The Secret: How we kept it

It’s been a little more than a month since our announcement for 2015, and I’m still in shock that we managed to keep this massive project under wraps. And I’m even more in shock that our fans just loved that we kept the secret. Frankly, we were all braced for people to discover it two…

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Time to get our ship in shape

If you’ve been wondering about exactly where Mayflower will dock, here’s a bird’s-eye view from the top of Voyage’s lift hill: Our new swinging ship ride arrived this week and we wasted no time getting all the pieces secured into place. I never would have guessed the medallions would be this big! Meet Paul from…

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Oil can!

After about the third time watching this Vine video, the little girl's squeal starts to sound like a squeak. Time to call Maintenance Director Tony?

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Oops, wrong nest

For years we’ve joked that Splashin’ Safari is a showroom for ProSlide Technology. After all, the majority of the “cool stuff” in our water park is from them. Let’s see … Zinga, Bakuli, Hyena Falls, Otorongo, Mammoth … the list goes on and on. So when another park wants to shop around for a new…

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Pop goes the culture

It's so much fun working in the "all ages" environment we have here at Holiday World. There's so much energy mixed in with the sense of history. We've helped make memories for 67 years. One drawback I've found, though, is having to explain pop-culture references to the younger generation. Pop-culture references from, admittedly, a long…

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Our test dummies get all the fun!

In the spring of the year, the test dummies have a blast. They get to ride before anyone else. Today it was Liberty Launch. We put them in place, fill them with water (for weight), and off they go: Here's Tony, our maintenance director, helping to empty a dummy after its test rides (it's much…

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A peek behind the (shower) curtain

Warm, fuzzy moments happen around here all the time. And when one of the men on staff tells the story, it's all the sweeter. So when the new guy (Tony…our Director of Maintenance) emailed this to our staff of directors, it seemed a pity not to post it here: When I was at the Bahari…

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A family photo

Most families, when they take a photo of multiple generations, are sitting on a comfy sofa at grandma's house …or maybe in front of the old oak tree in the backyard of the family's homestead. But not Ruth's family. When she sits still long enough to have her picture taken with her daughter Becky and…

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Keeping balance at work

Here's another photo from Tony, taken back in August. I'll have to ask him if his crew is performing track work, conducting a stretching class, or rehearsing the choreography for Swan Lake.

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“I’m out of my comfort zone”

Poor Mike. He got dragged into a TV interview the other day. Not exactly kicking and screaming, but he did solemnly tell me, "Paula, I'm out of my comfort zone." …but Mike gamely slapped on a pleasant smile and talked about, what else, roller coasters. This is for an upcoming episode of "The Weekly Special,"…

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