It’s half-past the giraffe’s ear

What time is it? It's time to take a second look at Giraffica (the ride formerly known as Pilgrims Plunge) and realize that, on a sunny day, it looks a whole lot like a giant sundial: This time of year, Giraffica casts a long, long shadow on the field that is quickly becoming the home…

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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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Did the pilgrims have chocolate cake?

Every year, a week or so before Thanksgiving, I poll my family: What would you like for dessert next Thursday? Surely the traditional pumpkin pie, apple cobbler, bread pudding and pecan tarts are on the list… In my culinary dreams. Chocolate cake. That's all they want. And so each year I make a Thanksgiving Chocolate…

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Coming soon

As a public service, we offer the following rather startling information: Thanksgiving is two weeks from today. How did that happen? Actually, it’s the earliest that Thanksgiving comes. It’s always on the fourth Thursday of November, and since this month started on a Thursday, it moves the holiday up as early in the month as…

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What’s that smell?

Most park smells are wonderful. The sweet aroma of funnel cakes … the mouth-watering wafts of grilling burgers. And there’s nothing like sunscreen. Mrs. Klaus’s Kitchen. ’nuff said. (Okay, okay … in the spirit of full disclosure there is the occasional person who forgets to apply his morning hygienic product, if you catch my drift….

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Poulty puns

Our friend Arthur Levine is the Theme Park “Guide” at About.com. He loves puns. And he’s really good at finding less-obvious ones. His weekly e-newsletter arrived this morning, bemoaning that from all he’d heard about The Voyage, he wouldn’t be able to call it a “turkey.” So, of course, I emailed him. Me: Hope you…

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An omen with an attitude

Driving to work a little over an hour ago, I had to slow down. There was a wild turkey with an attitude crossing my little country road. I kid you not. To get to the other side, I guess. It strutted across the road with its long neck jerkily bobbing forward and back. That bird had…

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Closing in on speeds

end of The Voyage

The questions about “how fast will The Voyage go at (fill in the blank)” are leaving me feeling quite inadequate. We lecture the Hosts & Hostesses to always find an answer, so I guess now I must eat my words. Happily, I knew where to go for the answers: Our pal Chadwick. You know, I…

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