Mayflower!

Mayflower is here! What a beauty! pic.twitter.com/zxiulNOyF9 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) April 22, 2014

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Hey! Bring that back!

When we told the crane operator, "Take a bow, sir!" … apparently he took us seriously. #Mayflower pic.twitter.com/dCW2DpBk2N — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) April 21, 2014

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Time to get our ship in shape

If you’ve been wondering about exactly where Mayflower will dock, here’s a bird’s-eye view from the top of Voyage’s lift hill: Our new swinging ship ride arrived this week and we wasted no time getting all the pieces secured into place. I never would have guessed the medallions would be this big! Meet Paul from…

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A magnificent medallion

Now that’s a medallion! What's the name of that ride again? pic.twitter.com/9l3fEKslCa — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) April 18, 2014

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Let’s get this ship started!

Bright and early this morning, our first shipment arrived! Land ho! #Mayflower pic.twitter.com/dUbFu3fUtu — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) April 17, 2014 The rest should pull into dock in time for all the pieces to pull together on Saturday.

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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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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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Today’s HoliHint

Today's HoliHint? We don't need one … our ship has come in! Please take a look: Sail over to our online News Room to learn more about our $8 million in improvements for 2014. And … happy Mayflower Day!

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