Snow sculpture

No, we still haven’t had any snow to speak of, but doesn’t it look like we have been outside playing in the white stuff?

Here are the zebras from another direction.

Take a good look; which is their best side?

This summer we can ask the little ones: Which is their best slide?

Cool new critters for Crocodile Isle

Something we didn’t include in the New for 2007 news release is the batch of new water-play animals for Crocodile Isle in Splashin‘ Safari.

They will replace the original animal slides, which were part of Splashin‘ Safari premiere season in 1993.

Let’s start with the upper pool:

This zebra slide (shall we call them Zippy and Zappy for now?) replaces the turtle.

Zippy and Zappy make up a “dual slide” for added capacity, and will “load” from outside of the pool.

Next the children may splash about in the pool and then slide down one of
the body slides and into the lower pool, where they’ll find…


This happy parrot (let’s call her Pandora) is replacing the elephant slide.

Pandora’s pretty umbrella will spray cooling water down on the happy tykes below.

Can you just imagine the toddler happy dances that will ensue?

And the shrieks of delights?

(Please, though, no crackers in the pool.)

And what may we have chosen to replace the popular crocodile slide?

Another crocodile! …er, alligator.

Allidile.

Crocogator.

Hmm. Let’s just say we’ll call him … fun.

Super Bowl week

Bakuli construction

How cool is this?

It’s all in the news!

An incredible tribute to this super Bowl Ride we’re building.

Bakuli construction

The newscaster had congested nasal passages. it seems; he kept mentioning it was so “colt” out. I guess he wanted to be sure folks knew Bakuli wouldn’t be open until the weather warms up.

… and I didn’t catch it all, but I think he made a joke about bears wanting to take a once-in-a-lifetime ride. He must have been talking about one of those polar bear clubs or something. I got a kick out of how often he mentioned it would be great to visit our super bowl on a sunny day.

Bakuli construction
Rachel braved the “colt” to take these photos.

Bakuli construction
I think she climbed to the top of ZOOMbabwe for this one. She wanted to take a wide shot to help us get our bearings.

Looks like a real winner has touched down in our water park.

Bakuli heads skyward

If you’ve been scratching your head trying to figure out exactly where Bakuli is going, this should help.

First of all, our busy little HoliBeavers have been hard at work constructing a temporary bridge over Bahari River.

That’s because the bowl portion of Bakuli will be located in the central, island area of Bahari River.

The start tower is to the north of the river.

And back in the center of Bahari River, the pieces of Bakuli are being assembled…

…one confusing shape at a time.

Got glue?

Bakuli is here.

All bazillion pieces.


Good thing we don’t have too many employees this time of year, as the parking lot is covered with huge purple, green and yellow pieces.

This one in particular … don’t you think it looks like a cartoon character’s mouth … or beak … or bill?


And this one … come on.

It looks like it was left out in the sun or something.

Maybe too close to the heater?


We’ll keep an eye on this piece once our crews start assembling this monster.

Bakuli bits

Good grief.

Haven’t even posted links to the articles that came about following last week’s announcement, and bits o’ Bakuli start showing up already.


These pieces are for the bakuli.

You know, of course, that bakuli is the Swahili word for “bowl.”

And that bowl is a big’un.

Sixty feet across, that bowl.

Heaved up onto its side, that would be about six stories tall.

Don’t know that we have a six-story building here in Santa Claus.

Well, yes I do know.

There was something about these colors that made me a bit uneasy. I like how they look together, but there’s something unsettling about them.

I finally figured it out.

Back in the 1980s, I had a suit with these colors in it.

Excuse me while I head for home to make sure it’s not still in the back of my closet.

Tubular, baby!

Child with inner tubes

Charlotte was kind (and, rightly so, proud) enough to send us these photos of Abbey …

Child with inner tubes

… and Eli. 

Eli with inner tubes

Of course, inner tubes are always free at Splashin’ Safari.

Simply tubular, baby!
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Bahari River’s location

Bahari River plan

We all know about The Voyage, but exactly where is Bahari River’s location?

It helps to look on this graphic:

Bahari River plan

It will be back here, between the two wave pools and behind Monsoon Lagoon:

Remember all those culverts?

We will put those culverts to good use. Gotta keep the creek out of the River, right?

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Who dumped this stuff?

Who dumped this stuff?

culvert

… and does Mrs. Koch know what a mess they made?

The grassy area to the south of our employee parking lot is full of very large, shiny, cylindrical objects.

When I went up close to take this photo, I got dizzy (how embarrassing):

culverts

These two, together, looked like a huge pair of binoculars.

Alien binoculars, perchance?

They’re each seven feet in diameter, by the way.

Any idea what they are? And who dumped this stuff? 

A quick call to Will and we have the answer.

Culverts.

They’ll go under the new walkway that, in 2006, will connect The Wave to the new Bahari River.

They’ll also be used in the area going upstream to Bahari.

culverts

After studying the above photo I must admit I’m not convinced space aliens aren’t involved.

Very messy aliens.
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