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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:03 am

^ Thanks! Every few years a trip report surfaces of Blue Flash. To be honest, I wasn't even sure if he still gave public rides. But I sure am glad that he does.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:49 am

Awesome report! Given how few people have actually ridden these, I appreciate the in-depth descriptions of the experience, especially knowing I'm not likely to ever get the chance to ride. Thank you for sharing! =)
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:58 am

Thanks and you're welcome!

All I knew going in was that the Blue Flash was intense, so I'm happy to share my experience so others know if it's worth scheduling a visit.
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Postby coasterbill » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:05 am

Great report! You're a braver man than me. Glad you didn't die.

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:08 am

Thanks! :lol:

I didn't feel endangered in any way. He knows the ins and outs of the ride and checks it frequently. Plus he's willing to ride it which says something.

I felt way safer on Blue Flash than on some of the carnival coasters I've ridden. That AT&T just ok carnival commercial is spot on.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:10 pm

Holiday World/HoliWood Nights

HoliWood Nights is often described as the enthusiast event that puts all other enthusiast events to shame. With that sort of reputation, it was impossible not to go in with sky-high expectations. And you know what? Holiday World somehow surpassed them.

Until I find some reindeer at the local pet shop and train them how to fly, it’s always going to be hard to get to Santa Claus, Indiana. But I think HoliWood Nights may now be an annual event for me. It’s just that good!

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Greetings from Santa Claus, Indiana, a place where they aren't afraid to say Merry Christmas.

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Rumor has it, the Santa Claus Police arrest you if you say Happy Holidays.


I had some time to burn before check-in, so I decided to see what kind of tourist traps were in Santa Claus, Indiana. With a name like that, I figured there had to be something. And there was, the Santa Claus Museum.

I thought it was closed when I pulled in. It was eerily quiet. The blinds were down. And there was no one else there. I figured the door would be locked, but it was open. The museum had a toy train and one Santa display, but it otherwise felt like the unofficial museum of Holiday World. Admission was free, but they suggest a $2-3 donation if I remember correctly.

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If this is what the Santa Claus Museum looks like when it's open, what does it look like when it's closed?

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It was small, but cute.

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It felt like Holiday World's unofficial museum.

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Oh no, Holidog was decapitated.

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Ho, ho, ho.


I then made my way over to Holiday World and the check-in process was seamless. Since I had an hour before the organized activities, I got a quick lap on Voyage (more on that later). Then I felt compelled to ride Raging Rapids since I was already in my swim trunks.

Raging Rapids is a misnomer. There are hardly any rapids. This ride is all about the geysers. In some ways it’s more exciting because you can’t see them coming. I think there are 6-7 geysers and they get you acceptably wet. However, the unavoidable waterfall towards the end takes no prisoners. 7 out of 10

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This really should be called Raging Geysers...

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and a Waterfall.


Then HoliWood Nights officially began not with coaster ERT, but with water park ERT. I think they had a few slides plus the wave pool open for us, but I only cared about the two water coasters. There was also a delicious buffet of chicken wings and fried fish that I’m pretty sure had a longer line than the slides. :lol:

I started with Wildebeest, which is probably my favorite water slide in the world. This slide has some serious airtime, especially if you ride in the back. There’s a reason they tell you to hold on at all times. I’m pretty sure you’d the raft would continue without you if you let go during the two shed drops.

Not only is the airtime above and beyond what one can reasonably expect from a water slide, but it just doesn’t end. It’s like the Avengers Endgame of all water slides. I think there are like 9 or 10 drops in total. 10 out of 10

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The slide that slayed Master Blaster in the Golden Ticket awards.


At most water parks, Mammoth would be the undoubted star. The spinning makes Mammoth more unpredictable than Wildebeest, but the airtime isn’t quite as pronounced. The airtime is still better than 99% of water slides though; Wildebeest is just that special 1%. 9 out of 10

Also, does Holiday World want to give riders hypothermia? :lol: I wasn’t the only one who thought this, but the water on Mammoth was absolutely frigid. It probably didn’t help that we rode it during sunset or the fact the queue was fully shaded with misting fans on full blast.

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My teeth are still chattering.


Then it was time for the coasters. Most of the photos I’m going to include in this report were from two awesome walkback tours the following day. I barely took any night shots since the coasters were in almost total darkness, and that’s what made them especially awesome.

I also want to preface my reviews by saying I have a high tolerance for rough coasters. I personally wouldn’t call any of Holiday World’s woodies rough, but I can totally understand why others may call them rough. I classify them as aggressive, much like Boulder Dash (which I ride an unhealthy amount).

Everyone always raves about the trimless Voyage night rides. At the start of HoliWood Nights, the mid-course was still biting. Were the trimless rides just an enthusiast urban legend?

Once darkness fully set-in, the magic happened. The trims deactivated. And on one of the first trimless trains, an enthusiast puked. Let me repeat that, an enthusiast puked. I’m sure the copious amount of food Holiday World gave us played a factor, but it was clear there was something different about Voyage.

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When word got out that the Voyage was running trimless, this was what the ERT line looked like.


These rides were almost enough to make Voyage supplant Lightning Rod as my number one coaster. Did the trimless rides make that big of a difference? Not exactly. Voyage already hauls on the return trip. The only difference I noticed was on the triple down, which now had some incredible airtime.

What made Voyage special was the fact I was now able to ride it at night. My one gripe with Holiday World is that they often close early, so night rides had eluded me. Not anymore. The outward leg is gets darker and darker until you reach the spaghetti bowl.

There is absolutely no light out there. You’d find more light in a black hole. I had no clue if Voyage was going to turn right or left. All I knew was that I was getting launched out of my seat on every hill. It was a religious experience.

Voyage is relentless. It’s the triathlon of coasters. You have a hypercoaster-like outward leg, a twister section in the middle, and a return leg that feels like you’ve set sail during a typhoon. The ride just doesn’t end and you’re getting airtime or laterals constantly. 10 out of 10

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I don't think anyone will ever build anything quite like the Voyage again.

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I think the enthusiasts have been spotted.

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Just imagine cresting this hill and seeing a crowd of 100 people with their cameras pointed at them.

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I lost count how many airtime hills there were.

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Fresh wood all over the place had the Voyage running fantastic.


Legend, aka laterals the ride, was an incredible night ride as well. It was almost as dark as the Voyage, which made the already insane laterals feel that much wilder. I felt like the side of the train was going to snap off during the double helix.

But beyond the laterals, Legend has some underrated airtime. The return leg has 3-4 very good pops of airtime, the bunny hill under the water slides has awesome floater air, and the 5th hill has some borderline ejector air (particularly in the back). 9 out of 10

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Laterals the Ride.

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Or Tunnels the Ride. Either works.

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The finale actually has some nice airtime though.


Remember when HoliWood Nights was Stark Raven Mad? The Raven sure does. Before the Voyage overshadowed it, the Raven was considered one of the best night rides anywhere. And you know what? It still stands out.

It feels like you’re deep in the woods during the ride, but in reality you’re mere feet from the parking lot and a wide open field. Holiday World has just enough trees adjacent to the track to complete the illusion.

The Raven gets progressively wilder as it goes. The first half has some decent pops of airtime, but then comes the fifth drop. This is some of the strongest ejector air out there. That’s followed by some high-speed turns in total darkness. There’s only a quick pop of air, but plenty of laterals. 8.5 out of 10

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Unlike Thunderhead, Raven still proudly displays its Golden Ticket awards.

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You really aren't that deep in the woods at all. But you're going too fast to notice.


Last but not least, there was Thunderbird. I used to think it was a middle-of-the-road wing coaster. But I’ve now been converted; Thunderbird is the best wing coaster. The night rides certainly helped, but I came to that conclusion after day rides as well.

The launch is forceful and the combination of audio and fog really amps you up. Usually I’m not a big fan of Immelmanns, but this one has some good whip on the drop afterwards. And that’s followed by a pretty forceful loop.

While the first half is decently illuminated by the pathways, the second half is in total darkness. The zero-G and barrel rolls are pure bliss and loaded with hangtime, but one of the most underrated elements is that funky S-hill. It’s like B&M tried to do one of those aggressive Intamin s-hills, but they decided to do it on their least agile coaster model. Still it gives some very funky airtime. 8.5 out of 10

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Thunderbird ready for launch.

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Blasting through the barn.

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You can't get these views normally.

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A train full of happy riders.

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Most people were focused on the nacho bar. I was focused on this photogenic coaster.


HoliWood Nights had two auctions. The first was for physical items such as the coaster flags and used ride parts. The second was the experiential auction. I could only imagine what TSA would say if I whipped out a piece of Wildebeest’s conveyor belt, so I was more interested in the experiences.

As were most people. The most fierce bidding happened for the Voyage zen rides. Last I checked, both the Friday and Saturday night zen rides went for over $200! But I was more interested in the ride tours.

The Voyage lift walk, Voyage track walk, and Thunderbird behind the scenes tours all went for over $100. However, I found a steal. The Gobbler Getaway tour was only $25! I jumped all over that. I guess most people at the event were all about the coasters.

I ran into a fellow TPR member from the Japan (Dreaming Airtime) and invited him since the tour included a guest. It was really cool to see the inside of Gobbler Getaway and a unique way to start day two. In some ways, it was sort of creepy to walk through there without the constant gobbling of the guns. :lol:

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Walking through a dark ride is a surreal experience.

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What's in door number one?

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It was nice to be able to focus on the detail of the sets instead of the targets when you're on the ride.

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Happy Thanksgiving!


It was really interesting to ride Gobbler Getaway later in the day after getting the tour. I felt like I saw the answers to the test since I noticed a few targets I never knew existed (hint, look up). And the zany ending always leaves me with a big, goofy smile on my face. 8 out of 10

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Granny's got a gun.


Most of the day was focused on coasters- either riding or photographing them. One of the most noteworthy items was that Voyage started the day trimless. That surprised all of us. By the afternoon, the trim was back on, but it went off come ERT.

I also made sure to hit several of the other non-coasters I missed. For flats, that included Crow’s Nest, Turkey Whirl, and Eagle’s Flight.

Crow’s Nest was a short, forceless star flyer, but it offered some really unique views of Thunderbird. I think this is the model I usually see at local fairs where the tower itself rotates rather than the gondolas. 6 out of 10

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1/6 of the New England Sky Screamer.


Turkey Whirl was adorable. I never thought I’d find a tilt-a-whirl cuter than Story Land’s Turtle Twirl, but Holiday World did it. However, I did miss the covered vehicles since the seats were piping hot. The ride itself was your average tilt-a-whirl though. 5 out of 10

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Gobble, gobble, gobble.


I always thought Eagle’s Flight was a newer Larson flyer, but I discovered it’s actually a classic Bisch-Rocco version. I had visions of snapping. The ride isn’t run as fast as the ones at Knoebels or Lagoon, but the rudders had more movement than any other flying scooters I’ve ridden.

This meant it was possible to get some decent snapping. At no point did I feel like I was going to die (isn’t that what we all go for on these rides), but it was definitely bouncy and the park gave a nice, long cycle too. 7 out of 10

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I love how each of the birds had a different design.


Last but not least, I also made sure to hit the park’s log flume. I actually met up with RAWKIN_coaster38 prior to riding Frightful Falls and she became my riding buddy for the rest of the night.

Frightful Falls only has one drop, but it’s a pretty good one. It’s decently tall and passes through Legend. The other notable thing about Frightful Falls is the super long tunnel at the start. 8 out of 10

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A rare view of the Frightful Falls drop.


After a wonderful buffet dinner with fried chicken, burgers, hot dogs, and salad (lol theme parks are my cheat day), it was time for the night ERT. However, there was a black cloud over ERT. Voyage was down.

Fortunately the park only had the coaster down for the first half hour of ERT and when it reopened, it was running just as awesome as the night before. Voyage at night truly is exceptional. I parked myself here for the entirety of ERT except for one special treat.

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Voyage at night is something special.


Holiday World decided to do a water cup challenge on Legend. For those unfamiliar with a water cup challenge, you are given an uncovered cup of water and you try to return to the station with as much water as possible.

This would be tricky on a kiddie coaster, so it seemed dang near impossible on something as aggressive as Legend. After hearing the rules, I found a riding position that allowed me to return to the station with a full cup of water! I was in shock, as was everyone else.

A magician never reveals his tricks…unless you sign up to be on my team next year.

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Voyage made many enthusiasts wet.


HoliWood Nights was exceptional. I could go on and on listing superlatives to describe it, but the key takeaway is that you should do everything in your power to attend this event in future years. Voyage at night is a contender for the best coaster in the world, the park’s hospitality is legendary, and I made several new friends with fellow enthusiasts.

Only 48 more weeks until HoliWood Nights 2020…not that I’m counting. :lol:
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Bedholm » Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:56 am

There really isn't anything quite like trimless Voyage. I swear the ride runs on magic. I can't explain it, but the 1st train on Saturday ert after the breakdown was possibly the best ride I ever had on it and that's after it being down for hours. Makes 0 sense. 100% agree we'll never see another ride like Voyage. The location, pacing, and bountiful airtime make for a ride like no other.
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Postby BlahBlahson » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:38 am

I had already sold myself on attending Holiwood Nights next year but you just double sold me on it.

The Voyage is the best coaster I have ever been on and it is so much better and more terrifying than any other coaster I've done that I have no idea why anyone would think otherwise. More airtime, more laterals, more 90 degrees, more tunnels, more woods, super long, well maintained (just don't make your visit to the park near the end of the operating season); it just blows everything else away.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Philrad71 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:31 am

Great report of the homemade coasters...so cool that you got the chance to ride them!

Despite not liking Voyage years ago, I'd really like to give it another go. I bet at night in the front without trims has to be right up there with The Beast (if not much better).
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:53 am

Bedholm wrote:There really isn't anything quite like trimless Voyage. I swear the ride runs on magic. I can't explain it, but the 1st train on Saturday ert after the breakdown was possibly the best ride I ever had on it and that's after it being down for hours. Makes 0 sense. 100% agree we'll never see another ride like Voyage. The location, pacing, and bountiful airtime make for a ride like no other.


Nighttime Boulder Dash really is the only thing that compares for me, but even that can't match the Voyage's raw intensity.

BlahBlahson wrote:I had already sold myself on attending Holiwood Nights next year but you just double sold me on it.

The Voyage is the best coaster I have ever been on and it is so much better and more terrifying than any other coaster I've done that I have no idea why anyone would think otherwise. More airtime, more laterals, more 90 degrees, more tunnels, more woods, super long, well maintained (just don't make your visit to the park near the end of the operating season); it just blows everything else away.


I rode the Voyage on Labor Day weekend last year and thought it was running about as smooth as it was this visit.

Philrad71 wrote:Great report of the homemade coasters...so cool that you got the chance to ride them!

Despite not liking Voyage years ago, I'd really like to give it another go. I bet at night in the front without trims has to be right up there with The Beast (if not much better).


Thanks! Did you find Voyage too rough? If so, I don't think a night ride would help there since if anything, it'll feel wilder.
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