One last day for the auction

The excitement is just beginning for our eBay charity auction. We’re down to the last day, so it should get wild in the coming hours. We’ve received lots of wonderful feedback as well as a few emails asking for some coaching so that they are sure to win. No big secret: Bid more money than…

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Train #1 is here

The first train is here. Seven cars per train means 28 riders for each. (The trains for The Raven and The Legend have six-car trains.) Train #2 is enroute and #3 will follow in a few more days. Next, a crane will lift them onto the track. Not sure how much you’ll be able to…

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“This is more-like paradise!”

That funny little phrase was uttered Friday evening by James as we walked hand in hand through the park. The hours get long this time of year, but the burden of carrying a key is sometimes a perk. You get to take your six-year-old son along for an after-hours HoliBlog photo shoot. It was his…

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“Throw it over the hill”

Throw it over the hill? What does that mean? We’ll get to that in a bit… First let’s go back to daybreak. Korey, one of the Gravity Group engineers, took this photo. What was Korey doing here at dawn? He had a TV interview scheduled for this morning. Danielle from the Korean Broadcasting System was…

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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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A hole other view

Jack from Anderson came on last weekend’s construction tour, too. A group of us laughed about how last summer a lot of Guests would peek at The Future Home of The Voyage through the knotholes in the fence just past Raging Rapids. So Jack snapped off an example of the view: Knot bad!

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Did all that rain make the turnaround grow?

Could be… Let’s step back into the double-wide tunnel for another look. This turnaround, of course, is where we will find the first two 90-degree banked curves. Chris, who’s our Director of Security and Entertainment (he knows, he knows!), couldn’t resist getting a closer look. And at this point, the camera is placed directly on…

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Two months to go

Ha! I got to be the first one to say it! Of course, I cheated by saying it a day early, but I guess that’s my prerogative. Tori took these photos for us late last week. First, we see the Pepsi Oasis building in our new Thanksgiving section. And this smaller building next to the…

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“M” is for Mud

Chad was here on Tuesday. But who knew? After tromping about the construction site, catching up on the progress made over the past several weeks, Chad was so muddy he just headed back to Cincinnati. “The mud was up to my knees, so I didn’t even come up to the office.” Happily, Chad didn’t get…

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A dusting of snow

  Here’s The Voyage’s station on Saturday, with the lifthill off in the distance. You can see the second hill and a bit of the third. At the bottom of the third hill, down we go… …underground. We’re making good use of the tunnels; we’ll fly through several of them on the way out and…

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Sweet, sweet photos

“Happy Valentine’s Day!” sang out the joyous voice through my phone line. “I took some more pictures — I’ll drop by your office later.” These sweets from Craig may actually have the opposite effect of the usual Valentine’s Day fare. Surely we’ll burn a few calories when viewing these photos. Can’t you just feel your…

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