Cheetah Chase Sweetheart Update

In January, Josh highlighted the balance tank’s role in making Cheetah Chase come to life.Since then, progress has been in RocketBLAST mode! Our belated Valentine’s day treat was seeing six GIANT pumps got placed into the balance tank! Check out the latest episode of our Hard Hat Chronicles series for a more in-depth update on…

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What’s a Balance Tank?

Cheetah Chase Balance Tank as seen from The Voyage

It’s time for another Cheetah Chase Check-In! If you’ve been following the Cheetah Chase construction on our SplashCam lately, you’ll notice that we haven’t installed any new fiberglass pieces recently. That’s because our attention has turned to the station. Well. The tank underneath the station. Last week we started pouring the balance tank for Cheetah…

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All Downhill From Here

HoliDrone Captures first Cheetah Chase Fiberglass Lift

Because we just placed the tallest slide pieces of Cheetah Chase! We’ve got to catch you up on what’s been happening in Splashin’ Safari. It’s time for a Cheetah Chase Check In! Our last check in showed the first footers taking shape and the fiberglass for the slide arriving. As you can see, we’ve made…

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Out with the Old, In with the Smooth

This week we set out to answer two of your burning questions about the Voyage: Why did we start track work early? What are we doing to the track? Initially we thought we would take some cellphone pictures to share progress on the Voyage. Once we started working with the maintenance team and heard what…

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Cheetah Chase Check In

Cheetah Chase Slide Pieces

Ever since we announced that we’re building the World’s First Launched Water Coaster, we’ve received a lot of comments and questions about it. One of the most-asked questions: “When are you going to start building Cheetah Chase?” Well, that wait is over.  We started just over a week ago when the first footers were poured…

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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.  Today we had a town hall meeting that involved our entire full-time staff. Dave, our Director…

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Top, Tour, Taste

We tasted both General Tso's Chicken, as well as this delicious vegetarian version:

Yesterday’s media event for the Tower Topping at Santa’s Merry Marketplace was a ho-ho-whole lot of fun! To begin with, the weather was just perfect and the trees were awakening. TV crews, newspaper reporters, radio personalities, and the HoliDrone were on hand to watch the topping of the six-story tower at Santa’s Merry Marketplace. Want…

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Construction update

Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe construction

Are you familiar with the concept of parallel play? (It’s when children are playing together – yet individually. There’s peaceful coexistence as each one works on his or her own project.) That’s happening right now at Holiday World as we work together – yet separately – on Santa’s Merry Marketplace. First of all, our Food &…

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A 360 video tour of Santa’s Merry Marketplace

Having trouble getting your bearings when it comes to the transition of Kringle’s Kafe to Santa’s Merry Marketplace? Understandable! The “footprint” for Santa’s Merry Marketplace is nearly half again as big as Kringle’s. Lauren and Stephen put their hard hat-covered noggins together and created this 360 video for you to take a detailed look around: This is interactive,…

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“Being of sound mind …”

Demolition work is underway in preparation for the new Santa’s Merry Marketplace. As fast-paced as this work is, we occasionally pause. That’s Tom, who’s our Carpenter & Facilities Manager, proudly holding a piece of wood. That’s a two-by-four, right? Whatever the measure, it’s a piece of history. #HoWoHistory Because, like all great artists, Tom likes…

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Podcast: Airtime!

Airtime! HoliWood Nights 2019

Matt and I flew solo this episode, and were delighted to reveal the movie theme chosen for next year’s HoliWood Nights: As construction begins on Santa’s Merry Marketplace, Matt gets evicted. Here are the “before” photos:   Check out how it looks now: Take a gander at how it’ll look when you visit next season:…

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A slide on the move

“They’re on their way.” James called shortly before one o’clock. The first pieces of fiberglass slide were about to be put into place at Tembo Falls. I didn’t want to miss this! I’d invested too much time making sure to capture their assembly to not show up for the delivery to their final destination! This is…

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