One Year Later: Cheetah Chase Announcement Memories

Just one year ago today, we were having the time of our lives. We had just announced Cheetah Chase, and were celebrating a very successful announcement. As we looked back, we realized there are so many untold stories from that time, we just needed to share a few: 

The Backstory

When we announce a big attraction like Thunderbird or Cheetah Chase, we keep the group of people “in the know” as small as possible. We only announced Cheetah Chase to our full-time staff the morning of the announcement. And we used that time to practice our official announcement (sans Chad Benefield of course). 

Speaking of Chad, we invited WBKR Owensboro’s Chad Benefield to hype up the crowd before the announcement began, and he had no idea what was about to be announced. He did the same thing for Thunderbird.  

Long story short: those who were “in the know” had a huge secret to keep. Those who didn’t know were dying to find out. We had given the project a code name internally: Purple Elephant. It originated from a marketing firm that years ago told us we needed a “Purple Cow” every so often to catch people’s attention. Somehow the cow became an elephant. Don’t ask me.

Also if you never got to watch the announcement I’ll share it here and only here because there’s a lot of time spent zoomed in on myself, Lauren and Matt and I certainly don’t need that in my life:

 

The Accounts, in order of enthusiasm (AKA how quickly people responded to me)

Lisa Beers – Food and Beverage Manager

I actually had a team member Brennan Franklin who guessed it correctly.  He watched all the blogs, read the clues and researched it.  He always reminds me that he guessed it correctly. 

Bryan McBride – Regional Sales Rep

As a member of the sales team, I frequently update our business leaders and groups with emails and social media posts.  I figured that the ride announcement would be big, so I kept hyping it up even though I didn’t know any specifics.  It was a blast and I only discovered the answers when they were revealed on stage!

Lori Cotton – Director of Attractions 

Oh, that day!  I do remember several things:

I recall hustling through Splashin’ Safari with a giant tilt lifeguard umbrella because the audio/visual equipment was overheating in the sun (and for a 5’3” person, that was a struggle!)

I also remember stepping away for the energetic crowd, just after the name appeared on the screen, to radio the news to all my Safari Management Staff – because they ALL wanted to be at the announcement and I was the “mean boss” who made them stay where they could hear whistles. I don’t like being “mean,” so I had to redeem myself!

I also greatly enjoy watching the faces of those around me watch the video – the excitement in their faces never disappoints! (This was also true for me during the Thunderbird announcement.)

And, most of all, I remember being proud – so very incredibly proud – because this was the very first attraction that I had a hand in from the earlier stages.  This was a lot of secretly learning and researching, waking up with ideas and jotting them down at 3am, creative energy moments come to life.  This was the moment it all became completely REAL!

Eric Snow – Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Entertainment

The running Mammoth gif and the procurement and counting of all the Cheetah Chase socks from J Crew (RIP) were quite memorable.  “How many would you like?” asks the Jcrew Outlet phone salesperson.

“All of them.”

Cheetah Socks

 

Stephen Rutherford – Creative Manager

About one day after moving into my new position in the marketing department on July 1, 2019, Eric and Ashley met with me to clue me in on “Purple Elephant.” I was so excited to be part of it and be “in the know” – then they told me about putting together the Announcement video and other teaser/announcement materials… in just over a month. I was then more terrified than excited. 

I was able to work with two talented artists that made the animations and then edited the video with the music and sound effects. It was an amazing experience and I honestly can’t wait to do it again!

This is the video Stephen helped pull together: 

 

Matt Eckert – President

Leah Paraphrasing here: I just remember how much fun it was to watch everyone’s faces as we played the videos. You could just feel the energy and it was amazing. 

Anthony Vancamp – Maintenance Manager,  North Shop (the shop the handles water park maintenance)

I was in on it from the beginning planning.  Purple elephant.  I remember doing all sorts of jobs and tasks that I could not share.  Utility tracing to clearing out the area of trees and getting soil samples!  Was so hard not to slip up to anyone who would ask what was going on!  Was a great experience going from, is this attraction going to fit here to it’s there and functioning!

I’m sure I have more memories, these just came to mind first.

Josh Moore – Digital Communications Strategist 

About two weeks before we announced Cheetah Chase, I was brought into the “Cone of Silence” to join the other small group of people who knew about the ride before it was announced.

I was a little intimidated. I had to design the email introducing a first-of-its-kind water coaster to the world!

My workspace is an open-air cubicle that has constant foot traffic nearby during the operating season. A quick glance in my general direction and you can see whatever is on my computer screen.

Leah’s note here: Every time I talked to Josh out at his cubicle after he was told, I swear I shouted Cheetah Chase at least once. 

To help keep everything under wraps, I emptied out several three-ring binders and built walls around my computer and angled my computer monitors away from the walkway so I could continue to design the email in private. I didn’t want to be responsible for someone seeing Cheetah Chase early and spoiling the surprise!

Once that was finished and the email was scheduled to send out to everyone on our email list moments after we announced it in the park, I got to relax and enjoy the announcement ceremony beside Wildebeestro. My favorite memory is seeing all the Guests waiting in line for Bakuli drop everything and completely forget about their upcoming ride to watch the Cheetah Chase announcement video!

Me – Sorry I’m long-winded…

I just remember taking over Communications at the beginning of June and feeling like this announcement would be the make-or-break moment for me and would set the tone for how I was going to run this department (you know, no pressure or anything). As the marketing and Communications team planned the tease campaign, I started to feel like I was hitting my stride. Things were going unbelievably well…

…Then I sent an email out to all the full-time staff (a week before we planned to tell them) with a 2-page document with the words “Cheetah Chase” at the very end. I panicked and recalled it, but some people saw it. 

It wasn’t even the first time. Everyone in the offices probably thought the name of the new ride was “Cheetah… CRAP!” because I kept forgetting.

The thrill of the chase… AKA our “Tease Campaign”

We made a strategic choice early to signal to our fans that it wasn’t going to be some monstrous coaster, but it was going to be exciting and we pointed everyone in the direction of the water park fairly early.

We started by dropping a single date on our social media accounts to announce the date of the first clue and the start of the tease campaign. Note to self: don’t do that again. Everyone thought we were Beyonce trying to drop a ride the very next day. We disappointed a lot of people with that one. 

But we took it in stride and decided to have some random fun along the way. The perfect example? The cheetah socks. We ordered those from J. Crew Factory (see Eric Snow’s post for how that conversation went) on sale for $3 apiece. We dove in. And we recorded a video of Santa giving Safari Sam lots and lots of socks for Christmas in July. Honestly, it confused people exactly the right amount. 

We also introduced some loaded fries with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos (credit for the socks and thinking to incorporate Cheetos into a lot of our campaign goes to our Director of Sales, Dave Hedge by the way). Which may have been my favorite new food ever at the park. 

One of my favorite memories was having Bobby and Liberty from MY WJLT come to the park while we were teasing the attraction, and Liberty grilling myself, Lauren, and Matt Eckert. Matt Eckert certainly fared the best, somehow turning questions back around on them. They were there the day we released the Safari Sam socks video, and I just remember Liberty being dumbfounded by what she had just seen (she watched right before going back on-air). It’s always kind of fun to watch someone else try to decode your mostly-nonsense clues. 🙂 Sorry Liberty. 

Here’s the video that had two important clues: This, in fact, was a water park attraction, and it was going to involve a Cheetah. 

CNN, BABY!

After the announcement, I remember sitting down to finally eat lunch after sending most of the reporters out, when I got a text that CNN was trying to get ahold of me. I stood up in the middle of Subway and started pacing and making phone calls immediately and firing off emails in between bites of my sandwich. We got ProSlide, the manufacturer of Cheetah Chase, to be a source for the article as well and by the next day, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari was on CNN! And Cheetah Chase made the home page of CNN! (We even took a video screenshot to save!) I couldn’t believe it. I just remember feeling electricity in my veins as I chased down reporters for the rest of the day and relished in the success of a new ride and the announcement that had gone off perfectly.

 

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Season Pass – First Splash

Dear 2020 Season Passholders, 

Thank you for being such strong supporters of us during one of the most difficult seasons we’ve ever had to face. We’ve been so happy to see you so far this summer, and we can’t wait to let you have the first access to Splashin’ Safari! 

We’ve been planning a Cheetah Chase preview event for you since we announced it back in August 2019. It’s just a little later than we thought it would be.  We hope you’ll join us for a sneak peek of our coolest new addition to our tremendous trio of water coasters. 

These days (in addition to those early days before we opened) are dedicated to you.

Platinum Season Passholder Day – Thursday, July 2: 2 PM- 7 PM Central Time

This event will be for Platinum Season Passholders only. 

Passholder Preview Day – Friday, July 3: 11 AM – 7 PM Central Time

This event is for Platinum Season Passholders, Season Passholders, and Summer Fun Card holders only.  

We’ll have the same attractions, restaurants, and services available: 

Attractions

We’ll have Cheetah Chase, Mammoth, Wildebeest, Tembo Falls, Tembo Tides, and Bahari Wave available. 

Restaurants

We’ll have Wildebeestro and Bahari Snacks available. 

Services

You’ll be able to rent lockers, use the restrooms and changing areas, grab a free soft drink, and of course, help yourself to free unlimited sunscreen! 

inLine Reservation System will not be used for this event ONLY. 

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Splashin’ out of Summer

Adam Lori and James ready to jump into the Wave

Splashin’ Safari has officially closed for the season, and the only way to truly say goodbye is with a splash, right? 

We’re sad to see it close. We’re also excited that summer makes way for Happy Halloween Weekends which means pumpkin pie flurries (and hopefully some fall weather because my sweater collection needs some love). 

So to commemorate this bittersweet moment, our Attractions Management team did a celebratory leap. With our seasonal lifeguards and slide attendants cheering them on, VP James, Director Lori, and Water Park Manager Adam took a dip… in full uniform. 

Frankly, the video of them jumping in The Wave in full uniform was too good not to share…

 

That may be a wrap on the Splashin’ Safari season, but it’s not the end of the season for us. We’ve got pumpkin spice funnel cakes starting up this weekend plus two new shows for Happy Halloween Weekends. 

That said, our Splashin’ Safari employees worked hard this summer, and they deserve credit for it. To all our seasonal employees who have been out in the sun watching out for the safety of our Guests: thank you. We truly appreciate everything you do and how hard you’ve worked. 

Also, if you visit often and have favorite lifeguards, never fear–many of them continue working during Happy Halloween Weekends. You may just see a few in one of our walk-through attractions such as Holidog’s 3-D Adventure, Carnival Chaos, and ScareBNB. 

…And if you start feeling sad about Splashin’ Safari being closed, maybe play this video again. 

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A Chase of the Mondays

Kenny on Cheetah Chase

…get it? A “case” of the Mondays, but it’s for Cheetah Chase?

Sorry to kick things off with a bad pun. But I have to share what a Monday in the office can look like at a theme park. 

The crowd watching adam watching cheetah chase

I promise this will make sense if you keep reading

Today we had a town hall meeting

that involved our entire full-time staff.

Dave, our Director of Sales, has a shiny new VR headset to take with him to trade shows so he can brag about Cheetah Chase to anyone who might be interested in booking a company picnic for 2020. (Shameless product placement for Dave: Interested in a company picnic, a group outing, or a private party? Fill out this form)

We have a super cool 360 animation (we’re saving that to share in a few weeks) that goes perfectly with the headset and we let our full-time staff try it out first. 

We went back to work

That is, until our VP Eric got the Cheetah Chase boat out of his office and set it down in the hallway.

Adam, one of our Attractions Managers volunteered to take the boat in the attractions office. He said they’d inflate it and keep it there. 

Someone made a joke about inflating it and using the VR headset to simulate a real ride. 

Things LAUNCHED out of control from there 

Attractions came with the pump for the raft. Stephen–who helped edit those incredible Cheetah Chase animations you’ve seen so far–came upstairs with the VR headset ready to go with the 360 animation (those are his cables floating around the right side of the frame).

Also in case you’re wondering, the ridges in the sides of the boat are for catching water to power the first-ever flat launch on a water coaster (and the regular uphill parts like other water coasters have). 

Adam was our first brave contestant. Stephen set him up, and thus began the first official VR ride of Cheetah Chase.

Stephen setting Adam up with VR headset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam was the perfect first virtual rider–he was leaning into the turns…

Adam leaning in

…checking out the sights…

Adam looking around

…and generally a great sport about me taking his picture. 

Adam after the first true VR ride on Cheetah Chase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, President Matt took a turn:

 President Matt "riding" Cheetah Chase

He made sure to take his shoes off to make the experience more realistic. To add more realistic elements, someone grabbed a fan to help blast him with some air…

President Matt takes a ride

… he said it happened right as the boat launched in the video so it was perfect. 

Next Kenny from IT took a ride…

Kenny on Cheetah Chase

As did Alan (another of our attractions managers)…

Alan on boat

…IT Director Casey also helped spray him with a little water. So Alan gets credit for the first “ride” on Cheetah Chase with H2O. 

Finally our attractions management team got together for a team pic:

Attractions Management in the same boat

The moral of this story is: we’re really not sure what normal people do in offices on Mondays, but I’m pretty sure today we’ve got you beat. 

#OurOfficeIsBetterThanYours #BusinessAsUsual

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Sweepstakes: Cheetah Chase Season Pass Giveaway

Cheetah Chase Overview 1

Congratulations to our winner: Sarah B. from Mt. Washington, Kentucky! Thanks to all who entered. More giveaways coming up soon!
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We hope you’re as excited as we are for Cheetah Chase in 2020!

Cheetah Chase Logo

Of course, there’s still plenty of time this season for a ton of fun, but since we’re switching to weekends-only now (2020 season passes are already on sale), 2020 is on our minds. We’re all looking forward to riding Cheetah Chase as soon as it’s possible, but we’re also looking forward to seeing what our food & beverage department will dream up for next year, and to what entertainment will be like and… we have a lot of excitement. 

In honor of all that excitement for next year AND in honor of Cheetah Chase, we’re hosting a super-fast sweepstakes:

You have just under a full week to enter daily to win two 2020 season passes! 

But first, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter and you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari or Koch Development Corporation (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list (you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email).Cheetah Chase Orange Saucer Turn
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog and tweeting about this contest. You can also follow us on Pinterest, and visit us on our Facebook page. (We’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Recommendation while you’re there!)
  • All prizes are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Tickets to Holiday World must be picked up at Holiday World.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us where in the park you’ll go first in 2020–will it be a food stand? Cheetah Chase? One of our coasters? We want to know! (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

Ready to enter?

Simply enter by using the widget, below. Be sure to enter daily through Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 1:00pm CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

 
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Good luck to all!

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Sweepstakes: Water Coaster Family Getaway

Mammoth & Wildebeest4 sml

Congratulations to our winner: Madi M. from Shelbyville, Kentucky! Thanks to all who entered. More giveaways coming up soon!
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With the warm weather moving in this week, we know the best place to be is Splashin’ Safari! 

Whether your speed is more water coaster or more lazy river, you can kick back with a free soft drink (or on those especially hot days, don’t forget Gatorade and lots of water). 

We have 30+ slides, three kids’ play areas, two (and a half at Tembo Falls for the kids) wave pools, and a lazy river. There’s a reason USA Today named us the #1 Outdoor Water Park in the nation

If you want water coasters, no one can top us. Last year at the Golden Ticket Awards Wildebeest and Mammoth were named #1 and #2 Water Park Rides in the world, respectively, and Mammoth even made the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest water coaster.Wildebeest Family

Plus, if you’re looking for a pro tip for cooling off: Mammoth has some of the chilliest water in the park. 

So if you’re ready for some awesome water coaster action with your family, we’re hosting another sweepstakes!

  • Four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
  • Quick Access Passes for your party (valid for four people on Wildebeest and four people on Mammoth… or whatever two attractions you’d like)
  • Two nights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort

Be sure to enter daily to win!

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But first, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter and you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Koch Development Corporation, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Sun Communities, Sun RV Resort, and Dippin’ Dots LLC (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list (you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email).
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog and tweeting about this contest. You can also follow us on Pinterest, and visit us on our Facebook page. (We’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Recommendation while you’re there!)
  • If you win our Water Coaster Family Getaway, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Holiday Cottage reservation at Lake Rudolph. *Here are the dates the cottage will be available:  August 9 – September 8, 2019.Mammoth Boat Going Over Hill
  • All prizes are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Tickets to Holiday World must be picked up at Holiday World.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us which is your favorite–Wildebeest or Mammoth. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

Ready to enter?

Simply enter by using the widget, below. Be sure to enter daily through Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at 12:15pm CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

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Good luck to all!

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Splashin’ Safari surprised us all!

It’s Splashin’ Safari’s birthday! Our water park opened on May 29, 1993.

It was much smaller back then.

Will Koch at Splashin' Safari opening

Park president Will Koch, at Splashin’ Safari’s opening “News Splash” ceremony in 1993

In fact, our news release announced it would be a five-year project, costing $3 million.

Boy, were we wrong!

Here’s an article from The Herald, from back on October 30, 1992:

1992 newsclip about groundbreaking for Splashin' Safari

What? SplashWater Safari? Yes, that was the announced name. At a meeting a month or two later, I remember Lori Koch saying, “Why not Splashin‘ Safari … you know, like Surfin’ Safari?”

And it stuck.

Lori also wisely advised us not to include a “sandy beach” area. Indeed, we removed it a few seasons later when the sand got … well, everywhere.

Our other recalculation involved the scope of our water park. We started in 1993 with four acres, with plans to make it to 15. We breezed right past that number.

Splashin’ Safari grew and grew!

 

Over the 26 years, we’ve grown to cover nearly 40 acres. Splashin’ Safari and its many attractions have won a bunch of awards. too.

Would you like to help us win another award (and enter our sweepstakes at the same time)?

We’ve celebrated a lot of water-attraction openings with our friends from ProSlide, the “crazy Canadians” behind the likes of Wildebeest, Mammoth, and Bakuli. Their president was a guest on our podcast a while back.

So what do you think – are we done building Splashin’ Safari or do you want more? Please comment below with your thoughts.
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The year in photos

The Wave Throwback Photo

As we look back at our five most-liked photos from Instagram this year, one thing becomes apparent: our fans enjoy #throwback photos. Just like last year, a HoliDrone shot makes an appearance on the list. Also, we celebrated Splashin’ Safari’s 25th season with both recent and archive pictures.

Here’s the 2018 Countdown:

Number 5: A Legend-ary Construction Photo

Our list kicks off with a photo taken during construction of The Legend in 1999. It shows off the immense size of this wooden roller coaster as it weaves alongside Splashin’ Safari and races back toward the Halloween section!

 

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Number 4: The HoliDrone’s View of our Wooden Coaster Trio

The HoliDrone captures shots that are unmatched by photos taken at ground level. This photo of The Voyage’s lift hill also captures The Legend and The Raven in the background.

 

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Number 3: A Relaxing Afternoon in Splashin’ Safari

As we come to the half-way point on our list, it’s time to stop by Splashin’ Safari! This photo features Mammoth, Wildebeest, Bahari Wave, and Safari Sam’s SplashLand. (Is it May yet?)

 

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Number 2: Spotting A Banshee

A second #throwback photo of The Legend made the list, taken from the lift hill looking back toward the station. What’s that in the background? It’s Banshee! Before HallowSwings took its place in 2003, this spot was home to the fan-favorite Banshee for many seasons.

 

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Number 1: A Splashin’ Safari Throwback

Topping our list of popular posts from the year is our most-liked Instagram photo ever. To celebrate Splashin’ Safari’s 25th season, we posted a throwback photo from the mid-1990s featuring The Wave, Congo River, Bamboo Chute, and AmaZOOM. My, how the water park has grown over the years!

 

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Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more photos (and stories) from around the park! Happy New Year!

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Podcast: ProSlide CEO

Will Koch & Rick Hunter

We crossed the border this episode.

A quick call to Ottowa (Ontario, Canada) and the CEO of ProSlide joined us for a fun chat about snow skiing, water coasters, and the passion to create.

Here’s that photo I took of Rick Hunter and Will Koch right after Wildebeest opened.

Will Koch & Rick Hunter

Two brilliant businessmen who never lost touch with their inner child.

We now have a HoWoPo Glossary, which will probably be referenced each episode. We welcome suggestions for topics we need to add to help new listeners crack the code.

And one of those glossary terms in Cheezeball.

Exhibit A:

We’re excited to introduce our Tesla charging station, which in a round-about way leads to us reminiscing about this gem:

Banshee "Falling Star" ride

And here’s Banshee in action:

Looping GIF of Banshee

(Note to self: Add Banshee to glossary.)

We talked about the new Riverside Retreats.

Here’s what they’ll look like:

Riverside Retreats

And Matt gleefully announced that Big Red ICEES will be making tongues fire-truck red all season!

Big Red ICEE

The other 11 flavors at our ICEE Mix It Up will be:

  • Pepsi
  • Mountain Dew
  • Watermelon
  • Grape
  • Red Cherry
  • Orange
  • Green Apple
  • Lemonade
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Blue Cotton Candy
  • Banana

 

 

Oops. As we “spring ahead” to Daylight Saving Time this weekend, we got the Florida story backwards (#BlameRentz). Actually, the Sunshine State voted to stay in Daylight Saving Time year round.

Embrace “Fanny Pack Day” with dignity and pride, lifeguards!

Lifeguards

… and non-employees, be sure to enter this sweepstakes by 1:30pm CDT on March 12.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Corn Dog Day

Foot Long Corn Dog

It appears Eric’s sole tweet got the little blue bird all a-flutter:

Watching little Kevin grow has been a charming side benefit of this podcast.
Keep at it, buddy!

The Coaster Crew didn’t take a week off (uh, like we did); here’s their trio of holiday shenanigans:

Don’t miss the bacon in this one:

 

Thank you for joining us once again. We hope to see you in May!

Down by the Riverside

Riverside Retreats

When we ask visitors what they enjoy the most during their day at Splashin’ Safari, not everyone says the water coasters.

Hard to believe. I know.

Wildebeest and Mammoth definitely top the list, but another favorite activity is floating lazily on the Bahari River.

If that’s your favorite hangout, you might want to make your day extra special by reserving a new Riverside Retreat.

Think of them as mini cabanas

 
Riverside Retreats

Riverside Retreats include two shaded chaise lounges, a table in between, and a great view of Bahari River. When you check in, we’ll give you up to four wristbands for access to the private area.

Reservations for the 30 Riverside Retreats are available on a first-come basis, with prices varying the same way our Pick Your Price ticket discounts work.

Splashin’ Safari opens for the season on May 10. We’ll see you soon!