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30 April 2012 - 8:00pm
Temperatures up heading up toward 90 this week.
And the dummies are heading up Mammoth's lifthill.
These "dummies" get to ride a bunch of laps before the rest of us do.
Please note: The rather unusual "restraints" are there because the dummies can't hold themselves on - we humans will hold on tight, plus our center of gravity - ahem! our rumps - will keep us safely in place.
Mammoth opens May 11.
Are you planning to ride the world's longest water coaster this season?
30 April 2012 - 4:18pm
Thanks to all the great families (some of which included friends, too) for all the great videos and photos. We enjoyed reviewing them all.
So who won?
Only the Travel Channel knows for sure.
They'll let us know very soon and we'll, of course, pass along the announcement.
We can tell you who our Super-Fan Family finalists are - we have five families who are on pins and needles, hoping to be chosen for the top prize.
Meanwhile, the four families who are finalists, but don't get chosen by Travel Channel producers still get to come ride Mammoth on May 12 and serve as extras for the Travel Channel shoot!
Below are the videos from our five finalists. Which one do you think Travel Channel should choose as Mammoth's featured family? (Cast your "fan favorite" vote below.)
This family is from Louisville, Kentucky:
This family is from Rockville, Indiana:
This family is from Lawrenceville, Illinois:
This family is from Paducah, Kentucky:
And this family is from Evansville, Indiana:
Let's take a poll and we'll give our Fan Favorite a little something extra on May 12, too!
Good luck to all the finalists - and thanks again to all who entered!
28 April 2012 - 7:28pm
... and that's okay.
But somehow, it seems fair to expect the news media to get it right.
My absolute favorite Santa Claus Land headline was back in 1992, when the park had been Holiday World for nearly a decade. It was my first season with the park and we'd had great fun with the bungee show and rides we offered. Bungee was located where the high-dive show used to be (and still exists). If you look around behind the high-dive seating, you can still see the footers that were put in for the bungee tower.
The plan was always to offer bungee jumping for a single season. Then we'd go back to the high-dive show.
But when, toward the season's end, a newspaper article ran about our bungee show, the big hook was that we were not going to continue it in 1993.
Never planned to. Told them so.
But it was more exciting to write about the "big decision," apparently.
The wire service picked up the story and it ran all over the place. My budget nearly exploded as the clipping service mailed us boxes and boxes of clips. Although the article was the same, the headlines varied wildly -- as they are written by someone on each paper's staff.
The one I'll never forget, for its absurdity, was: Santa Claus Land Rids Self of Bungee Nightmare
Now that's creative writing!
Originally posted 8/22/06
28 April 2012 - 5:03pm
21 April 2012 - 7:37pm
... to be featured on the HoliBlog.
And it takes a very special person to be feature twice!
Almost exactly two years ago (April 23, 2010 to be exact), we told you about Caleb. We've reposted his picture and story, below.
Well Caleb was back this week for another tour; this time, it was Mammoth.
And, because he's such a nice guy, he brought along his younger brother, Slade.
Caleb has been taking vitual rides on Mammoth all winter (as often as his mom, Beth, lets him; he has homework, chores and sleep to accomplish, too!).
Thanks to Caleb and Slade for letting Lori, our water-park director, take your photo for this blog post. Try to get some sleep, guys, between now and May 11 when Mammoth opens!
Here's Caleb's story from 2010: Wildebeest's #1 fan
Our water park director, Lori, just sent me this:
This is a photo of Caleb, he lives just down the road from here. His teacher at Nancy Hanks Elementary told me this winter that Caleb talks about the Wildebeest constantly and he is on-line watching it whenever he gets a chance.
I told her that I would give him a tour.
His mother, Beth, brought him by today after school and the three of us enjoyed an extensive Wildebeest tour.
Caleb was so excited! He cannot wait to come and ride it.
He will be here on Play Day this year (a special day when Holiday World is open just for children with disabilities); his principal, Mr. Schneiders, has promised to ride The Voyage and Pilgrims Plunge with him.