“If I can touch it, I can ride it!”

That solemn statement was made by eight-year-old Dalton. He’s from Mason, Ohio, and his mom entered this photo in our Facebook Fan Page Photo Contest. Dalton’s mom grew up in Vincennes and visited us often when we were called Santa Claus Land. She’s impressed, she says, with "what you’ve done with the place." Do you…

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Spot-on weather

It's a little chilly this morning, but let's call it "refreshing." Not sure what the talent hired by State Tourism will call it, though, when they dip their big toes into the water at Bakuli. State Tourism has chosen Bakuli to be featured in one of their 2008 TV ads. They're filming today. There's plenty…

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Bakuli buzz

Judging from the many emails we've received, the consensus is: "Bakuli rocks." Being from a more, uh, seasoned generation, at first the "rocks" reference was a little alarming. Rocks? Is the structure not stabilized? Are there pebbles in the pool? Happily, my sons do their best to keep me in the groove with the current…

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“I’m ready for my close-up…”

Well, maybe not all that many close-ups, but if you've always wanted to get your sweet mug on a commercial or on the news, this may be your big chance. We need volunteers to be extras next Friday, May 11. As extras for the new Holiday World & Splashin' Safari TV commercials, you’ll be asked…

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Testing … 1 … 2 … 3 …

Will gets a kick out of how HallowSwings and Bakuli are so color-coordinated. Here's a photo of one of the views from the top of the Bakuli tower. (Hey, John — maybe we should get a BakuliKam up here!) Ours crews work hard all fall, winter and spring building the new stuff we add each…

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The inside story

Lori, Jennifer and Whitney couldn't wait. They had to check out "the bowl." Bakuli's innards are colorful, that's for sure. And slippery. To get in, they had to climb up the exit slide. Jennifer and Whitney had no trouble. But Lori … she made several tries. Oops. Slipped and fell. Again. Then she tried it…

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Wrangling the start tub

Start tub. That's the pool you get into right before you ride Zinga, ZOOMbabwe, Watubee … and now, Bakuli. It was the last piece to be added, a full 73 feel above the splash pool. The start tub is down there, on the lower right. All hooked up. Waiting to fly. But first, there's a…

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Top o’ Bakuli!

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…

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Swinging ‘glass

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. It’s a painstaking process, getting that piece of fiberglass to fit perfectly onto the rest of the slide. Bakuli, as you may recall, starts…

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Super bowl week

How cool is that? It’s all in the news … some huge tribute to this super bowl ride we’re building. The newscaster had congested nasal passages or something, he kept mentioning it was so “colt” out. I guess he wanted to be sure folks knew Bakuli wouldn’t be open until the weather warms up. And…

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Bakuli heads skyward

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….

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