2017 Veterans

Service: more than a cornerstone

At Holiday World, we have four cornerstones: Safety, Service, Cleanliness, and Friendliness. Today, we’re thinking about one of those cornerstones just a bit differently. Service. More specifically, we wanted to take a moment to honor those on our staff who have served in the military. Continuing with a tradition here at the park, it was…

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Postcast: The one with the Coastershack

So the cat’s out of the bag. Or perhaps I should say … gopher. During today’s podcast, we reveal the 2018 theme for our HoliWood Nights event for coaster enthusiasts. No, it’s not Yellow Submarine, but this photo from our HoliWood Nights Facebook Group is too cool not to post: Our theme is … Coastershack! Be sure to enter…

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Sweepstakes: Win Season Passes!

Congratulations to Crystal C. from McLeansboro Illinois, who was chosen at random to win two 2018 Season Passes plus two nights in a Christmas Cabin. Thanks to all who entered! —– Suddenly it’s November! The park is closed until May, but we full-time staffers are already up to our elbows preparing for the new season. Does…

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Saint Mick book cover

Podcast: Saint Mick

During last episode’s SWOT analysis, we decided our biggest “O” was the opportunity to bring more guests on board. And so, we turned to our pal, WWE Hall-of-Famer Mick Foley. The “old bear” has penned a memoir – or, as he tells us, a love letter to his children – about his journey to wearing…

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Voyage At Sunset

Night flights

Last Friday, I wrote about our Lights Out! show. The next day, I got to experience a few of our coasters with their lights out. This past Saturday we hosted “Quoth the Raven, Ride Some More,” a coaster-enthusiast event with the Midwest chapter of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). Our morning started before the park opened…

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Lights Out! | Happy Halloween Weekends | Holiday World

Remember to turn the Lights Out!

Lights Out! This is what you came for… Back for a second season with all new songs and choreography, Lights Out! takes over the Hoosier Celebration Theater every Saturday and Sunday during Happy Halloween Weekends. Our long-abandoned troupe of circus performers comes back to life for one final show. This high-energy show features 21 “spookified”…

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Jeanie C. Riley ad

That “Harper Valley PTA” Girl!

What in the world does Jeannie C. Riley have to do with Holiday World? The Grammy Award winner’s connection is with Santa Claus Land, actually; she performed her hit Harper Valley PTA in concert here on Monday, June 11, 1979: This ad is from our archives. Something else in that folder … an article that ran in “Santa’s Country”…

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Billy and Ruth's Toy Headquarters promo

A king, a queen, and a clown

In the Communications Office space, we have a sizable storage room that houses our publicity archives. This storage room used to be the park’s dark room. (Back when photos were taken using large cameras and black-and-white film, they were developed … in a “dark room.”) We don’t have to tell you how photography has changed…

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Sad Eric with 4 lattes

Podcast: SWOT analysis

With a couple of SWOT enthusiasts sitting around the #podsquad table, you knew it was only a matter of time: That Corn Bin photo posted on the Book of Face: Don’t those kiddos look like adults at a coffee shop … or a spa? Our Facebook frame for Happy Halloween Weekends is only a click…

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Halloween “boos” and don’ts

Eek! Happy Halloween Weekends are halfway over! Boo-ginning today, you have just three more weekends to visit before we turn the lights out on another season. You haven’t checked us out yet this fall? Here’s a list of Boos & Don’ts for your visit … Make the most of Happy Halloween Weekends Boo: Enjoy the extra sleep! During…

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Frightful Falls Boat After Painting

A Frightful restoration

Note: The title of this post refers to the name of the ride in question, not the quality of the work! Yesterday, I found myself taking the short walk over to the Paint Shop to get an update on “boats.” Since it’s almost the middle of October, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. One…

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Sweepstakes: Bone appetit!

Congratulations to our winners: Kayla C. from Louisville, Kentucky, and Jessica H. from Vine Grove, Kentucky. Thanks to all who entered! —– Certain foods just taste better in cool weather. Our menus reflect that. We add seasonal food items all over the park during Happy Halloween Weekends. From pumpkin funnel cakes to grilled cheese and…

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Trick or Treat Turtles

Halloween Tips & Treats

In the fall, we answer lots of questions about Happy Halloween Weekends: Are the water rides open? We plan to have Raging Rapids and Frightful Falls open, since they’re located in Holiday World, weather permitting (if temps dip below 60 degrees, they’llprobably be closed, because … brrr!). Splashin’ Safari is closed for the season. Does the corn maze cost extra? Not…

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