Sweepstakes: Cool treats

Udderly Blue Ice Cream

What are your favorite treats when you want to cool off on a July day?

This cute little girl has the right idea:

Udderly Blue ice cream

As summer starts winding down, let’s give away a pair of 2018 one-day tickets to three lucky winners – how does that sound?

And as a bonus, each of the winners will also pick up an ICEE Swag Bag when they visit:

ICEE swag

Ready?

First, 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 Koch Development Corporation  (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).
  • 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 contest, choosing a poll response, and visiting us on our Facebook page.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us which keep-cool treat is your favorite. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • Tickets 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). ICEE Swag Bags will be available for pick up when winners use their one-day tickets during the 2018 season.
  • 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 enter? Simply enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at 2:30pm CDT, when we’ll choose three winners at random.

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Good luck to all! (And remember, our best discounts are available online, with our Pick Your Price deals.)

360 degrees of fun

Thunderbird 360° Front-Thumbnail

We’ve been having a ball with our new video camera, which provides a view of 360 degrees around your virtual seat.

If you’ve just discovered how fun it is to play around with these videos, here they are all together:

First, our Halloween coasters

And then into Thanksgiving for The Voyage and Thunderbird.

All 360 degrees

Thunderbird’s left seat, up front:

And right side, from the back seat:

Now that you’ve ridden all of our coasters virtually, don’t you think it’s time to ride them in person? (Our best discounts are available online, with Pick Your Price discounts available daily.)

Podcast: The One with the Sharkey

Roy G. Biv

Robert SharkeyJust when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater …

… it’s Sharkey Week here at Holiday World!

Robert Sharkey, that is.

He’s been in our musical shows on and off since 2010 and has a lot of stories to share.

 

Apparently, I’m not the only one who’s told Sharkey he has a Mickey Rooney vibe.

Mickey who?

This guy:

Judy & Mickey

Yes, that’s Judy Garland with Mickey Rooney, above.

And here’s Sharkey with Leah, below.

Sharkey & Leah

Speaking of “over the rainbow”

… Sharkey is Roy G. Biv in our new band:

Roy G. Biv

… and here he is in our new Mysterio show (use this Facebook frame effect to surround your photos with Mysterio):

Mysterio: Magic Rocks the Night

Have you entered our ICEE Mix It Up Sweepstakes yet? Enter daily through Monday, July 16.

Three cheers for our Rides Crew on their perfect score!

Attractions Team

Which parks are most essential? Here’s UpRoxx’s list for the Midwestern states.

A visit from the NBA’s D’Angelo Russell:

Family @holidayworld

A post shared by D’Angelo Russell (@dloading) on


“Hey, Dog!”

 

Here’s that “ice sculpture” photo:

Too much Star Trek?

Never!


And Coaster Crew is back with more Big Green Footery:

 

Remember, just three more Fridays left in this season’s Friday Night Fireworks – hope to see you there!

Enter our ICEE Mix It Up Sweepstakes!

ICEE flavors

ICEE Bubble YardsAre you an ICEE fan?

Or maybe even an ICEE Mix It Up fan?

We offer 12 ICEE flavors at our ICEE Mix It Up stand in Splashin’ Safari Plaza:

  • Blue Raspberry
  • Red Cherry
  • Grape
  • Big Red
  • Lemonade
  • Banana
  • Green Apple
  • Pepsi Cola
  • Blue Cotton Candy
  • Orange
  • Mountain Dew
  • Watermelon

This is ICEE’s 50th year in business … or 50th ICEEversary, as they say.

So let’s have a sweepstakes to celebrate!

What’s the prize?

You could win a family getaway! The prize includes four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. The winner, chosen at random, will also receive two overnights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort!

And look – there’s more! Our friends at ICEE want the winner to also receive this:

ICEE swag

We start off with an ICEE duffel bag. It’s stuffed with:

  • Colorful ICEE beach towel
  • ICEE “Old School Cool” sign
  • ICEE Popsocket
  • Small plush bear drinking ICEE
  • ICEE Frisbee, Stickers, Pen, and Keychain

Before you enter, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Also, you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Koch Development Corporation, 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.
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog and tweeting about this sweepstakes. Earn even more entries by following us on Pinterest, voting in our poll, and visiting our Facebook pages (we’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Review while you’re there!).
  • If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Holiday Cottage reservation at Lake Rudolph. The cottage will be reservable for dates between now and August 9, 2018.
  • 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.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us which ICEE flavor you want to try. (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 enter?

Simply enter our ICEE Mix It Up  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, July 16, 2018, at 2:30pm CDT, when we’ll email our winner, chosen at random.

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Good luck to all!

Podcast: The one with the Pyrotechnics

Fireworks through Thunderbird Steven Weedman

We mixed it up today, with only two original podsquad members.

That would be Lauren and me.

And VP Matt, back again.

But we needed a fourth …

Who ya gonna call? Steven from IT!

I somehow neglected to snap a photo of Steven while we recorded the ‘cast this morning.

Until he sends me a more recent photo, we’ll flash back to this pic from his seasonal years with us.

We pulled Steven into today’s conversation so he could explain how we sync themed music with our fireworks.

(“What fireworks” you ask? Well, we have Friday Night Fireworks through the end of July, plus our 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4 & 5.)

We hope you enjoy this episode:

Before I forget – here’s that photo of the smashed cell phone, to help illustrate Steven’s story about not bringing your phone on roller coasters with you:

Broken Smartphone

We chatted about last night’s employee event: the Holimpics.

In my continuing theme as a bad photo editor today, I can only say I think this is our winning team. I lifted this from Facebook and hope it’s safe to assume that they’re not testing the indoor wind speed.

Holimpics

Either way, what a great looking bunch, right?

Yes, a milestone was reached over the weekend:


We’re so proud of our lifeguards’ achievement!

And here’s the promised video of WGN’s Marcus Leshock, and all the shade his co-anchors forced him to endure:

Amazing accomplishment, Heather Hall!

Here’s that Jo Dee Messina tweet:

 

Plus here’s Jo Dee’s review from the Nashville Gab.

We’ll get that Red, White & Blue Fudge video up early next week; meanwhile, here’s VP Matt’s props from the shops:

VP Matt and shirt Red, White & Blue Shirt

And we talked about pickles.

Again.

Here’s that blog post about frozen pickle juice from a few years back.

The moment you’ve been waiting for: little Dacio!

 

 

And, of course … The Coaster Crew!

 

Thanks so much for listening! One postscript … after we finished up, Stephen Rutherford entered the room and told me sternly:  I am so disappointed in the four of you – in fact, I’m angry! While you gushed over William Daniels playing John Adams and Mr. Feeny, you defiled the most important role of his career!

To which I replied, “What? You mean that stupid car?”

Hope you’ll join us for the next 60 episodes!

 

Making the grade

ZOOMbabwe

Does the word “test” still make your blood run cold, even though you’ve been out of school for weeks, years, or (like me) decades?

Here’s one better: audit.

Well, our lifeguards just got the results of their first third-party safety audit of the season …

… and they received an A+!

Lifeguard Training

We’ll have a full crew photo to post soon, but didn’t want to let another moment go by without sharing the news and saying CONGRATULATIONS!

Kaitlyn guarding at Watubee

Splashin’ Safari is 25 years old this season.

We never dreamed back in 1993 that our water park would someday be voted one of the best in the world again and again.

Bahari lifeguard

Or maybe we did …

No matter how many awards we win, though, it’s today that counts – it’s this very moment.

It’s correct posture (leaning is appropriate), it’s scanning your water, it’s being prepared with your rescue tube.

And yes, it means blowing a whistle once in a while. Sometimes we need to get your attention quickly to keep you and others safe.

They’re sort of like the Queen’s Guards at Buckingham Palace (you know, the ones with the tall fuzzy hats?). Our guards are ever on the watch. If you need to ask them a question, please just know ahead of time that although they can answer you, they have to keep watching their water.

We have a long history of outstanding lifeguards. Congratulations to the “class” of 2018!

 

 

 

Lemon Shakin’ it up!

Lemon Shake Ups

When life hands us a lemon or two …

Lemon slices

… we make Lemon Shake-Ups!

Lemon Shake-Ups

Meet Nick.

He’s a master shaker-upper:
 

Where can you find Lemon Shake-Ups?

Nick (and others) hand make Lemon Shake-Ups in our 4th of July section, right next to the Alamo.

 

Watch us on Travel Channel!

Travel Channel host Jason Zone Fisher

We’ve just received word that our Coaster Quest episode will air again on Travel Channel!

Tune in Sunday, June 24, at 6pm CDT

Here’s a photo from the shoot:

Coaster Quest with Jason Zone Fisher

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This was originally posted on October 18, 2017.

Get ready to start seeing this face on your TV this fall:

Travel Channel host Jason Zone Fisher

Jason Zone Fisher is the host of a new Travel Channel show called Coaster Quest. Jason visited us back in July and we’re part of that show’s premiere episode – which will air on Saturday!

According to Travel Channel’s website: Host Jason Zone Fisher journeys across America on a quest to ride the biggest, fastest roller coasters the country has to offer. He dives deep into each amusement park, going behind the scenes to see how it all comes together and sharing insider info on the best rides, the must-have foods, and the quirkiest attractions.

Jason spent two days riding rides in both Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari. He even went behind the scenes to learn from an expert how to prepare a signature menu item:

Travel Channel - Jason & Lavina

And just who is Jason Zone Fisher?

According to his website: Hey, I’m Jason; a storyteller, an adventure seeker, a sports fanatic, a BBQ connoisseur, a pizza bagel, a political junkie, and a man on a mission.

After spending two long days with him, we can add … and one heck of a nice guy! We all enjoyed working with him and the crew from the West Coast.

Travel Channel's Jason Zone Fisher

The title of Saturday’s episode is The Midwest’s Best Roller Coasters. It premieres at 1pm CDT on Saturday, October 21 on Travel Channel. For the best of all possible worlds, set your DVR to record it, and join us Saturday for Happy Halloween Weekends!

The Great Turkey Chase

What?

We have a stunt show?

You could’ve knocked me over with a feather.

A turkey feather.

Happy Turkey at The Great Turkey Chase stunt show

Now, before we move on … I have to ask:

That shirt.

An avocado shirt?

Holy guacamole!

Back to the show: The Great Turkey Chase is now performing daily.

The Great Turkey Chase stunt show

It’s silly. And fun.

And high energy:

The Great Turkey Chase is performed at Pilgrims Plaza (close to the Mayflower).  Except in … uh, fowl weather.

Podcast: The British are Coming

Marcus Returning on Voyage

It is always a joyous day when we’re joined by the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain!

 

After lunch, the group’s fearless leader sat down to be our guest on this week’s podcast:

That’s Andy on the left, with WGN-TV’s Marcus Leshock on the left. Thunderbird, of course!

Dig that coaster hair!

Marcus and Andy Returning on Thunderbird

Here’s that video Marcus shot at the end of the day:

What’s a Nanocoaster, you ask? Check two out here on our HoliShop.

Shout out to Coaster Radio for their fun coverage of both HoliWood Nights and the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain’s 30th Anniversary Tour.

 

Yes, we have a great sweepstakes underway. Enter daily!

Something to think about …

And, The Big Green Foot is back:

Plus … a Big Green Hand!

The Big Green Hand

We’ll end this with another photo from the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain. That’s Voyage-tattooed Ryan in the front seat with Marcus.

Marcus & Ryan Returning on Voyage

And finally, the promised 360 video: