Oh, those Golden Tickets …

So how did we do this year? The Golden Ticket for Best Waterpark Ride goes to … Wildebeest! #5thConsecutiveYear @ProSlideTech pic.twitter.com/fNBZh8FbDI — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 7, 2014 Leah and Lauren accepted the award: "Our dad would be so proud!" Leah Koch and Lauren Koch Crosby #WildebeestBestWaterparkRide pic.twitter.com/BOiZ71iOo6 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 7, 2014…

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Join our “promo code” celebration!

We’ve been talking about celebrations a lot around here lately. School’s out. Spring is warming up to summer. Father’s Day. Oh, and July 24. We’re also tickled about our new online ticket sales program – it’s faster and less complicated. What’s not to love? This new system also gives us the ability to create “promo…

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The name game

The “name game” sounds like loads of fun, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, it can be an agonizing process! You start out with the theme of the park section, add details about the ride or slide (or, in this case, restaurant), and then start churning out ideas. You generate long lists and then start…

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Bringing home the lucite

"Let's bring home the lucite" was Will's annual joke as it got close to Golden Ticket Awards time. He loved to win. This evening, his daughters Lauren and Leah accepted the "Best Waterpark Ride" award for Wildebeest. Our first water coaster has won all four years since it opened. Lauren called Wildebeest her dad's "final…

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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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Facebook on the HoliBlog

Facebook just added an embedding feature, so we can share favorite posts here on the HoliBlog. It's like a new recipe, I simply must try it! Post by Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. It turns out there's not yet a way to adjust the width of the embedded post, so it's spilling over to the…

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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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Weather Channel names “most extreme”

The Weather Channel may have provided a cool, wet spring – but they're jumping into a toasty summer with their choice for the most-extreme water park rides. We let out a howl worthy of a Wildebeest when we saw their list. Here's the video: Meanwhile, Splashin' Safari's average water temperature is a comfy 84 degrees….

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Here's the German version of the NatGeo Channel "World's Toughest Fixes" episode shot here back in 2009: It was a wunderbar experience for all involved!

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A chilly perspective

Dan’s like a kid in a candy shop when he stops by the Mammoth construction site. He just can’t help himself. This morning, he dragged his mom along with him. The first few pieces of Mammoth tunnel are already assembled up in the woods. It’s not exactly a stretch to say this is one of…

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Dan gets the “boot”

Are you one of those people who easily takes on another’s accent? It has something to do with empathy levels, I think. Or maybe it’s just fun. I remember, years ago, getting on an elevator with a person from the UK (England, that is … not an institute of higher learning in a bordering state)….

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A photogenic ‘beest

By any chance were you here on Labor Day Monday? And did you dare to try to tame the Wildebeest on such a chilly day? In that case, you just might see (or hear) yourself in this new video, produced for the folks who created Wildebeest – our friends at ProSlide:

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