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7 March 2007 - 7:52am
It's not quite time for fake Irish accents, but nonetheless we'll wish each other, "Top o' Bakuli!" this afternoon.
We've invited the media to come by at 1 pm CT, as we lift high the final piece of Bakuli. (Well, not actually "we" ... a 100+ foot crane will do the heavy lifting.)
The height difference from the top of Bakuli to the splash pool below is 73 feet. That's seven stories.
If you'd like to watch, take a look on our webcam.
2 March 2007 - 2:49pm
It's been a little too windy for this sort of work the past few days, but on Monday morning there was a whole lotta swingin' going on down in Splashin' Safari.
Bakuli, as you may recall, starts seven stories up.
Thankfully, the sky returned in this next shot.
Around and around you'll go. And where you stop...
Put it all together and you get this gigantic flying saucer.
Just don't anybody come up with the brilliant idea that our new water ride looks like a snake.
We're in denial.
Surely you remember the Queen of de Nile ... she wasn't much of a snake lover, either.
1 March 2007 - 2:22pm
Once a week, we have a staff meeting.
All the park directors meet with Will for an hour or so.
The final item on each week's agenda is a round-the-table status report.
Each director gives a little update. It's sometimes amusing and always informative.
Here's a sample from this week.
Mike (Director of Maintenance & Safety): I'm working on '08 Capital.
(Translation: I know top-secret stuff about what ride(s) Will is looking to maybe/possibly add for the 2008 season.)
Wayne (Director of Food Services): I'm working on '06 Capital.
(Translation: When push came to shove last season, construction of The Voyage took
priority over the Plymouth Rock Cafe. But we'll get 'er open this year!)
We've received some emails asking about the menu for the new restaurant. Wayne is getting close, but it's not quite ready.
We'll be sure to let you know as soon as we have the menu posted on our Restaurants & Food Outlets page. Meanwhile, here are some interior shots of what the PRC will look like:
No doubt these fellows are working up an appetite.
Just like grandma's kitchen around the holidays.