Topping #2

Isn’t that always the way? The firstborn gets all the outrageous baby gifts, savings bonds, monthly framed portraits, and the totally-filled-out baby book. Number two? Not even a cupcake. No news release. No media gathering. Not even a flag. Sigh! We middle children have to stick together. We’ll love Hill #2 every bit as much…

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An ever-changing skyline

Voyage in the distance

Wow, has our skyline changed! Take a look: From the Funnel Cake Factory in the 4th of July section: And from the west side of the Raging Rapids observation deck. That’s the Bamboo Chute water slide running through the picture. Here’s a little closer to the water slide. Remember, the Bamboo Chute will be reprofiled…

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Sunday’s Voyage

It’s so nice to see the lovely fall colors coming out this week. Oh, and The Voyage looks pretty good, too. This was taken on Sunday by one of the people interviewed for the Discovery Channel program. (Thanks, Matt.) He sent me a bunch; I’ll add a few more as I go through them. I’ll…

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They never did say “blimey”

Liz and David

What a disappointment. Not a single “blimey.” “Oh no … ” chirped Liz. “They only say ‘blimey’ in Mary Poppins!” They did, however, greatly add to my laudatory lexicon. Here are just a few words of British praise: Brilliant! Superb! Splendid! Sublime! Ace! Fab! Our Discovery Channel’s “Building the Biggest Coaster” crew is international. Meet…

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Everyone’s a comedian early in the morning

Blame it on lack of sleep. Our Discovery Channel crew got to their hotel close to midnight last night. We had plans to meet up at 5:30 this morning. (Note to self: When you know it might rain and that you’ll be wearing a hard hat most of the day, don’t bother getting up a…

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AL-i-ster

Liz called from Cincinnati (they’re visiting The Gravity Group offices today, talking about The Voyage). Blimey! They read yesterday’s post already. Alastair is pleased. Good lad! Turns out he’s a Scotsman. What a coincidence. Just last night, my 14-year-old announced he wants to wear a kilt in marching band. (He just watched Braveheart for the…

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The Brits are coming!

Brilliant! Remember last month, when we spoke mysteriously about a TV crew visiting the park as research for an upcoming show? It’s a “go.” Beginning Friday, we will host a four-member TV crew from the Discovery Channel. From London. England. The United Kingdom! I must admit, I’m an anglophile. Not to worry, I don’t go…

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Top o’ the morning!

Voyage's 2nd 90-degree section

Got ‘er done. Our Voyage topping ceremony is complete We couldn’t have asked for a prettier day. Just about everyone started out wearing jackets, but they didn’t stay on long. It may even hit 80 degrees today. Before the topping got started, the three TV crews took some time to interview Will. Will talked about…

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A-topping we will go!

Voyage construction

Driving south on Highway 162 will never look the same. The VBC (Very Big Crane) will get quite a workout today. We know the height of the crane now. Steve left me a highly informational voicemail message: Hey, Paula! The crane has a 170-foot boom. And a 30-foot jib. Although you probably don’t know what…

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The VBC is here

The Very Big Crane arrived yesterday afternoon. While driving to work around 7:30 this morning, I must say that crane was an amazing sight to see. In fact, the VBC is so tall, the top part disappeared into the fog. Here’s a mid-morning screen grab from our webcam: That’s the Very Big Crane to the…

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Banking on Free Unlimited …

Voyage track

… Dramamine? Take a look at this track! When riding this part of The Voyage, you’re heading toward the photographer. Look in the upper right, in the background of the photo. That’s one of the 90-degree banked curves. Now, mentally continue on the track. See what happens? You’re banking the other way. (And we’re not…

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A coaster nut, nearly cracked

Spending all of Friday with the crew from National Geographic Channel was great fun. Incredibly hot, though. It was around 90 degrees and quite humid. Poor Quinn, the associate producer. She’d packed clothes based on normal late-September Midwestern temperatures. (Most of the crew hailed from California.) I took a bunch of photos and will put…

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