On the 11th day of the 11th month

Did you know that this Veterans Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War?

Tragically, the phrase “the war to end all wars” did not prove to be correct.

And as we all wish, hope, and pray for peace, let us also take a moment to thank those who serve and have served in the military to preserve our freedoms.

Veterans who work at Holiday World

The Veterans who work here at Holiday World gathered for a photo recently.

Pictured from left, that’s Billy (Army), Josh (Marine), Ethan (Army), Elmer (Army), and John (Coast Guard). Not pictured is Corey (Navy). Together they’ve served for 39 years.

We’re grateful to have them here at the park and hope we will celebrate many more Veterans Days together.

Podcast: Airtime!

Airtime! HoliWood Nights 2019

Matt and I flew solo this episode, and were delighted to reveal the movie theme chosen for next year’s HoliWood Nights:

As construction begins on Santa’s Merry Marketplace, Matt gets evicted.

Here are the “before” photos:

"Before" photo of Matt's office "Before" photo of Matt's office

 

Check out how it looks now:

"After" photo of Matt's office "After" photo of Matt's office

Take a gander at how it’ll look when you visit next season:

Santa's Merry Marketplace

Here’s that freshly painted restroom we talked about.

Nice color scheme, right m’dear, uh?

Restroom's new paint scheme

Be sure to enter our Season Pass Sweepstakes, now through November 14!

And this reminder: After November 15, the current discount for 2019 Season Passes disappears. If you want the lowest prices, be sure to snag them now!

Veterans Day is coming up soon. Here’s a look at Lauren and Leah’s great-grandfather Jim Yellig 102 years ago. A Navy man, he was helping to host a party for underprivileged children on board the USS New York the first time he became Santa:

USS New York on Christmas 1916 - Santa with Girl

In our Holidays segment, this proud mama talked about eldest son, Thomas. Here’s where he works (proving dreams really do come true):

Mission Control at JPL

Three words: The Taco Hat

 

 

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John, we need to taco bout your costume selection…

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And here’s Wayne’s Sit In tweet:

… which Josh Photoshopped a tad for Halloween:

Wayne on Halloween

This spoopy Happy Halloween gif from Coaster Crew is bacony good:

 

We’ll do our best to get the whole #podsquad back together in three weeks for our next episode. Thanks for listening!

Grandma’s got gumption

It’s pretty impossible not to pay attention to a tweet like this:

That’s one amazing Grandma!

We contacted Allie to see about her bringing her grandma to join us on our last podcast episode.  Sigh, we couldn’t work out the timing.

Undaunted, we called grandma (her name is Judy) and recorded this fun chat:

Here’s a photo of “Just Judy”

Judy after riding The Voyage

 

If you enjoyed grandma’s story, I’ll bet you’ll also want to read about Wally’s ride on Thunderbird when he was a spry 91.

And here’s the tale of Papaw (from the family who owns Santa’s Candy Castle here in town) and his ride on The Voyage back in 2008.

Yes, The Voyage is closed for the season. That doesn’t mean, though, there’s nothing going on out there in the woods. The Coaster Cats are finishing up the return run, replacing 650 feet of track with IPE wood.

We’ll watch for Judy in the queue next May!

Sweepstakes: Who’s your Season Pass Pal?

Thunderbird, Diving out of Immelmann

Congratulations to our winner: Chelsea D. from Indianapolis – and thanks to all who entered!
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Do you have a pal with whom you love to go on adventures?

Maybe it’s a grandchild …

Lewis & Clark car

Or a cousin …

Otorongo boys

Or a fellow thrill seeker.

Thunderbird launch

We want to give you a chance to visit all season long – with your Season Pass Pal – just by entering our Who’s Your Season Pass Pal Sweepstakes!

Because Season Passes are amazing:

Deepest discounts for Season Passes are available for just a few more weeks – through November 15 – plus we have an Easy Pay plan if you’d prefer monthly installments.

The list of different types of passes available – and all the associated benefits – are outlined here in a handy-dandy chart.

But first, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter. 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, and visiting us on our Facebook page.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us who your Season Pass Pal will be if you win and why – first names only, please. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • Season Passes 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).
  • 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? Just use the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 11am CST, when we’ll choose one winner at random.

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Good luck to all!

Today, we’re Wally World

Today is the first day we are closed for the season – and of course, the Walley World jokes abound.

Did you know we have a Wally who works here?

He has for 20 seasons

Cathy is Wally’s department head. She says he’s got quite the sweet tooth.

She also shared this story: Right now what comes to mind and makes me giggle is that I purchased a special hose for his area which is lighter weight than all the others and he has his favorite hoses throughout the park. If you use one of his hoses you better finish with it before he gets there or he will take it away from you.

Celebrating Wally with cake

We’re so fortunate to have long-time employees like Wally and all the folks you see in the above photo.

They work in all sorts of weather to keep our grounds looking beautiful throughout the year.

… at least that’s what the dog out front should have told you!

Sorry Folks, we're closed

 

 

Podcast: The One with Spoopy

Holly the Elf

That’s right, Spoopy!

Leah feels so strongly about this word that she wants a new holiday declared – nay, an entire month:

 

 

Amanda (aka Genesis: The Creature in our Come Alive! show) joins us this episode.

Genesis from Come Alive! is spoopy

Amanda swaps show stories from over the years with Lauren and Leah.

… including how she played Holly the Elf on her day off a decade ago:

Holly the Elf

That’s right – Amanda was a HoliDazzle

Next, we hear from 74-year-old Judy, to hear about her first coaster ride in 50 years.

She chose The Voyage. (We had so much fun with Judy, we’ll blog about her next week.)

Want to see what else The Guardian considers kitschy here in the Colonies? Here’s their article.

Today is National Frankenstein Day.

Frankenstein at SCAREbnb

Frank is all stretched out and spoopy in his room at our new SCAREbnb funhouse. He’ll be all rested up for your visit this weekend!

Here’s that Eagle-costume tweet:

And here’s the “mean hugged” tweet:

 

Can you figure out Where’s Foot-o?

The Coaster Crew makes the most of World Pizza Makers Day:

 

 

Thanks again for joining us! And if you’re intrigued about our reprint of the 1950s-era Santa Claus Land catalog, be sure to order online soon.

Santa Claus Land Catalog (Cover) Santa Claus Land Catalog (Listings)

Podcast: Making Merry

Lauren Wand

It’s the aftermath of announcing Santa’s Merry Marketplace and our podsquad is still a bit giddy for today’s podcast episode:

 

 

We talk a lot about producing the announcement video for Santa’s Merry Marketplace.

And here it is:

Lauren’s wand-choreography rehearsal

Lauren Wand

The glitter went … everywhere.

 

Matt was in Indianapolis yesterday morning for an interview with Inside Indiana Business.

What do you think: Good bone structure? Properly applied translucent make-up?

 

Here are the design graphics:

Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe

Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe in Santa’s Merry Marketplace

 

Candy Cane Confectionary & Polar Expresso at Santa's Merry Marketplace

Candy Cane Confectionary & Polar Expresso at Santa’s Merry Marketplace

 

Santa's Merry Marketplace, side view

Side view of Santa’s Merry Marketplace

 

Santa's Merry Marketplace, interior

Santa’s Merry Marketplace, interior

 

Santa's Merry Marketplace & Christmas Plaza

Christmas Plaza & Santa’s Merry Marketplace   

Just three more weekends for Happy Halloween Weekends.

What could be better than Make Your Own S’mores?

Make Your Own S'mores

How about a S’mores Funnel Cake?

S'mores Funnel Cake

And yes, those are Teddy Grahams sprinkled on top. S’mores Funnel Cakes are available at Santa’s Snacks.

This poignant post from #NonStopNorah’s mom brought tears to all of our eyes:

In our Holidays segment – we all but drooled over Pulled Pork Day.

Celebrate tomorrow with a Walkin’ Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese at SnackHouse (across from Thunderbird).

Walkin' Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

Happy Birthday to “That Harper Valley PTA Girl”!

Jeanie C. Riley ad

For the upcoming World Pasta Day, we learned that Lauren and Leah’s grandfather Bill Koch met the original Alfredo back in 1955.

Bill Koch meeting the creator of Fettuccine Alfredo

In #HoWoPo Feedback, there was no shortage of puns:

 

Octothorp.

#JustSayin’

Loved the email from Sean (some Wild Irish Prose?), our old pal from ACE.

Sean Flaharty

Lauren met a sloth one year at the IAAPA Expo:

Sloth

Here’s that incredible “Spoopy” sketch from Devon:

 

We’re so pleased our new signage has made such a difference:

The Coaster Crew does it again.

… and again:

Thanks, as always, for listening! We’ll be back again in two weeks with another episode.

Meanwhile, here’s where to check out all the 2019 Season Pass Perks available to you – with the best discounts available right now.

Sweepstakes: How many pumpkins?

Congratulations to our winners: Heather F. from Paducah, Kentucky and Kataushalynn M. from Tell City, Indiana!

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How many pumpkins do we use to decorate during Happy Halloween Weekends?

Take a guess, below, and you could win two tickets to this year’s event, which runs through October 28.

We’ll choose two winners: One will be whoever first guesses the correct number – or comes closest; the second will be chosen at random.

Kitty Claws and her pumpkins

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, and visiting us on our Facebook page.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us how many pumpkins and gourds you think we have added to this year’s Happy Halloween Weekends decorations. (We moderate all comments, 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).
  • 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, October 3, 2018, at 2:30pm CDT, when we’ll notify our two winners via email.

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Happy Halloween Weekends include the roller coasters and family rides you love, plus themed shows, amazing funhouses, corn mazes, and so much more!

(By the way, if you like Kaitlyn’s Kitty Claws headband, they’re available here on the HoliShop and in the park’s shops, along with a Holidog cap and cape.)

Podcast: The one with the Lucite

Golden Ticket Awards - Lauren & Leah

The Lucite reference in the name of this episode is in tribute to the late Will Koch.

Oh, how he loved “bringing home the Lucite.”

Will Koch at the Golden Ticket Awards

And so, it seems, do his daughters

Leah & Lauren at the Golden Ticket Awards

We talk about last weekend’s Golden Ticket Awards and so much more on podcast episode 065:

We’re just one weekend away from the start of our Happy Halloween Weekends. (Be sure to enter our sweepstakes.)

Can’t wait until SCAREbnb comes alive! This guest has already arrived … and made himself right at home – stretched out to get comfy.

SCAREbnb

Here’s the HoliBlog post Amanda wrote – she’s part of our Come Alive! cast.

The ACE Midwest event “Quoth the Raven, Ride Some More” is coming up soon – registration deadline is just a few days away:

I still don’t understand this post, but the photo must be seen:

… but don’t throw pennies from rides. Ever.

I dug up Billy Olsen’s photo of his meal, complete with SPAM Lite:

SPAM

Does anyone else see a face in the piece on the right? <shudder>

Alyssa’s tweet showing little Kevin’s first coaster ride makes us all go “awwwwww.”

 

I think it’s time for Kevin to have his own HoliBlog tag. Agreed?

Be sure to catch The Chain Lift’s review of Thunderbird:

The Coaster Crew gets all highbrow on us:

And then blew us away with this GIF

Thanks for listening!

An answer to our most-asked question

Platinum Season Pass Platinum Season Passes

“When can I catch the best discounts for Season Passes?”

We get asked this question year-round. Because everyone likes a good deal, right?

Here’s the answer:

The deepest discounts are available toward the end of the previous season.

As in … right now!

Technically, the deepest discounts will expire at midnight Friday. And what we mean by that is one minute after 11:59pm Central Time on Friday. If you wait till Saturday, you won’t save quite as much.

Of course, the best reason to get Passes is to be able to visit whenever you want to – and stay for as long or as little as you want to. We hear that over and over again: We don’t feel like we have to rush through our day. There’s always tomorrow – and the day after – to come back for more fun!

Here are some tips for first-timers

  • We have three kinds of passes: Platinum Season Passes, Season Passes, and Summer Fun Cards
  • Here’s the link to our chart of benefits, to help you decide which is best for you
  • Easy Pay is available if you prefer monthly payments for your Season Passes or Platinum Season Passes
  • Easy Pay’s lowest rates are in effect now, too: as low as $17/month for a Season Pass ($16/month for Guests-under-54″ and Seniors 60+)
  • Platinum Passholders get double discounts on Food and Merchandise, a Preview Party before we open in the spring, a free Souvenir Cup, and more
  • If you purchase your 2019 Platinum Season Passes this fall (paid-in-full) you can either: Use it to visit FREE on Sundays for all six of 2018’s Happy Halloween Weekends or (if you already have a 2018 PSP or SP) bring a friend with you for FREE on those Sundays
  • Passholders even have their own e-newsletter and Facebook group!

Remember: with Season Passes, the more you visit the more you save!