Mayflower sets sail from … Wichita?

That’s right. The original Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England. Our Mayflower is heading this way over the next two days by way of Wichita, Kansas. The good folks at Chance Rides were kind enough to snap some photos for us as they packed up the physical supports and sent them to Santa Claus. Indiana,…

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First, the Headless Horseman …

And now … the headless roofer? Well, it made us take a second look! The roofers are getting Safari Outpost ready for opening. And what are these fellows up to? Take a hard-hat tour with James and Matt, in this week’s installment of the Hard Hat Chronicles:        

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Getting our ship together

While our crews are working hard to prepare the Mayflower site: … other crews, hundreds of miles away, are assembling our new ride. In the above photo, they’re attaching the boat ends to the long keel. Getting our ship together, as it were. Here’s James with a Hard Hat Chronicles update: Here’s another look at…

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The name game

The “name game” sounds like loads of fun, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, it can be an agonizing process! You start out with the theme of the park section, add details about the ride or slide (or, in this case, restaurant), and then start churning out ideas. You generate long lists and then start…

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Someday, our ship will come in!

Mayflower construction site

This may look like a big hole right now, but in less than two months, we’ll fill it with ship. The Mayflower, that is. Here’s a close-up of a bit of lovely rebar: I believe this is called the keel of the ship; it’s being created for us by Chance Rides. And here’s a similar…

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Introducing: The Hard Hat Chronicles

Oh, we’ve been wanting to start this video series for a long time! With The Hard Hat Chronicles, we’ll show you all sorts of behind the scene looks at our always-evolving park. Today, we begin with Mayflower: This is just the start! We’d very much like to know what else you’d like James to explain…

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That round thing on Mayflower?

We’ve been asked repeatedly: So what’s that round thing all about? This thing, circled (by me) in green: That’s at the apex of the ride, right? (Trying to make my oldest son proud here … I’ve made my living with words, but still remember a math term or two.) Anyway, apparently it’s called a medallion….

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Tunneling our way to spring

What’s that they say about seeing a light at the end of the tunnel? With tonight’s snowy forecast, we are looking hard for that sunshiny light of spring! Well, at least we have the tunnel, right? And where exactly is this under-construction tunnel? It’s along that last curve as you head back to the station…

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A bridge to 2014

If you've ridden our wooden roller coasters, Frightful Falls and Raging Rapids, you know we love tunnels. With 2014 comes another form of tunnel – the covered bridge. We're adding two for next year, the first is for the Holidog Express train ride. When I first glanced at this photo, I thought, "what are those…

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Any more pieces over there?

Have you ever gotten toward the end of putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle and suddenly wondered if you had the right number of pieces left? It's always a relief to drop that last piece into place. We're getting toward the end of this huge puzzle, too. So far, so good!

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Skating along to the finish line

As of today, April 4, we're exactly one month away from opening day. That's for Holiday World; Splashin' Safari's first day is May 10. Let's take a look at Hyena Falls, as our crews finish up with the biggest slide – the one with the half-pipe feature. The fiberglass snugs up to steel structure, where…

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