transition; but relaxed, it feels like a perfect swoop and dive, full of air. Amazing that such a great feeling can be had in the last couple hundred feet of a ride... just shows how this coaster never lets up.

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