So what was that thing?

Last chance to take a look – what in the World is that thing?

Mystery photo

No, Abbey F. from Owensboro, Kentucky, it's not the world's largest "Amusement Park Master Power Button" … but you made us laugh at the thought of it, so you win two tickets.

Abbey even sent a graphic to illustrate her funny:

Button

Bryan B. from Strongsville, Ohio, was one of 30 who correctly identified the mystery photo as the saucer from the green cup on the new Kitty's Tea Party ride. He receives a pair of tickets, too.

The third set? That would be for the first person who emailed us the correct answer: Betty W. from Hardinsburg Kentucky.

Now that you've seen the saucer, we'll show you the cup, too.

Green teacup

Kitty's Tea Party will be ready for you to take a spin on opening day, May 4.

Thanks to everyone for playing!

A little dirty talk

We're proud to carry the title of World's Cleanest Park.

But even the cleanest park can get a little dusty over the winter months.

And so, as we gear up for opening day, there's a lot of scrubbing taking place.

Even … inside Gobbler Getaway:

Cleaning the apples at Gobbler Getaway

Here's Brooke, dusting (and, it seems, detailing) every last apple in one of the overflowing baskets in the streets of Autumn Falls.

She has a magical dust cloth, apparently.

Cleaning Gobbler Getaway

Not sure if the expression on this turkey's face is an homage to William Tell

Apple cleaning at Gobble Getaway

… or if he just caught sight of Farmer Van Snoodle shirtless.

Farmer Van Snoodle

That's right, even the characters' clothes are laundered in anticipation of opening day.

Yes, Abigail's, too. (Only she was too modest to be photographed in the altogether.)

Who's the best "turkey caller" in your family?

Where is Santa Claus?

This family-travel website was just quoted in a Parade magazine about planning family vacations on a budget.

MiniTime.com is sort of a TripAdvisor.com – but specifically for family travel. When we took a look to see what visitors were saying about their visits to Holiday World and the town of Santa Claus, we heard crickets. (Or saw crickets – since it's a soundless website? No thank you. I don't want that picture in my head. Sorry, Jiminy.)

Would you like to put in a good word for us and share a few memories on the MiniTime site? Thank you; we'd sure appreciate it.

MiniTime website

When your office is on the 10th floor …

… but you don't have any walls …

Voyage

… it's much appreciated when the railing for your safety harness gets at much TLC as you give to your coasters!

Our Coaster Cats wear safety harnesses so they can "tie off" when they're up on the coaster structure. This new safety installation makes that process even safer and easier.

An “IT Men” sequel

Casey, one of the IT Men

Our first IT Men webisode (1.0 of course) was so well received, Nathan put together a sequel.

Webisode 2.71828, that is. (Get it?)

Casey, one of the IT Men

Sure you do.

What else would you like to see the IT Men do around the park?

Post a comment below and we just might produce Webisode 3.14.

A sign of spring

The new sign for the nation's tallest water ride is up:

Giraffica sign

So what's the story behind the name change? Click back to this HoliBlog post for all the details.

Contest: Mystery photo

It's time for another contest!

All you need to do is tell us what is shown in this Mystery Photo …

This time around, we will have three winners. Each winner will be mailed two one-day tickets. Details below.

Mystery photo

A few rules:

1. Must be 13 or older to enter.

2. Must not be an employee or immediate family member of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

3. Only one guess per email address, please. (No multiple entries this time around. Either get it right or make it LOL funny*.)

4. If you've won tickets from one of our contests within the past six months, you're not elegible to win. If it's been more than six months – have at it!

5. Judges' decision is final. It always is.

6. First person to email us with the correct answer wins. If you're not first, but you're correct, we'll throw your name in our HoliHat and will hold a drawing for a second winner. *Plus, the person who makes us laugh the loudest with the most outlandishly wrong guess also wins. (So I guess that means we need to set a deadline … okay, next Thursday at noon. That's 3/14/13 at 12 noon CDT. That's right: CDT. Set your clocks back this weekend. Already.)

How to enter? Must be by email and to this address: contest@holidayworld.com. (If you win, we'll contact you via email, so please be sure to use an address you check frequently.)

Good luck!

A Mankind for all seasons

We may not be open for the season for another two months, but look who stopped by anyway:

Mick Foley and Santa

World Wrestling legend (and WWE Hall of Famer, as of next month) Mick Foley has a gig in Louisville tonight, so that Christmas-loving man spent the afternoon with us.

Not too many folks are tall enough to whisper in our Santa statue's ear … but Mick managed to pass along a few secrets from his children back home in New York.

So what do you think – would Mick make a good Santa's Helper? Please post your comments below …