Postcast: The one with the Coastershack

So the cat’s out of the bag. Or perhaps I should say … gopher. During today’s podcast, we reveal the 2018 theme for our HoliWood Nights event for coaster enthusiasts. No, it’s not Yellow Submarine, but this photo from our HoliWood Nights Facebook Group is too cool not to post: Our theme is … Coastershack! Be sure to enter…

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Night flights

Voyage At Sunset

Last Friday, I wrote about our Lights Out! show. The next day, I got to experience a few of our coasters with their lights out. This past Saturday we hosted “Quoth the Raven, Ride Some More,” a coaster-enthusiast event with the Midwest chapter of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). Our morning started before the park opened…

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Podcast: Stars & Stripes Forever

Another podcast day! Ready to go with #HoWoPo! #Podcast pic.twitter.com/jTbEJZYK1p — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) July 1, 2016 Here’s the ‘cast, if you’d like to listen and scroll through this post to see some illustrations of our conversations. Be sure to enter our new contest and don’t miss the promo code!   Our beautiful plaque from…

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#FlashbackFriday

Oh what fun it is to research and revisit our past – with oh so many wonderful stories we have to tell from our 70 years! Here’s a share of a video our ACE friend Sean posted on YouTube. (ACE = American Coaster Enthusiasts. Yes, that’s a thing.) For the backstory about the day CBS’s 48…

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Zenerosity

So who won that HoliAuction we held to help tornado victims in Oklahoma? Meet Keith. After quite the bidding war in our HoliAuction, Keith triumphed, winning a prize pack overflowing with Holiday World memorabilia. All proceeds (plus some generous donations from our staff, matched by the park) went to support the American Red Cross's tornado…

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So who won the HoliAuction?

Did you bid? Our HoliAuction to raise money for the Red Cross fund for SuperStorm Sandy relief got quite lively at the end. Our system's "anti-sniping" feature went into overdrive, adding five minutes to the clock each time a last-minute bid was posted. Talk about a wild ride! Ultimately, though, there's only one top bidder….

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Neither rain, nor snow …

Well, sometimes the weather does make it difficult. We were invited to speak to the American Coaster Enthusiasts' annual "East Coaster" event over the weekend in Allentown, Pennsylvania. As in mid-Atlantic states. As in blizzardpalooza. Since they were already closing airports on Friday, we quickly made a video for the enthusiasts to show during the…

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Thump, thump, clap! Thump, thump, clap!

We've talked about the coaster crazies before. They're those park enthusiasts who love all-things-coasters to the point that they join a club. …to the point that they go to meetings (and we're not talking about the 12-step type). …to the point that they'll even wear silly clothes. Enter Marty Moltz. He's one of our favorites….

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Anyone speak Portuguese?

Or, maybe just know how to read it? Tim, with the American Coaster Enthusiasts, was kind enough to send me this publication. He's so tickled that one of his photos made it on the cover of a magazine. Our Voyage. On the cover of a magazine in Portugal. Written in Portuguese. Just wish we knew…

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Extreme cover

It’s really a thrill to be featured on the cover of a magazine. And to have a multi-page, color article. But 17 pages?! Well, that’s … almost embarrassing. Almost. Well, after all, it is “RollerCoaster Magazine,” and The Voyage is a rather extreme coaster, so maybe ACE isn’t exactly overdoing it. That’s right, RollerCoaster Magazine…

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Stick a fork in it

… ’cause this turkey is well done! That’s Mike, our Maintenance & Safety Director and his wife, Kathy, all snuggled up in one of Turkey Whirl’s feathered friends. The bird was on display at the huge IAAPA Convention in Atlanta a few weeks ago. I was only there for one day, and never found that…

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CBS correspondent discovers ‘fun’ at The Raven

  I remember back when The Raven was under construction during the fall and winter of 1994-95. We took a magazine writer on a construction tour and some coaster enthusiasts came along (for color commentary, so I learned). I must admit to initially thinking those people were nuts. By just looking at the positioning of…

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