Are we there yet?

66 Days at Sea

Have you ever wondered where that phrase originated? Are we there yet?! Could it have been … on board the Mayflower? It was, after all, a 66-day trip, crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. Our story begins with a little event we threw for members of the roller coaster enthusiast clubs we call…

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HoliSmiles

Did anyone else grow up watching the Lawrence Welk Show? My strongest recollection of that show is how the musicians all smiled — even while playing their instruments. My dad would marvel (okay, he made fun) at the delirious grins on every last one of the musicians as they played. (How in the world do…

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Don’t know what it is, but it’s up for auction

Walking down the aisles of auction items with Kris from Channel 13, the questions were rapid-fire. What is this? And what’s that? Why would you have that at a theme park? Between Safety Craig (whom I now call Auction Craig) and me, we could identify just about everything. We knew this was an antique oxen…

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HoliSmiles

Did anyone else grow up watching the Lawrence Welk Show? My strongest recollection of that show is how the musicians all smiled — even while playing their instruments. My dad would marvel (okay, he made fun) at the delirious grins on every last one of the musicians as they played. (How in the world do…

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Mea gulpa

Have you ever made a teeny, tiny error — and gotten clobbered for it? Happened the other day. Around here, we take our hard hats seriously. When construction is ongoing, the hats are on. And the swath is wide. Heck, even the Big Guy wears one. (You thought I meant Will, didn't you? Well, he…

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He’s dreaming of a …

… safe Christmas. This is Craig. He’s our Director of Safety. Leave it to the new guy to decorate his office with a Christmas tree (and theme it nonetheless). Feeling completely inadequate, I glanced around my office. Come to think of it, I do have a small tree, a Santa wreath, a Santa wall hanging,…

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In good hands

Ah, good … Craig’s on the scene. You remember Craig, right? Tom’s there, too. Griping that the sound of the drill reminds him of going to the dentist. Ugh. He’s right.

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Surviving Orientation

Ethan Zohn and Craig at Voyage

Each spring, we hold a series of Orientation sessions for seasonal employees. Basically, before the crews head into departmental training, we like to get everyone together and make sure they understand who we are, what we’re all about, and what is expected of our Hosts and Hostesses. Those who are returning for their third (or…

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Sweet, sweet photos

Voyage construction

“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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On top of the World

Voyage construction - lift hill

It’s after lunch here, so I think it’s safe to post the next batch of Craig-on-the-lift Voyage lift hill photos. Let’s join Craig for a glance up Voyage‘s lift hill. This is what you’ll see when you ride The Voyage Of course, by the time you ride our new coaster, Craig et al will have…

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