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21 March 2012 - 4:31pm
Boy-oh-boy, this record weather is just incredible, isn't it? To think we were in the 80s on the last day of winter earlier this week simply boggles the mind.
The weather sure helps us in our getting-the-park-open activities, too.
Painters paint. Cleaners clean. And maintenance ... well, they maintain.
Nathan happened to catch this unusual activity the other day:
The Monsoon Lagoon bucket had some cosmetic work done on it over the winter, and it was time to hoist that smiling face back into place.
A face lift, as it were ...
Everyone within admiring distance took a moment to grin back.
Splashin' Safari opens for the season on May 11. We'll have that 1,000-gallon bucket full and ready for tipping all summer long!
16 March 2012 - 6:30pm
In the spring of the year, the test dummies have a blast.
They get to ride before anyone else. Today it was Liberty Launch.
We put them in place, fill them with water (for weight), and off they go:
Here's Tony, our maintenance director, helping to empty a dummy after its test rides (it's much easier to move hollow dummies).
Those dummies look a tad pale - drained, even - after their rides, don't they?
Ahem. Yes. I knew that would catch your eye.
The water comes out via the dummy's ... er, belly button.
The last step for Tony is to fold the dummy's legs upward to help move all the water out.
It must be quite a relief when it's over.
14 March 2012 - 6:46pm
These photos are just in from Zamperla headquarters in Italy:
The above photo is the base of our new ride for 4th of July: Sparkler!
Here's a good look at the tower for this fun vertical swing ride (65 feet tall!):
And the other end of the Sparkler tower:
Finally, the not-quite-finished seats. You'll be able to ride side-by-side on Sparkler:
Sparkler opens May 5, when Holiday World opens for the season.
Here's a quick video of this ride at another park at night. Isn't it pretty?
14 March 2012 - 6:04pm
When you work at a place called Holiday World, it doesn't take too much of a nudge for a celebration.
And if there's food involved ... well, all the better.
Today is Pi Day.
Remember pi from back in math class? It's still around. It is a constant, after all.
Admittedly, we're a geeky bunch here. Where else would this happen?
... so when 3.14 (March 14) approached, IT Steven turned on the oven.
And yes, that's a little Yoda flash drive up in the top-right corner of the photo. I think he's eyeing Steven's masterpiece to make sure there are no burnt edges. Wouldn't do to serve a pie with a dark side, after all.