The Legend lives on

This morning, while adding a new Legend video to our YouTube channel, I happened upon this wonderful piece of our history from 1999. It’s the day we announced we were building The Legend: Many thanks to David Ellis for posting this video of the late Will Koch announcing The Legend. We know Will would be…

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Small fry

Well, you learn something new every day. In search of a fishy turn of phrase for this post, I turned to Google to learn that a baby fish is called a “fry.” Our small fries – Dancer’s Fish – were created back in 1955; we added them to Santa Claus Land in the early 1970s. Our…

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Podcast: The one with the fast-talking New Yorker

Every time we sit down to record a new episode, it is with the determination to keep the length at less than an hour. And every time, we fail. Stephen came up with a good idea – he pulled out a portion of one of our longer discussions and will create a mini-episode for next…

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Enter our Making Memories Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to our winner – Jami W. from Bedford, Indiana – who wins four one-day admission tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and two nights next door at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, in one of their Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins. Thanks to all who entered! ——————– If you’re a loyal HoliBlog reader or a new…

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Crowdsourcing memories

As part of our 70th Birthday Season, we’re going to create … a Memories Mosaic. A gigantic mosaic of photos taken in the park over the past seven decades. And that’s where you come in – would you like your family photos from Santa Claus Land, Holiday World, and Splashin’ Safari to be included? We sure…

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A little girl’s Valentine’s Day message

There’s nothing quite as dear as a sentimental dad. Christopher W. from Owensville, Indiana, just messaged me a copy of the Valentine’s card his daughter Abbie presented to her parents this weekend. How sweet is that? And here’s Abbie, who’s seven years old: Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

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Kids say the darndest things!

You probably have to be a grandparent like me to remember Art Linkletter. (Spellcheck proves my point, stating there’s no such word as Linkletter. Sigh.) Mr. Linkletter made a career out of talking to young children and reacting to their unfiltered comments. His TV show’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things” segment was a hoot. This…

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Wally’s World

Last Thursday was a special day – and a wild one. Just ask Wally Schaaf. Imagine being 91 years old and deciding it was time to ride your first roller coaster … That’s exactly what he decided, and he did it big! That morning, I watched as Wally – a resident of Scenic Hills Care…

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The Letterman racket

Letterman ticket

It’s time to climb into our way-back machine. Ready? It’s August 6, 1995. Twenty years ago. Two decades. A score. Hot as blazes here in Santa Claus. The Raven is new and it’s a hit. And it’s a Sunday afternoon. Will passes along a call from two very excited local teachers. They’ve got tickets to…

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Season’s over, but the smiles linger on …

Happy Halloween Weekends are over, as is our 2014 season. Many thanks to all who visited us and filled our parks with laughter. This tweet from Sunday was the perfect way to end our 121 days of fun: Those smiles say it all! “@Aaron_Reece: @HolidayWorld thanks for the great day today!! pic.twitter.com/G3gyAiLLGL” — Holiday World…

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Inside one family’s car

You just never know what Google Alerts will toss into your Inbox. Or when. This video was posted last summer but only recently showed up as one of my scores of daily Google Alerts. It’s too cute not to share (with Daddy’s permission): Those lovable girls (from Fishers, Indiana) are Kailey on the left and…

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Forever friends

Of all the sights and sounds we offer, this is perhaps the sweetest of them all: Thank You @HolidayWorld for a fun vacation!!!! pic.twitter.com/pn6Btawzi6 — Chad/Shara Tragesser (@shara_chad) August 3, 2014

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