A sign of spring

The new sign for the nation's tallest water ride is up: So what's the story behind the name change? Click back to this HoliBlog post for all the details.

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It’s half-past the giraffe’s ear

What time is it? It's time to take a second look at Giraffica (the ride formerly known as Pilgrims Plunge) and realize that, on a sunny day, it looks a whole lot like a giant sundial: This time of year, Giraffica casts a long, long shadow on the field that is quickly becoming the home…

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The theme is “cool” for 2013!

As you may have noticed, the summer of 2012 was one of the hottest on record. We sure noticed. So, from looking around the parks to see where the longest lines were, where the bottlenecks occured, plus listening to your many comments and suggestions, here's a countdown list of how we're spending $6.5 million for…

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Big drops and little drops

Since Pilgrims Plunge opened in 2009, we've posted a bunch of videos on YouTube to show potential visitors what we mean by "a classic shoot-the-chute ride with a modern twist." One of the videos has had nearly three million views; clearly this unusual-looking ride intrigues. So it's time for a new video – in slow…

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“Those people … “

This story (from November, 2008) comes from Matt, our GM/Shared Services: Matt was in Orlando, attending the "What's New Theater," which is more or less the kick-off ceremony for the week-long IAAPA Expo industry trade show. It includes a great production involving, as the name implies, the new rides and technology to watch for in…

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Blast from the past

Mrs. Koch remembers with great fondness the year we added our first big ride. It was in 1984, the same year we changed our name from Santa Claus Land to Holiday World. The big new ride was Frightful Falls. "Oh, we thought we'd really arrived," she says with a smile. It's dwarfed now, by the…

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Clouds so pretty they look fake

Our first batch of Pilgrims Plunge b-roll (that's the footage you give TV news photographers as a consolation prize when you won't let them take their big honkin' cameras on a ride) was on a cold and cloudy day. On the re-take day last week, we had clouds again. But they were nothing at all…

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Figaro, Figaro, Fi-Ga-Ro!

Okay, so maybe this fellow isn’t belting out an aria from the Barber of Seville. …but it sure looks like he’s singin’ in the rain as his Pilgrims Plunge boat flies down the drop. Your turn. What’s he singing? And don’t tell me he’s not singing. Just look at the lady riding with him. It’s…

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A memo from Will

This is one of those "good news – bad news" things. Will just shared this info with our staff, asking that we spread the word. The good news is: We ordered (and have just received) two additional boats for Pilgrims Plunge. That takes us from five to seven boats. Added capacity. Needed added capacity, right?…

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Don’t throw your back out, Will!

The Travel Channel is here today shooting footage for two episodes of their Extreme show. Will is being interviewed about Pilgrims Plunge, ZOOMbabwe and Voyage. In this video, he describes the in-the-dark experience on ZOOMbabwe.

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Pilgrims Plunge in HD

Our friend Sean from Ohio was here last week. We teasingly refer to him as a "well-known coaster enthusiast." He has a video camera that shoots HD. (That stands for high-def, not HoliDog.) Here's Sean's video:

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