Sweepstakes: We Love Dippin’ Dots!

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Congratulations to our three winners – all chosen at random: Wendi S. of Alton, Illinois, Kristy C. of Stendal, Indiana. and Lauren S. of Fort Wayne. Thanks to all who entered!
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We’re excited to welcome Billie from Dippin’ Dots to our next podcast episode.

Dippin' Dots 30th Anniversary logo… because everybody loves Dippin’ Dots, right? We’ve been serving them here at the park for years and years.

Let’s celebrate with a “We Love Dippin’ Dots!” Sweepstakes!

This year, Dippin’ Dots celebrates 30 year of yum. That a lot of Dots … we’ll have to ask Billie about that during Friday’s podcast.

Meanwhile, what could you win in this sweepstakes? We’ll have three winners, chosen at random, who’ll each receive:

  • Two one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, and
  • A certificate from Dippin’ Dots for one gallon of Dots (to be delivered to your home)

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 12 months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and Dippin’ Dots  (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.)
  • No purchase necessary. All prizes are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Each sponsor will distribute respective prizes.
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog, voting in our poll, tweeting about this sweepstakes, following us on Pinterest, and visiting us on our Facebook page.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, tell us the craziest flavor idea you have for Dippin’ Dots. (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 get started?

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, February 19, 2018, at 2:30pm CST. Then we’ll choose three winners at random.

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Good luck to all!

Soon, June, soon …

This video popped up on a local television station’s Facebook page today.

It seems little June’s birthday surprise was met with a bit of resistance …

Trust me, sweetie. Holiday World isn’t quite as much fun when it’s 20 degrees outside and all the rides are safely stored away. But don’t worry, we’re working hard to be ready for fun in May!

Enjoy your trip to Orlando! Tell Mickey that Holidog and the rest of us say hello!

Coaster class

The Striker coaster design (school project)

Were you lucky enough to have an incredible science teacher back in the day? You know, the kind who made science understandable, interesting and even fun.

Even though it was decades ago, I remember mine like it was yesterday. Good ol’ Robbie Robertson, my Physics Teacher at Carmel High back in the mid-1970s, was an amazing teacher. He took the laws of physics and made them practical. His weekly tests were hilarious (if terrifying), as each problem presented included the names of some of his students. Mr. Robertson would hand out the tests and during the first five minutes, the room was filled with laughter. Clever teacher, he relaxed his nervous students so we could settle down and concentrate on his beloved physics.

There’s another teacher out there who will no doubt be long remembered by her students. Karen Burke emailed us late last year to ask about roller coasters, as she was planning a coaster-themed physics project.

We’ll let her tell the story:

Students in four seventh-grade science classes at Mt. Vernon Jr. High School built paper roller coasters as part of their physics unit. This project-based learning experience offered students the opportunity to collaborate in small groups while constructing – from only cardstock and scotch tape – a functional gravity roller coaster for marbles based on Newton’s Laws of Motion.

While designing, building, testing, and modifying, students mastered physics terms and principles, engineering process skills, and the importance of good teamwork. Upon the completion of their coasters, students displayed them at their school in “Coaster World,” where they were judged by volunteers. The top five coaster-design teams, as determined by the judges, are honored to have their work posted by Holiday World!

Here are the Top 5 Coasters

These are presented in alphabetical order, followed by a comment from each team:

Snow Winterland coaster design (school project)

Above is The Snow Winterland, built by Emma D., Destinee S., and Jayliee C. “The Snow Winterland was a miraculous adventure to experience. We had a wonderful time coming up with ideas, such as putting it upside down and bringing in warm Christmas joy with Christmas decorations.”

Sonic Boom coaster design (school project)

The Sonic Boom was built by Maty B., Savanna M., Matthew B., and Kaelyn R. “We are very proud and excited about what we have accomplished.”

The Striker coaster design (school project)

The Striker, above, was built by Abbi D., Haley D., and Mallory M.  “The Striker was fun to make, it took a lot of time and effort, but we did it!”

The Zipline coaster design (school project)

The Zipline was built by Sydney S. and Jaiden H. “We appreciate being nominated as one of the top 5 coasters. It really shows how much work we put into it.”

The Zipper coaster design (school project)

The Zipper was built by Brian W., Samantha M., Isaiah P., and Isaac H.  “We never thought we would work together like we did. But, we found each other’s special skills and put them together to create a great team and coaster.”

Congratulations to all the teams – well done! Thinking back to my high school days, I can still hear Mr. Robertson’s great laugh – he would have delighted in these projects. His was a loud laugh, too. (Raucous, actually.) He always kept his classroom door open, to the great consternation of the other teachers up and down the hallway. It still makes me smile to remember his glee hearing the other teachers shut (and sometimes slam) their doors to cut off the distraction. With Mr. Robertson, we witnessed an “equal or opposite reaction” on a daily basis!

100 days

Just 100 days from today … we’ll be open for the season!

At launch time (oops, lunchtime) today …

… we captured Thunderbird’s first flight of the new year:

As we explain in this Facebook Live video (un-mute it if you want to hear me mispronounce Immelmann), it’s time for our maintenance technicians to start off-season work on Thunderbird’s second train. And the easiest way to swap their positions is to send one out for a ride.

So nice to see the sun and the beautiful blue sky – with Thunderbird flying high.

We’ll see you in May! (Quick reminder: If you’ve been meaning to sign up for Easy Pay, for monthly payments on Season Passes, the last day to sign up is February 15.)

Podcast: The brush off

The #podsquad braved the snow and ice to bring you a new podcast episode.

Truth be told, it’s 42 degrees out this afternoon … and the biggest danger any of us faces is getting dripped on by an icicle.

Tommy Johnson on Podcast

Today, Tommy Johnson, our Paint Shop Manager, joins us to talk about how his crew keeps busy during our “slow time.”

Trust us – they keep plenty busy!

We’ll be sure to bring you updates throughout the off-season as the painters work on a variety of projects.

 

 

We hope you enjoy listening:

We got a kick out of the reaction to our Edgar Allan Snow tweet:

Here’s another wintery shot:

Our latest sweepstakes? Enter daily!

Here’s the post about Berry the HoliDazzle, who grew up to be a message-singing school principal.

Cameron on FishFor now, grandson Cameron still has all of his baby teeth.

So does his favorite blue Dancer’s Fish.

We’ll see what the future brings. (But apparently not what the Tooth Fairy brings.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Here’s that example of a classic cheezeball (our term for a case of mistaken identity involving our Twitter handle):

 

The Coaster Crew set up a sick room when The Big Green Foot et al were a little under the weather:

Happily, everyone quickly bounced back:

During 25 Degrees of Separation, we talked about our 1993 brochure, and promised to post a scan:

We mentioned the #HoliDrone (post-podcast spoiler: Stephen cleverly used a translate app and determined that a drone is a “he”) taking flight this week …

We’ll finish this post with one more tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, on his 109th birthday:

Front Gate and Raven

Snow Day Serenade

Berry the HoliDazzle, waving

The initial grand excitement of a call from school announcing “Snow Day: No School Tomorrow Due to Snow and Ice” has ground to a low groan in most area households this week.

We’ve hit Day 5 of The Endless Winter

One local school’s call to parents put a smile on their faces, as the snow-day announcement was sung by the school’s principal – who just happens to be an alum from our Entertainment Department:

Tyler Lemen was Berry the HoliDazzle back in 2009.

… this will no doubt delight his students at Jasper’s Holy Trinity Catholic School.

Berry the HoliDazzle, waving

(Disclaimer: We’ve come a long way since using a flip cam for quick videos back in 2009.)

Here’s a look at those energetic HoliDazzles:

That’s Berry … er, Tyler … in the middle, singing his little HoliHeart out.

And yes, we even made a Berry coloring page for download back in ’09:

Berry & Santa Statue Coloring Page

Tyler worked with us seasonally from 2008 to 2013. He gained work experience in several departments: Foods, Training & Development, and Entertainment. It makes us so proud to see our former employees go on to do great things in “The Real World.” Meanwhile, if you’d like to spend the warmer months working at “The Holiday World,” please fill out an application here. If you’re leaning toward a song and dance gig, check out our audition dates here.

The temperatures are expected to rise above freezing this afternoon. Let’s hope Tyler’s next serenade is something more along the lines of Here Comes the Sun!

‘Flaked Out’ Sweepstakes

Congratulations to our winner, Tiffany A. from West Lafayette, Indiana! Thanks to all who entered!
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Who else wants to flake out after seeing the latest weather forecast?

Thunderbird and Voyage in the snow

It looks like Old Man Winter is heading back in our direction for at least a few days.

And he’s not in a good mood!

As the snowflakes swirl, let’s try to enjoy the beauty of nature while appreciating a cozy home. Then be sure to enter for a chance to win a springtime getaway!

We’ll call this our Flaked Out Sweepstakes! The winner receives four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two nights in a Holiday Cottage next door at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.

The Holiday Cottages are just … cute. They sleep up to seven people with two bedrooms plus a sofa sleeper, a full kitchen and bathroom, cable TV, screened-in porch, and air conditioning.

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 12 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.)
  • No purchase necessary. All prizes are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Each sponsor will distribute respective prizes.
  • 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 Holiday Cottage reservation at Lake Rudolph. Here are the dates the cottage will be available for reservation: May 1-May 24 and May 28-June 7, 2018.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us your favorite snowy-day activity. (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.
Holiday Cottage

Ready to get started?

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, January 23, 2018, at 2:30pm CST. Then we’ll choose one winner at random.

 

Good luck to all!

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Podcast: Safety School

For the first podcast episode of the new year, we have a chat about iROC Safety School with International Ride Training co-owner Cindee Huddy:

 

Here is our iROC Audit Excellence Award, which we happily share with all of our Ride Operators from 2017 – well done!

Attractions Director and Managers 2018 - iROC Award

Full-time Attractions management (from left): Eric, Lori, and Alan

The week’s Voyage track work entailed building a “covered wagon” structure to keep our Coaster Cats out of the elements.

Voyage's Covered Wagon

Sort of looks like a giant windsock, doesn’t it?

Here’s a peek at the new wood on Voyage’s third stretch of 90-degree track:

Voyage: Third 90-degree Turn - New Wood

The Lifetime Movie Snowed Inn Christmas took us by surprise last month

… and prompted this quick blog post to explain that we were represented in name only, just like that RadioShack commercial from a decade ago.

Dress Up Your Pet Day is coming soon (January 14) and Lauren’s doggie, Edgar, is ready:

Lauren's dog, Edgar, on Dress Up Your Pet Day

Apparently, the #podsquad isn’t all that into New Year’s Resolutions, but Matt is trying to consume more water thanks to his new Yeti:

Matt and his water-filled Yeti

Thanks to the Koch family, it was a Veddy Yeti Christmas for our full-time staff.

In #HoWoPo Feedback, we mentioned the Santa & Claire Ride Thunderbird video from 2015, which made a reappearance on social media in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

We heard from our friend JD Scott:

Check here on the HoliBlog for photos of JD Scott’s visit back in 2014.

And it was Dial M for Miffed with the Big Green Foot:

Mistletoe and more on Christmas Day:

If you’re itching to join us for HoliWood Nights in June, be sure to register online by January 10 for the deepest discounts. And if 2018 is the year you want to treat yourself to Season Passes, be sure to sign up by January 15 for the best deals.

Thank you for listening to the Holiday World Podcast. Happy New Year!