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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Watch us on CNBC!

Are you a fan of CNBC’s “On the Money”? Well, they’re talking roller coasters on tomorrow’s show … Excited to see Thunderbird featured on @OnTheMoney tomorrow! @CNBC pic.twitter.com/obvGTppOHK — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) June 27, 2015 “On the Money” airs Sunday evening at 6:30pm CDT on CNBC.

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Geek now, or forever hold your peace

VP James and Kari

Okay, so we can officially let the cat out of the bag now. Travel Channel was here today. But that wasn’t the secret. What we couldn’t talk about ahead of time was what this new show is about. Well, we still have to keep quiet about that. Sorry. But we can tell you who the…

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“Totally worth the trip!”

Ah, the company we keep … 6 new roller coasters you’ve got to try this summer! http://t.co/Shl5y71gbE @BraveNewJoel pic.twitter.com/JySxvWQVLq — CNN Travel (@CNNTravel) June 12, 2015

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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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A long wait for David DeLong

David DeLong has waited – impatiently – for Thunderbird’s first launch since last July. We first met David almost exactly nine months ago. He was the “new guy” at WFIE-TV and was excited to cover our big “what’s new for 2015″ announcement. Over the months, David checked up on Thunderbird construction nearly every week. Together…

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Thunderbird flips Joe Bird

I was so tickled to hear Joe Bird was coming up to cover our Thunderbird Media Preview on Thursday. After all, he’s not only a reporter whose name is Bird, he’s a meteorologist. And Thunderbird is all about the weather, and who really controls it. I just knew Joe would dig Thunderbird in a very…

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A look around for Louisville

Courtney from WDRB-TV

On Wednesday, we hosted a news crew from WDRB-TV in Louisville. You may notice I cropped the photo so that you can’t see how muddy Courtney’s shoes were. Between the rain and the melting snow and ice this week, it was a challenge to meander our way from Thunderbird’s maintenance building to our new roller…

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“Film at 4!”

Courtney from WDRB

We keep a supply of hard hats for visiting news media. We learned today we should keep some mud boots on hand, too. (VP James assured us we’re pouring lots of concrete for walkways this week.) Courtney and Dave from WDRB-TV were very good sports as they put together a news story about our new…

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Travel Channel takes Santa on a wild ride

Christmastown, USA on Travel Channel

Back in May, Santa was tickled pink when a Travel Channel crew visited us to shoot a new holiday special. Of course, it was a tad warmer back then … Did you notice in the photo – in front of Santa’s face? They used that little clapper thing to sync the footage with the audio….

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A hard-hat tour for 14News

Loops and Turns

Deanna from 14News in Evansville is an early riser. She sort of has to be; it’s her job. We met up with VP James at 5am to check out what goes on here during the off-season. First in the Maintenance Shop … Our Turkey Whirl turkey sure looks happy to be on camera. Or maybe…

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