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31 July 2005 - 5:16pm
When we began building The Raven back in the fall of 1994, we came to know all sorts of coaster- and park-enthusiast clubs.
First, we heard from the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). And then there was the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA). And even regional groups such as the Great Ohio Coaster Club (GOCC), the Western New York Coaster Club (WNYCC) and the Mid-Atlantic Coaster Club (MACC). And that's just a handful of the domestic clubs.
Overseas, there's the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain (RCCGB) and the European Coaster Club (ECC).
And now we're learning about DAFE.
At first I pronounced it as spelled, "dafe."
But I've been enlightened.
The Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts pronounce their club's acronym "daffy."
These are folks who are drooling over the thought of a new "dark ride" being produced in our Thanksgiving section. We'll update them along with everyone else here on the HoliBlog as decisions are made regarding this interactive turkey-chase ride.
Here's DAFE's lighthearted slogan: We keep our members in the dark!
31 July 2005 - 12:00am
At closing time, Chris (our security director) got a chuckle out of this:
While closing Holidog's FunTown, I overheard a mom and her young (6 or 7ish) daughter:
The mom kept saying, "I know you need you to go to the bathroom - you need to go before we leave."
Daughter replies, “What I need is some ice cream.”
30 July 2005 - 5:16pm
Here's a wonderful note we received:
Well, it took more than 30 years, but I finally made it.....to Santa Claus Land!!
When I was a little girl growing up here in Cincinnati, I remember seeing commercials or something for Santa Claus Land in Indiana.
I wanted to go there so bad...after all, it appeared to combine my two favorite things-amusement parks and Christmas.
Well, as things sometimes go in life, we never made it there, and I had long forgotten about your park.
Then, a few years back, I picked up one of your Holiday World brochures at an Indiana rest stop on my way home from visiting the in-laws.
It suddenly dawned on me that this was the Santa Claus Land I had once dreamed of visiting.
Since then I have seen your park countless times on The Travel Channel, and through the internet, have read nothing but praise for your park from theme park and coaster enthusiasts.
I made up my mind that this summer I was finally going to Santa Claus Land.
Well, at 6 am yesterday morning, I left Cincinnati with my 79-year-old mother and seven-year-old daughter in tow. We were at your park when it opened, and, had we not had the three-hour drive home, would have surely closed the place down. The 8+ hours we spent there were awesome.
Everything I have read and heard was 100% true.
The park was immaculate, the staff polite and competent, the themed areas were actually that - THEMED, and the rides and attractions were great fun. And, oh yeah, the soft drinks and parking were free!! (Even on the drive home, my mother was still marveling at the fact you do that all the time; that it wasn't just something special.)
While it may have taken me 30 years to get there, I can assure you it won't be another 30 before we return. My daughter and I (and maybe even mom) are planning a longer visit next summer to give "Thanks" to the Koch family and Santa for an awesome park!
29 July 2005 - 5:16pm
Received this email from Allison this morning:
I just read the request from Connie in Texas about the brochure.
I couldn't believe it!
My husband's mother passed away in March and we've been busy cleaning out her home. (Keep in mind, my husband comes from a long line of pack rats.) We actually have the brochure from Santa Claus Land with the little girl wearing the sunglasses!
It was found among a thousand other brochures from various vacations over the years.
We pitched all the others but kept the Santa Claus Land brochure.
Not that we are freaks ... my second cousin, Lori, happened to marry Will Koch so it has some meaning to us.
It is a small world! Who would have thought I'd marry a boy who visited Santa Claus Land, my cousin, Lori, married a boy who would grow up to be King of Holiday World, and my in-laws would keep everything they ever touched so that we could have the missing brochure featuring the little girl on the springy thing!
I bet there aren't too many other people who could read the "Brochure Baby" HoliBlog and have the exact same brochure right in front of them. Maybe we should have saved the other brochures and put them on eBay.
Oh, say hello to Lori and Will for us. We can't wait to ride the new coaster! We set up our chairs from our dining room all in a row and "rode" the computer simulation, but somehow, it just isn't the same as the real thing!
29 July 2005 - 5:16pm
After reading Wednesday's HoliBlog entry, Chad at The Gravity Group offered these latest facts as part of our continuing education:
To clear up any confusion, structural screws ARE bolts, but you probably already figured that out.
A325 is the "high strength" designation.
H.D.G. stands for hot dipped galvanized.
3/4 inch diameter, 10 threads per inch, 2 inches long.
Am I the only one wondering ... if screws are bolts -- why not just call them bolts?
All together now: It's all a little nutty!