A video trip report

It’s always nice to hear back from our Guests.

It used to be by phone call and an occasional letter.

Then came an avalanche of email. (Not so many letters anymore.)

And now there’s YouTube.

As we come across video trip reports, we’ll share our favorites by providing a link here on our HoliBlog.

This video is from a student in St. Louis.

We give it two thumbs up.

Bakuli buzz

Judging from the many emails we’ve received, the consensus is: “Bakuli rocks.”

Being from a more, uh, seasoned generation, at first the “rocks” reference was a little alarming.

Rocks? Is the structure not stabilized? Are there pebbles in the pool?

Happily, my sons do their best to keep me in the groove with the current vernacular. “Rocks” is good.

This fellow is really rockin’:

Here’s the link to an article about Bakuli that ran in Sunday’s Indianapolis Star, Nashville Tennessean, Louisville Courier-Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer.

Those papers’ circulation numbers top 1.25 million.

Now that rocks!

‘I liked the chickens that go around’

We didn’t have the heart to tell the little girl her Chicken-Go-Round was a cluck of a different color. But it’s nice to know our new tilt-a-whirl is a hit.

And speaking of chickens

We caught up with these fellows again later. Obviously they’d found a ride that was more their speed.

Photographic memories

A lovely email from longtime friends:

My family has been going to your park for many, many years. My grandparents used to visit back when you were called Santa Claus Land. Generations have come and gone to your park. For the second time we will be taking my daughter to your park to celebrate her birthday. She will be 14 this year, and when asked what or where she would like to go for her birthday, your park was the first place she picked.

Anyway, I was going through my parents’ old photo albums gathering pictures that we wanted to scan for preservation, and I found these two pictures that I wanted to share with you. They were developed in November 1955, but I do not know the date of the visit. One picture is of my uncle and cousins…

…and the other is of my grandmother, her sister, and their mother (my great-grandmother).

So when I tell you that many generations from our family have visited, I wasn’t kidding.

Thanks so very much for all the past and future memories!

Becky C.
Bloomington, Indiana

What’s that smell?

Most park smells are wonderful.

The sweet aroma of funnel cakes … the mouth-watering wafts of grilling burgers.

And there’s nothing like sunscreen.

Mrs. Klaus’s Kitchen.

’nuff said.

(Okay, okay … in the spirit of full disclosure there is the occasional person who forgets to apply his morning hygienic product, if you catch my drift. I’ll never forget my son John’s report following his first day working in Games two years ago: Mom, I couldn’t believe it — it hit me like a force field!)

Back to the smells that have a positive impact on our olfactory glands….

They’ll be a whole lotta sniffing going on in our Thanksgiving section this season.

Plymouth Rock Cafe opens May 19.


Training doesn’t just happen in Rides and Games departments … the Foods crews need to learn the ropes, too.

That’s Wayne in the yellow shirt. He keeps telling me, “Please be sure the website says ‘Menu Subject To Change'” as we get closer to opening.

How hard can it be to come up with a menu for a Thanksgiving-themed restaurant?

Plenty hard, if you want to keep the number of entrees, sides and desserts to a reasonable amount.

How kind of these Hosts & Hostesses to assist in the Plymouth Rock Cafe’s training.

Sit 20 people down in a room and ask them what they absolutely have to consume on the fourth Thursday in November…

You’ll get 20 different combinations.

My grandma in Lowell, Massachusetts, always made stuffed celery with some sort of bleu cheese concoction in it for Thanksgiving. Never truly liked it, but it was part of my Thanksgiving mindset, so I made it, too, when I set up housekeeping here in Indiana. (The German family I married into wanted to know how I could have forgotten sauerkraut as part of the feast. Silly me.)

Here’s the menu planned for May 19.

But remember, it’s subject to change.

Testing … 1 … 2 … 3 …

Will gets a kick out of how HallowSwings and Bakuli are so color-coordinated.

Here’s a photo of one of the views from the top of the Bakuli tower. (Hey, John — maybe we should get a BakuliCam up here!)

Ours crews work hard all fall, winter and spring building the new stuff we add each year.

So who gets to try out Bakuli first?


Okay fellas, back to work.