Holiday World has arguably one of [if not the] best wooden coaster line-up(s) in the United States. All three wooden roller coasters will get improvements over and above the previously-announced track work. Announced during Episode 47 of the park’s official podcast, HoWoPo, Holiday World’s Vice President of Park Operations, James Olliver, disclosed that “all three wooden coasters, in addition to the track work they are receiving, are receiving a new control system. That is being installed by Irvine-Ondrey Engineering.” Irvine-Ondrey Engineering has created control systems for some of the world’s most thrilling (and complex) roller coasters, flat rides, and amusement attractions since 2012; their professional engineers are highly-skilled and experienced with decades of experience working with control systems of various types.
Efficient! Safe! Green!
Eric Rentz, Director of Attractions at Holiday World, likes that these new systems allow for something called, “simultaneous blocking;” essentially this means that “the new system is going to allow the train that is waiting to come into the station a little quicker,” leading to more riders to enjoy the coaster. It will allow the coaster to be safer and more efficient, a win for both the park and guests! These new control systems will also be more environmentally-friendly by allowing the chain on the lift hill [for The Legend] to slow when it is not transporting a coaster train up to its crest. Ultimately, this “minor” enhancement will be a major positive and means that more riders are able to experience these world-class wooden thrill machines. The project is on track and will be completed prior to the 2018 season.
While complete details about this project are not yet available, this controls project is two-thirds complete with both The Raven and The Legend already having the new systems in place [and with two-train operations testing completed]. With The Voyage the only wooden coaster of the three left to be upgraded, 2018 is sure to be a great treat for coaster enthusiasts.