Happy Underwear Day!

I kid you not.

There’s such a thing as “Underwear Day.” And I guess we’re meant to celebrate that fact.

… which reminds me of a blog post from long ago. Really.

When I went into Will’s office more than a decade ago to ask him what he thought about us starting a blog, I remember how intrigued he was with the possibilities. We could tell stories and record our history.

The piece of advice Will gave me that really stuck with me was, “Tell the stories no other park would tell.”

And so, in June of 2005, we blogged about underwear.

In keeping with that tradition of blogging about unmentionables, let’s talk about rides “breaking down.”

To start, let’s clear up a misconception that has long mystified me – we don’t ever close a ride because we just don’t feel like opening it for the day. We want to have every ride open every day – and our maintenance team goes to great lengths each day (starting before daybreak) to make that happen.

Sometimes, though, during morning safety inspection, it becomes apparent that a part is ready to be replaced. Often it’s something simple, something we have on hand and can take of right away – meaning the ride can open on time, or soon after opening. Other times, we have to order a new part (and go to great lengths to get it here with the least amount of delay possible).

Still other times, we have a bit of a mystery to solve. We already blogged about the flying squirrel at Wildebeest a few years ago and explained how a “fault” is actually a good thing.

And here’s another example of what could cause a brief delay in your day.

Andy, one of our attractions managers, sent me this photo recently along with this note: This bird was thinking big. He flew in the Thunderbird station from the back and stepped his way out to the launch room – faulting the ride sensors, then flew on his way!

Little Bird at Thunderbird

So if during your next visit here, there’s a “fault” while you’re in line, please keep in mind that we’ll do everything safely possible to get the line moving again quickly. And, since we’re not only an outdoor park – but an out-in-the-country park – sometimes that “fault” might be the fault of a bird, a flying squirrel, or other rascally little friend from nature.

Help us make a splash!

Thank you to everyone who entered (and voted) during the month of August. Here are our three winners – chosen at random – who each receive a pair of one-day tickets:

  • Angel W., Vergennes, Illinois
  • Lisa L., Fishers, Indiana
  • Krissie W., Bowling Green, Kentucky

Congratulations!
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When we announced the creation of Splashin’ Safari back in 1992, we never dreamed we would end up with one of the world’s largest water parks. Never!

I remember writing the news release: We would open the water park in 1993 but it would take us five years and $3 million to reach the size we wanted.

Ha! Were we ever wrong!

USA Today says Splashin’ Safari is one of the nation’s top water parks – in fact, we were named #1 two years ago.

Would you like to help us keep the title?

All it takes is two clicks (here) to vote. Daily.

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

But that’s not all! USA Today is also conducting a poll for the Best Water Slide. And we have two contenders in that category.

Our two water coasters.

Which do you love best?

Wildebeest

Wildebeest Family

… or Mammoth?

Mammoth Water Coaster | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Tough decision, we know. But please vote! (We won’t ask who your favorite child is, either.)

And finally, our Safari Sam’s SplashLand is also nominated – in the Best Water Park Kids’ Area category.

Safari Sam's SplashLand

Asking you to vote in three categories (did we mention you can vote daily?) is a lot, we know. And we are grateful for your support.

As a thank-you, we’ll choose three winners at random at the end of the month. Each winner will receive two one-day tickets. How do you enter*? Just post a comment here on this HoliBlog post each time you vote. We’ll trust that you voted – and of course, we know there are lots of great water parks and rides out there: we encourage you to vote as your conscience dictates.

Daily.

(*As always, you must be at least 18 years old to enter. Employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.)

The power of family

Leah joked on Facebook that she would have thought if she ever made it on the cover of a magazine, her curly mane would somehow look a bit more tame than it does on the cover of this month’s Funworld magazine.

Lauren and Leah on Front Page of Funworld | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

… and that’s exactly the style of self-deprecating humor that Leah and her sister, Lauren, carry from the third into the fourth generation of ownership of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

This feature story about Thunderbird and the years of planning (and Will Power) that went into it is available to the public during the month of August.