Flying Voyage cars

A few more pics from a few weeks ago … They carefully strap up the coaster cars for one last ride of the season.

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Road to nowhere

Well, not really nowhere; not if you're wanting to park your car. We'd mentioned that, along with Pilgrims Plunge, we're adding a new road for next year. Work is underway. Poor Lisa. I asked her to go take some photos last week that would include enough landmarks to put the location into perspective. …oh, and…

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Why fly when you can be carried?

The pleased look on this Eagles Flight bird’s face cracks me up. He’s got it made in the shade. And here’s another critter catching a ride. We told him not to peek. But did he listen? Meanwhile, Star Spangled Carousel’s pavilion is getting some color.

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438 pepperoni pizzas, please

Oh. …and make that "To Go." You never know what you'll find — and where — during the winter months. These wagons are stacked up by the order counter at Kringle's Kafe while the "St. Nick's Rental Depot" area is being enlarged. The additional storage space is for the 15 new scooters Vanessa has on…

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Pretty bird!

This pretty parrot is nearly ready to head north to Splashin’ Safari. Can’t help but wonder if the trip on the interstate will be as attention-getting as those turkeys for Turkey Whirl. The final destination is in Crocodile Isle, topped by a colorful umbrella. The pools are filling throughout the water park; in Holiday World,…

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Counting down to 5/5

Gosh. One month to go. Suddenly there’s a loud thumping sound in the air. At first I thought it was someone patching the roof…. Uh, no. It’s my heart pounding at the thought. One month to go. So what’s going on out there? Cathy’s getting the Bavarian Glassblowers Shop ready. She told me they “take…

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…and for this we give thanks

Last week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, some lucky full-timers got an early Thanksgiving treat. Following seven weeks of track work on The Voyage (with a grand total of 1,120 feet of track replaced) it was time to test out the workmanship. And what a surprise…when they got back to the station, they all asked for…

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“So what do you do in the off-season?”

Do you get laid-off till spring? Right. We really do get asked that. A lot. It’s sort of annoying… Like we mothball the place and go sleep by the fire for six months. Not hardly. Within days of the park closing for the season, the dismantling begins. It goes on all over the park and…

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It helps to have an understanding spouse

Thought you’d get a kick out of this, from my pal Mike in Louisville, who has an understanding spouse: I had just turned off the lights last night and I said, “Five months from tomorrow!” I thought my wife, Michelle, was asleep but she was not. She asked me what I was talking about. I…

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Skeletal remains

Walking through the park in the off-season is sort of creepy. Skeletal remains of rides are everywhere. Since we’re closed for the season, there are no happy families, no wondrous smells from the restaurants, no holiday-themed music. Just a big ol’ empty park. The fountain and all the pools are empty. The flags have been…

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It always snows in April

Bradford pear trees

It’s a shame we’re not open this month. Now that’s a dangerous statement to make 29 days before opening. Everyone is focused on getting rides ready to go, employees trained, new stuff publicized and advertised. Lots of painting and cleaning to do. Time is of the essence. Tempus fugit. Nerves can get frazzled. In April,…

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