Podcast: Food, Glorious Food

Just in time for Thanksgiving, our PodSquad chooses their favorite food fights* for this compilation episode:

*verbal, of course

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Heroes among us

Our Veterans gathered this week for a group photo by the Santa statue.

“Hands by your sides, please, fellas.” They complied with a stunning swiftness.

But of course. They’re military.

This year’s photo is missing one of our Veterans, a maintenance technician – she’s off-site right now with the Army National Guard. We’ll catch you next year, Billie Jo!

Veterans Day

From left:

  • Hugh, Maintenance Manager, has served in the Army since 2003;
  • John, Director of Maintenance, served in the Army;
  • Elmer, a Maintenance Technician, served in the Army;
  • Maintenance Technician Billy is also an Army Veteran;
  • Korey, one of our Painters, is a Navy Veteran; and
  • Matt, Roller Coaster Maintenance Manager, has served in the Navy since 2009.

Blessings on all of our nation’s Veterans. Our gratitude is endless.





Season Pass Sweepstakes

Congratulations to our winner – Bill H. of Georgetown, Indiana! Thanks to all who entered!

It’s that gift-giving time of the year, and we’re about to give away a pair of 2017 Season Passes.

Our neighborsRudolph's Christmas Cabin are feeling generous, too, and will provide our sweepstakes winner with two overnights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin for next year.

Enter daily and you could win!

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.
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  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us which ride, slide, show or treat you’ll miss the most during the “off season.” (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
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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 Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 1:30pm CST, when we’ll choose one winner at random.

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By the way, the Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins are also available during the first three weeks of December.

As a reminder, our deepest discounts for 2017 Season Passes are available through midnight on Tuesday, November 15. Using our Easy Pay monthly payment plan, Season Passes are available for just $21 per month (six payments). We also have Platinum Season Passes and Summer Fun Cards available again for the 2017 season.

Good luck to everyone!

“It made me giddy”

Angie was breathless.

And it wasn’t because she had just climbed 310 steps – to the top of The Voyage lift hill. (“I had to stop to catch my breath four times,” she confessed.)

It was because she achieved one of her top “bucket list” desires and saw the World from 17 stories up.

Angie at the top of Voyage

Our Guest Services Manager had dreamed about climbing The Voyage ever since she joined us full time back in 2011. She wanted to see the entire county from one spot. She mentioned this to Lori in Attractions, who quickly offered to escort her.

Imagine Angie’s surprise that she could not only see the entire county, she could also see the Natcher Bridge spanning the Ohio River … all the way to Kentucky!

Angie was also amazed to spot so many water towers. “More than I knew existed,” she told me. And the fall trees were absolutely beautiful.

I asked Angie what could possibly remain on her bucket list – after all, she got to be one of the first to ride Thunderbird back in 2015, and now this.

What’s left?



Podcast: The Season Wrap

I must warn you about this episode of the Holiday World Podcast: It’s the end of the season and we let off just a little bit of steam.

And I’m not talking about November 8, National STEAM Day.

We hope you enjoy our silly stories:

When we talk about STEM/STEAM Day, we mention Artrageous with Nate. Here’s that piece:

Here’s Coaster Crew’s tweet to celebrate “Smart is Cool Day”:

And a bonus tweet from yesterday:

And as we wind up the ‘cast with our 70 Degrees of Separation game, here’s proof positive that we had a Showboat Theatre during our Santa Claus Land days.

Happy Kellems and his wife, Lillian, in the Showboat Theatre:

Happy Kellems & Lillian

As we mentioned during the Holidays segment, November 15 is the final day to sign up for 2017 Season Passes for as low as $21/month. Head over to this page for Season Pass details.