That round thing on Mayflower?

We’ve been asked repeatedly: So what’s that round thing all about? This thing, circled (by me) in green: That’s at the apex of the ride, right? (Trying to make my oldest son proud here … I’ve made my living with words, but still remember a math term or two.) Anyway, apparently, it’s called a medallion….

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Tunneling our way to spring

What’s that they say about seeing a light at the end of the tunnel? With tonight’s snowy forecast, we are looking hard for that sunshiny light of spring! Well, at least we have the tunnel, right? And where exactly is this under-construction tunnel? It’s along that last curve as you head back to the station…

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A bridge to 2014

If you've ridden our wooden roller coasters, Frightful Falls and Raging Rapids, you know we love tunnels. With 2014 comes another form of tunnel – the covered bridge. We're adding two for next year, the first is for the Holidog Express train ride. When I first glanced at this photo, I thought, "what are those…

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Any more pieces over there?

Have you ever gotten toward the end of putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle and suddenly wondered if you had the right number of pieces left? It's always a relief to drop that last piece into place. We're getting toward the end of this huge puzzle, too. So far, so good!

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Skating along to the finish line

As of today, April 4, we're exactly one month away from opening day. That's for Holiday World; Splashin' Safari's first day is May 10. Let's take a look at Hyena Falls, as our crews finish up with the biggest slide – the one with the half-pipe feature. The fiberglass snugs up to steel structure, where…

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Words to live by

Measure twice. Cut once. When I first glanced at this, I thought someone had lost a contact. Been there!

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Six weeks to go!

Now that it's April, that countdown clock till opening is ticking louder and louder. Five weeks till Holiday World opens. Six weeks for Splashin' Safari. And Hyena Falls is pulling together, piece by piece. Let's take a look: Above is the end of the slide that has a Zinga-like half-pipe (or funnel) element to it….

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An April Fool’s caption contest

We have a winner! Congrats to Adrienne J. from Newburgh, Indiana, for her winning entry: If you think this new Pepsi pipeline is something, you should see our ice maker. Watch your mail, Adrienne – two tickets are in the mail! —– Have I mentioned that the second part of my double major was in…

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Spoiler alert: It ain’t all magic

Over the years, we've heard from lots of parents who say they read the HoliBlog with their children on a regular basis. Aw, thanks. We also hear from folks who love the behind-the-scenes photos and stories. They want the nuts and bolts information. Just so we're clear: this post is for that latter group. Not…

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Clinker!

So what exactly is a “clinker”? None of these fine gentlemen, of course. They’re working hard creating the pump pit for our new Hyena Falls. They’re pouring the concrete quite carefully so that it’s even and cures properly. So who’s at the top end of the long chute? Why, it’s Gary! He’s in charge of…

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