First-time guest of your park today…drove kids in school on reward trip.
Wow, am I impressed! You all need to take over Kentucky Kingdom and make that place the same kind of winning business you have in Santa Claus.
All staff were very professional, helpful, and courteous, many going out of their way to say hello and to see how I was doing.
The park was impeccable in its appearance. Clean areas, well manicured, and bathrooms were all clean.
Today was a great day for you all because you were prepared, dedicated to do a great job for your patrons, and were all seemingly committed to a common goal of ensuring each person had a fabulous day for their money spent.
My lunch (a grilled chicken salad) was well above the quality I expected and was reasonably priced.
I was most taken and completely thrilled to see your Lincoln exhibit. You can effectively incorporate these astounding museum pieces with a theme park.
I am 54 and not a big fan of these parks, but I will recommend yours to those who do enjoy them and do want to compliment you all on an obviously well-managed park. My wife and I will likely make a return visit this summer–thanks for your care and hospitality!
Congratulations to our winners who guessed correctly where the Minions were:
Jai J. of Jacksonville, North Carolina
Tara & Justin of Ontario, Canada
Don K. of Kirksville, Missouri
If you haven’t already signed up for our newsletter, please do so before Wednesday so you can play for a chance to win tickets in our "Prize Pics" contest. And remember, both parks are open daily beginning Friday, May 13!
Not that we like keeping secrets, but sometimes we just have to…
For example, last fall we were contacted by folks representing a soft-drink giant.
They were contacting communities all over the nation which help Santa answer children’s letters each December.
When they found us, they knew their search was over.
Not only has the town helped Santa to answer children’s letters for nearly a century, we’re home to the Santa Claus Museum and a group called the Santa’s Elves.
The head elf, of course, is our own Pat Koch.
The premise for this project was to discover "forgotten" letters to Santa written long ago.
Our challenge was to find the adults who’d written the letters decades before and to get their permission to share their contact information with the production crew. All this without spilling the beans about what was about to happen.
It took several weeks in December and some sleuthing, but we got it done!
And now we can talk about it. The soft-drink giant wanted to produce a video called "Santa’s Forgotten Letters."
Here’s the video, just released on YouTube. (Might want to grab a tissue before clicking the start button.)
If you enjoy watching it, please "like" it, post a comment, and help us spread the word.
Wouldn’t it be something if this video would turn out to be just the first episode in a series?
Indeed. That Green Giant canned vegetable guy stole Santa's iconic line …er, laugh.
And that's the answer, sort of, to this week's "Where are we? Wednesday" photo contest.
Here's the closely cropped photo:
Most of you thought our photo was taken from the Freedom Train in Mother Goose Land in the 4th of July section. Guesses ranged from some trim on Little Bo Peep’s dress (unbelievable she’s still looking for those sheep after nearly 65 years) to the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe (some kids just never grown up!).
This week’s photo was actually a close-up of some trim on the giant’s jacket in the Jack and the Beanstalk tableau.
Just for fun, here's a photo of the giant from when we were Santa Claus Land (pre-1984),
And look in the background, see the old water tower? It was so cute in those days, with Santa's face painted on it and the vertical center pipe was painted like a candy cane. But it's been out of service for a number of years and was dismantled this week.
Back to our contest…
Congratulations to our three winners, who each receive two one-day tickets:
Kim M. of Indianapolis, Ind.
Jennifer L. of Lamar, Ind.
Shawn B. of Louisville, Ky.
We have one last "Where Are We? Wednesday" challenge coming up in our newsletter next week. Good luck!
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