You never know. It could "soft open" a little early, but I wouldn't count on it. The decorations that they put in are very elaborate, it definitely takes some time and effort to get that attraction ready.
It is a very involved overlay. It will probably take them that whole time. They have been doing it for a number of years now and know just how long it will take them. Maybe a day early, but that's it really.
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I was there last year the week leading up to the day it re-opened and it was completely shut off and followed it's posted schedule. The day before it opened they filled up the flume but I did not see them cycle the boats. At night they turned on the clock face but it was making no noise, and all the lights were turned off. Driving by the park after it closed for the night we could see they turned on and tested the outside lights, and then it opened with the park the folowing morning. Don't hold your breath for a soft opening the day before, they seem to stick to that schedule.
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They've done this since 1997.
They've got the timeline down to a science.
If you think about it, they do a lot for the overlay.
It's amazing what they do accomplish in the time that they give themselves.
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