“Ultimate Water Ride” airs tonight

The TV show with the unfortunate acronym, World's Toughest Fixes, will present an hour-long behind-the-scenes look at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari tonight. Seems like every time I post a reminder on our Facebook page someone posts, "Why?! What happened?!" It's all good. World's Toughest Fixes isn't just about "problems," they also showcase new construction….

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Time to ride Wildebeest!

… well, time for the camera to ride, anyway! You’ll be able to ride Wildebeest when it opens to the public on May 14. Thanks to our friends at 14 News in Evansville, we now have this very cool HD “point of view” footage of Wildebeest to share. Wildebeest is the world’s longest water coaster! ___ Would…

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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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“What’s wrong with this picture?”

When I asked Will to meet up with Lisa and me at Wildebeest at 6:45 Thursday morning for his first news-media Skype interview, he said he’d be there. When we arrived this morning and I asked him to do the interview from one of the Wildebeest boats, he just laughed. It sure is nice to…

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Wildebeest goes for a ride

This afternoon, the test boats on Wildebeest were running the circuit. Those empty boats were flying. Watch for the pop of air time. Next step: Just add people! Wildebeest, the world's longest water coaster, premieres May 14 in Splashin' Safari.

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Wildebeest testing video: Try, try again!

It takes a lot of testing before opening a new water coaster!  And this was only the first day… This is Ray, an engineer from ProSlide, and Joe (off camera, saying "3-2-1" a lot then going back to his laptop to reprogram slightly and try again) testing the pulse feature for the linear induction motors…

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The belly of the ‘beest…

Well, not really. But I’ve always wanted to write that. What we can show you, though, is the underbelly of the Wildebeest’s boats. Will that do? These aren’t your run-of-the-mill inflatable pool rafts, bucko. These boats contain the other half of what makes the Linear Induction Motor (LIM) technology work. As in a sheet of…

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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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“World’s Toughest Fixes”

Well, Riley and crew can fix just about anything. All except the weather. We're drying off (and warming up) after a rainy two-hour tour of the various sites for this seven-day shoot for National Geographic Channel's World's Toughest Fixes. Molly is the director, Peter is associate producer, Eric's on camera, David is soundman. And Sean…

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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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Tomorrow’s news release, tonight

Why not? I'm working late and feeling a bit giddy and light-headed. Let's do it! Let's give our HoliBlog readers a sneak peek at what's going to the news media before sun-up on Thursday. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL TO FEATURE RIDE CONSTRUCTION SANTA CLAUS, IN—–When construction crews for the Wildebeest water coaster hoist a huge piece…

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