When I was looking at the line up of parks for the TPR New Hotness tour before signing up Holiday World was one of the parks that jumped out at me, the other park being Six Flags Great America (more on that later). Anyway both these parks were at the top of my list to visit and were definitely a key deciding factor to sign up for this trip. I’ve been wanting to go to Holiday World for a few years now after hearing about how good their wooden roller coasters were and the water park also being really good. So I was thrilled to hear that we had ERT on all the coasters and the two big water slides. Water park ERT being something Holiday World rarely does. Holiday World had also just announced their new coaster for next year Thunderbird after a viral marketing campaign called 66 Days at Sea, in which they tossed us a new clue every day for 66 days before the announcement. Holiday World hearing about our adventure the night before had quite the fun with it and was tweeting out the #66minutesofsleeptour. So let’s find out how great a host Holiday World was shall we?
Being that the park is located in Santa Claus, Indiana and it being called Holiday World each area of the park (excluding the waterpark) is a different holiday. You have Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Fourth of July. We were told more Holidays are looking to be added in the future.
I had heard so much about the Voyage before coming here, that it was huge (which it is!), that it’s rough, that it’s incredible, that it should be burned down, best wooden roller coaster ever. So definitely conflicting reports so what did I think, well let’s find out!
So what did I think? Well yes it’s rough but the ride is incredible! I wouldn’t quite put it in my top ten but it’s definitely in my top twenty and a good enough reason to come to Holiday World for this coaster alone. It’s something that every coaster fan needs to experience, yeah since the days of Mean Streak and Texas Giant the idea of building massive wooden roller coasters was considered to be a bad idea for their eventual roughness but this ride is just so unique it has to be experienced. Where Mean Streak and Texas Giant weaved in and out of their own structures this ride is your traditional out and back, and it goes WAY out there! So the ride is very very long, some parts are rough yes but it’s just such a marvel to look at and experience that I’d say it’s worth it. I wish I could have ridden it when it was brand new I’m sure it was top notch then, but all in all it’s still in very good shape and I can’t wait to return to Holiday World in 2015 to ride it again! Lot’s more pictures of the Voyage coming up later from our behind the scenes tour, but first more of Thanksgiving!
Very fun dark ride, and again a nice escape from the heat on hot humid days like today.
One of the other things that sets Holiday World apart from their competition is they offer free drinks throughout the day, and they are located at these Oasis stations. You walk up grab a cup, pick a drink and then continue on your way. I can’t say enough how much I loved this! Even if your not a soda fan they have Gatorade or Iced Tea as options as well! I for one enjoyed the Gatorade a ton on a very humid day like today.
Alright now who’s ready for some lunch?
Who’s ready for a tour and a walk back?
The part of the Voyage that everyone claims is the rough part is the spaghetti bowl turnaround to make the long trek back to the station, while yes it is a little rough, this part if just again so incredible that it’s worth it. I still think to this day this ride is an engineering marvel on its size and length alone but it packs even more punch than that.
Since it was approaching the hottest part of the day we figured now was as good a time as any to enjoy the water park for a little bit and cool off from the hot sun. We had ERT at night waiting for us on Wildebeest and Mammoth the park’s two water coasters and best water rides, so we saved those for night time. During the day those water coasters can have waits around an hour and sometimes longer.
Raven was a fun coaster, definitely the smoothest of the three. However my favorite of the park goes to the Voyage, it was just that incredible if only it was a little smoother it would be in my top ten for sure. Until then it’s cousin Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer will have a spot in my top ten. I did miss out on night rides of the Raven which I heard were incredible, unfortunately the combination of heat and rides gave me quite the headache at the end of the day so I sat out for a few night rides.
Now that we filled up on dinner who’s ready for some water coaster ERT?!? Now Robb told us these two water coasters would be better than some of the regular coasters we have ridden on this trip. So let’s find out, were they?
Wildebeest is another hard one to get photographs of, but it’s similar to the Mammoth in that it uses magnets as well but the raft gets some air time on this ride. So that means it comes off the slide then it slams back down onto the slide and that slamming back down gave me a headache after a few rides. Wildebeest is probably the best out of the two but they are both excellent rides and Mammoth is more re-ride able since it’s smoother. My only recommendation bring goggles to enjoy these attractions or prepare to hold your hands over your eyes.
Holiday World was incredible, it certainly lived up to all my high expectations. I will say the dry side of the park is a little lacking but with the added water park it’s a remarkable park and a great deal. Plus Thunderbird will be a great addition to the dry side next year. Can’t wait to return in 2015 and try out Thunderbird and get some more rides on the incredible Voyage!!!