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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Voyage track work, by the numbers

"Covered wagon" used for track replacement

When we first started talking about adding a wooden roller coaster to our ride line up (this was waaaaay back in the early 1990s), we knew there was an important commitment we’d need to make. Off-season track work Because wooden coasters need lots of Tender Loving Care. Our trio of aggressive woodies has a special…

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100 days

Just 100 days from today … we’ll be open for the season! At launch time (oops, lunchtime) today … … we captured Thunderbird’s first flight of the new year: As we explain in this Facebook Live video (un-mute it if you want to hear me mispronounce Immelmann), it’s time for our maintenance technicians to start off-season…

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Hard Hat Chronicles, episode XX

Voyage Crossing

Question: When were fractions invented? Was it after Roman Numerals were already in place? … because both XIX.V and XIX I/II just look wrong. And so, we’ll move on and call this second part of Episode XIX simply Episode XX. (If you haven’t watched Episode XIX yet, please go back and take a look.) In this episode,…

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No fair! We want to go, too!

Anyone else spending a considerable amount of time this week grumbling about the frigid temperatures? When you see it’s one degree outside, it’s hard to respond in a cheerful way. Math question: When the temperature goes from 4 to 5 degrees, did it just get 25% warmer? — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) January 23, 2014 So…

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What in the World?

What's going on – are we under attack? Yes, indeed. The attack of the Sand Blaster. (I was going to start quoting from Mr. Sandman, but I wouldn't want to give anyone an unwanted earworm …) Mr. Sand Blaster is hard at work stripping Monsoon Lagoon of its paint. It's time to refurbish Splashin' Safari's…

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When you eat for a living …

… you don't get a lot of sympathy when you work (and eat) long hours, day after day. Meet our Food & Beverage managers, Andrea and Tammy. Plus Jason, our F&B director. They've been eating their way through November. Poor dears. They have to; it's their job. After all, who do you think picks out…

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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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Wake up, you two!

After wintering in one of our warehouses, it's almost time for Jack & Jill to rise and shine for another season! Seriously, I just want to reach out and tickle Jack's toes!

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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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Fly away home

Eagles Flight Setup

The swallows may come back to Capistrano … but for us, it’s the Eagles that come back to Holiday World. Maintenance Matt and Tom are moving one of our smiling birds back into place. And that’s Billy on top getting everything secure. The entire process took … oh, about a minute:

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