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29 October 2010 - 5:54pm
The off-season is incredibly busy around here.
Lots of planning meetings. Preparing for next year.
Some of us even discover the top of our desks again.
Five of our folks got to go on a field trip this week to learn about a possible new product for the park.
That's Foods Director Jason in the middle. He's growing his annual off-season beard, so he had to wear extra protection.
From left, here are the glamorously-attired Jordan, Phil, Jason, Sarah, and Jodie.
We can't tell you yet what product they were considering (and consuming), but it won't be much longer...
28 October 2010 - 5:43pm
Well, where'd that come from?
We spent all summer (and much of fall) exclaiming over the extreme temps.
The mercury is heading in the other direction tonight. Just as we posted winter-time photos in August to help us cool off, we'll evoke summer memories in the coming chilly months.
A nice lady from Owensboro emailed us today and praised these boys of summer.
As a season pass holder, she enjoyed seeing them perform quite often.
This clips shows some crazy guitar playing plus an adorable tiny dancer right near the end.
Hope it warms the cockles of your heart -- and the rest of you, too!
21 October 2010 - 8:58am
The TV show with the unfortunate acronym, World's Toughest Fixes, will present an hour-long behind-the-scenes look at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari tonight.
Seems like every time I post a reminder on our Facebook page someone posts, "Why?! What happened?!"
It's all good.
World's Toughest Fixes isn't just about "problems," they also showcase new construction.
And we just happened to be building a 'beest:
World's Toughest Fixes is a host-driven show. Host Sean Riley digs in and helps with the project at hand.
And the lucky fellow got to return in May and enjoy the fruits of his labor.
The show will also get up-close-and-personal with roller coaster maintenance.
Could you imagine?
But, again, the reward is sweet.
Riley joins our Coaster Cats in a ride on The Voyage.
The episode premieres this evening (Thursday, October 21) on National Geographic Channel at 7 pm CDT (8 pm EDT) and plays again three hours later.
For those who don't get NatGeo at home, we'll cross our fingers that the network folks post the episode on YouTube or Hulu. We'll sure let you know if they do!
13 October 2010 - 7:27pm
Okay, I admit to have not heard of this sort of thing before.
And I daresay neither did Mrs. Koch when she came up with the acronym FOAM. That stands for "Family Owned And Managed" parks.
Ten family-owned park owners get together every year and just have a blast.
We're hosting the annual FOAM meeting this week, with friends from:
• Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut
• Waldameer Park in Erie, Pennsylvania
• Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, New York
• Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee
• Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock, Texas
• Wonderland Park in Amarillo, Texas
• Cliff’s Amusement Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California
Here's a look at one of the ultra-serious business meetings: