Hard Hat Chronicles XII

When we started the Hard Hat Chronicles video series early this year, it was to start revving up for Thunderbird construction updates. Only we couldn’t tell you that back then. Here we are at the end of the year as we bring you another episode – number 12, actually – as we throw another curve…

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Crow’s Nest: A bird’s-eye view

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Well, you figured it out, didn’t you? We moved Sparkler this week from 4th of July to Thanksgiving and re-named it Crow’s Nest. Before we move any further with this, we’re not talking about a physical nest where Mama Crow lays her eggs. No. We’re speaking in nautical terms. See that bucket-looking gold-rimmed brown cone…

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First rides of the season?

Despite the thousands of able-bodied volunteers who contact us from throughout the Midwest each spring, these pale fellows always win out: And the earliest rides of the season go to … #HoosierDummy pic.twitter.com/RWNTjCIcLR — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) April 27, 2014

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Spring hath sprung

Finally! The park is springing to life! Now THAT's what I'm talking about! #SpringAtLast pic.twitter.com/YgOqlnmN4W — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) April 9, 2014

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The swing’s the thing!

Patriotism is in the air … Here's a look at our new Sparkler vertical swing ride, located right across from Liberty Launch in our 4th of July section:

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Sparkler’s first spark

This afternoon, Nathan got a call that Sparkler's hydraulic system was about to be tested for the very first time. He took off like a shot with our video and still cameras. This video shows early testing, so there's no "swinging" just yet, just "lifting." Can't wait to see Sparkler in all its (old) glory…

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Just add sparkles

These photos are just in from Zamperla headquarters in Italy: The above photo is the base of our new ride for 4th of July: Sparkler! Here's a good look at the tower for this fun vertical swing ride (65 feet tall!): And the other end of the Sparkler tower: Finally, the not-quite-finished seats. You'll be…

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Your head will spin!

… when you come down the hill from Christmas to 4th of July this season! We're making a few changes … This craterous space will be colorfully and musically filled by the Star Spangled Carousel. Here's another angle, just so you get your bearings: And what Independence Day-themed ride will take the newly-vacated spot right…

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