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16 March 2012 - 6:30pm
In the spring of the year, the test dummies have a blast.
They get to ride before anyone else. Today it was Liberty Launch.
We put them in place, fill them with water (for weight), and off they go:
Here's Tony, our maintenance director, helping to empty a dummy after its test rides (it's much easier to move hollow dummies).
Those dummies look a tad pale - drained, even - after their rides, don't they?
Ahem. Yes. I knew that would catch your eye.
The water comes out via the dummy's ... er, belly button.
The last step for Tony is to fold the dummy's legs upward to help move all the water out.
It must be quite a relief when it's over.
14 March 2012 - 6:46pm
These photos are just in from Zamperla headquarters in Italy:
The above photo is the base of our new ride for 4th of July: Sparkler!
Here's a good look at the tower for this fun vertical swing ride (65 feet tall!):
And the other end of the Sparkler tower:
Finally, the not-quite-finished seats. You'll be able to ride side-by-side on Sparkler:
Sparkler opens May 5, when Holiday World opens for the season.
Here's a quick video of this ride at another park at night. Isn't it pretty?
14 March 2012 - 6:04pm
When you work at a place called Holiday World, it doesn't take too much of a nudge for a celebration.
And if there's food involved ... well, all the better.
Today is Pi Day.
Remember pi from back in math class? It's still around. It is a constant, after all.
Admittedly, we're a geeky bunch here. Where else would this happen?
... so when 3.14 (March 14) approached, IT Steven turned on the oven.
And yes, that's a little Yoda flash drive up in the top-right corner of the photo. I think he's eyeing Steven's masterpiece to make sure there are no burnt edges. Wouldn't do to serve a pie with a dark side, after all.
13 March 2012 - 6:21pm
A chance encounter with Park World magazine's website resulted in the discovery of this article Will wrote for them about our Free Unlimited Soft Drinks.
Will offers lots of interesting details about how the program works.
He also reveals whether, if given the chance, he would do it all over again.
(Originally posted 2/12/07.)