Rayvon Owen

#TeamRayvon

Rayvon Owen, a Holiday World entertainment alum, is making his way into America’s living rooms with American Idol! (Okay, once his audition video was available online, I kind of figured he was going to make it to Hollywood … and it will be incredibly exciting to see him perform tonight!) We’re proud of all of…

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Flick? Who’s Flick?

Isn’t it funny how the mind works? (Advance apologies to anyone who isn’t an A Christmas Story aficionado.) This morning, Matt and I had a pre-dawn appointment to head to Owensboro, Kentucky, to join Chad and Brett for a half hour on their WBKR morning show. So at 4:45am, I was getting a cup of…

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Snowy Track

Roller coaster countdown

Everybody loves a good countdown, right? And when you’re building a launched roller coaster, it’s even more appropriate. Confession time: Back in the summer, toward the end of our 66 Days at Sea teaser campaign leading up to our big Thunderbird announcement, I slapped this title on one of Leah’s blog posts without running it…

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Rayvon Owen

A sneak peek

If you follow the HoliBlog, you already know we’re busting with pride over Rayvon Owen, who was in our shows back in 2011. He auditioned for American Idol and got his Golden Ticket. Each week our friend takes another step toward his dream. This performance hasn’t aired just yet, but since American Idol posted this…

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Made in Germany

No, we’re not referring to the Koch family, although they certainly carry a strong heritage from their Germanic ancestors. We’re talking about something called a flywheel. Two, actually. VP James explains in this edition of The Hard Hat Chronicles: Thunderbird, our new steel roller coaster – the first launched wing coaster on the continent –…

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Thunderbird and Voyage in the Snow

Cabin Fever Sweepstakes

Thanks to everyone who entered our Cabin Fever Sweepstakes! Our winners were chosen at random from thousands of entries. Congratulations to: Grand Prize Winner: Melanie M. from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, who wins two nights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort plus four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari…

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A Minecraft look at Holiday World

… and Splashin’ Safari. And even our Santa statue: At first, I really felt badly that I’d missed the “hey, take a look!” tweet from the creator of this impressive Minecraft rendition of our parks: … by several months. But when I noticed the date of the tweet and saw it was posted the day…

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The view from Voyage

VP Chris took a stroll up The Voyage’s lift hill yesterday. The late afternoon sun was magical. It. Glows. #nofilter pic.twitter.com/E5ohycGEs5 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) January 20, 2015 Thunderbird roller coaster opens in just 95 days.

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These dummies are ready

There’s something about test dummies. They’re very eager. Case in point: Thunderbird will have two trains. One is here already and the other will arrive next month. Testing begins in February, but the dummies don’t care. When you want a front seat for the first launch, you don’t mess around. You make arrangements to be…

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The Maintenance Men

Congratulations to Andy, Tim, Tom, Michael, Sean, Clint and Bob for achieving AIMS certification today following a week of Safety School. In Orlando. Andy is one of our Attractions Managers and the other fellows are part of our Maintenance Team. Heading home to prepare for the season after @AIMS_Int Safety School in Orlando. We open…

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