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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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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Mr. Dan’s (and Nathan’s) Wild Ride

I won’t lie. Transitioning from a career in buttoned-up, corporate TV news to the world of coasters and khaki shorts has been one wild “voyage.” My first few weeks here in early spring were filled with that Christmas morning-like excitement you felt as a kid. Walking amongst coasters, games and the ever so jovial Santa…

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Like threading a needle…

It's one thing to expect employees to be capable of operating equipment as befitting their job descriptions. …but Gary had quite a "driving test" lined up for him last week. As you may recall, we're adding a shade structure to the Wildebeest queue this season. Crews are pouring the cement footers for the shade supports,…

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“Ultimate Water Ride” airs tonight

The TV show with the unfortunate acronym, World's Toughest Fixes, will present an hour-long behind-the-scenes look at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari tonight. Seems like every time I post a reminder on our Facebook page someone posts, "Why?! What happened?!" It's all good. World's Toughest Fixes isn't just about "problems," they also showcase new construction….

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