The power of family

Leah joked on Facebook that she would have thought if she ever made it on the cover of a magazine, her curly mane would somehow look a bit more tame than it does on the cover of this month’s Funworld magazine. … and that’s exactly the style of self-deprecating humor that Leah and her sister,…

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The Ladies who Launch

Exactly 11 months ago tonight – Christmas Eve in July 2014 – we were bursting with excitement. Our 66 Days at Sea were finally over and it was time to reveal all. Our new … project … for 2015. Code name: BT-15. Thunderbird! Fast-forward to now and Thunderbird is flying high. Lauren and Leah made…

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How many degrees?

Rayvon Owen

Okay, so we’re not talking about Thunderbird’s barrel roll or the three sections of 90-degree track on Voyage. This time we’re talking about degrees of separation. You know, like the movie. The “six degrees of separation” theory goes something like this: everyone is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other…

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A family tradition

Lori and Leah Koch on Thunderbird

Paula’s note: It was pure delight watching the Kochs ride Thunderbird for the very first time. Our owners – Lori, Lauren, Leah and William – were beside themselves as they scrambled to switch seats and ride again. Later that evening, I texted them to ask for a volunteer to continue Will’s tradition of blogging after…

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Thunderbird: All it takes is Will Power

Leah, Lauren and the Will Power sign

When we announced Thunderbird nearly nine months ago (I’ll refrain from any “giving birth” jokes, for now anyway), it was the start of an incredible journey. At the same time, it was the last high-banked turn in a much longer journey – the realization of a decade-long dream to add a remarkable steel roller coaster…

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Before we launch into 2015 …

It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Here are just a few of our favorite moments from 2014: Happy New Year from all of us here at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari!

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“He roller coaster, he got early warning”

Last Piece of Track

As a rule, I don’t do mushy. Especially not in front of others. And especially not while blogging. It’s like I always say, “Friends don’t let friends blog and get sentimental.” Okay, I’m kidding. I think we all know I’ve had a few sappy blog posts. So, what’s one more mushy story? Let me set…

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Carved for attention

When asked to carve a pumpkin this week, I was borderline inappropriately excited. It’s probably been ten years since my last pumpkin-carving, which is far too long. There’s nothing like carving a pumpkin to get you in the Halloween spirit. (This is coming from a girl who just spent the last six weekends dressing up…

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Pumpkins on the shelf

While visiting the park during our Happy Halloween Weekends, you may have noticed these festive fall displays, located in each of our holiday-themed park sections. We know there are lots of Elf on the Shelf fans out there; how about Pumpkins on the Shelves? Our other Lauren, who is our Director of Theming, borrowed this…

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A hard hat of a different color

Oops, just realized we hadn’t blogged about our latest episode of the Hard Hat Chronicles, and there’s already another one in the works. We get to hear from Matt, Lauren and Leah this time, in addition to James, as we watch the Immelmann (the highest point of the ride) topped. Lauren and Leah proudly display…

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Golden Ticket Awards – so much more than swag

Last year, Lauren, Michael, and I went to the Golden Ticket Awards for the first time ever. (Well, with the exception of the times Holiday World hosted the event.) As we were packing our suitcases, we realized we knew next to nothing about these awards. Okay, so that was a bit dramatic. We knew a…

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Oh, those Golden Tickets …

So how did we do this year? The Golden Ticket for Best Waterpark Ride goes to … Wildebeest! #5thConsecutiveYear @ProSlideTech pic.twitter.com/fNBZh8FbDI — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 7, 2014 Leah and Lauren accepted the award: "Our dad would be so proud!" Leah Koch and Lauren Koch Crosby #WildebeestBestWaterparkRide pic.twitter.com/BOiZ71iOo6 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 7, 2014…

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