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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Thunderbird: All it takes is Will Power

Leah, Lauren and the Will Power sign

When we announced Thunderbird nearly nine months ago (I’ll refrain from any “giving birth” jokes, for now anyway), it was the start of an incredible journey. At the same time, it was the last high-banked turn in a much longer journey – the realization of a decade-long dream to add a remarkable steel roller coaster…

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Our Values: So much more than free soft drinks

Holiday World logo

When choosing a place to spend precious time with family and friends, many trip planners pay special attention to value. Because we’re all on a budget, right? We receive a lot of kudos each year for offering free soft drinks, free parking, and more. Values, though, go much deeper than just the pocketbook. About a…

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“He roller coaster, he got early warning”

Last Piece of Track

As a rule, I don’t do mushy. Especially not in front of others. And especially not while blogging. It’s like I always say, “Friends don’t let friends blog and get sentimental.” Okay, I’m kidding. I think we all know I’ve had a few sappy blog posts. So, what’s one more mushy story? Let me set…

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Carved for attention

When asked to carve a pumpkin this week, I was borderline inappropriately excited. It’s probably been ten years since my last pumpkin-carving, which is far too long. There’s nothing like carving a pumpkin to get you in the Halloween spirit. (This is coming from a girl who just spent the last six weekends dressing up…

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It’s time to walk the red carpet

It’s that time again, already: In just a few minutes, the Golden Ticket Awards ceremony begins. You know … the Academy Awards of the theme park industry? (Can’t continue without a quick and sincere #RIPJoanRivers shout out.) Our team is ready to “Bring Home the Lucite,” as Will Koch used to love to say. Prepping…

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Are you a ‘middle child’?

Paula’s note: as a fellow “middle child,” I just had to take a few minutes on my day off to post Leah’s musings. My middle child, John, started laughing when I told him what I was up to: You should wait till tomorrow, Mom. That fits the Middle Child Syndrome perfectly – “Um, I really…

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The Legend of the Thunderbird

After the most amazing new-ride announcement we could have asked for, some people are a bit confused. They like the fact that we’re getting a steel coaster, but they don’t get how Thunderbird belongs in Holiday World. Especially in our Thanksgiving section. The Voyage is easily the best name. It’s simple. It tells a story…

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A promise kept

About a month ago, a coworker (Hi, Andrew!) tried to get me to share what we’re building in 2015 (yes, it’s top secret; most members of our full-time staff don’t know all of what we’re doing). Of course, one of his many guesses (like so many of you out there) was a steel coaster. After…

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Get smarter

“Weh-woe? Weh-woe?” When I heard my toddler grandson “answering” the phone this morning in the next room, I grinned and looked to see what household item served as his toy phone this time. Two-year-old Cameron has been known to “answer” a calculator, empty cup, and TV remote control. Weh-woe? This time it was his shoe!…

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