By Paula @ Holiday World

I think everyone knows we're adding a Mammoth to our list of water-park rides this year, but that's not the only critter we're introducing in May.

Meet Holidog's new friend … Kitty Claws.

Kitty will join Holidog, Safari Sam and George the Eagle in May, with lots of hugs plus maybe even an occasional pirouette.

So what goes into designing a new park mascot? GM Matt shared the drawings (he has two young daughters, so you may see just a little of their influence as the design steps progress):

We start out with an outline and a sketch.

Here was the first rendition of Ms. Claws:

At this point, she sort of looked like an Olympic runner (spoiler alert: and a human needs to comfortably fit inside), so we let out the seams a bit:

Next it was time to add some theming. Kitty Claws is a black cat from … Halloween!

All Kitty Claws still needed was some fancy footwear … oh, and some eyelashes.

And here she is:

Her tutu will not be quite as stiff as pictured; she'll be all ready to hug lots of children this season.

Kitty Claws and Holidog promise to be good buddies — no chasing each other up the big Christmas tree in our entrance plaza!

We'd love to hear your reaction (try to keep it from being too … um … catty) – please post your feedback below.

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7 Responses to “A new friend for Holidog”

  1. Lisa

    I like the idea of a new character, but if Ms. Claws is a play on Mrs. Claus, isn’t it a bit confusing to put her in a Halloween dress?

  2. jordan dixon

    You guys just need a turkey, and maybe a uncle sam mascot for the other sections! Holidog, Safari Sam, Kitty Claws, Gobbers(Turkey), and Uncle Sam would be a fine cast

  3. Missy

    I think she is cute. My daughter will love her. But, she needs a theme besides just a costume.. like a back story to her about why is there, how she got there and her age. It might make for a neat contest or just some creative thinking on your part. Also a theme song and special dance will help also. I hope you take that into consideration Thanks Missy M..

  4. jerry.yarnetsky

    The sad thing is I didn’t catch that up until you wrote it. Maybe Halloween because she’s a black cat?