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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A friends from ’62

Wow. It's not just my Mom reading this thing. An email came in late yesterday afternoon from a lady asking about discounts. When I emailed her back with the information, she replied with this sweet story (I have her permission to post this and use her name): I remember my Aunt Deanie (who had come…

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By the numbers

Just to put to rest any cynical suspicions that the HoliBlog is intended to be a sweet, puffy, sugary, cotton-candy cog in my magical PR spin machine… I’m about to pull my hair out! And it’s all about numbers. Now, I’m not a math genius, but I can hold my own. I balance my checkbook….

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Would you like to take a walk?

A lot of children (and some adults) think working at a theme park is the coolest job imaginable. Yes, making families happy for a living is an amazing career. Permit me, however, to clear up a few possible misconceptions: …No, we don’t get to go on rides all day. …No, we don’t take long lunches…

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