The Voyage is indescribable, by far most intense out-of-control ride I’ve ever been on. There is nothing that draws comparison really. The closest thing I can come up with is the first half is a faster smoother timbers followed by a more intense out of control longer Raven. All if this is tied in with Boulder Dash-esque terrain. Even that isn’t fair because it really it’s a ride above all itself.
The first few hills feature some insane straight up air. The Ride in the back you get pulled the whole way until you hit the bottom and the ride up front you are seemingly pushed up and over forever (I think the upstops got more action than anything here). This is about the only part of the ride where the middle seats are kind of tame because the air isn’t as pronounced, but really that part of the ride is just the appetizer in a 5 course meal. :)
The rest of the ride is mostly a series of severely banked turns mixed with huge pops of air all over Again its indescribable really-there is not a single straight piece of track the rest of the way. The triple down into the tunnel is especially insane at night, nothing like having the bottoms drop out in complete darkness.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about the ride is it gets faster and more intense as the ride goes on. I was figuring the ending turns and hills under/by/over the station would be kinda weak, but the train hauls through it and it might be the most intense part of the ride.
I’d say near the back is the best seat simply because you get the insane air on the first drops and the triple down, but regardless where you sit because you will get thrown around and beat senseless (in a good way) in the 2nd half. The trains track really smooth with little rattling which is a good thing because with the layout you would get shaken to bits it wasn’t. Plus in true HW fashion The Voyage runs in insane mode in the dark, you really have no idea where you are going with drops and turns into complete darkness.
Besides Voyage, Raven was running extremely well as usual as the ride in the back is at night is still an experience. Legend might have been a little slow coming home but that could just be because Voyage spoils it a bit ;). It was almost sad to see these ones get over looked as you could re-ride them threw most of 2nd nights ERT, but they are still top 5 materials in my book.
And as always the family of Holiday World still throws an outstanding event- by far the best there is.
Due to some unfortunate events, my time at HW this past weekend was cut short, but I did get to experience the park and ERT on Friday night.
Let me just say, if it hasnt been said previously, nothing I have ever experienced comes close to the Voyage. This thing is really out of control. At the end of my first ride, during normal operation, I was just speechless. If it is possible to get crazier and better than this, major kudos to that park. (IMO, HW would be the only place to do it). That being said, after my first ride, I was could hardly wait for nighttime rides on this beast.
Then, the sun went down. WOW. If you think youve experienced anything like this, you are wrong. This coaster simply hauled like a bat out of hell during the nighttime ERT leaving almost everyone I saw saying Oh My God! Not being able to see anything and experiencing this ride is one of the most unique coaster rides and awesome ones available in an amusement park today. If anybody didnt snag a front seat ride in the dark, you surely missed out, as I got back and front, and although the back is a better feeling, the front leaves you simply scared out of your mind for what might happen next.
HW, you simply blew me out of the water with this ride, and it really cant get any better than this IMO. The Voyage will undoubtable live on as the most insane coaster experience in existance for years to come, and if you havent been out to the southern Indiana cornfields yet, get the hell out there!!!
I would just reiterate that this coaster gives a ride that literally makes you think that it's totally out of control. I've never had that kind of a feeling on any coaster I've ridden before.
In the dark it's simply insane!
The Voyage is the first coaster I have ever gotten off of and said I was satisfied. I wanted to sit down after the first time I rode it, it was that intense!
After running all day and the whole thing has warmed up, I have to say it's the most wonderful ride I have ever ridden at night. You don't know what's coming next! Even after we got to walk back and see the layout, I still couldn't tell you what element was going to happen next. This is one that you should not miss riding in the dark!
// the first ride to ever make me lose my voice, and it was after my first night ride. unreal.
I do have to complaint about *1* element only in the ride that i feel is un-necesarry and doesn't really add much but a big slam in your lap, but other than that, simply perfect.
*** Edited 5/29/2006 2:34:11 PM UTC by SFDL_Dude***
Voyage is just the most amazing experience. There is rarely a time when I leave a park saying "I wish I had just one more ride on [blank]," but I want to go back again, even after nine rides. But overall, I geeked out over the whole thing, including the Voyage walkback, which I have a lot of photos of.
Here are my photos from the event:
Hey Arson, I was looking through your photo album and found this picture in front of the Raven (link) which my mom thinks she took of your group. Did a lady in a white shirt and blue and white visor happen to offer to take your picture on Saturday?:)
I guess I have a lot to report on myself. Especially since it was my first trip to HW. All I can say is wow, about the whole park! Oh and Voyage is also my new number 1 wood.;)
*** Edited 5/29/2006 9:21:08 PM UTC by MrPKI***
I think Will Koch did exactly what he set out to do - build the ultimate wood roller coaster.
A new benchmark has been set.
Will Koch best summed up the second half of the ride in his speech on Friday night when he was describing what he wanted to the GG guys. "I want the second half to be like the speeder bikes in Star Wars racing between the trees."
I believe Will said he and the Gravity Group guys jokingly called the return run the "Ewok Adventure." The upstops take a rather serious beating on the insane run back to the station. Fortunately, if anyone's up tp the task of keeping this beast running well it's the great crew at Holiday World.
I'll write a little more on my 4th Holiday World trip and 12 rides on The Voyage later.
No matter how many times I ride it never ceases to amaze me.
The first drop is obviously fantastic then the first half of the ride is great. The ride could end after the turn around when the ride slows and be an incredible ride, but it doesn't. It enters a few tunnels one of which seems very long and dark then the ride goes completely insane until the break run. No dought the most insane roller coaster in existance.
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