Tram-o-rama

After the winter we’ve had, Spring Fever has definitely struck all of us here at the park. The first glimpse of sunshine and temperatures above freezing sends just about everyone heading for the outdoors. And when you step outside of the office on these days, you never know what you might discover! Thursday just happened…

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First sign of Spring?

After the kind of winter we’ve had around here, everyone is pretty desperate for that First Sign of Spring. We found it! Okay, so you have to ignore that big pile of snow in the foreground. But look in the center of the photo and see Billy from maintenance driving “tug” down the shoulder of…

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Fall protection

Fall protection? Who needs protection from brilliantly colored leaves and crisp, cooler weather? Oh … that kind of fall. This morning started off with safety training. This is Richard: Richard spoke to our staff members who don't just dream of going high places as part of their job. These hard-working members of our team aim…

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HoliSmiles

Did anyone else grow up watching the Lawrence Welk Show? My strongest recollection of that show is how the musicians all smiled — even while playing their instruments. My dad would marvel (okay, he made fun) at the delirious grins on every last one of the musicians as they played. (How in the world do…

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Hospitality Training

It doesn't just happen, folks. It's not something in the water. … or in the free, unlimited soft drinks. We have to work on being friendly. It means reporting for work at 7:30 am for Hospitality Training. 7:30 am. In the morning. How friendly is that? We pack the Holiday Theater for three mornings this…

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15 days till opening

…and the park is bustling with preparation! Our hardworking crews from Grounds and Cleaning are scrubbing every inch of the park, removing the winter grime. And the rides are coming out of hibernation, complete with a fresh coat of paint. A contractor sees to it Splashin' Safari will "rock" with Beach Boys music this summer….

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Training on the high seas

Training is one big yawn, right? The trainer says, “Blah, blah, blah,” while you nod politely and think about what’s for dinner. Our lifeguards get 32 hours of training before they start work. (That’s a lot of meal planning!) Each year the members of the management staff at Splashin' Safari put on their thinking caps…

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… but somebody’s got to do it

The call came out on the two-way radio first thing this morning: All units, we need 24 bodies for The Raven! Training is a particularly rough time around here. We have to ride roller coasters over and over. We have sample new food items day after day. Bummer. Rachel and I trudged dutifully out to…

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P.A.S.S. me that extinguisher

Anyone driving by Holiday World at lunchtime today probably wondered what sort of tribal ritual we were performing. A tall man with a flaming torch lit afire a pan of gasoline and water in the Raven parking lot. And we were all lined up (in a circle, actually) so that one by one we could…

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