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28 May 2013 - 7:17pm
Okay, so when we heard we were going to get "smart" lockers for this season, there was one simple question:
How can a locker be smart?
Well. It turns out the new lockers are not only smart, but pretty cool (technologically speaking, that it).
To boil it down:
- They're bigger
- They come in two sizes
- No more keys
- You can get up to four wristbands to use through the day
- If you forget your locker number, you'll be able to find it with your wristband, because, dang it - it's smart!
- When you scan your wristband, your locker pops open
Nathan presents this video tutorial:
Up in Holiday World, there's a kiosk on the outside wall of Kringle's Kafe. Or stop by St. Nick's Rentals (where you can rent strollers, etc.).
In Splashin' Safari, the kiosks are hard to miss:
And there's also a Locker Rental Booth, if you'd like up to four wristbands (and a human to talk to).
If you use a wheelchair and are concerned about the height of your locker, please rent it at the staffed booth - and ask the staff member to come with you to make sure you get a locker at a comfortable height. If the first "pop" is too high, they can reset it for you until you're satisfied with the height of your locker.
We're hearing lots of happy feedback from our early-season Guests. We hope you enjoy the convenience of our new roomier lockers, too!
26 May 2013 - 7:25am
You don't have to be a history nut to be a fan of our 16th President.
Abraham Lincoln, who was raised on a farm just four miles west of this park, appeals to just about everyone.
Did you know we have a Lincoln collection in the building that also houses Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen and the Bavarian Glassblowers?
A local man named Ora V. Brown assembled the collection lovingly over the years, and passed it along to Santa Claus Land (now Holiday World) upon his death in 1966.
And what a collection it is ...
This display case, above, is located toward the end of the exhibit. We first see artifacts from Kentucky, then Indiana, and then Illinois. We see what Abraham did with his life before becoming President Lincoln.
If you enjoyed Steven Spielberg's epic film Lincoln, you won't want to miss what we call the Lincoln Classroom. It includes such rare artifacts as:
- Lincoln handwriting, dating back to his days as a young student;
- Earliest known published image of Abraham Lincoln;
- Several presidential signatures;
- Cordial case owned by the Lincolns and used for entertaining at the White House;
- Mourning card acknowledging President Lincoln’s death, with mourning ribbon and Lincoln’s photograph; and
- Ceremonial pen used by President Kennedy to sign the bill creating the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana, the state’s first national park.
Mr. Lincoln is surely our country's most famous fallen hero. And this weekend we honor and remember all who have given their best for their nation's safety and freedom.
God bless them all.
25 May 2013 - 8:49pm
I'll never forget back in the fall of 1999, when our staff of directors got to vote on whether to take a step no other park had dared to try.
Free soft drinks.
I remember like it was yesterday, because it was a dramatic moment. (For me, anyway.)
Right before we voted, Will made sure we all understood: "This is for keeps. If we do this, we can't ever take it back."
Inside, I did a happy dance. Knowing we wouldn't pull the plug a few years after offering such an amazing perk put me at ease.
The vote, as I recall, was unanimous. And the room was very quiet.
The next month, at our annual theme park trade show, lots of park CEOs got in Will's face and asked with great emphasis, "Are you NUTS?!"
That was our Will.
Like a fox.
A year later at that same expo, Will was given an award for what amounted to the industry's "best new idea."
That's not to say we haven't tweaked around on the program from year to year.
First we added more diet soft drinks. Then Gatorade. And this year a yummy no-calorie peachy green tea.
Here's the full offering you'll find around the parks:
- Caffeine-Free Diet Pepsi
- Mountain Dew
- Diet Mountain Dew
- Caffeine-Free Root Beer
- Orange Crush
- Pink Lemonade
- Caffeine-Free Sierra Mist
- Dr Pepper*
- Diet Dr Pepper
- Fruit Punch Gatorade
- Orange Gatorade
- Diet Peach Green Tea
*A little punctuation trivia: Dr Pepper does not have a period after the "Dr"; really.
Additionally, we have brewed tea (sweet and unsweet) at Kringle’s Kafé, Alamo, and Plymouth Rock Café plus coffee at Kringle’s Kafé and Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen.
And what is our most popular beverage? That would be ... Gatorade.
Please stay hydrated this summer - and don't forget to use our free sunscreen. We want you to be safe, comfortable, and happy during your visit.
23 May 2013 - 6:07pm
Did anyone else just stop and cry the other night when the news came on about the devastation in Oklahoma?
The thought of so many children and other family members lost in that tornado is just heartbreaking.
We've put together an online HoliAuction to help raise funds for the American Red Cross's relief efforts.
We started with the practical stuff: eight one-day admission tickets, a private cabana for a day, lunch served in your cabana and supper (plus a tour) in Plymouth Rock Cafe.
And then there are some one-of-a-kind items:
This is an example of customized Coaster Art. You can choose the coaster photo and we'll transfer it onto a piece of Raven track wood. We add a decoupage-esque finish and you'll have your own piece of Coaster Art.
We'll give you the first ride of the day on Mammoth (or the ride of your choice) and we'll take your family's photo on that ride (we'll even post it on our Facebook page if you'd like).
There's a retired hard hat signed by all of our Coaster Cats. And three flags from The Voyage plus the park-logoed flags from the front gate.
Oh, and coaster patches:
Let's see, we tossed in a Holiday World trunk organizer, a 60th anniversary park throw, and two Mammoth beach towels.
And a sweet Holidog Christmas ornament.
The HoliAuction will end on Tuesday, May 28, at 12noon CDT. Here's where to see the full list of items, read the rules and regulations, and bid on all the goodies.
Thanks to all the good people who are helping in the various relief efforts. Our employees are pitching in what they can, too, which will be matched by the park.
And we're all hugging our children a little more tightly tonight.
23 May 2013 - 10:45am
Admit it. You've probably said it, too. Or at least thought it:
"Holiday World? That park's in the middle of nowhere!"
Well sure, we're not in a major metropolitan area, but we like to think we're somewhere special.
And just think about it for a second; we're:
- three hours from Indianapolis
- three hours from Nashville, Tenn.
- three hours from St. Louis
- three hours from Cincinnati
That sort of make us a hub, doesn't it?
Speaking of St. Louis, Matt headed there earlier this week to appear on Fox 2 for their "Free Trip Tuesday" promotion.
Here's their chat about all the fun things to do in Santa Claus, Indiana:
Wherever you're located, we sure hope you'll set your sights on Santa Claus, Indiana, for your family's fun getaway this summer!