Say cheese!

No one complains when the photo assignment is taking pictures of new menu items!

Opening Day is April 29, just nine weeks away!

Podcast: Tell-Tale Tattoo

Eric Rentz returns for this week’s podcast and updates us on iROC, his first Dole Whip experience, and a promise he must not break:


To illustrate this episode, let’s start with a few links:

Next, a photo of the new Beest Burger:

Beest Burger

… and Matt proudly showing off the treat he picked up for us at the gas station this morning:

Bacon Sunflower Seeds

And a few graphics:

Our shout out to Matt’s HoliVersary:

  My beloved James Tiberius Kirk, William Shatner, at his understated best:

The amazing bouquet of Bacon Roses:

Mick Foley’s amazing sleigh recliner:

And, of course, our clever holiday tweets from The Coaster Crew:

Finally, here’s that Saved By the Bell moment that Rentz so fondly remembered during our 33 Degrees of Separation game:

Love roller coaster

wedding cake topper

I’ve been saving this one for a special day.

And what could be more special than Valentine’s Day, right?

Okay … a wedding day.

Because, you know … you get cake.

wedding cake

But wait – doesn’t the cake topper look oddly familiar?

Let’s get a closer look:

wedding cake topper

Kara and Sean tied the knot in Florida back in December. Here’s what Kara emailed me when she sent the photos: Holiday World holds a very special place in our hearts and the hearts of our friends. We worked with an artist to create the custom cake topper, which shows us boarding a Voyage car (renamed “The Plunge” for this unique occasion).

They really did work with an artist – get a load of this:

cake topper design

And here’s a photo of the wedding party … at the wedding party:

carousel wedding

If you’re thinking the dapper fellow on the far right looks familiar, you’re correct – that’s Jeff from CoasterBuzz. The red-haired, hoof-holding gent to Jeff’s right is his son, Simon, who has the distinction of being the youngest person to have his own tag here on the HoliBlog.

Congratulations to Kara and Sean as you embark on your life-long Voyage of wedded bliss.

Just one question: What flavor was the cake?

Ready to Ride! Sweepstakes

Congratulations to our winner – selected at random – Julie C. from Eureka, Illinois!

Many thanks to all who entered.
These gloomy winter days make us all long for days filled with blue skies, sunshine, and families having fun riding roller coasters and water rides!

Painting Firecracker CarOh, and funnel cakes.

We’re busy as can be getting the park ready for opening day (in just 80 days!).

Our Paint Shop is full of Firecracker cars being painted sparkly blue and red as the classic Calypso ride is restored for its new home in our 4th of July section.

Let’s help these days pass with a sweepstakes. Who wants to win four one-day park tickets plus two overnights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort?

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 pages. If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your Rudolph’s Holiday Cottage reservation at Lake Rudolph. Here are the dates the cottage will be available for reservation: May 1-25 and May 29-June 8, 2017.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us which park attraction you want to ride first when you visit. (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 Friday, February 17, 2017, at 2:30pm CST, when we’ll choose one winner at random.
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Interested in learning more about Firecracker and our other off-season projects? Be sure to listen to the Holiday World Podcast.

Come on back and enter this sweepstakes every day – good luck to all!

Podcast: Hire & Hire

The #PodSquad is back, with a Firecracker update, the story of Kitty Claws and her tutu, and a visit from HR:

Here’s the tweet with our first IT Intern, Andy Imlay, this year’s Easterseals Adult Ambassador

John mentioned “Blue Monday” candy bars last week, and we weren’t sure whether we should believe him. So he gave us a sampling. We are now believers. Blue Monday candy

Matt talked a little about the development of Kitty Claws, who started out looking more like Jane Fonda or Richard Simmons than our current Kitty. For the upcoming National Fettuccine Alfredo Day, we discovered Bill Koch (Lauren’s paternal grandpa) met the Alfredo back in 1955.

Bill Koch and Alfredo

During our #HoWoPo Feedback segment, we questioned the wisdom of picking a Twitter fight with wrestling great Mick Foley.  Here’s a photo of Ol’ Saint Mick, who was a guest on our podcast last fall during his visit with us while working on his Santa Memoir.

Mick Foley on Podcast

And, of course, The Coaster Crew once again gave us a chuckle. Twice:  

One more reminder about Easy Pay – if you’d like monthly payments for your Season Passes, be sure to sign up by the February 15 deadline. Check out all the Season Pass Perks here.

And finally, we never mind an interruption from Foods Director Justin, who brought us paninis to sample – they’ll be on the menu at SmokeHouse this season (up by Thunderbird).

Thumbs up from Lauren!

Lauren Crosby


The main frame

When you hear the phrase “main frame,” you think of a computer, right?

Well, not today.

Firecracker Platform on Pad

This morning, Firecracker‘s main frame was lowered into place.

Firecracker is a classic Calypso ride. It has graced two other parks since its birth in 1972. We’re restoring it for this season.

Third time’s the charm, right?

We showed the procession with our crew positioning the first piece on Facebook Live:

Here’s a photo from just a few minutes later:

Maintenance Guys Placing Firecracker Platform on Pad

We’ll bring you more Firecracker updates in the coming weeks – who’s ready to ride?