“Have a nice ride”

Mick Foley in Paula's office

Look who stopped by my office last week! No, it’s not John Goodman. It’s WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley! Mick likes theme parks. And Santa Claus. And he really likes roller coasters. But because he’s been, uh … active in his career, roller coasters have been out of the question for a number of…

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Wattle we ride first?

Turkey Whirl Assembly

Some may find this to be fowl, but if you take a look at turkey anatomy, you’ll know a wattle is that fleshy neck thingy (technically speaking, of course). The other weird turkey word? The snood of course. That’s the hangy thing over the turkey’s beak. Speaking of snood, did you know the farmer in Gobbler Getaway…

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A scenic ride through Autumn Falls

Have you ever ridden Gobbler Getaway and not picked up one of those turkey caller gizmos? (Repeat after me: We're not shooting turkeys, we're calling them!) Have you? I didn't think so … silly question, that. Well. If you take away the interactive part of Gobbler Getaway, what you have left is a beautiful ride…

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What does the turkey say?

Every parent has done it – we delight in teaching our children the sounds animals make. The doggie says, "Bow-wow" and the kitty says, "Meow." One evening in a restaurant, we overheard a mom ask her little boy, "What sound does a camel make?" "Mooooo!" We still laugh about that. (Come to think of it,…

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A little dirty talk

We're proud to carry the title of World's Cleanest Park. But even the cleanest park can get a little dusty over the winter months. And so, as we gear up for opening day, there's a lot of scrubbing taking place. Even … inside Gobbler Getaway: Here's Brooke, dusting (and, it seems, detailing) every last apple…

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Thankful for Thanksgiving

Any lovely aromas coming out of your kitchen yet? It's Thanksgiving week, when nearly everyone tries their hand at baking, roasting and even frying. In our Thanksgiving-themed section, The Voyage tends to grab the glory. According to Travel Channel, it's the "most insane" wooden roller coaster out there, so accolades are rather appropriate. But another…

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Seven-year hitch

Saturday marks the seven-year anniversary of our first HoliBlog post. Did you know we were the first park to blog? The feedback we’ve received over the years has been humbling. And every once in a while a reader will say to me or post “It always snows in April.” This happened recently on our Facebook…

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‘I liked the chickens that go around’

We didn’t have the heart to tell the little girl her Chicken-Go-Round was a cluck of a different color. But it’s nice to know our new tilt-a-whirl is a hit. And speaking of chickens… We caught up with these fellows again later. Obviously they’d found a ride that was more their speed.

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In Jeopardy

Jeopardy Teen Tournament slate

Thanks to Steven, our marketing coordinator, we have some screen grabs from yesterday’s episode of Jeopardy. Let’s start with the week’s exciting theme … it’s Teen Tournament Week! Our category popped up right away, during the first round: It took our Teens a while to summon the courage to go to the Theme Park Fun…

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“What is…Thanksgiving?”

Way to go, Frank from Chicago! When our question came up today in the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament, he was up to the challenge. Alex Trebek was in fine form today. Dapper as always, with nary a stumble, nary a slur. Doesn’t he look like he’s trying extra hard to enunciate each word perfectly, just for…

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Worth a thousand words

The landscape around here changes, literally, hour by hour here in the final weeks. Here’s the inside of Gobbler Getaway. Now, two days later, there’s drywall everywhere. The walkway from the 4th of July section to the Thanksgiving section is coming right along, thankfully. Can’t imagine anyone will ask, “Where’s that new coaster?” Here’s the…

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The turkey house

Gobbler Getaway’s home is under roof and the walls are closing in quickly. We took this photo to help show exactly where this interactive dark ride will be located: The entire park is bustling with activity as we head into the final weeks of preparation. Forty days (and forty nights) left till opening!

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