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30 November 2006 - 8:10am
...'cause this turkey is well done!
That's Mike, our Maintenance & Safety Director and his wife, Kathy, all snuggled up in one of Turkey Whirl's feathered friends. The bird was on display at the huge IAAPA Convention in Atlanta a few weeks ago.
I was only there for one day, and never found that particular booth. But while I was visiting our friends at the ACE booth, a man with a wildly determined look on his face hurried past us without looking up.
Our chorus of greetings snapped Will out of his deep concentration. He grinned sheepishly and stepped over to the booth to explain his rush.
"I heard that the guy who provided the ape costume that was used in the famous fake Bigfoot film is here!
"...and I just want to shake his hand."
Alas, poor Will stopped by the costume booth a number of times during the convention but never did get to meet the Sasquatch provocateur.
Can we help but wonder if, perhaps, the whole thing was a hoax?
29 November 2006 - 11:17am
Although we've certainly never conducted a scientific survey about what
folks miss the most about the park during the off-season, it's probably
safe to assume that a few food items would make the list.
If fudge from Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen just popped into your brain and
jump-started your salivary glands, help is just a phone call away.
As a fundraiser for the Santa Claus Museum, one-pound tins of fudge will be available for $10 each in December.
Joe, the curator, snapped this shot of four of the flavors.
Let's take it clockwise from top-left: Bubblegum, Pumpkin, Candy Cane and Dreamsicle.
The other flavors are Vanilla, Chocolate and Chocolate Walnut. And they all come in a pretty Christmas tin.
If you live too far away to stop by the museum for your winter supply, give Joe a call at 812-937-2687 and he'll set you up.
28 November 2006 - 3:36pm
Last week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, some lucky full-timers got an early Thanksgiving treat.
Following seven weeks of track work on The Voyage (with a grand total of 1,120 feet of track replaced) it was time to test out the workmanship.
And what a surprise...when they got back to the station, they all asked for seconds.
28 November 2006 - 2:42pm
If you've been scratching your head trying to figure out exactly where Bakuli is going, this should help.
First of all, our busy little HoliBeavers have been hard at work constructing a temporary bridge over Bahari River.
That's because the bowl portion of Bakuli will be located in the central, island area of Bahari River.
The start tower is to the north of the river.
And back in the center of Bahari River, the pieces of Bakuli are being assembled...
...one confusing shape at a time.
27 November 2006 - 2:41pm
The Ultimate Freebie, of course.
And it's not us...
Paul from Park World magazine emailed me the following snippet from an upcoming article over the weekend:
..but the park also gives plenty back to its guests.
Children and families can benefit from free camera hire, free milk, free sunscreen and, new this year, free cod liver oil.
"We want to do something different from other parks, so there's also a health angle to most of our giveaways," details Hakon. "A visit to Konge Parken is not necessarily about cotton candy."
Free cod liver oil.
The park is in Norway ... perhaps cod liver oil is their national health drink?
Will's eyes grew quite wide when I reported this industry news in today's staff meeting. A few directors gasped and Vanessa exclaimed: "I've had that -- it's awful!"
Since our budgets are locked in for 2007, I guess we can't even discuss it as a possibility for next year.