Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you enjoy this guest post from a long-time seasonal employee.
My name is Amanda Claise and I recently married my high school sweetheart. I should start off by saying that my last name is pronounced like “class,” as in classroom! My husband’s name is Nick and although we recently moved to Bowling Green, we grew up in the Santa Claus, Indiana, area.
Nick and I met in high school and began dating when we were juniors. We were both 16 and in the same grade, so we took many of the same classes. My last name was Barnett and his, Claise, so we were placed beside each other in English, where the seating was alphabetical order.
That same year, I had begun working at Holiday World in the Entertainment Department. Since I had turned 16 the previous year, I was able to audition to be in their main stage shows at the Hoosier Theater. Since 2008, I have worked at Holiday World almost every year and have been in a variety of shows such as Vinyl Daze, Real Country, and most recently the incredibly fun Lights Out!
In September of 2008, I asked Nick if he would like to go to Holiday World with me on a Saturday. He said, yes, and I was so excited. Per usual, I was behind schedule that morning and running late. Nick was on top of his game and arrived at the park early. He waited on a bench at the front of the park for me for almost 30 minutes until my dad dropped me off. What a trooper! We spent the whole day together, riding rides, watching shows, and eating some pretty amazing snacks!
Almost 10 years later, I can still say that was the best first date!
Nick and I got married June 3, 2017 in Santa Claus. When it came time to talk about pictures for our wedding day, there was one picture I really wanted. I wanted a picture of us sitting on the bench where it all started! Yes, I am a romantic; I cry in every sappy movie and I love the corny, lovey-dovey stuff. I reached out to the management at Holiday World and they were more than happy to help us make this happen! Our photographers thought it was such a cool idea and were totally on board.
These pictures represent what is most important in my relationship with Nick: faith, hope, and love. Faith that God will carry you through the hard times and give you people to guide you along the way. Hope that your dreams can become reality if you work hard enough. Love from friends and family that will cross all bounds.
Bret & Brandie Photography
I truly cannot say enough good things about Holiday World. It is an amazing place to work, build friendships, gain confidence, and define the person you want to become. The people I have met through working at Holiday World are still some of my biggest supporters and greatest friends. I don’t know what the next years will bring for us or if I will be on the Holiday World stage again, but I would like to thank everyone for making my years there a wonderful adventure!
Think of Tembo Falls as a REALLY big toy construction set. First, pieces of fiberglass are delivered to us and then we assemble them on site.
There’s still work to do before the slides are moved into place next to Kima Bay, but for now we’re combining the smaller pieces into larger pieces. I took a trip to our Carpenter Shop yesterday to watch Tembo Falls’ racing slide start to come together.
The racing slide has 27 smaller pieces that will be assembled into three large sections over the course of two days.
Do you like numbers?
Here are a few numbers about Tembo Falls:
Feet long. If you were to place each of the slides from Tembo Falls back to back, they would stretch 437 feet. That’s longer than a football field!
Pieces. We have 147 pieces of fiberglass that have to be assembled to complete Tembo Falls. Think of each piece as a giant Lego, which will fit together with the next piece perfectly.
Which slide has the most pieces? Our yellow bowl slide, which has 30!
That’s under-54-inches tall, the maximum height limit for a rider to go down these junior slides alone. Tembo Falls and Tembo Tides were designed with the little ones in mind. That doesn’t mean grownups have to watch from the sidelines, though, because parents and taller siblings are welcome to ride with their under-54″ family member.
Here’s a sneak peek at what Tembo Falls and Tembo Tides will look like once they’re completed.
Speaking of social media – be sure to watch the HoliBlog later this week (subscribe here for emailed updates), as our crews plan to start assembling the yellow bowl slide (a miniature version of Bakuli) tomorrow!
There’s a long-running joke among coaster enthusiasts that all worthwhile rumors about parks come from … The Dippin’ Dots Guy. Because nearly every park sells that beloved treat and nearly every park has secrets to keep.
For today’s podcast episode, we got The Dippin’ Dots Gal – Billie Stuber – on the horn and learned all about Dots – past, present, and future:
We heard from some excited fans who are counting down the days until HoliWood Nights. Do you want to join us? Be sure to sign up for one of our partners clubs here on our HoliWood Nights page, as it’s a “members only” event.
I didn’t get to tell my Brussel sprouts story: Shortly after we were married, some of Gary’s relatives dropped by from Louisville, with the makin’s for supper. Including frozen Brussel sprouts.
Gary eyed them with suspicion. Getting ready to steam them, I whispered, “Don’t worry, they’re just like little cabbages.”
My cabbage-loving husband has never forgiven me for that trick.
Maybe we just need to use Matt’s recipe:
Matt’s Brussel Sprouts
Basically, you take about 24 Brussel sprouts, cut off the stems and loose leaves. Shred them. Fry bacon until it is crisp. Take bacon out and then saute about 1/4 cup of onions and 3 or 4 cloves of garlic until the onion is soft. Then add the sprouts. Add a couple tablespoons of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to your liking. Then add the bacon back in and stir until sprouts are softened. Sometimes I will add a few splashes of soy sauce or teriyaki sauce for a little kick.