A hole other view

Voyage photo taken through a knothole

Jack from Anderson came on last weekend’s Voyage construction tour, too.

A group of us laughed about how last summer a lot of Guests would peek at The Future Home of The Voyage through the knotholes in the fence just past Raging Rapids. I couldn’t find a single hole that was large enough to frame a photo.

But Jack found one

Voyage photo taken through a knothole

Knot bad!
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More memories of feathered friends

Baseball-playing chicken

It’s amazing the Santa Claus Land memories that are stirred whenever we talk about the Educated Animals.

Here’s an email from last week:

I really appreciated the picture of the educated animals. I tried to tell my wife about them but could not do it justice. One of my greatest memories is of my mother putting money in the chicken who played baseball stand. Mom hates birds (don’t ask me) she is scared to death of them. The bird immediately went out to second base, did his/her daily constitutional and went right back to its change. The look on my mom’s face was priceless. Thanks for the memories. See ya this summer.

Keith B.
Vienna, Illinois

Sure enough, here’s a photo of the Educated Animals display of a baseball-playing chicken:

Baseball-playing chicken

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On the road again

Holidog at Graceland

He’s on the road again, our Holidog.

You may remember he arrived in the mail just prior to Christmas and then whisked off to Florida for the colder months.

Now he’s heading west.

And apparently, he’s driving.

Holidog's license

A dog’s got to eat, right? So our little tourist made a point of chowing down at the very first KFC.

He wanted me to be sure to let everyone know he buried the bones out back.

Holidog at KFC

 

With a full belly and his blue suede hat, the hound dog was on the road again.

He’s off to Graceland!

Holidog at Graceland

Holidog isn’t the only staff member who gets to travel during the off-season.

A number of us have business travel, too.

Will just got back from D.C., several directors have been to Florida.

I went to Chicago and Allentown, Pennsylvania, to speak at coaster enthusiast conferences. (Note to self: Try to convince the enthusiasts to meet in warm-weather states next February.)

But no one travels as much as Holidog.

Last fall, he spent time exploring Seattle and sniffing out the best coffee shops.

Holidog in Seattle

Next, the little sew-and-sew visited the famous Space Needle.

Holidog at the Space Needle

Silly pup always keeps us in stitches.
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Did the rain make the turnaround grow?

Voyage track

Could be …

Voyage's turnaround

Let’s step back into the double-wide tunnel for another look at Voyage’s turnaround.

Voyage's turnaround

This turnaround, of course, is where we will find the first two 90-degree banked curves.

Voyage's turnaround

Voyage's turnaround

Chris, who’s our Director of Security & Entertainment (he knows, he knows!), couldn’t resist getting a closer look.

Voyage's turnaround

And at this point, the camera is placed directly on the track for a pure point-of-view photo:

Voyage track

Many thanks to our hardworking crews.

Voyage track

Have a lovely weekend and the rest of Saint Patrick’s Day (my husband said the florist greeted him with, “Thank goodness you came in! You’re the only one in town to give flowers on Saint Patrick’s Day and I’ve already made up your bouquet.” Not too many of Irish descent around here …)

We’ll spring some more photos on you next week.
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Signs of spring

Fire Chief Rabbit

Good grief, we had quite the “in like a lion” spring storm this afternoon. The “signs of spring” are impossible to miss this year.

A local radio station was counting down the end of a Tornado Warning with, “Two more minutes until the tornado gets here.”

Is that really necessary?

Happily, a bit of wind and a lot of rain were all we received.

When the rain was pounding on the rooftops, across the park’s two-way radios came Craig’s voice, “Would someone let us know when it’s about to start raining so we can come inside and not get wet?”

And I always thought Goofy worked for some other park …

Meanwhile, Rick is creating literally hundreds of new signs.

This Voyage sign is particularly pretty:

Voyage sign

It was like Christmas in my office today — the “proof galleys” for our pictorial history book arrived.

Any “old timers” out there remember the Educated Animals from our Santa Claus Land days?

Fire Chief Rabbit

When you see Will in the park this summer, ask him about them. Just don’t ask him to bring them back …
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Two months to go

Voyage station construction

Ha! I got to be the first one to say it! Construction is well underway as we move toward opening day in just two months.

Of course, I cheated by saying it a day early, but I guess that’s my prerogative.

First, we see the Pepsi Oasis building in our new Thanksgiving section.

Voyage Pepsi Oasis construction

And this smaller building next to the coaster station is the Voyage Photos & Gifts shop.

You can see the lift hill of The Voyage off in the distance

Voyage shop construction

The footprint for Gobbler Getaway is huge!

We’ll watch for some vertical growth very soon.

Gobbler Getaway construction

Work on The Voyage‘s station continues.

Voyage station construction

Thursday morning, the following notice came from Will via email:

” … the last bent for the Voyage was set within the past hour.

At this point, all bents have been erected.”

We’d do a company-wide dance of joy if we weren’t all so busy getting ready for the season.

Two months, after all.

And, lest we forget …

Construction continues in Splashin’ Safari, too, with our new Bahari River:

Bahari River construction

The water in Bahari River won’t be any deeper than at the Congo River. That means we’ll be in a deep canyon for this part of the ride.
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