Here’s a lovely story from the proud parents of three winning children:
I would like to share with you a sweet story that we experienced during our day at Holiday World last summer.
Our three children Jacob, Jeremy and Sierra were very excited to spend their money on some games soon after we arrived that day.
Jeremy and Sierra did well, winning a stuffed animal each at the dart game, while Jacob was unable to win a prize.
They played again later, spending the remainder of their money again at the dart game in hopes that everyone would go home with a stuffed animal. Jeremy and Sierra again won a stuffed animal and exchanged the two for a larger stuffed animal. Jacob again was unable to win a prize.
When Jeremy saw his brother upset he gave him his larger prize to keep, leaving Jeremy with no stuffed animal.
They together decided to exchange the larger stuffed animal for the two smaller ones so everyone had an animal to bring home.
We were so proud of their teamwork and selflessness! After a long and exciting day full of fun, we began the trip home (about an hour away).
Just before getting home, Jeremy realized that he did not have his now beloved stuffed animal prize. He was so upset for the rest of the way home that my husband decided he could not let Jeremy’s act of kindness go unrewarded. He dropped everyone off at home, then drove all the way back to Holiday World barely making it back in before it closed. He played the dart game and won Jeremy a new prize!
Jeremy awoke the next morning to his stuffed animal and all have slept with their stuffed dogs every night since.
An out-of-the-blue discussion on our Facebook Fan page the other day sparked quite a debate.
And so … we talked, too. And we made a video.
Before you watch, please know that we know the whimsical music is a little too loud. Sorry, the limitations of using a Flip cam include no audio mixing (it’s either "on" or "off"). But you’ll get the gist of it.
This is a photo of Caleb, he lives just down the road from here. His teacher at Nancy Hanks Elementary told me this winter that Caleb talks about the Wildebeest constantly and he is on-line watching it whenever he gets a chance.
I told her that I would give him a tour.
His mother, Beth, brought him by today after school and the three of us enjoyed an extensive Wildebeest tour.
Caleb was so excited! He cannot wait to come and ride it.
He will be here on Play Day this year (a special day when Holiday World is open just for children with disabilities); his principal, Mr. Schneiders, has promised to ride The Voyage and Pilgrims Plunge with him.
It takes a lot of testing before opening a new water coaster! And this was only the first day…
This is Ray, an engineer from ProSlide, and Joe (off camera, saying "3-2-1" a lot then going back to his laptop to reprogram slightly and try again) testing the pulse feature for the linear induction motors that power Wildebeest's boats "magically" uphill.
Wildebeest, the world's longest water coaster, opens May 14.