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31 August 2005 - 5:16pm
Lynn is a grandma who visited the park recently and plans to come back again soon. She and I have exchanged emails several times over the past week.
Apparently we're now close enough buddies that she felt comfortable sharing this proud family story:
I have a teen grandson, Logan. When he was around four, we took him to the park and bought him one of those blue ice creams. He really got into that thing! Had a blue face all day long. Ha!
But the next day, I was at his house watching him, and he went into the bathroom and was in there for a little bit, and came out of there screaming and crying in a panic that his "poop" was blue! The kiddo thought something was wrong with him! Ha ha ha! I like to died laughing! Ha ha!
Every time we talk Holiday World, I kid him about the "blue poop" and the panic he went into!
Don't worry, Logan, if Grandma Lynn emails me any baby pictures of you in the tub or on one of those bear rugs, I'll send the files back unopened.
There are some lines we just won't cross.
30 August 2005 - 6:41pm
Is that the message Mrs. Koch is trying to convey here?
Mrs. Koch was in Texas over the weekend for the Golden Ticket Awards ceremony.
She had a ball.
Visiting other parks is always fun.
When the ticket taker at one park was leaning over her station, holding her head, Mrs. Koch (a stickler for posture ... my spine is straightening even as I type) couldn't help herself:
Having a bad day?
"Oh, yes. I'm not feeling well. My head hurts. I guess I should have eaten breakfast."
Yes, a good breakfast is important. Hope you feel better -- and have a great day!
Saturday afternoon, The Travel Channel asked Mrs. Koch for an interview. Never shy, our matriarch stepped up to the plate.
We don't know yet when the show will air, but it's expected to be next spring or summer.
Congratulations to all the other parks who "brought home the Lucite" as Will calls it.
And our thanks Gary, Tim, Sammy, Janice and everyone else at Amusement Today.
Did I hear a rumor that for next year a new "Best Park Blog" category will be added?
... guess not.
27 August 2005 - 6:41pm
Today's the day ... the announcement of the 2005 Golden Ticket Awards.
We've been honored with several awards over the years. It's gotten so we include the Golden Ticket logo on our brochure.
One fellow made our Call Center ladies smile a month ago; he was charmingly confused about those golden tickets.
Apparently a particular movie remake this summer got him to thinking he needed to consume a massive amount of candy bars before visiting us.
He wasn't completely wrong, though ... the Golden Tickets are definitely, well, sweet!
We received two of the top honors this year:
Friendliest (for the 8th year in a row) and
- Cleanest (for the 6th consecutive year)
Splashin' Safari was named the #2 water park again, and our coasters and water rides received high rankings as well.
Mrs. Koch was on hand in San Antonio, Texas, this afternoon to accept the awards and to announce that the 2006 Awards Ceremony will be hosted by her family's park in Santa Claus, Indiana.
Our news release, with all the particulars, is posted in our News Room, if you'd like to take a peek.
And to see how all the parks did, click on over to the Amusement Today website.
Thanks to all who voted for us!
Most of all, thanks to all of our Hosts and Hostesses who earned these awards day after day, all season long.
26 August 2005 - 6:41pm
Who dumped this stuff?
...and does Mrs. Koch know what a mess they made?
The grassy area to the south of our employee parking lot is full of very large, shiny, cylindrical objects.
When I went up close to take this photo, I got dizzy (how embarrassing):
These two, together, looked like a huge pair of binoculars.
Alien binoculars, perchance?
They're each seven feet in diameter, by the way.
Any idea what they are?
A quick call to Will and we have the answer.
They'll go under the new walkway that, in 2006, will connect The Wave to the new Bahari River.
They'll also be used in the area going upstream to Bahari.
After studying the above photo I must admit I'm not convinced space aliens aren't involved.
Very messy aliens.
26 August 2005 - 6:17pm
Tom is a brand new college student.
He's far, far from home. But I bet he'll do great.
Tom took the time to send us such a dear email -- and agreed that we could share it.
I would simply like to thank you for creating the HoliBlog.
I am from central Indiana and have visited Holiday World a few times over the years.
If I look hard enough in my parents' attic I can probably find the child's size t-shirt featuring the Santa Claus Land logo from my first visit.
My most recent visit was in 2004 and it was everything I remembered and more.
It may be awhile until my next visit though as I have recently moved to Las Vegas to earn a degree in Hospitality Administration at UNLV. (Might there be any job openings in the park in a couple of years?)
Even though the adjustments in culture and climate have not been too strenuous, the HoliBlog has made things easier. I religiously check it to see what is happening with the park. The stories about the park and community have kept me connected with my home state and have helped ease some of the home sickness.
So again thank you for keeping me connected to my roots with the HoliBlog and of course I would like to thank everyone associated with the Holiday World for making such a wonderful place.
Oh, by the way, if Holidog's travels ever bring him out west he is always welcome to stop by.
Las Vegas, Nevada
P.S. I am a stock holder in Six Flags. (I would love to own some shares of Holiday World but as I understand it is not publicly traded.) Anyway, I try to keep up on news of my investments. I was going to tell you that the park has been Fooled again but a quick check of the HoliBlog reveals that you already know. I guess nothing gets by you folks.
One bit of advice for the next four years, Tom: When the chips are down -- get the heck out of the casino!