I think everyone knows we're adding a Mammoth to our list of water-park rides this year, but that's not the only critter we're introducing in May.
Meet Holidog's new friend … Kitty Claws.
Kitty will join Holidog, Safari Sam and George the Eagle in May, with lots of hugs plus maybe even an occasional pirouette.
So what goes into designing a new park mascot? GM Matt shared the drawings (he has two young daughters, so you may see just a little of their influence as the design steps progress):
We start out with an outline and a sketch.
Here was the first rendition of Ms. Claws:
At this point, she sort of looked like an Olympic runner (spoiler alert: and a human needs to comfortably fit inside), so we let out the seams a bit:
Next it was time to add some theming. Kitty Claws is a black cat from … Halloween!
All Kitty Claws still needed was some fancy footwear … oh, and some eyelashes.
And here she is:
Her tutu will not be quite as stiff as pictured; she'll be all ready to hug lots of children this season.
Kitty Claws and Holidog promise to be good buddies — no chasing each other up the big Christmas tree in our entrance plaza!
We'd love to hear your reaction (try to keep it from being too … um … catty) – please post your feedback below.