Leap for joy

Our Splashcam is back!

So, does anyone out there know anybody celebrating a birthday today?

In all my years, I've never met a Leap Day baby.

…but my son James has a friend from school who is celebrating his second birthday today (he's eight).

When I told my mom about this (she and Dad live in Connecticut), she said, "Oh, remember so-and-so who used to work with Dad at General Electric?"

For the sake of getting to the punch line, I replied, "Uh, vaguely…"

Anyway, this retired fellow's wife is celebrating her twentieth birthday today.

You do the math.

As predicted yesterday….

Thanks to Lisa for her explanation:

I used to work for the Ohio Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and briefly, it is inevitable that concrete will crack. You have to go back and saw a slab to put grooves in it so when it does crack, they will be hidden in the grooves. (Similar to perforations in a roll of stamps or indentations in a candy bar.) This is especially true in climates like Ohio and Indiana where the ground freezes and thaws (and so moves slightly as the frozen water expands) which forces the concrete to move along with it.

Now that's out of the way….I can't wait till summer! My daughter and I are looking forward to our annual girls' trip to Holiday World. Look for us on the carousel, Gobbler's Getaway, and seat 1-1 of The Voyage. (The trains look really spiffy, btw.)

Lisa F.

And here's another explanation; this one is from Daniel in Cincinnati, who's exchanged occasional emails with us since he was a mere pup in engineering school:

Paula, why do you tempt me like this? You make it too easy.

Most structures made of concrete, especially thin ones such as a slab, will inevitably crack. There's no way to avoid it over large areas of slab. This can be due to a variety of causes, such as heavy loading, but the most common cause in a slab is fluctuation in temperature. The size of the cracks can be reduced by using appropriate amounts of steel reinforcing, but the cracks will still occur.

The workers in your photo are saw-cutting joints into the slab about an inch deep at regular intervals in order to cause the slab to crack at specific locations. This allows the slab to retain a more aesthetic appearance, as well as preventing random cracks at inappropriate locations.

Back home again

The Voyage trains have completed their return trip.

This car was sort of a diva and demanded a Bobcat ride.


It's sort of commendable that they still want to hang out together after that long drive back from Pennsylvania.


They're looking around to check out what changes were made during their absence.

Meanwhile, more work on the carousel's new pad.

Apparently, after you pour a perfectly lovely block of concrete, you have to go back and make a crack in it to keep it from … cracking.

I'm sure within hours we'll hear from an engineer who will present a far more intelligent (if confusing) explanation.

Ah, Mrs. Koch has taught us all well:

Picture perfect

Ah, the requests have started.

"How do I win tickets?"

"Can I be the first to ride the new carousel"?

"What temperature will the water at Kima Bay be on May 17?"

There was a new one last night: I saw in the Internet you have free soft drinks. How does that work? Will you ship them to me here in New York or do you prefer to mail me a coupon I can take to my supermarket?

I kid you not.

Happily, we do have our first opportunity to win tickets.

Ryan, our marketing intern, is looking for your favorite family photo taken at Holiday World or Splashin' Safari.

He's calling it the Family Fun Photo Contest.

So if you'd like a chance at winning a pair of one-day tickets for this season, send us your best by next Thursday, March 6. (Thank heavens March is almost here!)

Go ahead and send your entry to me: fun@holidayworld.com and I'll forward it to Ryan. Nothing more than 2-3MB please; lower resolution is fine.

And if you include a note about how much you love the HoliBlog, you'll earn my eternal gratitude, but bupkis with Ryan.

And speaking of eternal gratitude, thanks to those who have clicked on the Technorati button (you'll need to scroll down below the Archives listing to get there). A few more clicks (just to get us to double digits, I'm not proud) would be as well-received as the first robin of spring.

Or a funnel cake.

The circular file

We'll have to find out how many separate pieces will be put together to make the Star Spangled Carousel.

It's a bunch.

Enough to make your head spin.


It took hours and hours this morning to unload the ride.

Actually, it was supposed to arrive yesterday, but was delayed due to the weather.

It took a while yesterday afternoon to determine exactly when it would get here.

Oh, so what you're saying is you've been going around and around with this?

Not even a chuckle.

Sigh.


So where will all these pieces end up, on a warmer day?

Over here on the south side of the 4th of July section, across from the bumper cars.


And yes, there will be a lovely Hoosier-made gazebo around the carousel, including a "decorative cupola."

Horse thief!

Oh, wait…


…that's no horse thief. It's Dennis helping out as Star Spangled Carousel is put into cold storage for a bit.

Cold storage … literally. For now, the horses are being held in the walk-in freezer.

What’s your favorite?

This actually has nothing to do with Holiday World or Splashin' Safari, but it's sort of interesting.

It's a poll being conducted by Budget Travel Magazine in which you choose the single best travel innovation from the past decade.

Click here to go to the poll.

After you vote you may see how others voted. I felt silly with my choice, but it turns out its the runaway favorite.

A driving desire to ride

Jerry in Ohio already has his car facing southwest in anticipation of his first six-hour trip to Holiday World this season.

Voyage-bound

Any guesses as to which ride he'll head to first?

Flash forward to May 23, and Jerry showed why his next ride on The Voyage would mean so much to him:

Ice is Nice

Not.

Just because it rhymes doesn't make it so.

Pretty pictures, though…

Follow the yellow arrow

…and find out where it leads you.


Actually, the arrow is red, but you know what I mean.

These photos are from Pennsylvania, where the three trains from The Voyage are in, well, rehab.

I'm not going to make any Lindsay Lohan jokes. Won't even hum that Amy Winehouse song.

That would be tacky.

But it's tempting…

Every two years, the trains from our coasters get shipped east for a complete going-over. More specifically, they are completely dismantled.

Disassembled.

Down to the itty bitty pieces. (Technically speaking.)

Then everything is thoroughly inspected and put back together in accordance with the manufacturer, which happens to host the rehab.

Ta da!


Thanks to Tom Rebbie at PTC for sending these photos.


And speaking of rehab, our SplashCam is also off-site, getting some TLC.

Dave in IT says it'll be a few weeks before our rested, refreshed and retooled webcam is back in business.