Golden Ticket Awards – so much more than swag

Last year, Lauren, Michael, and I went to the Golden Ticket Awards for the first time ever. (Well, with the exception of the times Holiday World hosted the event.) As we were packing our suitcases, we realized we knew next to nothing about these awards. Okay, so that was a bit dramatic. We knew a…

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Chow, baby!

Because there really is someone named The Hungry Cowboy. And he visited us. And he made a video: The Hungry Cowboy visited us, ate his fill, and made this video: http://t.co/nezrM02Fpw @ericneznik #TurkeyDinnerBecauseIEarnedIt — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 23, 2014 And now he wants to come back. @HolidayWorld Thanks for sharing! If I lived closer…

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Into the woods with Thunderbird

So how is Thunderbird construction coming along? We’re ready to go vertical! Let’s take a closer look. In this episode of the Hard Hat Chronicles, James takes us into the woods and explains one big commonality Thunderbird will have with its Holiday World siblings. Do you have any questions for James to consider answering in…

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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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