Purrrfect coasters need Coaster Cats

When it comes to our Coaster Cats, we’re feline thankful (that’s a joke, son). In just about all kinds of weather, they’re out in the elements, taking care of our coasters. One of this year’s off-season projects is retracking Voyage’s brake run. Out with the old and in with the new! “Dude, your eight layers…

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A dog-eared photo

When you work at a theme park with ridiculously clever people, you never know ahead of time what each day will bring. But this, actually, was scheduled ahead of time. This was taken during a photo shoot for our 2014 HoliWood Nights flyer. Yes, Holidog was getting ready for his close-up. That's Ashley, our special…

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Greetings from Gourdon

Did you meet Gourdon the Pumpkin this fall? He's carved out quite a niche for himself during Happy Halloween Weekends. Who better than Gourdon to host our 2014 promotional video for Happy Halloween Weekends? Gourdon even has his own 3D glasses for Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure: And who better than Gourdon the Pumpkin to make…

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The park in the middle of cornfields

Ah, there's more than a kernel of truth to that – we are, indeed, a park surrounded by cornfields! And during Happy Halloween Weekends, we bring the cornfields into the park: It's interesting to witness the different approaches taken by the amazing mazers. Some families grab a map and power-walk their way through the stalks…

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A little Halloween humor

When Leah sent me this photo of her sister, Lauren, I asked if she was okay with me posting it to the Web. Leah's reply: Only if you spin it beautifully. Clearly, our long-legged friends took a red-eye flight to get here. And they're just in time for Happy Halloween Weekends!

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From “corncept” to reality

The puns are popping as we talk about our corn maze. Or is that maize maze? We hired a company that specializes in cutting corn mazes. I guess you can say they're outstanding in their field … Aw, shucks. It's still not clear what this year's design looks like. Happily, we have some friends in…

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Tea time tips

If you're a fan of "spinny rides," you'll want to be sure to give Kitty's Tea Party a try: We understand from our Rides crew (the Ones Who Know) that if you like a dizzing dose of this sweet tea, make sure to spin counter-clockwise. The second tip is to at first give it a…

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When pigs fly …

Well, they'd need wings to do that, wouldn't they? I must admit, among the staff here I think these new Pork Wings at Barbecue USA (in our 4th of July section) are the most-craved new menu item this season. In fact, our staff members whine to have them (say that phrase fast to catch the…

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The Belgians are here!

The phrase "the Belgians are coming!" doesn't have quite the same historical ring as our recent post about the Brits. But still. Cool. I knew they were visiting soon, but wasn't sure exactly when – they'd been waffling on the dates. Ba-da-bum. They made themselves known yesterday via Twitter: Hier staat een gelukkig, ernstig door…

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A bit of a stretch …

Okay, I admit I chose this photo so I can razz Josh about his uniform shirt not being tucked in properly. He's our Director of Human Resources Management and those HR types tend to notice untucked shirts, missing name badges, and not-quite-white shoes quicker than the rest of us. Josh is a sports nut who…

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A fulfilling task

So now that the very long to-do list is being whittled down to a very short to-do list, what still needs to be accomplished before opening day? Fill the Applause Fountain, of course! Here's a time-lapse video of the process. We had our hands full, didn't we? Holiday World opens for the season this Saturday,…

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Blame Canada

Look who sneaked into Splashin' Safari a little early! Hmmm … Canada geese. Do you know that ProSlide – whose designers created the likes of ZOOMbabwe, Bakuli, Mammoth, Bahari and Wildebeest – is based in Canada? Oh, and they are also the crazy creators of our new Hyena Falls. Perhaps these two waterfowl (who promised…

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