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12 July 2005 - 5:16pm
Thanks to WEHT-TV you won't have to miss a thing, even if you're sitting at your desk, halfway around the world, pretending to be hard at work.
Our local ABC affiliate has arranged to have their very cool satellite truck here on Wednesday. (Once you're in the biz, you know to refer to it as a "sat truck.")
WEHT-TV will provide a live stream of our announcement on their website. (Gotta catch it live; it won't be archived.)
It'll be available starting shortly before 11:00 am CDT/EST. (Please figure out the time thing now ... by tomorrow morning, it may be too late!)
Just head over to their website and click on the Holiday World logo.
Will's presentation will begin precisely at the top of the hour; we expect the announcement to last approximately 15 minutes.
If you live in the Evansville market and are a Sigecom digital cable customer, you can also tune in on Channel D-WEHT.
Will plans to talk about the new additions to both parks. He'll reveal the new holiday-themed section. And he'll take us on the ride of our lives. (And that's no eggs-ageration.)
We sincerely hope to meet a bunch of our friends from HoliBlogLand (no, that is NOT the new section!) tomorrow. Thanks so much for all the sweet emails from so many of you the past few days.
We know now more than ever...
We are truly blessed.
11 July 2005 - 5:16pm
For Wednesday's announcement ... we'll be in the Holiday Theater (not the Hoosier Celebration Theater). It's indoors ... it's air-conditioned ... and the roof doesn't leak!
The Holiday Theater is in the Christmas section, walk up to the fountain, look to your right and there it is.
Doors open at 10:45 am CDT/EST. The best seats should be in the middle section of the theater.
If you can't make it here for the announcement, we'll have everything up on our website by 11:30 am.
We're almost there!
9 July 2005 - 5:16pm
The folks at WTVW-TV in Evansville have invited Will to stop by Monday morning for an on-air chat between 7:30 and 8:00 am CDT.
They want to talk about the upcoming "What's New for '06" announcement, which will take place (rain or shine!) on Wednesday at 11 am CDT.
I've prepared Will as best I can, as is my job.
He's got the list of HoliHints.
He knows what not to say.
And he knows not to come back if he leaks anything. We've come so close to the announcement day; we can't blow it all now.
"What if they trick me?" he wondered aloud a few hours ago.
"What if I crack?!"
Using all of my public relations schooling (read: none), I advised him to re-enact the dramatic scene we've all seen played out on the TV news magazines: "What? This isn't what you said it would be! This is an ambush! I don't have to take this! I'm outta here!"
And then he could yank off the microphone and stomp off!
We laughed ourselves silly at the thought.
Hang in there, boss.
We'll be watching ...
8 July 2005 - 7:16am
Matt, our controller, was incognito in the park on Monday afternoon.
After working that day (at Holiday World we don't get summer holidays off ... but before you start feeling sorry for us, please note we do get an extra week off at Christmas), he changed into his civilian clothes and met his family in Splashin' Safari.
Before sitting down for their meal at Safari Pizza, Matt reached down and picked up some trash.
The lady sitting at the next table over chuckled.
"I know," she said. "You almost feel obligated to do that since this park is so clean."
7 July 2005 - 5:16pm
Can it really be? Our final HoliHint?
And I mean FINAL … this is driving me nuts! (Whose idea was this, anyway? Oh, never mind …)
You already know a few important numbers … $13.5 million for the budget plus 7/13/05 and 11:00 am for the announcement.
Here are a few more numbers to tickle your imagination along with silly (or not?) guesses:
24.2 seconds (the length of my scream?)
66 degrees (an air-conditioned ride?)
84 persons (new helpers for the PR Department?)
20 feet wide (this applies to both parks’ projects)
60 years (how long it will be before we offer weekly HoliHints again!)
Hang in there!
All (well, nearly all) will be revealed next Wednesday!