Callie on the Job

We had loads of fun this week when Callie from WSIL-TV came for a visit.

She creates a segment for the news each week called “Callie on the Job” and gets to learn about all sorts of interesting professions.

Here’s her report:

WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Does running a roller coaster or greeting park Guests at the start of their day sound like fun to you? Please check out our Jobs page for details about how to apply. Our Work Is Play!

Mirror, Mirror Sweepstakes

Congratulations to our winner, Joe C., of Lebanon, Kentucky, who receives two one-day tickets plus a Quick Access Pass. Thanks to all who entered!
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With apologies to the Brothers Grimm: Mirror, mirror on the wall – which is the longest water coaster of all?

Sometimes you already know the answer, but it’s still nice when the Mirror (or in this case, Guinness) tells you the answer.

That’s right: The Guinness World Record folks just confirmed that the World’s Longest Water Coaster is … Mammoth!

Mammoth Water Coaster

Let’s celebrate with a sweepstakes!

Enter below and you could win two one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, plus we’ll throw in a Quick Access Pass so you can march yourself up the front of the line at Mammoth when you visit.

Here’s how to 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.
  • 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, and visiting us on our Facebook pages. The winner – chosen at random – will be emailed shortly after 1:30pm CDT on June 2.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us if you prefer facing forward, backwards, or sideways when riding Mammoth. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • 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.

Ready to enter? Good luck to all!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Are you planning to join us this holiday weekend? If you visit now through May 30, be sure to purchase Summer Kickoff e-tickets from our website and you’ll save up to $12 per ticket.

Save even more by using a promo code. How to get one? Listen to our latest podcast episode or subscribe to our e-newsletter.

See you soon!

Just two words

Noticed this morning that #My2WordAddiction was trending on Twitter.

And so …

How about you? What’s your two-word addiction?

Roller coasters?

Dole Whip?

Kitty Claws?

Or how about Big Discounts?!

If you’re planning to visit now through May 30, be sure to purchase Summer Kickoff e-tickets from our website and you’ll save up to $12 per ticket.

Save even more by using a promo code. How to get one? Listen to our latest podcast episode or subscribe to our e-newsletter.

See you soon!

Podcast #008: Mammoth Boats

The #PodSquad is feeling rather uptown with their new headphones.

headphones

Will this result in them talking over each other a bit less? Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, now that both parks are open daily and weather forecasters are promising warmer  temps …

Weather forecast

… it’s time for the #PodSquad to provide some history and tips about Splashin’ Safari:


New Mammoth boats? You bet:

Lifeguards riding Mammoth

Here’s one more tip: Buy and use Summer Kickoff e-tickets by May 30 and save up to $12 per ticket. Want a promo code to save even more? Listen to this week’s podcast (stream it, above, or subscribe here)!

Today in Holiday World history

This is quite a day in our history.

May 19, 1990:

 

May 19, 1995:

and just two years ago:

It is a picture-perfect day today. Both parks are open daily and we hope to see you soon!

Our 24th Play Day

Such a fun day!

As has happened many times in the past 24 years, on Play Day the weather forecast was a bit iffy. Happily, the storms held off until after all the buses had returned their precious cargo back to school. Amanda from WEVV-TV in Evansville had a ball putting together this wonderful story about our day:

And guess what I learned yesterday – it’s not just us! Pam from the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Evansville told me they’re also celebrating their 70th birthday this year. We’re so grateful to the kind and caring folks at The Rehab Center for using Play Day funds to help so many dear children over the years.

Thunderbird Sweepstakes

Thunderbird | Holiday World & Splashin' SafariCongratulations to Debra N. from French Lick, Indiana, who wins four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two nights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. Thanks to all who entered!
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Who needs a launch date?

The temperatures are climbing and school will be out soon …

It’s time to plan a getaway to ride Thunderbird, Mammoth, Legend and more – and we’re going to make it easier for one lucky family!

We’re throwing a Thunderbird Sweepstakes, and you’re invited!

We’ll have one winner – chosen at random – who will receive a fun getaway including two nights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort plus four tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

First, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter and not have won tickets from us over 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, and visiting us on our Facebook page. If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your Holiday Cottage reservation to Lake Rudolph; also, here are the available dates the cottage may be reserved for: May 20-26 and May 30 – June 9, 2016.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, tell us which is your favorite seat on Thunderbird. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.) Our winner will be chosen at random.
  • 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? Of course you are: Simply enter our sweepstakes here from a mobile device; or if you’re using an immobile device, enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 10:30am CDT. Good luck to all!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Planning to visit by May 30? Save up to $12 on e-tickets to be used by May 30 – available online-only!

Podcast #007: May Flowers

It’s podcast time again!

Here are a few teasers …

A tasty surprise.

A promo code.

A plant with a Halloween theme:

Raven Plant

Ride names from our Santa Claus Land days:

Arctic Circle at Santa Claus Land

And a binge-watching, Legend-riding, oboe-playing, new-shirt-wearing Leah!

Leah Koch

We hope you enjoy our newest episode:

By the way, when we reference 66 Days at Sea, this is the mastiff drawing that made everyone crazy:

Mastiff Sketch

… and this was one of the guesses regarding those doggy jowls that still makes us laugh:

Mastiff sketch with Santa

Highlights from podcasts past

Since the Holiday World Podcast is produced every other week, during the “off” weeks we bring you video highlights.

Here’s a tip about not-to-miss rides plus a look at that new taste treat at Sweet Stuff:

Do you enjoy our podcast? Please post feedback using the #HoWoPo hashtag – and maybe even rate us on iTunes? Thank you!

Old yeller

Eric, our VP of Marketing, texted me earlier today that while he sat in on a new-employee Orientation session, Brooke mentioned to the group that he was one half of a “HoliCouple,” meaning he and his wife met while working here.

The big reaction was when he told the assembled that the year he and his wife, Laura, met was 1999.

I believe the word he used to describe the group’s reaction was, “Whoa!”

Life gets tough when you hit your mid-30s. I vaguely remember that …

So let’s go even farther back in Eric’s history to when he was in Kindergarten.

Disclaimer: I tell you this story with Eric’s permission.

Eric never said a word during his first year of school.

“I was selectively mute,” he told me. He talked at home, just not at school. His teacher, worried, sent him to the school psychologist.

“I talked to her like she was a family member,” he said with a grin.

Although still not a big talker, Eric has since found his voice.

Exhibit A:

No, that’s not Eric with the English accent.

That’s Karl. In London.

Karl, the narrator

Karl records in his home studio and probably wonders what all the whooping and hollering is about.

THIS is Eric. He plays “Jim” in the radio spot.

VP Eric in audio booth

And now you know who that is making such a racket in the background of that spot.

Not to say Eric is some kind of magnificent actor, though – he was just remembering his last ride on Thunderbird. He loves that thing.

In fact, this morning I texted him after hearing a radio personality describe Thunderbird’s launch as “go from zero to sixty upside down …” (it’s supposed to be “go from zero to sixty to upside down …”

Eric’s response: Cool concept!

Would you like to hear our other radio spots? Head over to our HoliSounds page … and while you’re there, maybe tune in to an episode or two of The Official Holiday World Podcast, too!