Holiday World's Voyage gets national media attention

Posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 9:05 AM | Contributed by Raven Maven

[Ed. note: Press release submitted by park. -J]

Holiday World’s new 1.2-mile roller coaster, The Voyage, will be featured on Good Morning America, the Fox News Channel and the National Geographic Channel over the next few days.

Producers from ABC’s Good Morning America confirmed this week they plan to include The Voyage in a segment about the nation’s “biggest and baddest” new coasters, scheduled to air during their Friday morning show.

Also on Friday, Chad Miller, one of The Gravity Group engineers who designed The Voyage for Holiday World, will appear on Fox News Channel’s popular “Fox Dayside” show, which airs at 12:00 noon CDT.

On Monday evening at 7:00 pm CDT, the National Geographic Channel will premiere a two-hour special called “SuperCoasters.” A production crew from the National Geographic Channel visited Holiday World last fall to shoot high-definition footage of construction of The Voyage for “SuperCoasters,” which will air again Monday at 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm CDT; The National Geographic Channel is available to 59 million homes nationwide.

The Voyage has also been featured recently in USA Today, FamilyFun magazine, and several national Associated Press newspaper articles. The Voyage will also be featured in an upcoming “Building the Biggest: Coasters” special on The Discovery Channel; a U.S. air-date for this internationally produced program has not yet been announced.

The Voyage, which is part of Holiday World’s new Thanksgiving-themed section, features three drops of more than 100 feet, with the first drop’s angle of descent a steep 66 degrees. The Voyage sets a new world record for the amount of “air-time” experienced by riders on a wooden coaster, a total of 24.2 seconds. The top speed of the three-train coaster is 67.4 miles per hour; The Voyage also includes a record five underground tunnels and three sections of 90-degree banked track.

Link: Holiday World

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Thursday, May 25, 2006 10:48 AM
Of all these news channels, which "One" do you think will go down to that other park, that has that other wooden coaster, that also just opened?*** This post was edited by Coasterphan 5/25/2006 10:48:46 AM ***
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Thursday, May 25, 2006 11:45 AM
Mamoosh's avatar I just got a text message from a buddy of mine who is at the park today. This was sent after his first ride on Voyage: "Ho. Lee. S**T! blew away xpections."

Kudos to the Queen of PR for all the excellent coverage. Can't wait to see Paula tomorrow and experience my first ride on Voyage!


*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 5/25/2006 11:46:34 AM ***

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Thursday, May 25, 2006 12:14 PM
Jeff's avatar See, I told you Paula was more powerful than Paris Hilton.
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Thursday, May 25, 2006 1:24 PM
...and better looking, too. ;-)

(BTW, what is everyone's infatuation with Paris? Ick)

Later,
EV

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Thursday, May 25, 2006 1:47 PM
Jeff's avatar It's a reference to a previous news item about a celebrity thing at SFMM.
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Thursday, May 25, 2006 3:38 PM
Yeah, and Holidog could take her little pooch with one paw tied behind his back!

Paula

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Thursday, May 25, 2006 8:36 PM
"World reacts to Holiday World's Voyage."

Oops.

-Nate

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Thursday, May 25, 2006 11:14 PM
I'm very happy to hear that Holiday World is getting national attention for The Voyage although I'm not surprised. After my first ride I had the exact same thoughts as in the text message a poster above quoted. This is EXACTLY what they need to hit or exceed their 1 million guests goal for this season. VERY exciting time for the Koch family and the park. Increased attendance = more money = ...... well you know where it goes from here! ;) All things aside though, this coaster is definatly "special" in many ways. I don't think its possible at this point to "over-hype" it at all.
*** This post was edited by HoliJohn 5/27/2006 8:08:28 PM ***
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Friday, May 26, 2006 12:00 AM
Bad Nate..bad bad boy! (smacks him with a newspaper) :)
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Friday, May 26, 2006 12:15 AM

See, I told you Paula was more powerful than Paris Hilton.

You're kidding me right? You went through all of that to indirectly prove a point you were trying to make weeks ago in another thread? SOMEBODY needs to get out a little more, a piece of sarcastic advice you dish out rather regularly to members on your own site. :)

And again, Jeff, we all know its getting media coverage - local, national, worldwide, whatever. Why you decided to dedicate a news headline about a ride getting media attention is really something.

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Friday, May 26, 2006 2:21 AM
a_hoffman50's avatar Jeff posted it here, because it was a news release by the park. Click here.
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Friday, May 26, 2006 6:16 AM
Good grief.

I wouldn't be much of a PR person if I didn't get word out about national coverage of our rides and park It's called "secondary publicity" ... getting publicity about publicity. That news release generated a lot of coverage.

Maybe a few CBers will even tune in to see the GMA coverage this morning -- which they might have missed otherwise.

Paula

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Friday, May 26, 2006 11:20 AM
Jeff's avatar Welcome to the club, Paula. Make sure you run your press release headlines through the enthusiasts before publishing.
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