Mean- while, here’s a heart- felt tip of the hard hat to all the rugged work- ers who direct traffic, farm, fight fires, clear high- ways of snow, and build water slides during the frigid weather. You’re amazing!
Want to watch the construc- tion of Hyena Falls – live? Check out our ConstructionCam during daylight hours to see the project come alive.
Don’t wait too long to take a look, though. Once the crews start hanging the four fiberglass slides, Hyena Falls will come together so quickly it’ll be, well … almost laughable.
It's time to take a second look at Giraffica (the ride formerly known as Pilgrims Plunge) and realize that, on a sunny day, it looks a whole lot like a giant sundial:
This time of year, Giraffica casts a long, long shadow on the field that is quickly becoming the home of our new Hyena Falls, with its four in-the-dark water slides:
So why did we change this ride's name to Giraffica?
This ride was originally part of our Thanksgiving section.
Pilgrims Plunge opened in 2009 and was then the world's tallest water ride (it's still the tallest in the U.S.).
We placed it on the northeast edge of Thanksgiving and re-worked some pathways so that it could also be accessible from Splashin' Safari, so that families could ride in their swimsuits, if they wished.
While planning to add Hyena Falls to Splashin' Safari for the 2013 season, we decided it was time to move the park boundary so that Pilgrims Plunge would be part of the water park. And so this huge water ride would need a new name to connect it to its safari brethren.
If you look at the shadow of the elevator (on the right side of the photo), you'll probably see how we came up with the name Giraffica. (It sounds best when said with great authority – the way you'd say a superhero's name: Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Giraffica!
In our never-ending quest to educate the general populous that even though we're closed over the winter a lot of work takes place, we bring you this first in a series of websiodes about The IT Men of Holiday World.
Meet Steven and Casey from our IT department as they take you for a peek behind the vitual curtain.
Our Coaster Cats have quite an expansive work space.
During the winter months, our coaster maintenance technicians – Anthony and Heath are in the above photo – bundle up and head out to perform their off-season track work.
Right now, the crazy curves that race Voyage riders back into the station is getting the attention.
And what the heck is Jon up to? He's cut through the eight layers of wooden track (you heard right – eight layers, just like Frosted Mini Wheats) and is per- forming the age-old ritual of out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new. Yes, that's snow on the track.
The Voyage is 1.2 miles long. It has more "air time" than any other wooden roller coaster.
More tunnels, too.
Last summer, the Travel Channel named Voyage #1 in its "Most Insane Wooden Coasters" special.
Are you craving some night rides on Raven, Legend and Voyage? You might want to look into a special event we are planning for coaster enthusiasts called HoliWood Nights. It's for members of coaster clubs we partner with – so everyone in attendance is "coaster crazy."
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