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 Review of Voyage @ Holiday World
4 Rating Posted by: shag9004 on 9/4/2007 3:55:00 PM
Ok, I just got back from Holiday World yesterday. We were there for two half days and I got in 4 Voyage laps, 5 Raven laps, and 3 Legend laps plus spent time with friends. The deal is unfortunately this......The Voyage now has trims at the mid-course block. Not only that but they are used to the point the famous triple-down no longer exists. It is obviously still there but is only a means to help the train gather speed for the remainder of the ride. ON each of my four rides, the train virtually stopped every time. I understand that the trims have always been there but they are definitely turned up now.

SO why do I rank it a 10? I guess because I just have to trust Holiday World to know what they are doing. The first half of the ride is still impeccable with great air-time and that out of control feeling. It has not changed any. Following the break run, it takes a little while but before you are back to the station the ride seems just as fast and out of control again. Im not going to say that I like the ride better with the brakes, but it is now much more re-rideable with its intensity dropped a notch. It is still a great ride and worthy of one of my few 10s but the breaking has brought it back to the pack of wooden coasters a little bit. I will promise that there is no longer 24.2 seconds of air time. Ill try to get my Raven reviews in later and update this with a few more details later today.

Update: As of May 2008, HW has announced that due to re-tracking, mid-course brakes are no longer any use restoring the famous triple-down in all its glory. I have not been back this year (yet) so this cant be 100 percent verified. I just hope that it is the csse.

Review Comments

Timberman on 9/4/2007 11:14:51 PM said:
Thanks for giving us the post-trim scoop, shag9004. Voyage was one of a very few rides that I would have said had intensity to spare, but I still hate to see it lose any of its edge. Im glad to hear that the changes havent completely changed the character of the ride, which we all know often happens in these situations.
ginzo on 9/5/2007 8:12:06 AM said:
The trims really honked me off because they ruined my favorite part of the ride. Voyage is going to slide way down my rankings this year, which isnt quite fair because Im basing this off of one bad cycle. But I think its fair to bring an inconsistent ride down in your ratings. Ive ridden Voyage on a total of 6 different days, and the ride experience ranged from the best to "get me off this jackhammering piece of crap". Granted the jackhammering was just on one oddball cycle.
Pete C on 9/5/2007 2:07:58 PM said:
I went on the ride 3 times on my visit...the first 2 rides were perfect and incredible...I loved it, but the last ride was horrible. It was jackhammering so violently that I walked off with a headache. I didnt see how this ride would age well, so this block breaking does not surprise me.
shag9004 on 11/16/2007 1:28:28 PM said:
As I have read back over this review, I have thought long and hard abour the Voyage. I have never had a bad ride on this thing however, the first year it opened I rode it 4 times in one day with my right wrist broken in three places and wearing a brace. No the ride did not break my wrist but I remember being so exhausted at the end of the day, that I was seriously dreading the 4 hours drive back home. I am a definite fan of intensity, but this ride is probably more consistent now with the breaks at the mid-course point. I think it will be # 1 for many, many years to come.
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