By Paula @ Holiday World

If you visited us last weekend, you probably noticed: We had a gopher problem!

All in good fun, of course, as roller-coaster enthusiasts from across the land gathered for our annual HoliWood Nights event.

Characters and Gophers

The gophers were part of the theming, as this year’s movie choice was the classic Caddyshack.

Our twist? Coastershack!

Complete with themed food, starting with “Birdie Wings” …

"Birdie" Wings

… and ending with Golf Ball cake balls, which suited the group to a tee.

Golf Ball cake balls

Members from about a dozen coaster clubs delighted in the behind-the-scenes tours.

Coastershack event shirt with Thunderbird Vertical Loop

From well-traveled grown-ups …

Photos as Thunderbird Swoops By

… to little Hannah, who wasn’t even the youngest attendee.


Both evenings, we held silent auctions to raise money for a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.

Thanks to the enthusiastic response to everything from used coaster flags and a Thunderbird seatback to zen rides and lift-hill climbs, we’re sending $1,430 to Give Kids the World.

Does HoliWood Nights sound like your kind of fun? Check out the list of our partner clubs on this page and be sure to join one in time to register for next year’s event.

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  1. Lizzy

    My first Holliwood Nights was amazing! I can’t imagine the hours of sleep you all sacrifice to put on such an incredible event for everyone. Thank you so much for all you put into it. It really shines. It’s too far (or we are not independently wealthy enough!) for us to do every year, but I hope we can make it back before too long. We have to- because I didn’t get a lemon shake-up! I spent all my time and effort on dole whips! 😀