Please! Make him stop!

Ever since we got the good news about the results of the online survey to determine the state's "Favorite Indiana Getaway," John has been singing.


"We are the champions, my friend …"

Frankly … no one wants to be your friend, John, when you're singing that way.

"I've paid my dues … time after time …"

John, our intrepid marketing director, actually has a decent voice. But he's doing this horrible, cheesy, lounge-lizard rendition and it's driving us all crazy.

"I've done my sentence … but committed no crime."

In fact, the marketing interns locked him out of the office. (Note to self: get a new lock on PR office door. And don't give John a key. Not while he's singing, anyway.)

Despite the singing, we'd like to extend our thanks to the many folks who voted for our trip…

…plus we'd like to add an extra day!

So if you win the Holiday World trip, instead of three days and two nights, you'll receive four days and three nights. That will give you plenty of time to enjoy a day at Marengo Cave and Cave Country Canoes, plus a day and overnight in Evansville … all this in addition to two days at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari with two overnights in one of the cool RVs at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.

Please head over to State Tourism's website to enter the contest by July 27.

Yes, you have to write a little essay. Quit complaining.

…at least you're not in constant danger of John calling and singing on the speaker phone.

"No time for losers … 'cause we are the champions … "

As part of the Getaway Package, the winners will also receive a $500 Circle K gas card, an RCA Small Wonder digital camcorder plus an RCA Opal mp3 player.

Be sure to load "We Are the Champions" on yours if you win.

It really is a wonderful anthem … when it's in tune.

Let it Snow!

Eric Snow is experiencing his first season as our Director of Admissions.

He hasn’t melted yet…

Eric regales us with the cute little comments he overhears as happy little children come and go throughout the day.

A little girl, maybe five or six, sighed dramatically, “When I grow up, I want to spend my honeymoon here!”

And then there was the little boy who concentrated solemnly while studying Eric’s name tag.

“What’s the Applesauce Award?”

“Are you out of your mind?!”


My seven-year-old just hollered, “Are you out of your mind?!” to his teacher.

Teachers, actually.

Swim teachers, to be precise.

They laughed and encouraged James to try.

And off he went, paddling away. Still “beating up” the water too much, but a vast improvement from a week ago.

Some of the Splashin’ Safari lifeguards are teaching swim lessons this summer.

Somehow we lucked out with our schedule, and James has his own private swim tutor.

Two tutors, actually.

James and his swim teachers
That’s Jennifer on the left and Leah on the right. James likes Jordan, too, who has conducted a few of the lessons.

Jordan passed along a conversation he had with my son the other day:

James: Jordan? May I ask a personal favor?

Jordan: Sure, James.

James: Would you please call it my bottom instead of my butt?

Bless Jordan, he has complied with the rather Victorian request. “Come on, James — keep your bottom up! Breathe through your nose! You can do it!”
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All he wants for Christmas…

It would be a major gap in judgment not to share this story:

I want to thank formally Lauren & Amanda who worked at the Funnel Cake Factory on June 28th in the evening.

My son Bryce and I were having a Funnel cake and a chocolate apple from Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen candy shop and my son bit into the chocolate apple and thought he bit into a seed so he proceeded to go over and spit his “seed” into the trash can.

Well, needless to say the “seed ” was his first baby tooth lost and I started to dig through the trash can.

I had to find that tooth!

Lauren and Amanda came out, gave me some gloves, and helped me sludge through the trash and goop of funnel cake and soda.

We finally found it at the bottom of the goop. They were awesome and it was sweet that they realized how important it was to me and my son.

Thank you again, I very much appreciated them.

Sincerely, Kimberlee & Bryce B.
Brentwood, Tennessee


We like to give HoliBlog readers a peak behind the curtain.

Today you get a glimpse behind the water curtain.

Faithful readers already know how Lori and Jennifer like to theme each season with their lifeguards and slide attendants.

For 2007, it’s all about the red carpet. (Hooray for HoliWood?)

One of the team’s “challenges” so far this season was for each crew to choose a movie theme and pose for a silly photo. I guess this provided a bonding experience for all involved.

The next step is for Lori and Jennifer to select the winner.

But this year, you get to have a say.

Take a look at the eight photos that follow and, if you’d like to, send us a quick email ( by Monday (July 2) at 10 am CDT with your vote. Please use the photo number to help in the vote counting.

Ready? (Can anyone else hear Bugs Bunny? Overture…curtain…lights. This is it … the night o’ nights…)

Photo #1:

The theme is Black Hawk Down.

Photo #2:

They call themselves the Blue Diamonds.

Photo #3:

The Blue Guardians.

Onward to Photo #4:

Dude, Where’s My Guards? (Not to worry, these photos weren’t taken during operating hours.)

Photo #5:

Gold Member. (Gotta watch which cut-rate brand of sunless tanner you buy, dude.)

Photo #6:

At long last, a movie I’ve seen: Greased Lightning and the Pink Ladies.

Photo #7:

Ogre Achievers. (I guess lifeguards have layers…)

And, last but not least, Photo #8:

Wave Heart.

Remember, we need your vote by Monday. And no stuffing the ballot inbox, please.

Double vision

If you’ve been coming to the park for 10 or more years, you may remember this fellow.

Blaine sent us an email the other day, starting with: You might not remember me, but my name is Blaine

Yes, Blaine, of course we remember you!

Blaine and his identical twin, Brandon, worked here in the mid-’90s.

What I remember most clearly is they liked to sing … together. And once in a while, if they happened to run into each other during their workday, they’d burst into song.

Gosh, was that really a decade ago?

Blaine sent us a few photos he’d snapped the other day. This one is particularly lovely:

In case you’re curious, Blaine worked here from 1994-’97. He was a sweeper then. Now he’s an airline pilot.

Nice to know he’s still cleaning up.

So who takes care of the bill?

Ah, a guest post from Eric, our Admissions Director and the proud Innkeeper of our own Holidog Inn:

Where’s the Holi-Duck Inn?

The Admissions staff is used to catering to our Guests’ furry friends. Pets of all kinds enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of the Holidog Inn while their owners play at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. While dogs and cats are typical residents, we can now add ducks to official guest book! This past Sunday, a paddling of five ducklings shared a crate in the Holidog Inn.

Talk about a big box of quackers! It’s a good thing we charge by the kennel and not the number of animals in the kennel – otherwise that would have been a big bill!

‘Pleasantly unhip’

That just about says it, doesn’t it?

NUVO news-weekly, which bills itself at “Indy’s Alternative Voice,” had lots of other good things to say about us.

One bit of outdated info though … they say only Splashin’ Safari has free sunscreen.

We added it at Holiday World this season.

As our friend Andy from the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain demonstrates, we now have a Sunscreen Station next to Indian River (across from The Alamo) in our 4th of July section.

Don’t forget the back of your neck, dear.