Eagles Flight photo caption contest

Thanks to all who entered!

Our winner of two one-day tickets is Dawn G., from St. Anne, Illinois. Here's her winning caption: "Do you think this will fly us to the moon and back?"

Congrats, Dawn!

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Every once in a while, a park photo just says "Caption Contest" to us.

This one, for example …

Eagle's Flight caption contest

Those cute little faces, concentrating so hard! What in the world might they be saying to each other?

Let's take a closer look:

Eagle's Flight

Charm us with your wit and you could win two one-day tickets.

A few rules:

1. Must be 13 or older to enter.

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

3. To enter, post your cute caption as a "comment" here on this HoliBlog post. Don't include your address or phone number, we'll notify the winner by email. (Remember, our comments are moderated – so keep the captions family-friendly. If your post doesn't show up right away, that means we're in a meeting or sleeping or eating or, you know, in the bathroom. Please be patient.)

4. Just one post per email address, please. (No multiple entries.)

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

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

7. Deadline is Friday at noon. That's 6/28/13 at 12 noon CDT. We'll notify the winner by email.

8. And yes, if you win, you can use your tickets this weekend.

Good luck!

 

Tea time tips

If you're a fan of "spinny rides," you'll want to be sure to give Kitty's Tea Party a try:

Kitty's Tea Party

We understand from our Rides crew (the Ones Who Know) that if you like a dizzing dose of this sweet tea, make sure to spin counter-clockwise.

The second tip is to at first give it a good "oomph!" of a spin and then it's easier. These ladies look like they figured it out.

Kitty's Tea Party

Here's a video spin (warning, if you're easily thrown into the depths of vertigo, go easy):

You'll find Kitty's Tea Party in Holidog's FunTown, where it's always time for tea!

When pigs fly …

Well, they'd need wings to do that, wouldn't they?

Pig Wings at Barbecue USA

I must admit, among the staff here I think these new Pork Wings at Barbecue USA (in our 4th of July section) are the most-craved new menu item this season. In fact, our staff members whine to have them (say that phrase fast to catch the pun).

They're beyond yummy. 

 

 

The Belgians are here!

The phrase "the Belgians are coming!" doesn't have quite the same historical ring as our recent post about the Brits.

But still. Cool.

I knew they were visiting soon, but wasn't sure exactly when – they'd been waffling on the dates.

Ba-da-bum.

They made themselves known yesterday via Twitter:

Not having brushed up on my rudimentary knowledge of the Belgian language lately (actually, take your pick: French, German or Dutch), I quickly turned to my dear friend Google Translate.

Ah, Hans. Shaken, but not stirred.

The group returned today for a first-ride-of-the-day on Voyage.

Nathan used his Vine app to capture the moment:

And finally a group photo:

Belgian Coaster Club

Is anyone else suddenly in the mood for some buttery, maple-y breakfast food?

 

The owl eyes have it!

What a lovely surprise!

For the third year in a row, Trip Advisor named us among the Top 10% of hospitality businesses worldwide that are reviewed on their monstrous website (it's the 91st most visited website in the U.S.).

The information TripAdvisor.com sent us noted that to qualify for their "Certificate of Excellence," an attraction, hotel, or other travel-related business must consistently receive "four out of five or higher" in the online reviews.

Not to look a gift owl in the mouth, but I've always wondered exactly what it is we're striving for … they're not four-out-of-five stars or two thumbs up or three-and-a-half rotten tomatoes.

Example:

So we've just referred to them as Owl Eyes.

And thanks to our 700+ reviewers, we've consistently received four-and-a-half owl eyes on the world's largest travel website over the past several years. 

It sure brings a smile to our faces to read so many positive comments from our park Guests (please don't hesitate to post your own review there). We know we're not perfect, but we keep trying!

Have a holly Jolley Christmas …

When you work in a town named Santa Claus, you never know who might stop by … but some days we're all just amazed.

We've been asked so many times if anyone famous has ever visited us that we've started a "famous visitors" tag here on the HoliBlog plus a "Famous Visitors" board on Pinterest.

And we just added to them, thanks to Twitter:

If you're an American Idol fan, you know Paul Jolley was a finalist this season.

I did my best to HoliStalk him for a while yesterday, but never managed to catch up with the Jolley man. Guess I was just a fool to think I'd track him down in our 125 acres of fun.

Surely he was never alone, though, as fans recognized him – and were blown away by what a nice guy he is.

Lindsay from Nashville, Illinois, tweeted this great pic yesterday evening.

American Idol finalist Paul Jolley visits Holiday World

Since I never did catch up with Paul yesterday (despite his tweeted promise to sing "Hey, Hey Paula" to me), I didn't get to ask, "don't you wanna stay?"

Apparently, the invitation was still heard. His brother tweeted this morning that they're back for another day of family fun.

Indeed, they'll have a Jolley day.

(Postscript: In case you didn't catch this season's American Idol, the song titles of many of Paul Jolley performances are in italics in this post.)

Dads just want to have fun, too!

Congrats to our three winners: Dana T. from Evansville, Indiana; Mallory P. from Bloomfield Kentucky, and Ashley B. from Owensboro, Kentucky. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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What do you get for the Dad who has just about everything? Father's Day is on Sunday, after all …

How about this: A Day of Fun with his #1 Kid?

Father's Day sweepstakes

Yes, of course! We offer discounted tickets here on our website, and we're also providing three chances to win a pair of tickets.

First, a few rules:

  • Must be at least 13 years of age to enter.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering our contest you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list. (If you don't want to hear from us, you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email. But we'll probably tell Santa on you …)
  • Winners receive a pair of tickets which may be used any one day during the 2013 season.

Here's how to enter (and hurry – we'll pick three winners at random this Saturday afternoon).

Good luck – and Happy Father's Day!

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Yin and yang

The peaceful relaxation of Bahari River.

And the rush of a back-seat ride on The Voyage.

Bliss!

Bahari River and Voyage

All aboard!

With a toot-toot and a clang-clang-clang, Holidog Express train ride made its first run around Holidog’s FunTown on Friday afternoon.

There were smiles all around.

Holidog Express

Here’s a video of that first ride:

We still ride through Mother Goose Land and visit with old friends such as Humpty Dumpty …

Holidog Express and Humpty Dumpty

… Little Miss Muffet and that beyond huge spider that sat down beside her …

Holidog Express

… and Tom Tom the Piper’s Son. (Years ago, the travel editor at the Indianapolis Star remarked, “he looks a bit like a young Ronald Reagan, doesn’t he?”)

Holidog Express at Holiday World

Click back to this earlier HoliBlog post if you’d like to know more about the Freedom Train.

Meanwhile, another happy trainload of children enjoys the charming tradition that has delighted generations since our first season.

Holidog Express

Choo-choo!