We're giving you a look at what our Coaster Cats are up to.
Heath and Anthony are up on the structure, working on one of The Voyage's ledgers.
They're making adjustments to some of the ledgers and lean batters located past that last 90-degree section of track. This is being done to smooth out the end of the ride.
What's a ledger? That's the horizontal wooden plank over their heads.
And lean batters are the steel supports that run diagonally from where they're anchored in the ground up to where Anthony and Heath are standing.
Below are two more of our Coaster Cats, Ross and Jon. Most of the gentlemen in our construction and maintenance crews get that "mountain man" look over the winter. Those beards really help keep their faces warm (just ask Santa!).
Do you know anyone who might like to join in the fun? We're looking for one more Coaster Cat to complete our crew (er … litter?).
Here's information about how to apply for this full-time, year-round job: HolidayWorld.com/Apply We also have full-time positions open in Retail, Accounting, and Special Events.
Some may classify our Coaster Cats as maintenance men and that is technically true. But with a view like this, we think they're also artists.
Spoiler Alert: We have a winner! The answer and winner are listed at the bottom of this post.* Thanks to all for your guesses.
We woke up this morning to a beautiful snowfall.
At one point, the flakes were nearly as large as a Mammoth boat.
Nathan bundled up and headed out to take some snow photos. (Actually, I think he preferred the chill to the racket here in our office – we have some construction going on today.)
To celebrate the beauty (and our gratefulness that this isn't turning into a blizzard), let's have a quick photo contest.
All we need is for you to identify, via email (we provide the address below) the name of the coaster and the portion of the ride that we show. (Hint: the answer is not "the track"; we want you to identify where on the circuit this photo was taken.)
The prize? Two one-day tickets for this season.
… when it's warm and the snow is long gone.
A few rules:
1. Must be 13 or older to enter.
2. Must not be an employee or immediate family member of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.
3. Just one entry per email address, please.
4. First person to email us with the correct answer wins. If no one guesses exactly, we'll go with whoever came closest. This one's pretty easy, though (not like that last contest!).
How to enter? Must be by email and to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you win, we'll contact you via email, so please be sure to use an address you check frequently.)
Good luck. And stay warm!
*Congrats to Don K. from Kirksville, Missouri, who knew this photo is of the last curve on Raven, just before the train hits the brakes outside of the station.
One of the first words students learn in French 101 is “queue.” That’s because it’s a French word commonly used in English as well.
It’s a massive overuse of vowels, as the word is pronounced simply “Q,” just like the letter.
Anyone who’s worked with me over the years knows one of my twitchy bugaboos is the use of the redundant phrase “queue line,” because queue is the French word for line.
Sort of like ATM machine. PIN number.
But I digress.
The uninitiated among us can always tell construction of a new water slide is moving along when the giant pieces of fiberglass move from the initial just-off-the-truck position (as in the foreground of the photo below), to the assembly queue.
Hyena Falls‘ fiberglass assembly is taking place over by Giraffica (the nation’s tallest water ride, formerly known as Pilgrims Plunge).
One by one, the fiberglass pieces are matched up and bolted together.
There are some footers visible along the right side of the photo below. Before long we’ll be “swinging fiberglass” from the assembly queue to their permanent position as part of Hyena Falls’ four slides.
Interested in the construction process? Be sure to check out our live ConstructionCam to catch all the action.
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