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26 March 2013 - 3:21pm
We have a winner! Congrats to Adrienne J. from Newburgh, Indiana, for her winning entry: If you think this new Pepsi pipeline is something, you should see our ice maker.
Watch your mail, Adrienne - two tickets are in the mail!
Have I mentioned that the second part of my double major was in French?
Because of that, I am compelled to take just a moment of your time to explain the term trompe l'oeil. It's French for, literally, "fool the eye." The term is used in art, interior decorating, and in this case - photography.
Just how foolish is this photo?
Look that the teeny-tiny construction worker up on top of the steel structure - compared to the opening in one of the Hyena Falls slides, either he's the size of a peanut or the slide is something like six-stories wide!
Ah, the eye has been fooled.
Or has it?
It's time for another Caption Contest, with a deadline of April Fool's Day. Stun us with your wit and you could win two one-day tickets.
A few rules:
1. Must be 13 or older to enter.
2. Must not be an employee of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari (or that employee's immediate family member).
3. Only one guess per email address, please. (No multiple entries this time around.)
4. If you've won tickets from one of our contests within the past six months, you're not elegible to win. If it's been more than six months - have at it!
5. Judges' decision is final. It always is.
6. Deadline is Monday at noon. That's 4/1/13 at 12 noon CDT. We'll notify the winner by email later that week.
How to enter? Must be by email and to this address: email@example.com. (If you win, we'll contact you via email, so please be sure to use an address you check frequently.)
Bonne chance, mes amis!
22 March 2013 - 7:57pm
Could it be? Our Coaster Cats lying down on the job?
Say it ain't so, Joe!
Ah, no. Just a photo shot in horizontal format, but stored as vertical.
There. That's better.
Did you know Voyage has three stretches of track that are at a 90-degree angle to terra firma?
Yes, that's right.
22 March 2013 - 7:35pm
Over the years, we've heard from lots of parents who say they read the HoliBlog with their children on a regular basis.
We also hear from folks who love the behind-the-scenes photos and stories. They want the nuts and bolts information.
Just so we're clear: this post is for that latter group.
Not that we're releasing any sort of industry secret, it's just if your child believes our water slides are powered by magic, you might not want to reveal the following. Not just yet.
First of all, we're not building a jail in Splashin' Safari, but it sort of looks like it from the looks of this photo ...
Not a jail cell. Not even a set of old-fashioned pillories or stocks. (Sorry, Security Keith. I'm sure the thought intrigues you.)
We're building walls.
The walls are for the pump house for Hyena Falls.
And the pumps are what push the water up to the top of the slides. In this case, four and five stories up.
Of course, now that I take a closer look, that pump pit does have a bit of a dungeon vibe going on, doesn't it?
Hyena Falls opens on May 10. Just add water. And a little bit of magic.
16 March 2013 - 6:01pm
The new Kitty's Tea Party isn't here yet, but we're getting some photos.
Here's a shot of two blue cups:
And a red cup:
And - health nuts that we are - a green tea cup:
Kitty's Tea Party will be open (in Holidog's FunTown) when our season starts, on May 4. Hope you'll join us for a cup!