Everyone knows what a roller coaster is.
But not everyone is all that sure about the term "dark ride."
Here's a primer:
It's in the dark.
You ride in a multi-passenger car.
If you're not already sold, how about this: as you move from room to room, you'll follow a story and see lots of fun settings.
All of this themed, of course.
Hmmm ... in the Thanksgiving section.
There's an added component: it's interactive.
So while you're riding through the dark, cool scenes, you'll compete with others in your cars.
And what will the competition be all about?
We turned to the top "dark ride" company for ideas, and they put on their thinking caps.
It turns out those hats included a few feathers.
Here's what those bird brains at Sally Corporation came up with:
We're not going to give away too many details ahead of time, of course.
But before anyone starts getting worked up about the type of ... um ... instrument that will be used to ... er ... capture the fowl critters, take a gander:
A Turkey Call!
Families will search for turkeys throughout Gobbler Getaway and individuals will gather up the largest flock possible.
Remember, the goal is to "Save Thanksgiving."
When the project gets further along, we'll remind you to take a look at Sally's webcams.
(They're working on other rides for other parks, too, of course. So chances are if it doesn't look like it belongs in a ride called "Gobbler Getaway," it's being made for another venue.)
I wish I could remember all the different ideas the Sally crew came up with before the Turkey Call was triumphantly plucked from thin air. I do recall that Jim wanted everyone to use turkey basters; Drew is probably still making fun of that idea. (Quite jovial fellows, they are. One never hesitates to roast the other when an idea doesn't take flight.)
Here's another look at the Turkey Call device:
That's all the "dark ride" information for now. Don't worry, though ... there will be more glimpses in the coming months.
Will asked me the other day if I thought we could come up with enough HoliBlog ideas for the off-season.
Somehow, I think we'll do just fine.