Southern Indiana theme park Holiday World will open its sixth roller coaster next year with a model making its U.S. debut.
Good Gravy — yes, that’s actually the coaster’s name — is a Family Boomerang built by Vekoma, the Dutch firm behind many of Disney’s recent coasters and Big Bear Mountain at Dollywood. This model has been around since 2011, but none of its 24 installations have been in the U.S.
The 1,500-foot-long coaster will hit a top speed of 37 mph and travel up and down a 77-foot spike. The minimum height requirement will be 38 inches as part of the coaster’s family appeal.
Fittingly placed in the park’s Thanksgiving section, the story of the ride is “to save Thanksgiving dinner” after a family runs out of gravy.
“It’s up to you to help Grandma make more Good Gravy and save Thanksgiving dinner,” Holiday World said in its press release. “As you whisk up a fresh batch of gravy, you’ll dodge gigantic kitchen accessories and ingredients, including a chicken timer, whisk, rolling pin, Koch Dairy bottle, and a box of Ruth’s Stuffing.”
Holiday World has been teasing the coaster for weeks since coaster fans found shipping documents for a “family boomerang” from Vekoma in June. Good Gravy is scheduled to open in May 2024 and will be the park’s first new coaster since 2015’s Thunderbird.