Rhymes with “perky”

Do you reserve a certain tone of voice for select words?

Like perky?

Can’t help but add a rather sarcastic punch to the first syllable and a higher-than-normal pitch.

I find I do that same thing with quirky. Do you?

The reason we ask:

SmarterTravel.com says we’re quirky

Are we?

I just don’t know.

Quirky rhymes with turkey, too.

One of the definitions is strikingly unconventional. Guess we can’t argue with that.

I mean, when you do things like free soft drinks, that’s sort of quirky, right?

SmarterTravel.com also says we’re an “alternative to major theme parks.”

Got that right. Makes us feel downright perky, in fact! 

Here’s the full article.
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Father and son

The Raven Flag Set

With the majority of our State (not to mention Louisville and Cincinnati) on “fast time” and our portion of Indiana on “slow time,” there are a number of people who arrive at the park, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, a little on the early side.

I pulled into my parking space a little before 8am CDT. The sprinkling of cars in the Raven Lot were surely families who lived on Eastern Daylight Time.

Sometimes people grumble, “Stupid Hoosiers … can’t get their time straight.” We smile sympathetically and nod.

A few claim it says EDT on our website. No one has managed to show us exactly where, though …

This morning, a father and son wandered their way up to the admissions area. The son looked to be seven or eight years old. He and dad were ready for a big day together. They might have 90 minutes to wait for the gates to open, but they weren’t going to waste that time sitting in their car.

Still in my car, I saw them both suddenly freeze. Neither one moved. They were standing with their backs to me, so I couldn’t tell what was going on.

The Raven And then I heard it: Click, click, click …

The coaster maintenance crew was finishing up with the morning’s check of The Raven. They always send it around the track empty as part of their work.

Father and son’s heads rose in harmony as they watched the red train ascend the lift hill.

Spellbound.

As the train crested the hill and charged down that first drop and into the woods, the guys turned to each other, huge grins on their faces.

Dad held out his hand and Junior leaped into the air to complete the high-five.

Welcome to Holiday World, guys.
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Why wood?

Why wood? Here’s Will’s explanation of why Holiday World added a third wooden coaster this season:

“We believe that wooden roller coasters, in general, appeal to a wider (family) demographic than steel coasters do. They have that traditional look and feel. Wooden coasters shake. They vibrate. You know you’re on a ride.”

 

From a North Carolina teen

I visited Holiday World last Tuesday, June 13, and just yesterday, June 20. I had a great time as usual. I’ve been visiting with my family for many years now since I was about six.

I enjoy the feeling of walking into your park and being greeted by the staff, and seeing Santa (the statue and the live one). We always get a picture by his statue. My little brother and sister always visit Santa, and get a picture taken with him.

I am, and always have been, impressed by the park staff, and the park’s cleanliness. You guys have trash cans everywhere, so I don’t have to walk through half the park to find one. I hate how in amusement parks you can’t find a trash can easily, but not at Holiday World. You guys make sure people can find the trash cans.

Your pizza is amazing as well. Every time we visit, we get pizza for dinner at Kringle’s Kafe. And we also go throughout the park knowing we can drink something good when we’re thirsty. I love the free unlimited soft drinks.

My family and I are blown away by the progress you have made through the years we’ve visited. I am impressed by The Voyage also. During my first visit of this season, I rode The Voyage seven times.

Your website and brochures say to visit during the months of May and June, and that’s no lie. The lines for everything were much better than those at other parks. I hate going to Cedar Point just because of the long wait, but I won’t get into all of that.

I was surprised and happy that I got to ride the Voyage three times in a row without having to get up. The Raven is my second favorite of the three roller coasters.

Splashin’ Safari is the best water park I have ever been to. The one at Kings Dominion in Virginia is horrible. You guys have it all. You have two wave pools, two rivers, the longest water slide, the best water slides, and free sunscreen! I’ve decided Bahari wave pool is better, but that’s just me.

Thanks for all that you guys do, and keep it up. I plan to visit next summer, and work there one summer after I graduate. See you guys in 2007!

Sincerely,
Jai J.
Age 15
Jacksonville, N.C.

“Wanna see my ring?”

It’s happened again. Another HoliCouple.

Joe and Kayla, sittin’ in a …

… coaster?

They met here eight years ago, working in rides.

So when Joe gathered up his courage to pop the question (although his friends feared he’d faint), he wanted to do it somewhere special.

At The Raven.

Joe's proposal

Kayla happily said yes and off they went for a ride on The Raven.

Surely no one thought to mention that, as a married couple, they would experience life’s ups and downs.

Will is half of a HoliCouple, too. He met his wife, Lori, while they both worked here as college students.

Will and the happy HoliCouple

Kayla to Will: Wanna see my ring?

We all wish Kayla and Joe nothing but happiness … Evermore!
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