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9 June 2005 - 5:16pm
This photo of Tori, our hard-working rides director, is brought to you courtesy of Will:
Now, how nice is that?
Tori was trying to lighten the mood in the office and grabbed a (brand-new-and-unused, I hope!) mop-head and tossed it on her noggin. Kind of a Raggedy Ann/punk look.
Will's immediate reaction was, "Is that hair legal?" (Uniform standards, after all, must be met.)
He snapped off a few photos of Tori (red from embarrassment, not sunburn) and gleefully emailed them to me with the note:
HoliBlog her, I say!
Like ... real mature, Will.
The thing is, though ... Tori gives as good as she gets. She and Will have this
big-brother/little-sister teasing relationship that makes me want to run and hide. Those two are relentless and, at times, ruthless!
So it didn't surprise me when Tori emailed me this photo:
The photo is from last week's Rides Night, an after-hours party for our employees. Tori decided Will shouldn't get away with not riding our new Revolution just once at night.
Apparently Will gave in and gave it a spin.
I'm glad no one realizes I have yet to give Revolution a whirl.
Excuse me while I go lock my office door.
8 June 2005 - 5:16pm
Okay, let's start off with a few housekeeping items.
1. It's pronounced Hol-i-blog (not holly-blog)...just like hol-i-day and Hol-i-dog;
2. Sorry, but the new '06 Announcement Date hasn't been set yet. We've invited a VIP to attend and are waiting to hear which date (if any) that State Official would be able to attend. When we have the date set, it will appear immediately here on the HoliBlog;
3. And finally...we love to get your emails, but we don't plan to release unannounced '06 information through email replies. Good try, though.
Okay, down to business...
Last week, we promised to address where next year's $13.5 million capital expenditure budget would be spent.
(Gosh...my heart is pounding just writing this. I need to calm down. Deep, cleansing breaths...)
Last-minute hint: We do not plan to put all our eggs in one basket. So to speak.
The answer is ...
Feel better? Is this relief ... or more stress? Do you need some air? Maybe you should go lie down...
Okay ... so what's for next week?
We will answer the following question:
Which themed-section will host Holiday World's portion of the '06 expansion?
7 June 2005 - 3:00pm
I was asked recently to name my favorite HoliBlog post.
We started blogging in April of 2005, but there was no need to sift through the thousands of posts...
...my favorite post is "Park of Doom."
Just about the most important part of my job is giving tours of the parks to reporters and travel writers.
The PR department focuses on getting writers to visit; presumably, they will have a great time and will eventually write an article or two about their experience. So when they're here, we like to tour the hundred acres and tell stories. (That was where the idea for the HoliBlog came from, in case you came late to class.)
I just returned from one of the most enjoyable tours ever. Laura and her four boys were a blast.
Laura's from northern Indiana. She writes for newspapers and magazines. She was interested in learning more about our southern Indiana theme and water parks.
Her sons, though, they already know this business.
They're Roller Coaster Tycoons.
I grew up with three brothers. I have three sons. So I feel right at home among the ruckus. All the talking at once, untied shoe laces, interrupting with far more important questions - plus the singing of silly songs - are nothing but fun in my book.
We could hardly take a step without a question or comment.
Hey! Is that one of those free-fall tower rides?
Yes, it sure is. It's called Liberty Launch.
We've got one of those in our park. We call it "Tower of Doom." When the line gets long, we jack up the price to make more money.
Oh? Do you charge at the front gate and charge again for individual rides?
Sure! We make $27,000 a day! That helps us pay off our big bank loan.
Next, I pointed out one of our Pepsi Oasis buildings.
What are you giving drinks away for? When it's hot and humid at our park, we jack up the cost of soda an extra buck. We jack it up to $4.
Don't your guests complain?
Sure, but we don't care. When it's hot, we also jack up the price of sitting under an umbrella.
You guys know Donald Trump?
Hey! Have you got a log ride?
Sure do ... it's called Frightful Falls.
We've got one in our park --
(It was my turn to interrupt) Let me guess -- Flume of Doom?
Not quite. It's the "This Log Should Be Burning Flume of Doom."
When I pointed out the Free Sunscreen kiosks, they sensibly helped themselves and slathered it on.
At our park, we charge for sunscreen. It's 50 cents per glob. But when it's extra sunny, we jack up the price.
I shamed them when they admitted they only pay their maintenance crew members $55 a month.
We've got to pay off our loan!
And they shamed me for not charging for inner tubes.
Hey! When it gets really hot, you could...
I know, I know ... jack up the prices.
This went on and on and I could barely contain my laughter. I resisted the urge to group-hug those tycoons.
Before we parted so that they could ride The Legend, they made a solemn promise to pay their employees better (We couldn't afford to pay the staff, so we drowned a bunch of them!) and to rethink their pricing structure.
We talked short-term versus long-term strategy and I think they were coming around.
Time to finish this and post it -- I have a meeting with Will. I'm proposing this idea I just came up with: Since we're giving away so many soft drinks, I think we should start charging for toilet paper. And for the restrooms closest to the Pepsi Oasis buildings, we could jack up the price...