“Friendly staff made day wonderful”

I just wanted to tell you how impressed I was with the friendly staff in your park.

We went today with our son’s school and we took our youngest son that is 6 years old and little scared of most rides. It was a day of talking him into trying rides. Nothing like roller coasters-the calmer ones. We rode Raging Rapids and this one took a lot of talking him into it but it was a nice ride. One of workers named John, he was really nice and helpful, he sealed a deal for my son to ride. He didn’t want to ride in the dark so John turned the lights on in the tunnel so he wouldn’t have to ride in the dark. We appreciate how nice and helpful your staff was, it made the day wonderful.

The free drinks helped out and your food prices were amazing, it was very good day. We will be returning again soon.

Jana C.
Madisonville, KY

“Everyone TOTALLY enjoyed the park!”

Yesterday we were at Holiday World for our BMS band competition. Everyone in our group (around 70 band 65 choir) TOTALLY enjoyed the park.

I was so amazed at how clean the park was (even bathrooms), how friendly ALL employees were, and your prices were soooo reasonable. A family can actually come to your park, have fun and eat at a very reasonable price.

I personally had the buffet lunch, a slice of pizza, and a waffle cone – all very very good. Oh and the free soda and sunscreen – don't know how you manage to offer that but WOW how great.

Your park puts all other parks (especially Six Flags) to shame.

Our band director stated yesterday that this competition / park would be our Concert Band (7 grade) trip every year. Our 7th grader's yesterday who will be 8th grade and Symphonic Band members next year said they are going to sign up for both Symphonic and Concert Band so they can come back next year.

I can't wait until next year.

Thank you so much,

Laura T.
St. Louis, MO

Thinkin’ Lincoln

Years and years ago, I used to work for a guy who would suddenly pop on a red clown's nose during a meeting.

Just … out of the blue.

He only did it front of me once and I guess my non-poker face was such that he immediately removed it.

"Abe" KochFast-forward 20 years.

And then there's this:

We were holding a marketing/PR meeting for the new LINCOLN drama which opens this summer at Lincoln Amphitheatre. The meeting was over at Melissa's office at the Spencer County Visitors Bureau.

All of a sudden, Will reached over and picked up a little furry critter, or so I thought. It was mostly hidden behind the coffee maker and cups.

It wasn't a little toy, it was a beard.

Melissa joyously added a stovepipe hat to complete the ensemble.

No, we weren't done yet. Our commander in chief then solemnly whipped out his iPhone to tweet.

(At this point, I can just hear Melissa wailing, "No fair! Will already has more 'followers' than me! I've been on Twitter for months and he just started!" So here is a link to follow her tweets about tourism in Spencer County.)

Abe on an iPhone was too hard to resist; had to take a second photo.

"Abe" KochLaunching a new play for Lincoln Amphitheatre has been an incredible undertaking. And it's a month away from the World Premiere.

The sets, built within spittin' distance of Broadway, are arriving. The actors will be here in a week; our artistic director is Scott Lank from the University of Evansville acclaimed theater department. Our playwright, Ken Jones, will be on site soon (coming from Kentucky, which seems fitting; didn't Lincoln do the same?).

Our 16th president "belongs to the ages" now. But once, he was a little boy trying desperately to be a man as his family carved a home out of the dense woods of southern Indiana. His beloved "angel mother" died here when Abe was just nine years old.

All those stories you've heard about young Abraham … his honesty and hard work? Walking miles and miles to return a few pennies? It all happened here in Spencer County, Indiana. Just four miles from where the town of Santa Claus would soon be named.

We believe it was here that Abraham Lincoln's character was truly forged. Those excruciating decisions he made in the White House were guided by lessons he learned here in Indiana, during his boyhood years of seven through 21.

As you make your plans to come visit us here at Holiday World this summer, please consider adding LINCOLN to your itinerary. Whether you're a history buff, a fan of theater, or just a family looking for an evening's inspiring entertainment (not to mention a great meal), LINCOLN's just the ticket.


Need a lift?

Open-air elevatorPlanning to ride Pilgrims Plunge soon?

Here's a little tip about the experience: As the loaded elevator platform heads up the tower, the empty one descends.

At one point, of course, they pass.

You know how people pass each other on the sidewalk and nod their heads politely? The platforms do that. It's just a little nod, but it's definitely enough to add another thrill to Pilgrims Plunge. (My scream went up about three octaves, even though I knew it was coming.)

Meanwhile, here's a great article about yesterday's Pilgrims Plunge media preview.

Pilgrims Plunge: Take a Ride

This is called POV. That means "point of view," which is what you'll see when you come to "take the plunge."

And if it helps, go ahead and scream or even close your eyes. (I did both.)

Nathan Ryder took a ride

Here's WFIE's Nathan Ryder's report from tonight's 5 o'clock news.

If you watch closely, you'll see that Mrs. Koch was on the first boat. She wasn't going to ride today…but at the last minute, hopped on. There are lots of Kochs on that boat, actually…Will's wife, Lori, their younger daughter, Leah, and William A. Koch III. And in the back seat, Will's brother Philip with his daughter Alexa.

Here they are:

The family that rides together … gets soaking wet together.

Taking the plunge

Would anyone like for us to make a wallpaper out of this shot?

Will and Santa rode the first boat on Pilgrims Plunge this afternoon with the media on hand.

So how did they do?

We had about 15 Twitterers on hand to ride. You'll find their tweets here.