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30 August 2012 - 4:02pm
After whining about no rain all summer, how the worm hath turned.
Now we're all just wishing Hurricane Isaac wouldn't come for a visit over the holiday weekend.
But the weather forecast doesn't appear to be cooperating, so we want to be sure to answer your questions about what happens when it rains, storms, and hurricanes (although I'm not sure hurricane is meant to be a verb).
If you've been here on a rainy day, you know we stay open in the rain. The rides work just fine and apparently our coasters are a whole new, crazy experience.
We don't mess around when it comes to lightning. We monitor approaching storms carefully, and if the lightning gets close, we temporarily close first the taller rides and, if the storm gets closer, the rest of the rides and shows.
As soon as the storm moves out of our area, each ride is inspected for safety and then reopened.
During a storm, some Guests head to their cars and go back to their hotels for a nap. Or maybe over to the Santa Claus Museum for a visit. Others hang out in our indoor restaurants and shops. Still others call it a day. (We just want to be sure you know you have options while waiting out the storms.)
With the approach of Hurricane Isaac, let's talk about how high winds create another challenge for us. If it gets too gusty on Saturday (September 1), we may have to close HallowSwings, Eagle's Flight, Sparkler, and Revolution, plus the Dive! high-dive show. For obvious reasons, right?
For future reference, when you're wondering about Rain and Ride Closures, please take a look on the Rules & Service page here on our website.
And maybe look on the bright (if overcast) side: when the weather forecast is not the best, our lines tend to be very short!
30 August 2012 - 10:32am
There's never a dull moment on Twitter.
We see lots of tweets from families planning to visit and later sharing photos of their children happily hugging Holidog or madly licking their dripping Udderly Blue ice cream cone.
We see tweets of professed love for friends who include them in their park visit and snarky comments from those whose parental units have grounded them.
There are imploring tweets for us to add a steel coaster and wistful tweets about wanting to live inside Holiday World.
This morning, it was fun to see a tweet from a long-ago Foods employee who graduated with my oldest son back in 2003. Wes apparently is now a parental unit himself:
Just watched— Wesley Allen (@zebov) August 30, 2012
@holidayworld Voyage POV. That coaster is amazing. Been too long. Have to go in 2013, uh, for the kids... yeah, that's it.
It's good to see Wes's wry sense of humor has survived the decade since he was writing silly song lyrics to entertain his crew.
Here, by the way, is that POV (point-of-view) video of Voyage:
29 August 2012 - 5:31pm
Originally posted 4/26/05
…well, maybe not we.
I don’t know, maybe it has something to do with getting older, but those circular rides make me sick.
Sorry that I can’t “spin” this into something positive, but it really doesn’t matter, does it? You either like to put centrifugal force to the test or you don’t.
Back in 1992, the Kochs offered to take all the park directors to the annual IAAPA convention.
We eagerly read through the printed materials detailing the multi-day event. Lots of workshops and seminars. An opportunity to network (oh, boy! was that ever the big buzzword back then) with management from other parks. Plus, we’d get to visit a big park near the convention site.
Huh? Why would we want to do that?
Oh—of course! To network some more, stroll around the park, munch on some goodies, maybe watch a show.
They have rides?
Will it hurt their feelings if we don’t ride?
What the heck am I doing working for a theme park? Most rides terrify me. When we “employee tested” Liberty Launch a few years back, no one wanted to sit next to me for fear of permanent hearing loss.
My first park experience was at Quassy Amusement Park, or as it was then called, Lake Quassapaug. I was three or four and was determined to go on the kiddie helicopter ride. It looked wonderfully exciting and I begged and begged until my parents agreed to let me ride.
Big mistake. When the ride started up and my pudgy little hands grasped the bar, I held on as tightly as I could. Unfortunately that bar was in the position that lifted my cute little helicopter to its highest position. Miles and miles above terra firma. My parents and brothers looked like ants from my terrifying vantage point. So I did what I still do in such situations: I screamed my lungs out.
They actually had to stop the ride to let me off.
I guess the other little kids had the opportunity to get a second, longer ride, so maybe they weren't too mad at me. I'll never know for sure, though; there was no way I could force myself to look back to check.
Happily, there are many, many children and adults out there who love rides that spin around. One mom emailed me recently to tell me she and her son always ride the Virginia Reel together—it’s their favorite ride. (Heaven help me – I can barely think about that ride!)
The Roundhouse is gone (you know that, don’t you?). Don’t get worked up about it, though, because we’ve replaced it with Revolution. It’s basically the same ride, actually, only a little bit bigger, a little bit faster, and with a slightly higher tilt:
We’re all so pleased that replacing the Roundhouse with Revolution means we can still use Rides Director Tori’s little joke: After you get soaked on Raging Rapids, be sure to spin dry on Revolution!
If it’s all the same to you, Tori, I believe I’ll drip dry.
29 August 2012 - 5:06pm
This is a repost from 11/29/08, when social media was just taking off:
There's a really cool Twitter application called "TweetBeep."
Basically, it's a real-time search function. I signed up and asked it to send me an email to let me know any time someone tweets about Holiday World. (Twitter, as you may recall, is a "microblogging" program. You're limited to a maximum of 140 characters for each post, or "tweet.") It's helpful, as it directs me to folks who are talking about or asking questions about Holiday World.
I try not to barge in on conversations, but sometimes it feels appropriate and is welcomed.
I think I'll leave this one alone, though: As if to welcome me back to the post-holiday world, the cat puked as soon as I got up.
24 August 2012 - 5:36pm
Earlier this month, Adam from Terre Haute won two tickets for correctly guessing that the rather odd photo we posted on the HoliBlog was the under-construction Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure in the Holiday Theater.
Here are a few more construction photos.
As I understand it, we'll wear 3D glasses for this adventure and will walk through, among other colorful scenes, a spinning tunnel.
Here's the tunnel from a different angle. There will also be a forest and a "wacky house."
We'll be helping Holidog find his missing candy treasure, by the way. Hope he shares.
Planning for Happy Halloween Weekends has been going on for more than a year.
Eric, our special events director, looked particularly spiffy in his neon green 3D glasses during one meeting. (That's IT Joe in the blue.)
Please visit our website for more information about Happy Halloween Weekends, which will run Saturdays and Sundays in October.