A boo-tiful award

A text buzzed in on my phone the other evening, with this photo: VP Eric was in Indianapolis, attending the annual State Tourism Conference. Tuesday evening, Indiana Tourism Association officials announced eight “Best of” marketing awards. The award for Best Event/Festival went to … … Happy Halloween Weekends! In announcing our award, the emcee sharing some…

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Making the grade

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Does the word “test” still make your blood run cold, even though you’ve been out of school for weeks, years, or (like me) decades? Here’s one better: audit. Well, our lifeguards just got the results of their first third-party safety audit of the season … … and they received an A+! We’ll have a full…

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Podcast: Safety School

For the first podcast episode of the new year, we have a chat about iROC Safety School with International Ride Training co-owner Cindee Huddy:   Here is our iROC Audit Excellence Award, which we happily share with all of our Ride Operators from 2017 – well done! The week’s Voyage track work entailed building a…

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A major award!

Well, maybe not a major award, but this time of year that’s a fun phrase to use. (Worked well for The Old Man in A Christmas Story, right?) The HoliBlog was recently named one of the world’s Top 50 Theme Park Blogs by the folks at Feedspot, a news and blog reader used by more than a…

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The drive to dive

Well, she did it – one of our incredible divers went to the World High Dive Championship in Russia this week, and she’s bringing home the silver medal. Congratulations to our diver Cesilie, who just took the silver in the FINA High Diving World Championship in Russia! pic.twitter.com/WIMRNYyk4N — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) August 4, 2015…

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Golden Ticket Awards – so much more than swag

Last year, Lauren, Michael, and I went to the Golden Ticket Awards for the first time ever. (Well, with the exception of the times Holiday World hosted the event.) As we were packing our suitcases, we realized we knew next to nothing about these awards. Okay, so that was a bit dramatic. We knew a…

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Falling for us

We've put away all the pumpkins (even Gourdon!) from Happy Halloween Weekends and are in full-steam-ahead mode for Opening Day 2014. … so it came as a lovely surprise when we heard from the folks at the Indiana Tourism Office this morning that we've been named Indiana's #1 Destination for Fall Family Fun. Their Top…

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It’s about TIME!

How in the world did I accomplish anything before Google Alerts were invented? Yesterday morning, my day came to a screeching halt when I received a Google Alert with a link to this article in TIME magazine. Yes, TIME. TIME's top ten coaster list only includes a few wooden coasters. And the highest ranked among…

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The owl eyes have it!

What a lovely surprise! For the third year in a row, Trip Advisor named us among the Top 10% of hospitality businesses worldwide that are reviewed on their monstrous website (it's the 91st most visited website in the U.S.). The information TripAdvisor.com sent us noted that to qualify for their "Certificate of Excellence," an attraction,…

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Indiana Tourism’s highest honor

Did you know the highest honor in Indiana's tourism industry is the Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award? This award was established in 2011, in memory of our late president, who passed away suddenly in 2010. Will had been a leader in the tourism industry for so many years that our state's Lieutenant Governor's office…

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“Outstanding Concrete Achievement Award”

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I kid you not. This award exists. And in a few weeks, that award will be proudly displayed here at Holiday World. I’m afraid I may have offended Steve a bit; I grinned and started laughing when he told me about the Outstanding Concrete Achievement Award. “You’re joking, right?” I chuckled. My chortle quickly choked…

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