The “eyes” have it…

Did you catch a look at the funky picture Nathan took for the first week of our "Where-Are-We? Wednesday" contest?

Funky cropping, actually.

Here's the photo. Look familiar?

Crazily-cropped photo

The challenge was to quickly identify and email us with the name of what the heck that is, along with where it is in the park.

We very quickly received more than 500 entries, many of them incorrect (sorry, this is not one of the birds at Eagle's Flight — but good guess!).

Other top guesses were the Star Spangled Carousel and the Udderly Blue Ice Cream stand.

The entries came from states as varied as Iowa, Mississippi and Michigan, plus Canada.

But the winners (the first three correct answers) were from states we know quite well. Congrats to:

  • Katharine S. of Murphysboro, Illinois
  • Korri I. of Union, Kentucky
  • Jennifer B. of Springport, Indiana

Congratulations to Katharine, Korri and Jennifer, who each knew this week's photo was a cropped seahorse eyeball:

Dasher's Seahorses

This is the Dasher's Seahorses ride from Rudolph's Reindeer Ranch in our Christmas section.

This week's winners each receive two one-day tickets to use this season.

If you'd like to play, too, please sign up for our free newsletter. We'll send out another fun photo next Wednesday.

Like threading a needle…

It's one thing to expect employees to be capable of operating equipment as befitting their job descriptions.

…but Gary had quite a "driving test" lined up for him last week.

As you may recall, we're adding a shade structure to the Wildebeest queue this season.

Crews are pouring the cement footers for the shade supports, but few jobs come without a challenge. Because of the remote location of the work, concrete is having to be ferried by the bucketful (or rather, front-end-loader-ful) around the Bahari Wave Pool and up into the queue at Wildebeest.

Witnessing Gary's steady hand coaxing the Bobcat up the ramp and down again in reverse was like watching someone thread a giant needle without even squinting. There was no spilled concrete and not even a scratch on the Wildebeest queue.

Wonder if he can parallel park that thing?

There’s one in every crowd

We've all done it while posing for a group photo.

Someone has to be the clown, right?

Whether it's the fingers-in-a-V behind your brother's head or crossing your eyes, you've done it, too, haven't you?

 Here's a long-ago photo from a friend in Indiana tourism (Jan, you haven't changed one little bit!).

Jeff & Jan

Jan tells this story about this photo with her brother, Jeff:

Jan!I think I was five … so this would have been 1966 and we traveled from Angola, Indiana, to Santa Claus.

My mom thought this would be our Christmas card photo that year.

My parents watched us take the picture and never saw me stick my tongue out (until the photo arrived back in Angola). Needless to say, my mom had to stage a new picture.

This has provided us with lots of laughs over the years and I thought you guys would get a kick out of it.

Do you have a favorite photo and story from a visit to Santa Claus Land or Holiday World & Splashin' Safari? We'd love to hear it — and maybe even feature it here on our HoliBlog.

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