Meeeeoooooow!

No we're not blogging about Kitty Claws today.

We're giving you a look at what our Coaster Cats are up to.

Voyage

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.

Voyage maintenance

What's a ledger? That's the horizontal wooden plank over their heads.

The Voyage

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!).

Ross and Jon

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?).

Ross and Jon work on Voyage track

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.

Voyage art

You never know what you’ll see

… walking through the park in February.

It's odd enough to see the Frightful Falls boats out of their Halloween trough.

But here in the Christmas Plaza, it appears we might have a cow tipper on the loose!

Cow tipping, anyone?

Snow Coaster Contest

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.

Really.

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.

Mystery snow photo

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: contest@holidayworld.com. (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.

Gotta sing … gotta dance!

Auditions for Holiday World shows are this SaturdayAre you one of those lucky people who can sing and dance? Or do you know anyone who can?

Then please let them know about our auditions coming up on Saturday.

We're looking for singers, dancers, mascots, and technicians.

Here's a video sampling from last year. The amazing Nick Burroughs was named one of the top three male theme-park entertainers world-wide last fall!

For more information about auditions, please read through this press release.

And break a leg!

Safety first!

Congratulations to our Maintenance & Paint Shop Teams for a full year of accident-free service.

Accident-free

 

Wise words

I had to stop by our HR office this morning (no, I wasn't in trouble!) – and just had to share the quote that was scrawled on their message board.

Abraham Lincoln quote

That first step is a doozy

Wow. It's like going from a backyard kiddie pool to an Olympic-size pool.

Can't wait to see what our High Dive team has in store for us this season!

High Dive pool

 

Queuing up

Any French majors out there?

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 construction

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.

Hyena Falls construction

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.

Hyena Falls construction assembly queue

Interested in the construction process? Be sure to check out our live ConstructionCam to catch all the action.