“If I can touch it, I can ride it!”

That solemn statement was made by eight-year-old Dalton. He’s from Mason, Ohio, and his mom entered this photo in our Facebook Fan Page Photo Contest. Dalton’s mom grew up in Vincennes and visited us often when we were called Santa Claus Land. She’s impressed, she says, with "what you’ve done with the place." Do you…

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Bakuli buzz

Judging from the many emails we’ve received, the consensus is: “Bakuli rocks.” Being from a more, uh, seasoned generation, at first the “rocks” reference was a little alarming. Rocks? Is the structure not stabilized? Are there pebbles in the pool? Happily, my sons do their best to keep me in the groove with the current…

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Testing … 1 … 2 … 3 …

Will gets a kick out of how HallowSwings and Bakuli are so color-coordinated. Here’s a photo of one of the views from the top of the Bakuli tower. (Hey, John — maybe we should get a BakuliCam up here!) Ours crews work hard all fall, winter and spring building the new stuff we add each…

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The inside story

Lori, Jennifer and Whitney couldn’t wait. They had to check out “the bowl.” Bakuli’s innards are colorful, that’s for sure. And slippery. To get in, they had to climb up the exit slide. Jennifer and Whitney had no trouble. But Lori … she made several tries. Oops. Slipped and fell. Again. Then she tried it…

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Wrangling the start tub

Start tub. That’s the pool you get into right before you ride Zinga, ZOOMbabwe, Watubee … and now, Bakuli. It was the last piece to be added, a full 73 feel above the splash pool. The start tub is down there, on the lower right. All hooked up. Waiting to fly. But first, there’s a…

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Swinging ‘glass

Bakuli construction

It’s been a little too windy for this sort of work the past few days, but on Monday morning there was a whole lotta swingin’ going on down in Splashin’ Safari. It’s a painstaking process, getting that piece of fiberglass to fit perfectly onto the rest of the slide. Bakuli, as you may recall, starts…

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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. 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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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