A few weeks ago, Holiday World, located in Santa Claus Indiana started a teaser (it's called 66 days at sea) for a new attraction that will open in 2015. The campaign is currently on the fifty-fourth day of sixty-six, so the campaign is winding down the home stretch. All will be revealed on the sixty-sixth day, which falls on July 24th. The park has also launched a live webcam with an overview of the construction site in the camera's range. The tension is building as the days go by, so July 24th should be exciting!
Every day of the 66 Days At Sea campaign, a new journal entry is written, filled with clues, a story, and possible red herrings. My take on the clues is that they portray the coaster's layout, with the clues hinting at possible elements such as inversions, airtime hills, or twists. Below is my analysis of some of the notable journal entries so far.
On day one, the passengers embarked on a sixty six day journey to the new world aboard the Mayflower. "At last the day is here. After years of planning, we depart for the New World." - Day 1. As far as the layout of the coaster is concerned, I believe this would have to be the start where riders dispatch from the station. The next notable quote occurs on day 5: "My worries drift away with the gentle rocking of the ship." The gentle rocking of the ship would most likely be described as lateral / side-to-side motion, so day five's clue could be a hint to a pre-lift or launch turns. Next, on day 12, "We are blessed to have a prosperous wind pushing us westward." The winds pushing westward would indicate a burst of speed, so a launch would make sense in that context. The height of this coaster may have been hinted at by the number of passengers aboard the Mayflower by day fifteen's clue "We count 102 passengers on board." As the Mayflower shifts unexpectedly,"There are times we can no longer stay upright." - Day 22. The ship no longer staying upright (flipped upside-down) is a giveaway to an inversion where riders will be flipped upside-down.
On day 25, a clue is dropped about the condition of the skies: "The skies are worrisome." When skies are worrisome, they are often dark, so this could be an indoor section of the roller coaster with storm effects to enhance the experience. Also, the next day quotes that they survive their first day at sea, so that would further prove the storm effects. "The air on deck is fresh" - Day 28. This would most likely mean that the coaster would turn outside of the indoor building, reaching fresh air. After the storm, the pilgrims encounter some turbulence in the water. "The ocean waves rock our ship with an authority that at the same time causes the children to cheer and the adults to exchange concerned glances." -Day 35 The rocking motion of the ship would indicate a constant left, right banking sequence that could mean tons of fun. For the next sixteen days (days 36 - 50), the crew encounters a storm more fierce and relentless than the last. The riders could experience yet another storm via another "storm" building that the trains would voyage into. This takes us up to the current day, where the storm seems to have let up, so the pilgrims should be at land soon. That would indicate the end of the coaster, so from all of these clues, the ride experience would feature a launch, loops, dark "storm" buildings with special effects and some twisting sections. That is only if my theory is right - some of these clues can be a bit hard to interpret and can be taken more than one way.
Just a few days ago, Holiday World's Construction Camera went live. You can find the link to that camera and watch the construction here.
Here is a screenshot of the construction cam as of July 10, at 5:00 p.m. just after it went live. There are some foundations that fill the construction site with oval shaped cutouts (to hold the supports in place) in the center that are said to be a dead giveaway of a Bolliger and Mabillard coaster. Also, in the extreme right of the photo, some wooden frames are standing upright, forming walls, so that could be the possible area of the station house of this coaster.
Since we are nearing the end of this campaign, I would like to congratulate Holiday World on this amazing teaser campaign. They take the time every day to publish clues on their teaser site, which has created much speculation and hype over this new coaster that will be built. I really can't wait to see what this will be! June 24th can't come soon enough.
That wraps up this update, so stay tuned for the announcement that will occur on July 24th at 8:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. We are only days away from the announcement, so get excited!
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