It’s so easy being green

Larry and Korey from The Gravity Group are here today to ride The Voyage.

… with another park’s owner.

Anyone else around here feel a slight tinge of jealousy?

It’s so easy being green.

Doesn’t it hurt just a bit? After all, we’ve meant to each other over the past two years …

Planning an incredible future for both parties.

Sharing wonderful photos.

Taking countless long, freezing-cold-to-the-point-of-being-miserable walks in the woods.

Carefully examining our highs and our lows, hoping against hope to finally achieve perfection.

Celebrating together when our goal was met.

And now … so soon … they’re moving on to a new conquest.

Sigh!

If that other park has a blog, I won’t be able to look. It would be too painful.

I guess we always knew this day would come. Just not so soon. And when the hurt fades and we’re not feeling so green, we’ll wish them well.

Maybe.

At least we’ll always have … The Voyage.
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365 days ago …

Hard to believe, but 365 days ago, we announced The Voyage.

Ah, the memories.

From the Snowy White Gravel Road (that name has caught on around here, by the way) …

… to the increasingly annoying HoliHints

… to the scramble to help our friends overseas early that morning …

… and, of course, so many folks tuning in to stream the announcement that we crashed WEHT’s server.

Months and months of construction.

A Discovery Channel show that has yet to air in the U.S.

And a perfect launch:

Voyage's opening day

That’s launch, not lunch!

That’s Mrs. Koch and, well, Mrs. Koch (Will’s wife, Lori) launching The Voyage on May 4. Those bottles were so delicate we opted out of filling them with liquid. Thank goodness we had extras!

My, my, the many happy, surprised, and delighted faces we’ve seen each day since then.

The Voyage

It has been a fantastic Voyage, indeed.
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Yum, yum, yum!

Santa selling Jell-o and cereal

Anyone else out there a cornball who loves to listen to old radio shows from the ’40s?

I grew up hearing my folks talk about Fibber McGee‘s closet, Jack Benny‘s squeaky violin, and Baby Snooks’ antics.

Thanks to satellite radio those shows are available again, 60 years later.

And the commercials are a hoot

Either the plugs are non-too-subtly inserted into the script or the cracky, nasally voice of Henry Aldrich belts out a jingle.

Tums for the tummy. And Jell-O, yum, yum, yum!

A Kraft Foods employee emailed the other day. He was so pleased to see this photo of Santa.

Long ago, during our Santa Claus Land days, Santa posed for an advertisement with a variety of products, including Jell-O.

Santa selling Jell-o and cereal

Upon closer inspection, it appears that it was Jell-O pie filling.

Lemon pie filling to be exact.

Santa Jim and Jell-o

We sent the Kraft Foods gentleman a copy of the photo to display in his office. Talk about connections!
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Star Spangled banter

If you’ve ever stayed in Splashin’ Safari till closing time, you may have noticed the chair thing.

Fireworks at Holiday WorldAs the supervisors walk from water ride to water ride, they straighten the chairs. Lined up evenly, they’re ready for the next day. This is done rather subtly prior to closing and then they really go to town. All the chairs are lined up, ready for the opening, when they’ll all be rearranged again. (Will refuses to call them chairs; they’re “towel holders” in his book.)

On Tuesday, we reopened a portion of Splashin’ Safari just before the 4th of July fireworks got underway.

Lori, the director for Splashin’ Safari, stood out on the island by the entrance to Congo River.

Waiting.

Those chairs. Freshly straightened, they would soon be grabbed and rearranged all over the island.

She joked to another employee, “Would you go over and ask everyone to please remember exactly where they got their chairs and be sure to return them after the fireworks?”

The fireworks were great. The oooohs and ahhhhs were outweighed only by the cheers and applause. Hearts were swelling with patriotism and emotion.

But for Lori, the most emotional moment came when she turned to start dragging scores of chairs back to their places.

Every last Guest, without being asked, took his or her chair back to its place of origin on the island. All lined up, neat as a pin. Ready to go for July 5.

God bless America!
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Hitting the big Times

Will Koch and The Voyage

My folks live in Madison, Connecticut.

They have a subscription to the New York Times.

I probably need to send them a box of Band-Aids and a tube of Neosporin for all the paper cuts they’ve surely endured the past week.

Because the New York Times interviewed Will for a business article a few weeks back.

And then they sent a photographer. With a very big lens. It was fun walking around the park with Dan, as he asked folks he’d just photographed for their names and hometowns.

“I’m from the New York Times… ”

But this was an “evergreen” story. That means it’s not breaking news and will be just as fresh tomorrow as it was yesterday.

Evergreen stories tend to get bumped. And I explained this to Mom and Dad once word came that the article was in the chute, scheduled to run … sooner or later.

Undaunted, they dutifully scoured every inch of the paper for days.

Happily, only a few bumps occurred.

And today the article appeared on page 3 of the business section (sorry, it’s no longer available online).

Here’s my favorite quote from Will: “When I need to make a decision I call my brother and sister and they say, ‘O.K.'”

Will Koch and The Voyage

He’s going pay for that comment once Dan and Natalie see it!

(Thanks to Dan Patmore for the “extra” photo.)
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