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Easily The Best "Wooden" coaster out there. This ride has everything. Huge first drop, Banked turns, tunnels, and a long fast ride. It felt almost like a steel coaster as smooth as it goes through the curcuit.
This is the best woodie out there!!
Me and my family go to holiday world almost every year and i ride every new ride. i first rode the voyage in 2009 and I enjoyed every second of this ride(even the slow lift hill!)I Rode it 3 times that day, 2 times in the front. Will Koch was a genius at designing wood coasters. it is a shame that he left us so soon. the voyage will always be my favorite coaster unless i find a better coaster(which might be impossible!)
When I departed on my recent coastering road trip, I reflected on which ride I was most looking forward to riding. That ride was undoubtably Voyage, so when I arrived at Holiday World on Day 2 of my trip, I decided to end the suspense and hit it up as my first ride of the day. Walking quickly towards the back of the park and that awesome lift hill, I managed to get on the second train of the day. I cannot recall exactly where I sat, but it was somewhere close the the very back. Up the lift hill we went, and despite its height, it took a surprisingly short time to climb the 173' to the top. The ride that followed was nothing short of amazing...the height and airtime of the first 3 hills are good enough to rival any out-and-back, but it is this ride's middle and closing portions that set it apart from other wooden coasters and put it in a class of its own. The tunnels and turns in the middle of the ride are ferocious, relentless, and attacked with amazing speed. Roughness is present, but it is controlled, and hey, it's a woodie...it wouldn't feel right if it were too smooth (that's what hypers are for!). The mid-course brakes, if they are to be called that, are placed almost at ground level, so that the coaster gains speed once again by plunging through yet more underground tunnels, this time in the form of a triple-down performed mostly in the dark. When you do reach daylight again, it is to find that you are moving at an incredible pace for the 2nd half of a coaster, and this pace is here to stay...if anything, the ride simply gets faster and faster throughout the entire second portion, relenting only when you hit the final brakes. Again, there is some roughness, and I received some rough jarrs here and there, but never so much that I would call the coaster "rough." By my 4th ride of the day on this beast, I was fairly worn out physically, but I had also ridden the other 2 woodies in the park a combined 4 times as well, so that was probably inevitable.
Comparable in many ways to Millennium Force, Voyage never lets up, with regard to speed or intensity. Ultimately, I was left with a phenomenal coaster that sits firmly in my Top 10 at #5, and my #2 woodie, behind only the legendary Coney Island Cyclone. If anyone had doubts about making a trip to Holiday World when they "only" had Raven and Legend (as I did), Voyage should erase any ideas of skipping it from their mind. Holiday World is an amazing park with 2 other unbelievable coasters, but it is this largest and newest monster that looms in the back of the park that resides in a league of its own.
One word discribes this ride, WOW. The coaster is fast with lots of air time, when ridden at night its nothing shy of amazing.
I was so pumped to ride this coaster. Before they built this ride Holiday World looked like a cool park but not one I could justify making a trip for. But when I heard about this coaster and saw the on ride video...I had to get there. So I entered the park and headed straight for it, it was hot that day (100 plus degees) and I wanted to avoid waiting for it later in the day. But the coaster was having problems and didnt open with the rest of the park. It started running midway through the day and I finally got on around 4. The first few elements of the ride are perfect...huge hills with very powerful forces. But when the ride starts to head back towards the station its roughness really starts to show its teeth. The overbanked turns caused massive jack hammering that wasnt pleasant on such a hot day, and that roughness got worse the longer the ride went on. So thats why it gets a less than perfect score from me. It is by far the most intense coaster Ive ever been on, but it was also one of the roughest. Based on a lot of the reviews here it seems like I may have just gotten a bad ride on it, and trying it on a cooler day might raise its score.
Insane and incredible wooden coaster that is my second favorite wooden coaster out there. The first drop gave incredible ejector air, as did the following and massive hills. Then came the fast and furious turnaround that combined laterals with some air time. Afterwards was the bunny hill finale that had great air time as well and also I love how the ride traveled through the woods. The ride was a bit rough at points, but nothing really unbearable to ruin the ride.
This ride is what Holiday World needed. When Holiday World built this ride they were in the expanding process and in my mind the Voyage exceeded mine and Holiday Worlds expectations. Now for the Voyage, the long hill up is actually very nice its smooth and you are moving up the hill quickly. The first three hills are where the "air time" comes in. Those hills get you out of your set and ready for the 90 degree turns.
Those Turns are very cool and the coolest thing about the Voyage is that you can almost see inside the waiting lines and see the people waiting to get their chance to sit right where you are... ON THE VOYAGE!!!
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.
Monumental, ground-breaking, transcendental – these are words that cannot just be tossed around when talking about roller coasters. To have words such as those used in conversation, a coaster needs to be in another class by itself and reign supreme. Rides of that type of caliber are, quite frankly, rare. They are the coasters that beckon to enthusiasts young and old, summoning them to just experience the greatness that they possess. Every once in a while I come across a coaster of this nature and I am reminded why I have this hobby, this passion, for riding roller coasters. If there ever were a coaster to represent all that is great about traveling the country to ride them in the first place, then the Voyage is it. There are so many times where a coaster boasts of being the end all be all, but then falls short. But then there are the coasters that redefine our visions of what a great coaster should be. In my humblest opinion, Voyage is the poster child for roller coaster perfection.
Holiday World was a place that had been calling my name for years, as the park looked to have a unique charm to it and everyone had raved about their service and hospitality. However, a drive all the way to Santa Claus, Indiana seemed like a tall order, so I delayed the journey. Then, from the depths of the Indiana forest, there arose a mighty creation hell-bent on redefining the wooden roller coaster forever. As the awe-inspiring layout from the Gravity Group took shape, I knew that I could wait no longer to head to Holiday World. So, once last season concluded, I instantly began planning for HoliWood Nights 2007, for a chance to hop aboard the coaster from 2006 that seemed to be turning so many heads. I mean, who says 500 miles is a long drive?
As you approach Holiday World from the interstate and traverse through rolling fields and farmland, the first thing you see as you near the park is Voyage. Its massive lift structure catches the eye and leads to quite the "Whoa!" factor. Upon catching sight of this, I began to become giddy with excitement, as I already seemingly knew what awaited me. This 5 state trek was going to be worth every mile, or so I had hoped! Because of the nature of the Holiday World event, I was lucky enough to have 9 of my 11 magical rides on this beast occur in pitch black darkness, where this insane creation cuts loose on all cylinders and gives a ride unlike any this world has ever seen! The placement of it into the new Thanksgiving section is more than appropriate. Just as the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and were amazed with what they saw, people enter the Thanksgiving area and are awe-struck by the centerpiece that stands before them. I know I was, especially when I saw a train fly into the last turn. So this thing hauls that much tail that late in the ride?!? Holy ……yeah, you get the idea. As the Holiday World sweepers came by and cleaned up my drool, I took a v-line to the entrance. The queue house is wonderfully laid out and themed nicely when you venture underground. The viewing pane is a nice touch, and the whole line sports an appropriate nautical theme. The lightning quick crew really hustles and keeps the line moving quickly, and before too long it’s time to strap in. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face as the train exited the station into the night. Our Voyage had begun!!
Climbing the impressive lift hill, I realized that I really couldn’t see much of the coaster, other than the first three massive hills. What went on back in those woods? I’d soon find out, from my seat in row number 2. The first drop is fantastic, fast, and very steep. The train flies down it, and from the back of the train you get some sickening ejector air as the sleek PTC train is whipped over the precipice. The next two hills are where Voyage begins to flex its airtime muscles. Seated near the front, my posterior went skyward about half way up each of the hills and stayed there for a good three quarters of the drops
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