A ride on the wild side

Our test dummies aren't particularly pleased; they've been asked to give up their seats on Mammoth.

Well, all except when Dan feels sorry for them and sneaks them on a ride with him.

Test dummy and Dan take a spin on Mammoth

Been watching our Mammoth animation all winter? It's time to see the real deal:

 

Cabanarama

Dan's been pretty excited about adding cabanas this season. Folks have been asking for them for years, and we finally made it happen.

Opening day at Splashin' Safari, long before the waves were turned on, I heard Dan's voice over the 2-way, calling to IT to add a song to the water-park's music rotation: Barry Manilow's Copacabana.

I had a feeling I knew where he was at the time.

Sure enough, a few hours later when the music kicked on, the first song had a driving disco beat.

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl …

The first family to rent one of our Bahari River Cabanas is pictured below. Mike, Debra, and Stephen T. from Marion, Illinois, were kind enough to let us snap a photo of them.

First family to enjoy a cabana

Peek inside the cabana and you'll see how large the lockable cabinet is. There's a mini-fridge in the other corner.

Click here for more cabana information, including how to make a reservation.

They were young and they had each other    Who could ask for more?

Mirrored disco ball not included.

 

Danticipation

There's nothing like it.

Working on a new ride for two years or more.

And then it's finally time to ride.

After, of course, the State Ride Inspectors give us their seal of approval.

Really. It's an actual seal.

This is Chris, the Ride Inspector who applied the seal, following a long, thorough inspection.

Placing the inspection seal on Mammoth

Okay, so now it's time to ride.

Dan has a little trouble containing himself as he describes Mammoth testing in this video:

Mammoth opens Friday, May 11, when both Holiday World & Splashin' Safari are open for the start of our "daily" season.

So, what do you think – are you going to ride Mammoth this season?

Sparkler’s first spark

Sparkler opens May, 2012This afternoon, Nathan got a call that Sparkler's hydraulic system was about to be tested for the very first time.

He took off like a shot with our video and still cameras.

This video shows early testing, so there's no "swinging" just yet, just "lifting."

Can't wait to see Sparkler in all its (old) glory after dark – the light package on this 65-foot vertical swing ride is just gorgeous!

Measured success

Another opening day is coming to an end. Our 66th. Had fun tweeting about it:

I don't remember the last time we reached 90 degrees on Opening Day (and this is not a reference to Voyage's three sections of 90-degree track!).

Actually it was 92 degrees ..

Speaking of Voyage, this young lady was thrilled to have grown enough over the winter months to take on Raven, Liberty Launch, Legend, and …

Kimberly

I caught young Kimberly, from Ferdinand, in mid-hop in this photo (or, technically, mid-hop-prep-crouch), but rest assured she hit the 48-inch mark with a tiny bit to spare.

Kimberly was one happy six year old and couldn't wait to ride again.

Here's another tweet from today:

And here's another moment of whimsy (easy for me to say!) from my day:

We enjoyed another day with our Travel Channel crew (the show will air sometime in July – we'll let you know). This tickled me enough to tweet yet again:

We'll do it all again tomorrow … and then again – on a daily basis – starting Friday.

Thanks, in advance, to all who join us this season for fun and family time.

 

Who you callin’ a dummy?!

Temperatures up heading up toward 90 this week.

And the dummies are heading up Mammoth's lifthill.

Test dummies riding Mammoth

These "dummies" get to ride a bunch of laps before the rest of us do.

Please note: The rather unusual "restraints" are there because the dummies can't hold themselves on – we humans will hold on tight, plus our center of gravity – ahem! our rumps – will keep us safely in place.

Here's a dummies-eye-view of Mammoth:

Mammoth opens May 11.

Are you planning to ride the world's longest water coaster this season?