Must be finals week…

What with all this testing…

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/8uWkSpo0LJg&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6&border=1

Testin’ in the rain

Now Gene Kelly's voice will be in my head the rest of the day…

… just testin' in the rain, what a glorious feeling, I'm happy again…

Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo…

Smile and say, “Pepsi, please!”

As we get closer to opening each season, John keeps busy writing and producing our ad campaign.

For editing our “creative,” he travels to Cincinnati. He was there a week or so ago and was delighted when, while at lunch, he looked out the window and saw this on the back of a Pepsi truck:

Pepsi "truckback"

John approached the Pepsi truck drivers and asked, “Hey guys, can I talk to you for a minute?”

Priceless response: “Uh … what did we do?”

John happily emailed me the photo with the Pepsi guys, quipping: “Kings Island may have Diamondback, but we’ve got Truckback!”

Smile and say, “Pepsi, please!”

As we get closer to opening each season, John keeps busy writing and producing our ad campaign.

For editing our "creative," he travels to Cincinnati. He was there a week or so ago and was delighted when, while at lunch, he looked out the window and saw this on the back of a Pepsi truck:


John approached the Pepsi truck drivers and asked, "Hey guys, can I talk to you for a minute?"

Priceless response: "Uh…what did we do?"

John happily emailed me the photo with the Pepsi guys, quipping: "Kings Island may have Diamondback, but we've got Truckback!"

“We’re becoming snowbirds!”

I have enjoyed looking at your webcams this spring.

My husband and I bought 2 lots in Christmas Lake Village last summer and another lot over Christmas break. We are looking forward to becoming snowbirds down your way. We live in Alaska and the snow has just recently melted away, but they are predicting more tomorrow. You can see why your webcams have been so refreshing.

I can’t wait to try the Pilgrim’s Plunge.

Angela P.
Wasilla, Alaska

Juliet said it best

…or, technically, William Shakespeare:

What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

We addressed in a past post the struggle to find a suitable moniker for Mrs. Koch.

This came up again recently at the Easter Seals Telethon.

That's WEHT-TV's Brad Byrd in the middle.

You know how Mrs. Koch doesn't like to be called our "matriarch"? Brad called her "the grand old lady" of Holiday World.

Thank heavens she's such a good sport. Someone else called her "an institution."

She just howls with laughter.

Maybe we should all do what Will does … and simply call her "Mom."

What floor, please?

You know … to keep from making a complete fool of myself, I have to close my eyes when I'm in a glass-walled elevator. (Of course that's when I'm in a "big city." Here in Spencer County we have mostly grain elevators.)

How far away will the screams be heard from this?


More photos here on our Facebook page. Video next week.

Blogging before it was cool

Speaking recently at a hospitality conference, I heard gasps upon mentioning we were in our 5th year of blogging here at Holiday World.

Despite my sort-of tongue in cheek (actually, in song) appeal for a new Golden Ticket Award category, the wait continues.

How nice, though, to start the day with this lovely news.

A closer look…

Here's a second video from the testing of the prototype Timberliner train being developed by The Gravity Group:

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/Uhb7G7WlFgM&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6&border=1

A train of a different color

Once upon a time, a rabid coaster enthusiast lived here in the town of Santa Claus.

He never missed a trick. He loved to ask me about things before I even knew about them

He moved away a few years ago for career reasons, but I thought of him the other week.

…and wondered how I could have possibly kept this a secret from him.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/BtqHBuHAHOs&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6&border=1

Our friends at The Gravity Group asked to "borrow" our coaster track to test the prototype of the new wooden coaster train they're designing.

The testing went remarkably well and the train is now back in Cincinnati. We put our PTC trains back on the tracks for another season.

…but it sure was fun to take a tiny part in what Will referred to as "quite possibly a piece of roller coaster history."