This story (from November, 2008) comes from Matt, our GM/Shared Services:
Matt was in Orlando, attending the "What's New Theater," which is more or less the kick-off ceremony for the week-long IAAPA Expo industry trade show. It includes a great production involving, as the name implies, the new rides and technology to watch for in the industry throughout the coming year.
As our animation for Pilgrims Plunge came on the huge screen, Matt heard someone sitting behind him mumble the following:
Those people just ain't right.
We're still laughing about that!
Fast forward to today, and this Pilgrims Plunge video has been viewed by more than 2.3 million YouTubers:
"My granddaughter is two and is in love with Holidog. She was having a little trouble with the idea of 'potty training' and I had the idea of telling her that Nana couldn't take her back until she could use the potty and 'go' like all the big people at Holiday World. Well, believe it or not she looked at me and said, 'Me go Holiday World, ride roller coasters.' And she has not had one accident since! As she goes into the restroom she continually says 'Holiday World – ride roller coasters!' It's so funny! I'm sure the kids who do the Holidog get very tired and hot, but I hope they realize what an impression they have on the young kids. Keep up the good work and Nana will be there the first day with all the grandkids! (Pray for me.) Ha-ha!"
Nana Joy, please tell your darling granddaughter that Holidog is very proud of her and can't wait to give her a big doggie hug next summer.
Every December, there are lots of jokes that Santa "works just one day a year."
But we know better, don't we?
And his Elves keep busy year-round, too.
Take Millie, for instance.
Here she is, over by the former Betsy Ross Doll House.
That's right. The doll house is moving out of the park.
Don't worry, though, it's just heading down the road a bit.
Did you know the Doll House had an entirely different life before being moved here to the park in 1946?
That sweet little building was the original Santa Claus Post Office, which opened in 1856.
After 65 years here in Santa Claus Land (as the House of Dolls) and Holiday World's 4th of July section, the post office will be moved soon to join the historic Santa Claus statue around the bend on State Road 245.
Back to Millie – she's packing up the hundreds of dolls for safe-keeping.
Here's the 1935 Santa Statue, which we restored last year. Isn't it lovely?
The Santa Claus Museum moved a portion of its collection into the green building next to the statue in time for Christmas visits last year. This is where the Santa Elves performed their letter-answering duties, too.
Mrs. Koch has long dreamed of creating a village with some of the town's historic buildings, and the next step will happen very soon.
Two iconic buildings will join the Santa Statue and Santa Claus Museum in the coming days.
This historic church is nearly ready to go. Originally called the Deutsch Evangelishe St. Paul's Kirche, this 1880 country church long housed a congregation that originated in 1853. It's just beautiful inside …
Here's where the church and the original post office will be moved to in the next week or so. Although we've had a mild winter so far, it's not easy to plan a move of this magnitude this time of year. But we'll be sure to keep you posted!
This year is Voyage's seventh season. (Gosh, and it seems like only yesterday we were potty training … oh, wait, I seem to be confusing work and home. Once again. Never mind.)
All of our coasters get some TLC during the fall and winter months. This year, Voyage gets a little something extra.
Why? Because we can.
And we want to.
Our president, Dan Koch, invited one of the top-notch engineers from The Gravity Group to take part in a video shoot just before Christmas. (The Gravity Group designed Voyage, along with Dan's late brother Will.)
This video includes details about this year's track work, plus an update about the Timberliner trains that have been designed for Voyage.
We hope this appeals to coaster enthusiasts and the general public alike.
Any questions? Please post them below and I'll try my best to get you answers. Comments are welcome as well.