Who else wants to flake out after seeing the latest weather forecast?
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.
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And it was Dial M for Miffed with the Big Green Foot:
So I thought we were getting an interview with the #HoWoPo#PodSquad today. Waited by the phone with my Mtn Dew and Christmas candy ready so we could feel like one of the gang. Then you went and called some other guy – the nerve! pic.twitter.com/cxIURJrGKL
…and the most “liked” post on Instagram for the year?
Number 1: A Drone’s Eye View of Mammoth
Another picturesque shot of the world’s longest water coaster – this time the HoliDrone captured a Mammoth boat gliding over the top of a hill as it nears the end of the ride. In the background you can see a couple of boats climbing the lift while another flies under the lift hill.
When I joined Facebook back in July 2005, you had to go to thefacebook.com when you wanted to sign in.
It never would have crossed my mind that over a decade later, I’d be signing in to the website every day as part of my job.
It’s a big part of how we communicate with park fans.
Here are a few highlights from our Facebook page in 2017.
A Month of Mammoth
Let’s start with our most-watched video. Captured by the HoliDrone, here’s a straight down shot of the entire layout of Mammoth. There’s no better way to take in the world’s longest water coaster – Guinness certified! – other than by actually riding it.
Watched by: 94,600+ people
In Context: If everyone watched the video in its entirety, played back-to-back, we watched it for nearly 33 days
Tembo Turns the Tide
Our second most-watched video may have come later in the year, but it still finished strong. The 2018 announcement video that included Tembo Tides and Tembo Falls was released on November 21, and it quickly racked up the views until it was second only to our Mammoth drone shot. Take a look at what you can expect to see in the park next season:
Watched by: 38,300+ people
In Context: If everyone who watched the video slid down all 8 slides, then collectively we’d travel more than 3,100 miles. That’s roughly enough to get us from Santa Claus, Indiana, to the North Pole!
A Very Merry Proposal
Our most-seen photo of the year took place right by the Santa statue at the front of the park. Santa provided a great backdrop for a couple who got engaged right here at Holiday World on June 12. The comments on the photo were, of course, filled with congratulations, plus another fan shared a photo of his proposal in front of the Santa statue
Seen by: 148,600+ people
In Context: If everyone who saw the post decided to attend the happy couple’s wedding and it were held in the Dive! Theater, we would fill the theater more than 343 times. Talk about a crowded reception!
Hoosier Hospitality Henry
Our second most-seen photo of the year was another shared photo from early June and featured Henry, one of our Hosts. The message with the picture read:
So thankful for a sweet guy named Henry who noticed my son had a broken leg and was having a rough time! With his own money he bought Sulley some gummy worms and turned his frown upside down!!!!
Henry went on to win a Hoosier Hospitality Award at the Indiana State Fair!
Seen by: 117,300+ people
In Context: If everyone who saw this post decided they wanted to take a spin on HallowSwings, we’d have to run the ride more than 2,400 times with every seat full. Let’s hope you’re not at the back of that line!
2017 Final Figures
Let’s break down the overall numbers of a few ways you may have interacted with us throughout the year.
Number of times fans “liked” our posts: 118,283. That’s one “like” every four-and-a-half minutes.
Check-Ins at Holiday World: 43,190. That’s enough to fill 1,800 trains on The Voyage!
Most popular day to check in: Saturday, July 29 with 867 check-ins.
Comments on our posts: 12,723. That averages out to 35 comments a day for every day of the year.
Times our posts were “shared”: 13,142. That averages nearly 1,100 every month.
Good ol’ Google Alerts saved the day again. Just a few hours ago, an email informed us our town of Santa Claus, Indiana, will be the setting for a Lifetime Movie called Snowed Inn Christmas.
And it premieres tonight at 7pm CST, with reruns throughout the weekend.
Here’s the description from Lifetime’s website: Jenna Hudson (Bethany Joy Lenz, “Colony”) and Kevin Jenner (Andrew Walker, “A Bride for Christmas”) are polar opposites, working for the same online publication in New York City. With both having nowhere they want to be for Christmas, they volunteer for a special writing assignment. After a snowstorm forces their plane to land in none other than Santa Claus, Indiana, the two are placed in a Christmas Wonderland and the focus of their story shifts to saving the historic town inn run by Carol and Christopher Winters. As the two overcome their differences, they also rediscover the magic of Christmas. But with the inn’s fate in jeopardy and the return of someone from Jenna’s past, Carol and Christopher lend a helping hand to bring Jenna and Kevin together.
Thing is, the flick wasn’t shot here in town. And the Inn that will be [SPOILER ALERT] presumably saved by the industrious (if lovelorn) protagonists does not exist.
That’s all well and good, you say. People understand that movies are nearly often completely made up and, at the very least, dramatic license is taken.
But those of us who have been around a while remember this darling commercial from 2008:
Melissa at our local Visitors Bureaustill gets calls from people searching for Rudolph’s Diner. (Apparently it’s not listed on their RadioShack GPS device …)
And so, for those conducting middle-of-the-night research online, we provide this blog post as a public service. Although the inn from Snowed Inn Christmasdoes not exist, there’s still a lot of fun (and romance) to be had in this little town.
Oh, and we forgive you ahead of time if you ho-ho-ho when you get to the part of the movie when the commercial airline pilot announces their “descent into Santa Claus, Indiana.” Because, well, we don’t have an airport.
We’re gleefully giddy, as today is the last day before our holiday break starts. (Now before you get all “no fair! you get two weeks off?!” let me remind you we don’t get Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Mother’s Day, etc. off. Oh, and technically it’s two weeks and one day off.)
We hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did recording it:
We start off talking about some of the sweet, funny, and even sad comments that were posted as entries to our Santa Sweepstakes.
Eric jotted down notes about his favorites.
On his hand.
Matt confessed, once again, to styling one of his sister’s doll’s (formerly) long luxurious hair long back in his childhood years.
In case you weren’t around back then and don’t remember this particular doll, here’s a commercial showing Velvet:
Another story from the sweepstakes’ entries mentioned a pink kitchen set.
I had one, too! Here it is, as pictured in the Sears catalog in the early ’60s:
Wow, I loved that kitchen.
My pink kitchen story jogged a happy memory for Eric.
One of his favorite childhood gifts was his McDonald’s playset.
… complete with headsets for drive-thru order-taking!
That’s our Director of Attractions pictured on the right. Such a cute little mcmuffin, wasn’t he?
His slightly younger brother, Steven, is on the left.
Clearly, the taller brother is in charge and barking out orders for more fries and extra cheese.
… and maybe even an apple pie.
(Thanks to Eric’s mom for sending this photo to us mid-podcast.)
Next, Rentz told us about his experience last weekend with the Santa Claus Christmas Parade.
Kitty Claws has her running shoes on … she’ll need them!
The #podsquad’s assignment to determine which character from a Christmas movie best matched up with us individually. Matt took the challenge seriously and even provided handouts. Do you agree with our choices, or would you take it in another direction? Please post your thoughts below!
We’ve now talked about yaks during three episodes.
But when we keep getting feedback like this, it’s hard to stop: