Contest: Re-name this ride

Updated on 3/18/14: We have our winner! Thanks to everyone who entered; we ended up with nearly 3,000 great naming ideas. Our winner is Eric S. from Robinson, Illinois.

The new name? Water Bumpaloes.

How cute is that?!

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We’re getting ready to retire this sign:

Sign for Dancer's Thunder Bumpers Junior

… but not the ride!

We’re moving this fun (and wet!) children’s ride to Splashin’ Safari.

And so we need your help in finding a new name.

And if your entry is chosen, we’ll send you two one-day tickets.

Holiday World's Thunder Bumpers Jr.

How to enter? Please read these rules:

1. All entries must be posted as a “comment” on this HoliBlog post no later than 10 am CT on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Please don’t include your address or phone number, we’ll notify the winner by email by March 25, 2014.

2. All HoliBlog comments are moderated (as long as they’re not spam or naughty, we’ll “approve” them), so if your entry doesn’t show up right away please don’t yell at your computer, phone or tablet. Or post over and over.

3. More than one entry per person is allowed, but each entry must be posted as a separate comment in order to be considered by our judges. (We don’t want a list. One at a time, please.)

4. To enter, you must be 13 years or older.

5. The prize is two one-day tickets for the 2014 season. Judges’ decision is final. Only one winner will be chosen (since we only need one name).

6. Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and their immediate family members are not eligible to win (so please don’t enter).

7. If we receive more than one entry suggesting the same name (and choose that name), the entry received first (as time-stamped on the pre-moderated posts) will win.

Holiday World's Thunder Bumpers JuniorNeed more info about the ride? There’s a webpage for that.

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Good luck to all – we can’t wait to see your clever names!

 

Purrrfect coasters need Coaster Cats

When it comes to our Coaster Cats, we’re feline thankful (that’s a joke, son).

Coaster Cats at work on Voyage track maintenance

In just about all kinds of weather, they’re out in the elements, taking care of our coasters.

One of this year’s off-season projects is retracking Voyage’s brake run.

Out with the old and in with the new!

Voyage track maintenance at Holiday World

“Dude, your eight layers are showing … ”

That’s right, just like Frosted Mini-Wheats®, the track for wooden coasters has eight layers. Can you count them?

This video provides some behind-the-scenes details about what the Coaster Cats work on during the winter months:

In addition to this brake-run work, our Coaster Cats retracked from under the Voyage station back up to the third 90-degree stretch of track. They also had some fun up at the spaghetti bowl. Next time you visit us, see if you can figure out what other portions of all three coasters received their TLC over the winter.

Track maintenance on The Voyage at Holiday World

And just when will these coasters roar back to life? It’s hard to believe, what with the crazy weather forecast for tomorrow, but we open for the season on May 3 – that’s just two months away!

Now it’s your turn: Which is your favorite Holiday World coaster?