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3 May 2005 - 12:06pm
The countdown to Season Opening isn’t just a busy time. It’s also a hungry time.
When you know the pizza ovens will be heating up soon, it makes you want pizza.
And all those funky fudge flavors at Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen. Bubble-gum fudge sounds mighty tasty.
So in honor of our updated Restaurants and Food Outlets page (thanks, Rachel! Aren’t you glad you asked me to delegate more? You’re now a Code Monkey just like me!), I polled our directors:
Which particular food item are you most looking forward to enjoying on Opening Day?
I’d only just clicked the “send email” button when – ding! – back came Will’s reply:
Will: Polish sausage at Hot Diggity Dogs. Then a Goblin Burger and corn dog at Goblin Burgers.
Now mind you, this was at 8:15 in the morning. What if I’d asked at lunchtime?
Next comes our Director of Food Service:
Wayne: Pizza … plus cheese-filled breadsticks at the new Bahari Snacks.
Brandon, our Director of Human Resources (who, by the way, should find a way to bottle his Miracle Metabolism—-it would be an instant best-seller), just wants a little snack: pork chop sandwich, corn on the cob with extra butter, and a baked potato.
Isn’t that always the way? Sigh!
Vanessa, our Director of Merchandise, can't wait to buy some Chicken Fajitas.
Joe Hevron, director of Cash Control, Warehouse and Flowers: Everything!
Mrs. Koch is craving Chicken Strips.
So is Matt (our Controller). And Dee Ann (Director of Admissions). And Tori (Director of Rides).
John, our Director of Marketing, says the Brandon Special (see above) sounds mighty good.
April, our Director of Games, is looking forward to her first Taco Salad of the season. Her husband, Chris, is Director of Security (and Entertainment – talk about multi-tasking!). Chris is heading down the freshly-paved Halloween Hill for a Goblin Burger.
Lori, the Director of Splashin' Safari, says she’s craving a Pickle-on-a-Stick (she just said that to get me to make gagging sounds--and it worked).
Steve, our Director of Development, wants a pork chop sandwich.
And finally…Mike. Actually, we have two Mikes. One is Director of Sales and the other is Director of Safety and Maintenance. I didn’t write down which Mike told me this, so let’s just assume that they both want this on opening day: Pizza.
Me? It’s hard to decide. But I must admit, when I’m walking a travel writer around the park (and that walk gets longer every year) on a hot summer’s day, I surely do appreciate stepping into a Pepsi Oasis building for a free Diet Mountain Dew.
Meanwhile, I have a bag of lettuce in the fridge for lunch. And some prunes.
Opening day can’t come soon enough!
2 May 2005 - 12:06pm
I still get a charge out of using that line. Anything that happpened five or more years ago sounds ancient, since it was "the last century."
This is part of an email from Marcia, who used to live in Evansville, Ind. Now she's in Indianapolis and is looking forward to a return visit to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari this summer.
Here's what she had to say:
Not only was 1991 your first year as an employee of Holiday World, but it was also the first year I had a season pass. I had bought passes for my step-daughter, Jessica (age 11 at the time), and myself in the fall of 1990 for the following summer. Danielle wouldn't be three years old until the following September, so I knew she would be "free" all that summer.
Well, I was a bit surprised when I ended up getting pregnant that fall and had my son, Jacob, in June. Not one to miss out on my season pass thrills, I packed up all three kids a number of times that summer for a few hours of amusement park fun. I remember meeting Mrs. Koch that winter at a December event (which included a Christmas-themed show) and tearfully thanking her for providing such a wonderful venue for my family. Owning a season pass to an amusement park was a childhood fantasy come true for me, so I used it many times that year.
Now that I live a bit farther away, I haven't been back to the park since 2000, so my youngest child, Laura (age 11), is really looking forward to riding the Raven for the first time this summer. She has already practiced by riding the simulator version available at Chuck E. Cheese's. I've ridden the ride at Chuck E. Cheese's, and it does capture the Raven experience pretty well.
My young neighbor girl went on the Chuck E. Cheese version one time (while under my care), and when I walked up to her, I noted she was sitting in a puddle.
Unfortunately, she didn't know how to stop the ride in order to get to the bathroom in time.
Marcia B., Indianapolis
2 May 2005 - 12:06pm
Since the days till opening can now be counted on one hand (gulp!) the folks in the warehouse department are handling tons of … stuff.
Lots and lots of plush has been unloaded and will soon be put on display at games throughout Holiday World.
Uniforms have arrived and are being distributed.
Cleaning supplies, lots of souvenirs and other items for the shops.
Last-minute equipment for the show techs to use.
And a bunch more mats for Jungle Racer:
And then there’s this.
I have a feeling it should have a “Do not open until '06” sticker on it.
Hey! Let's all plan to eat plenty of Holiday World pizza this summer -- looks like the sauce is loaded with iron!
2 May 2005 - 12:06pm