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20 January 2012 - 5:18pm
Over the two decades I've been here at the park, I've received hundreds of newsletters (which now arrive via email) and magazines written just for "PR Professionals" and "Communications Specialists."
A common thread throughout many of the articles is the difficulty folks in my position face in getting the head of their companies to not only accept and use social media but also to interact with reporters and, more importantly, their customers.
It seems many CEOs have so many spreadsheets and pro formas rattling around in their brains that they don't necessarily mix in well with the common people.
That's simply not a problem here at Holiday World:
No, Dan's not checking to see how he'd look if he got his eyes done. This is a screen shot from our latest video.
We needed Dan to explain our HoliCash wristband system and didn't want it to be the usual ho-hum "how to" approach. We wanted a touch of humor, plus a cameo appearance by his mom.
Dan didn't need even a tiny bit of prodding to get just a little ... animated.
Did you use HoliCash last season? If so, how did you like it?
18 January 2012 - 5:38pm
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!
Umm ... 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.
(Originally posted 8/31/05)
14 January 2012 - 1:48pm
We love our Voyage.
It's been voted the #1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet since it was one year old.
This year is Voyage's seventh season. (Gosh, and it seems like only yesterday we were potty training ... oh, wait, I seem to be confusing work and home. Once again. Never mind.)
All of our coasters get some TLC during the fall and winter months. This year, Voyage gets a little something extra.
Why? Because we can.
And we want to.
Our president, Dan Koch, invited one of the top-notch engineers from The Gravity Group to take part in a video shoot just before Christmas. (The Gravity Group designed Voyage, along with Dan's late brother Will.)
This video includes details about this year's track work, plus an update about the Timberliner trains that have been designed for Voyage.
We hope this appeals to coaster enthusiasts and the general public alike.
Any questions? Please post them below and I'll try my best to get you answers. Comments are welcome as well.
Meanwhile, can't wait till opening day!
13 January 2012 - 2:55pm