Who wants to be on Travel Channel?

We’ve just (as in just now) been asked to help a production company for the Travel Channel find their cast members for an upcoming shoot.

A shoot here. Splashin’ Safari, to be specific.

And soon. Monday and Tuesday.

And we said we would help spread the word, so here goes:

What: Travel Channel shoot at Splashin’ Safari

Who: Three or four friends who are 18-30 years old, athletic, clean-cut, and outgoing

When: Monday and Tuesday (September 5 & 6, 2016)

Where: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Why: So the world can watch you ride our water coasters – Wildebeest and Mammoth – on their very popular Xtreme Waterparks show

Other details: Xtreme Waterparks is produced by High Noon Entertainment, one of America’s leading television production companies. High Noon produces high-quality programming for networks such as HGTV, Discovery, TLC, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, Weather Channel, truTV, Cooking Channel and Food Network. For more info about High Noon, please visit www.highnoontv.com

Contact: Please email Tina at tseiler@highnoontv.com and tell her about your group of 3-4 friends. Please include a current photo (body shot) and your contact info.

Good luck to all!

Podcast: See You In September

Today’s podcast recording felt like the last day of school (for those who remember being overjoyed when that day arrived; I’m not one of them – I used to cry).

We were just … giddy.

Reining in the PodSquad was nearly impossible. But we had a wicked good time and hope you do as well.

Here you go:

Below are the illustrations to go along with our constantly changing topics.

Buckle up – this one’s a wild ride!

Here’s the Planet Coaster video, showing their audio team’s visit at the 5:00 mark:

The video tribute celebrating CoasterRadio’s 10 years of podcasting is like a who’s who of coaster enthusiasts.

Justin surprised us with new menu items – all for Happy Halloween Weekends, which start on September 24.

Eric dug right in …

There’s a chocolate funnel cake (with Oreos and chocolate chips), a Reese’s Pieces funnel cake, and one with maple syrup and bacon. So good!

We couldn’t help but talk about Bert the Conqueror and his Speedo one more time. But I can’t quite bring myself to embed his video appeal (audition?) to Speedo following the news that they might be looking for a new model. #NSFW? Um, you decide.

Rock the World was a joy yet again, but those long, long hours of tear-down after the concert brought about a scary selfie from Lauren, Leah, Ben and John.

It was the 23-hour mark for Lauren. Too much caffeine and too little sleep.

Our very first roller coaster? Watch this:

Meanwhile, here’s that little “verified” check mark I’m so excited about:

It’s actually a “badge” not a “ball,” now that I look at it in all its blue glory.

Here’s Nathan’s proposed vanity plate for his new car – we approve!  


Had a little fun with a trending hashtag the other day:

We learned a bit more about Dan The T-Shirt Guy:

And finally, the latest #HoWoPo tweet from The Coaster Crew:

We finished up with our 70 Degrees of Separation game, a promo code, and … a ticket giveaway!

Read the rules and enter!

      • You must be at least 18 years old to enter this giveaway.
      • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (and our immediate family members) are not eligible to enter.
      • During this podcast episode (#015), you will hear a question toward the end. Simply email your answer to: contest@holidayworld.com by 2:30pm on September 7, 2016. We’ll announce the winner – chosen at random – during our next podcast episode. (There is no “right” answers, we’re just nosy.)
      • By entering our contest, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list. You may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email.
      • Did you know you can subscribe to our HoliBlog so that you receive all of our posts (including contests) by email? If you’re using a desktop computer or tablet, look for the “Subscribe to Blog” sidebar at the top-right corner of this page. On a smartphone? Just scroll down a tiny bit more to find it.

Hope you enjoyed this extended-version podcast! Since today is Dog Day, we’ll take a paws to leave you with one final tweet:  

High standards

Well, here’s another job I wouldn’t want:

Cleaning our water tower!

Our bright-yellow water tower has been around since the spring of 2005. We’ve blogged about it often enough that it even has its own “tag,” so it you’d like to read about its assembly process and see it before it was painted, take a look at these posts.

Hostess with the mostest

We receive a lot of feedback. Whether on TripAdvisor, Facebook, Google, or old-fashioned email, we hear from a lot of our Guests each season.

And we read every word.

Sometimes the feedback starts with, “I don’t even know if anyone will read this …”

We not only read them, we share them with our staff. Whether it’s a compliment or a complaint – or something in between – we pay attention.

Earlier this season, we received so many comments about Emily, a Hostess in Attractions, that we nominated her for the State of Indiana’s “Hoosier Hospitality Award” – and she won! The most heartfelt comments we received were from parents expressing appreciation for Emily’s patience with their children. One child even said Emily was her “new best friend”!

Emily and several members of our Attractions team were on hand at the Indiana State Fair on Friday for the awards ceremony, which also included the announcement of this year’s recipient of the Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award. The award was created in honor of the late Will Koch, our longtime owner and president.   

That’s Lori Koch on the left, with Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor, Eric Holcomb, on the right.

Congratulations to all!

 

Podcast: The Moose Out Front

We’ve made it to Episode 014 and are heading into our second half-year of podcasting! (That bit of non-math makes me think of when you have a baby and at first you keep track of age by days, then weeks, months and finally years. It’s a process.)

We have many graphics to share this time around, but let’s start with the podcast itself, so you can listen while you peruse this gallery of silliness:

First of all, tremendous praise to our Splashin’ Safari team:

For those who are not familiar with our Beachcombers from 2010, here they are. 

And here’s a little taste of Twist & Shout:

Ah, memories. We talked about our 70th Birthday and those birthday balloons. Leah takes the gold:

Next we provide our best Siskel & Ebert imitation, having all watched Bert the Conqueror’s “Midwest Mud Fest.”

The question of whose hand ended up on camera? Eric, hands down, it has to be be you.

Oh, Alex … you’re a brave, brave soul.

… and invited everyone to enter our “So Long, Summer Sweepstakes.” The cute Christmas Cabins we talked about? This is what cozy means in the town of Santa Claus:

Fun fact: The actual percentage of southpaws in the population (Rentz’s claim notwithstanding)? Ten percent.

Our Black Cat Appreciation Day discussion was enlightening.

Kitty Claws. What’s not to love?

We love Holidog, too. He helps remind everyone when we move from daily operation to weekends only: 

A very nice Tweeted montage:  

Happy Birthday tweet from @CoasterCrew:

… who are working hard on Lauren’s coffee-table book:

As we head into our 70 Degrees of Separation game, let’s present our contest question: “Yes or No, should we continue playing 70 Degrees each episode?” Simply email your answer to: contest@holidayworld.com by 2:30pm on August 24, 2016.

The rules and such:

    • You must be at least 18 years old to enter this giveaway.
    • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (and our immediate family members) are not eligible to enter.
    • During this podcast episode (#014), you will hear this question toward the end: “Yes or No, should we continue playing 70 Degrees each episode?” Simply email your answer to: contest@holidayworld.com by 2:30pm on August 24, 2016. We’ll announce the winner – chosen at random – during our next podcast episode. (There is no “right” answers, we just really want some feedback. Oh, and the “vote” is non-binding.)
    • By entering our contest, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list. You may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email.
    • Did you know you can subscribe to our HoliBlog so that you receive all of our posts (including contests) by email? If you’re using a desktop computer or tablet, look for the “Subscribe to Blog” sidebar at the top-right corner of this page. On a smartphone? Just scroll down a tiny bit more to find it.

We will end this HoliBlog post with a tribute to Lauren, who revealed during 70 Degrees that she loves the movie Pollyanna – as especially her Glad Game.

As we finish up our “last week of daily,” we can all play Pollyanna’s game and say we’re really glad to work at such a fun park.

With our dear friend and colleague, LaurenAnna:

"LaurenAnna"

Tips for Toes

I love shoes – always have.

As a child, there were two times out of the year – back to school and the beginning of summer – I especially looked forward to because it meant – new shoes!

Since we had Season Passes to the park, we spent a lot of our time in Splashin’ Safari. In order to protect my tootsies from the hot pavement, I got to pick out a new pair of water shoes each year.

And – of course – they had to match my swimsuit for the summer.

As I got older, I continued the tradition of donning footwear when visiting the water park, and I encouraged friends who were visiting with me to do the same.

They always seemed surprised when I’d tell them they could wear their flip flops or sandals and would respond with, “What about when I get on rides?”

My answer: “You can leave them on!”

Yes, that’s right, it’s okay to wear water shoes, sandals, and flip flops in Splashin’ Safari – and not just while walking through the park – on slides, in our wave pools, and lazy river too!

Just like these folks:

In fact – we recommend it – especially the little ones.

Moms and Dads – before sliding your kiddos’ water shoes on – we suggest visiting one of our two Height Measurement Stations (located across from Monsoon Lagoon in Splashin’ Safari and across from the Applause Fountain in Holiday World) to have them measured for a wristband with shoes off.

Then – like her – they can splash, swim and slide while protecting those tiny feet.

For those of you who prefer not to wear your sandals, etc., on our water park attractions, shoe cubbies are available at the entrances to all of our slides plus Bahari River.

So whether it’s a thrilling ride on Mammoth or a leisurely lap around the river, feel free to keep your footwear on and protect your feet from the summer heat.

‘So Long, Summer’ Sweepstakes

Congratulations to our winner: Wendy P. from Newburgh, Indiana! Wendy receives four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two nights in a Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. Thanks to all who entered!
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After this Friday, we’re open weekends-only … which begs the question: Where did the Summer of ’16 go?!

Sigh.

While we ponder that for just a moment, let’s start a sweepstakes!

One person – selected at random – will win four one-day 2016 admission tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and two nights next door at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, in one of their Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins.

Before you enter, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter and you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past six months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Sun Communities, and Sun RV Resort (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list (you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email).
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog, tweeting about this sweepstakes, following us on Pinterest, and visiting us on our Facebook page. If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin reservation at Lake Rudolph; also, the dates the cabin may be reserved for are now through September 5, 2016.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us your favorite summer song – the one that makes you think of summer, no matter when you hear it!. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • Did you know you can subscribe to our HoliBlog so that you receive all of our posts (including contests) by email? If you’re using a desktop computer or tablet, look for the “Subscribe to Blog” sidebar at the top-right corner of this page. On a smartphone? Just scroll down a tiny bit more to find it.

Ready to enter? Simply enter our sweepstakes here from a mobile device; or if you’re on a desktop, enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Monday, August 15, 2016 at 2:30pm CDT.

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Good luck to all! And remember, even though school is starting back up and daily operation ends August 14, we’ll still have plenty of fun on the weekends – check out our calendar for details!

Our animated history

Here’s a fun video created as part of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration:

 

Seven decades of pictures

Here’s to seven decades of fantastic photographic fun!

Thanks to all who sent us pictures to include in this video and the Memories Mosaic in our 70th Birthday Plaza.

From the old Brownie cameras to today’s cell-phone cameras, every captured memory is precious.

Here’s to our next 70 years!