On track

Actually, Thunderbird‘s construction isn’t “on track” – we’re running two weeks ahead of schedule! So says Matt, our president. When I mentioned that to VP James, his eyes got really big. I’m not sure if engineers are allowed to believe in jinxes, but I had a feeling that’s what was going on in his head….

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Oh, those Golden Tickets …

So how did we do this year? The Golden Ticket for Best Waterpark Ride goes to … Wildebeest! #5thConsecutiveYear @ProSlideTech pic.twitter.com/fNBZh8FbDI — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 7, 2014 Leah and Lauren accepted the award: "Our dad would be so proud!" Leah Koch and Lauren Koch Crosby #WildebeestBestWaterparkRide pic.twitter.com/BOiZ71iOo6 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 7, 2014…

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It’s time to walk the red carpet

It’s that time again, already: In just a few minutes, the Golden Ticket Awards ceremony begins. You know … the Academy Awards of the theme park industry? (Can’t continue without a quick and sincere #RIPJoanRivers shout out.) Our team is ready to “Bring Home the Lucite,” as Will Koch used to love to say. Prepping…

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The Secret: How we kept it

It’s been a little more than a month since our announcement for 2015, and I’m still in shock that we managed to keep this massive project under wraps. And I’m even more in shock that our fans just loved that we kept the secret. Frankly, we were all braced for people to discover it two…

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We brake for billboards

Poor James. My youngest son, that is. This is his final year as a too-young-to-drive teen, and he has to put up with just two more semesters of me dashing out the door like a crazy person to drive him to school on time. We’ve been cutting it close lately. Or, rather, I’ve been cutting…

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Craving (not carving) some Halloween treats

We’re starting to talk pumpkins, corn mazes and singing zombies around here … So. For Happy Halloween Weekends, we're adding Pumpkin Pie Flurries. With real pumpkin pie. #HalloweenHankering #CravingNotCarving — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 2, 2014 And the first reaction left no doubt in our minds that Pumpkin Pie Flurries will be the treat to…

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Moore harmony

Just had to share this clip from yesterday’s performance by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. They were part of Day 2 of our three-day Red, White & Bluegrass Festival this weekend: Our Bluegrass Festival continues today, with performances in our Hoosier Celebration Theater by The Boxcars, the Claire Lynch Band and Lonesome River Band.

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Ho-ho-ho!

Once in a while there’s a tweet … with a photo … that just has to be HoliBlogged. And Cooper, you cutie pie, this is one of those times! Cooper loved his first trip to @HolidayWorld. Thanks for making the day great Santa! pic.twitter.com/1YL99jOiAm — Christine Golden (@christinegolden) August 31, 2014

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A bird’s eye view

The downside of visiting the Thunderbird construction site on a Sunday, there’s just isn’t much going on … The upside, of course, is you can take a photo like this: Above? Well that’s Thunderbird’s brake run. Here’s another view: It’s amazing to see so many pieces of bright orange track scattered around the staging area,…

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A Day in the Life of an ‘Artist Runner’

When you work at a theme park, job titles and job descriptions can change rapidly on any given day. Normally, my title is Communications Coordinator, but last Saturday it was “Artist Runner” during our annual Rock the World event. When I agreed to be an artist runner earlier this month, I was told my job…

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Inside one family’s car

You just never know what Google Alerts will toss into your Inbox. Or when. This video was posted last summer but only recently showed up as one of my scores of daily Google Alerts. It’s too cute not to share (with Daddy’s permission): Those lovable girls (from Fishers, Indiana) are Kailey on the left and…

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Want to win tickets? Answer this simple question …

Congratulations to Nathan F. from Atlanta, Georgia, who both provided the correct answer and provided the link to the page on our website with our Downton Abbey-esque photo faux pas. You see, a few weeks ago, Downton Abbey released some publicity photos and one in particular quickly hit the “bloopers” circuit, because a modern prop…

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