Holiday World announces $10M gravy-themed coaster for 2024; unique ride designed for whole family

August 1, 2023 | 8:13 am

Updated August 1, 2023 | 8:30 am

Rendering provided by Holiday World

Holiday World has released details about the new roller coaster that will open to the public in May 2024. The ride — named “Good Gravy!” — will be located in the Thanksgiving section and will be a “family boomerang,” a coaster that travels forward and then backward on the same track.

A release from Holiday World said the coaster is the first of its kind to open in North America.

“Guests will board a train shaped like a giant gravy boat, which will be pulled backwards uphill before flying forwards through the station onto cranberry-colored track, hitting a maximum speed of 37 miles per hour,” the release says. “The train will fly through a giant cranberry jelly can before narrowly avoiding giant kitchen accoutrement, such as a 20-foot-tall whisk and an 18-foot-tall rolling pin before flying up a 77-foot-tall spike and repeating the journey backwards. The journey will be nearly 1,500 feet long.”

The coaster, manufactured by Dutch company Vekoma Ridesh, has a 38-inch height requirement, so children approximately 3 years old can ride along with the whole family.

“Since 1946, our family has been dedicated to being the best at family fun,” said fourth-generation owner Leah Koch-Blumhardt. “We’re excited to add a coaster to our lineup that caters to the entire family, just like Thanksgiving dinner. The experience will be smooth and gentle enough for grandparents and younger children to enjoy, yet it’s still dynamic enough for the thrill seekers.”

The full addition includes a Stuffing Springs area, complete with a children’s play area, benches, and shade, as well as a Dippin’ Dots stand made from a refurbished 1964 Airstream Camper.

“We put the guest experience at the center of this design,” said fourth-generation owner Lauren Crosby. “We took every detail seriously. We added stroller parking, and a play area for kids who aren’t quite big enough to ride yet, and benches with shade for the family members who prefer to watch. The best detail is that the queue building is air-conditioned, and themed elaborately to Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house.”

Construction has already begun on the station and ride footers, and the track will arrive in early November.

“Good Gravy! is a coaster experience for everyone,” said Ricardo Tonding Etges, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Vekoma Rides in the Americas region. “We created a ‘family-thrill’ experience with a fantastic blend of elements, including two drops, exciting speed and maneuvers, and a stretched-out layout that interacts nicely with the ride area and guests. Visitors will love it. The theme of the coaster cars is the icing on the cake. Vekoma is extremely excited about the project and grateful for the excellent collaboration with the Holiday World team.”

Holiday World and Good Gravy! will open to season pass holders May 4-5, 2024, and to the public on May 11. Season passes are on sale now, and children born in 2019 and 2020 qualify for a free Pre-K season pass.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari will end daily operations for this year on August 6, and will be open weekends through the end of October, including Labor Day. Kids World, an event with special entertainment, food and activities geared toward kids, begins August 19 and ends September 16. Splashin’ Safari is open to the public through September 16. Happy Halloween Weekends begins September 23.

August 1, 2023 | 8:13 am

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