A visit to the Holiblog these days can be exciting, excruciating, and most of all confusing. It seems that Paula is playing with us all – and having a lot of fun doing it. I’ll help you examine the hints and give you some of my theories.
The 2009 attraction is currently shrouded in mystery and could be practically anything. We do know that the budget is 8.5 million; approximately what The Voyage cost. That doesn’t mean that the new attraction will be a coaster, but it doesn’t eliminate that possibility.
Hints about riding a simulation, riding “in the back”, a lift, and a drop seem to suggest a roller coaster. Still it could be a cross-park aerial tram ride, but that would leave a good chunk of the budget wide open. One post mentioned the visit of a Gravity Group employee, claiming that the purpose was just to “ride the Voyage“. Sure. That post also made a reference to his physical height by calling him “The World’s Tallest Coaster Designer”. This could be a hint that he has designed the world’s tallest coaster. Of course, I do not think that the Gravity Group would build a 500′ or even 250′ (to be the world’s tallest woodie) wooden coaster, or that 8.5 million would buy it, or that Holiday World would choose that to be their next coaster. It is, however, a prime example of how the HoliBlog has fun at the expense of coaster enthusiasts. Someone did point out in the comments that the Gravity Group also designs waterslide complexes, so it is possible that they are getting the world’s tallest waterslide or water coaster.
A very interesting post claimed that the name ‘Vertigo‘ was already taken. I did some digging on RCDB and found that there was only one coaster in the world with the name Vertigo. It was a Mountain Glider with an elevator lift, which would fit one hint. The ride seems to be similar to a zip line, but with fixed track. Even though it fits many of the hints, I do not believe that Holiday World would build one of these rides because Vertigo was so problem ridden that it is currently SBNO (Standing But Not Operating).
Everything from a vertical impulse coaster to a water slide has been suggested. Here’s my two cents: Another Gravity Group coaster would undeniably win them the title of ‘Wooden Coaster Capital of the World!’ and would not be disappointing, but would be somewhat redundant with the already well-rounded collection of woodies at the park. A recent post suggested that the ride would be “a leg up on the competition”. I suggested that it could be a racing coaster, which would be a unique and fun addition to the park. If they get a new woodie I hope that it is a replica of a classic ride such as the Rye Playland Aeroplane Coaster or the Riverview Bobs. This hasn’t been hinted at, but what I think the park needs right now to round out their coaster collection is a nice B&M inverted, flyer, or hyper coaster.
If you have any ideas about the new ride please post them in the comments and stay tuned this Tuesday for the announcement!