An all-consuming hunger

The countdown to Season Opening isn’t just a busy time. It’s also a hungry time. When you know the pizza ovens will be heating up soon, it makes you want pizza. Now. And all those funky fudge flavors at Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen. Bubble-gum fudge sounds mighty tasty. Now! So in honor of our updated Restaurants…

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Deliveries arriving daily

Since the days till opening can now be counted on one hand (gulp!) the folks in the warehouse department are handling tons of … stuff. Lots and lots of plush has been unloaded and will soon be put on display at games throughout Holiday World. Uniforms have arrived and are being distributed. Cleaning supplies, lots…

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Memories from the last century

I still get a charge out of using that line. Anything that happpened five or more years ago sounds ancient, since it was “the last century.” This is part of an email from Marcia, who used to live in Evansville, Ind. Now she’s in Indianapolis and is looking forward to a return visit to Holiday…

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Brace yourself!

If you’re planning to visit Holiday World this weekend (or will be stopping by sooner to get your season-pass photo taken) you can see this … er … stuff in our Employee Parking Lot: For now, anyway.

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Don’t brush aside our painters!

As the clock ticks louder and louder, counting down the minutes till opening day, all our different crews are out and about doing whatever it takes to get the park ready. The painters are hard at work. It’s hard to tell sometimes, because they have such a rollicking good time slapping on that paint. They’re…

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Time to whine

Last night, the Indiana State Legislature made a timely decision. Next April, the entire State by law will “spring forward.” Now maybe David Letterman and Jay Leno won’t make quite as much fun of the Hoosier State. And the national news anchors won’t have to make a big deal every spring and fall when they…

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Problem solving the high-tech way

Wow! Will Koch is getting into this HoliBlogging — two days in a row! (He cautioned me not to expect something every day. We’ll take what we can get, right?) This is from Will: Yesterday, our marketing director, John, called and said we needed to talk about the logo design for the water tower. We…

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Around and around we go!

…well, maybe not we. I don’t know, maybe it has something to do with getting older, but those circular rides make me sick. Sorry, I can’t “spin” this into something positive, but it really doesn’t matter, does it? You either like to put centrifugal force to the test or you don’t. I’ll pass. Back in…

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The big countdown

Oh, my gosh — it just hit me! How does time pass so quickly from year to year? There’s never enough time to get ready. And now, all of a sudden, we’re down to single digits! Just eight months till Christmas! (Faked you out, didn’t I?) It’s so much fun to be out at the…

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15 days till opening

…and the park is bustling with preparation! Our hardworking crews from Grounds and Cleaning are scrubbing every inch of the park, removing the winter grime. And the rides are coming out of hibernation, complete with a fresh coat of paint. A contractor sees to it Splashin’ Safari will “rock” with Beach Boys music this summer….

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The agony of de feet

Important Notice to all new Hosts and Hostesses: It really helps to “break in” your spiffy new white sneaks before the first day of work. Now, that doesn’t mean to drag them through a mud puddle the way my older brothers did as we trudged to Sacred Heart Elementary on the first day of school…

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Woodn’t you like to know?

Will Koch does not like to cut down trees. Let me rephrase that: Will Koch does not like to cut down tree. It’s against his nature. He wants as much shade as possible in the park. And the beauty of the old hardwoods is part of his family’s heritage. He’s the third generation to run…

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Even the skulls are smiling!

A friend from Massachusetts emailed me this morning to tell me about his young daughter. Ella just turned six and is a darling little girl. As the mother of three sons (no daughters) and the sister to three brothers, I do have an affinity for stories about daughters. They watched one of the Harry Potter…

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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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