The main frame

When you hear the phrase “main frame,” you think of a computer, right? Well, not today. This morning, Firecracker‘s main frame was lowered into place. Firecracker is a classic Calypso ride. It has graced two other parks since its birth in 1972. We’re restoring it for this season. Third time’s the charm, right? We showed…

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Podcast: See You In September

Today’s podcast recording felt like the last day of school (for those who remember being overjoyed when that day arrived; I’m not one of them – I used to cry). We were just … giddy. Reining in the PodSquad was nearly impossible. But we had a wicked good time and hope you do as well….

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The Legend lives on

This morning, while adding a new Legend video to our YouTube channel, I happened upon this wonderful piece of our history from 1999. It’s the day we announced we were building The Legend: Many thanks to David Ellis for posting this video of the late Will Koch announcing The Legend. We know Will would be…

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Reruns? We’ve got reruns!

You didn’t miss last night’s Thrill Factor premiere, did you? (Or maybe you just want to watch it again?) We’re getting a lot of requests for a list of when “our” episode will hit the re-run circuit. While we look it up for you, here’s a fun snippet to watch: Here we go: Thrill Factor…

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Your daily floss

Long ago, my oldest son explained to me the difference between a “geek” and a “nerd.” Tom now works at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (which you may recognize from The Big Bang Theory), so whatever he told me then was no doubt correct. Thing is, I don’t exactly remember what he said … But whether you’re…

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Big drops and little drops

Since Pilgrims Plunge opened in 2009, we've posted a bunch of videos on YouTube to show potential visitors what we mean by "a classic shoot-the-chute ride with a modern twist." One of the videos has had nearly three million views; clearly this unusual-looking ride intrigues. So it's time for a new video – in slow…

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Screening Santa’s gifts

All I can say is … Communications Manager Nathan sure must have been a good boy. Look what Santa brought him! Nathan has a great background in TV news and video production, so he's gearing up to create more and more videos about the park with all this excellent new camera and editing equipment. Right…

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Will Koch to the rescue

Will Koch on bass

What does it say when it takes the CEO of the company to replace you?  The Beachcombers‘ bass guitarist, John, needed the afternoon off to go graduate from high school* … so Will Koch was tapped to fill in *Despite taking the day off for his graduation, John was able to attend one of Will’s…

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The Beachcombers start rehearsing

These musicians met last night for their first Beachcombers rehearsal. They already seem to be “finding their vibe.” (That’s a phrase I learned when I sneaked in today to catch a bit of their act on video.) The good folks from Matt Davenport Productions are here coaching this fab four as they become our Beachcombers….

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Never been so excited about a new coaster

I grew up in southern California with Disneyland at my back door (I even worked there for 10 years). I used to draw coasters, ride coasters, and dream coasters. But it all slowly faded away into the past as I grew well into adulthood. Over the course of a few decades, I traveled here and…

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