A few final hints …

I woke up this morning nervous. It was kind of a combination of day-of-final-exams anxiety and Christmas morning excitement. Announcement Day is [almost] here, and we can [almost] stop talking in hushed tones everywhere we go. Almost. But I know that one more day for us means one more day of agony for the Holiday…

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Behind the water curtain

Words to describe our industry: Friendly Helpful Outgoing Nosy Nosy? Oh, heck yes! We just love to visit each other for a peek behind the scenes. Or, in this case, our friends from Raging Waves Waterpark near Chicago, took a peek behind the water curtain. That’s our water-park attractions director, Lori, on the right. She…

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The name game

The “name game” sounds like loads of fun, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, it can be an agonizing process! You start out with the theme of the park section, add details about the ride or slide (or, in this case, restaurant), and then start churning out ideas. You generate long lists and then start…

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“I wish we had a hundred Frankies!”

We add a new blogger to our ranks this week; Lauren R. is our new Communications Coordinator. Here's her first post: “Make sure you don’t clock-in until you take that nail polish off!” I recognized the voice coming through the HoliMarket window. And yes, I'd forgotten to take off the aqua blue nail polish I'd…

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Silly HoliStaff Tricks

What's the scariest phrase ever uttered here during the off-season? "Okay, we need a few volunteers …" Let me be a bit more precise: What's the scariest phrase ever uttered here at a staff luncheon during the off-season? Yes, that's it. No good ever comes from volunteering at a staff luncheon. Especially in December. ……

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As we grow, so does Caleb

Remember Caleb? He's appeared on the HoliBlog a few times over the years. Lori invited Caleb over for a closer look at Hyena Falls last week. The skies were gloomy, but that didn't keep their spirits down. One of the best perks about working here is watching as the younger park fans grow up enjoying…

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It takes a special person …

… to be featured on the HoliBlog. And it takes a very special person to be feature twice! Almost exactly two years ago (April 23, 2010 to be exact), we told you about Caleb. We've reposted his picture and story, below. Well Caleb was back this week for another tour; this time, it was Mammoth….

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A tip of the fan to our Hosts & Hostesses

Talk about the dog days of summer. Woof! Just saw a post on our Facebook page, praising the helpfulness and friendliness of our staff, even in this tough weather. I feel like a bum, sitting here in my air-conditioned office while hundreds of our Hosts and Hostesses are out in the park doing the real…

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The hibernation process

So what is the process of putting Splashin’ Safari to bed for the winter? Our water park director takes us on a video tour of the not-so-sleepy site.

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Wildebeest’s #1 fan

Our water park director, Lori, just sent me this: This is a photo of Caleb, he lives just down the road from here. His teacher at Nancy Hanks Elementary told me this winter that Caleb talks about the Wildebeest constantly and he is on-line watching it whenever he gets a chance. I told her that…

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Beestly weather

When the deep-freeze opened (and stayed open!) at the end of the year, dreams of a white Christmas quickly turned to thoughts of spring. Warmth. Sunshine. Wildebeest. The seasonal management team for Splashin' Safari is already getting together with Director Lori (front, right) and Manager Jennifer (front, left) to plan the hiring a gaggle of…

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Is it really *that* steep?!

Nearly screamed when I saw this Wildebeest construction photo. Lori, our water park director, snapped it on her iPhone and dinged it over to me. Gah! But wait. Look closer.  That’s right, look at the background. The horizon is, uh … skewed. Whew. Here’s another view. We saved a few key pieces so that Riley…

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