Training on the high seas

Training is one big yawn, right? The trainer says, “Blah, blah, blah,” while you nod politely and think about what’s for dinner. Our lifeguards get 32 hours of training before they start work. (That’s a lot of meal planning!) Each year the members of the management staff at Splashin’ Safari put on their thinking caps…

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Tax Day extension

Steven in marketing is already planning to expand our proposed Tax Day themed section. He is in brilliant form today: Dependant Land – a special area just for children Deduction Junction – a train ride, to keep us on track Special Robot Mascots – named W-2, W-4, and I-9 Thanks, Steven. We appreciate your interest.

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Sign of the times

Three weeks till opening. Rain this week didn’t help the process of getting ready. Look at how much we got: Who needs a rain gauge when you’ve got a Christmas Crater? But wait! What’s that on the left? There–by the edge of the giant puddle. A white flag? A treasure map? A sail? Whoever made…

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Where did our fountain go?

Long, long ago … before the town of Santa Claus was even named … a giant meteor crashed into one of the town’s hillsides, leaving behind a giant crater for folks from miles around to come and see. It was amazing. A shooting star came to rest in this town. And it happened on Christmas…

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A taxing topic

About 18 months ago, I got a new computer here at work. One of the fussy little set-up chores is to go through and choose all the “Options” in Outlook. I send my emails HTML. I sort my Contacts by Address Cards (but not Detailed Address Cards). I prefer my Icons small and in a…

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The Queen of Clean strikes again

Rachel came back from the main office this afternoon with the following story: As I was looking for more letterhead over at the main office today, I heard a big sigh come through the door first … then Will. I chuckled and Will said, “I asked Marlene if she had seen Mom, and she said,…

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… but somebody’s got to do it

The call came out on the two-way radio first thing this morning: All units, we need 24 bodies for The Raven! Training is a particularly rough time around here. We have to ride roller coasters over and over. We have sample new food items day after day. Bummer. Rachel and I trudged dutifully out to…

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Happy Kellems at Santa Claus Land

Praise from Paris

… Illinois, that is. Here’s what an email from Mike had to say: I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading the articles you post on the HoliBlog site. I have visited Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari every year since 1979 when my grandparents would bring myself, my brother, and cousins…

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A story from the 1940s

Mrs. Koch just called and told me this little story; she asked me to add it to our HoliBlog: On Sunday, there was a knock at her door. It was an elderly gentleman, who asked if she knew the whereabouts of L.J. Koch, Jr., an old friend. She explained that he had passed away; he…

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P.A.S.S. me that extinguisher

Anyone driving by Holiday World at lunchtime today probably wondered what sort of tribal ritual we were performing. A tall man with a flaming torch lit afire a pan of gasoline and water in the Raven parking lot. And we were all lined up (in a circle, actually) so that one by one we could…

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Up, up and away!

It’s noisier than usual this spring. There’s a giant contraption being assembled right across the street in our Legend parking lot. And it looks like a hot-air balloon: Actually, it’s a new water tower. Our very own. That massive sphere will hold half a million gallons. That a lot of H-2-O! Will Koch likes to…

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First flight

The second train at The Raven is feeling right at home. You guessed it — Raven Red! Originally (back in 1994) I was in favor of a black train, since ravens are that color. But the red is so stunning, especially once the trees leaf out; it was definitely the right choice. Four more weeks….

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Raven sighting

Just pulled into my parking space and saw, off in the woods, The Raven flying by. Empty, of course. It’s testing time. But still, what a glorious sight! And the click-click-click sound as the train ascends the lift hill is music to my ears! We’re adding a second train to The Raven this season. I’m…

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It always snows in April

It’s a shame we’re not open this month. Now that’s a dangerous statement to make 29 days before opening. Everyone is focused on getting rides ready to go, employees trained, new stuff publicized and advertised. Lots of painting and cleaning to do. Time is of the essence. Tempus fugit. Nerves can get frazzled. As an…

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