Podcast: IT Guy

It’s podcast day again and this time we welcomed Matt Taylor to the table – he’s our IT Director. We hope you enjoy this episode: Here are some illustrations for this latest episode along with some reminders: IT Matt gives us an interesting overview of how he and his team outfitted the park for our…

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Podcast: The one with the Conqueror

It’s podcast day! As always, here are some illustrations from our hour or so of silliness: First of all, to celebrate our thirteenth episode, we snacked on some new treats that will appear on the SmokeHouse menu for Happy Halloween Weekends: Fried Apple Pie Bites and … … Bread Pudding Bites (above). Needless to say,…

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The Legend lives on

This morning, while adding a new Legend video to our YouTube channel, I happened upon this wonderful piece of our history from 1999. It’s the day we announced we were building The Legend: Many thanks to David Ellis for posting this video of the late Will Koch announcing The Legend. We know Will would be…

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Podcast episode 006: … the day before Opening Day

It’s April 22, the day before Opening Day for our 70th Birthday Season. And so today’s podcast episode is 70 minutes long. By coincidence, yes, but we’re still pleased with ourselves. A few photos to pique your interest: Two of our upcoming holidays. First, May the 4th: And Mother Goose Day: The chat about our history…

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Podcast: The one with the fast-talking New Yorker

Every time we sit down to record a new episode, it is with the determination to keep the length at less than an hour. And every time, we fail. Stephen came up with a good idea – he pulled out a portion of one of our longer discussions and will create a mini-episode for next…

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Podcast highlights: Thunderbird, blue sand, and Will

We’re half-way between podcast episode 003 and 004, so here are 003’s highlights, with video: The Mystic Blue name for our new filter sand … … (which is clearly not blue), reminds me of this post from the first year we blogged, 2005: Q: When is the color green … blue? We sure hope you’re…

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Podcast: The one with the Blue Sandman

Another podcast is in the can. The HoliCan, as it were. In it you will hear #FlashBackFriday stories about Thunderbird-planning obsessions. Also, we’ll each reveal our favorite Splashin’ Safari attraction and share a story about Will Koch. Plus this (hint: VP James is back): And tons more. Plus, another rousing round of our 70 Degrees…

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#FlashbackFriday

Oh what fun it is to research and revisit our past – with oh so many wonderful stories we have to tell from our 70 years! Here’s a share of a video our ACE friend Sean posted on YouTube. (ACE = American Coaster Enthusiasts. Yes, that’s a thing.) For the backstory about the day CBS’s 48…

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The Legend reborn

We’ve teased you long enough. Here’s what we’re working on for our 70th Birthday season: We hope you’re as excited as we are to experience our wooden coasters again for the first time – especially The Legend! (Oh, and Thunderbird, too!) This snow won’t last forever … By the way, if you’ve been meaning to…

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These ‘lab rats’ rode for Will

We have always been a huge MythBusters family. Growing up, we knew all of the hosts by name, and at times talked about them like they were old friends. Once William, my younger brother, got a season on DVD, we watched it 24/7. Dad was definitely okay with this. He loved watching MythBusters, too. Dad…

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Happy Underwear Day!

I kid you not. There’s such a thing as “Underwear Day.” And I guess we’re meant to celebrate that fact. … which reminds me of a blog post from long ago. Really. When I went into Will’s office more than a decade ago to ask him what he thought about us starting a blog, I…

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A family tradition

Lori and Leah Koch on Thunderbird

Paula’s note: It was pure delight watching the Kochs ride Thunderbird for the very first time. Our owners – Lori, Lauren, Leah and William – were beside themselves as they scrambled to switch seats and ride again. Later that evening, I texted them to ask for a volunteer to continue Will’s tradition of blogging after…

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