Birthday rooms for epic parties

Party Room Candles 2

When people find out I grew up in a theme park because it was my family business, they often ask me expectantly: Did you have the COOLEST birthdays?! The answer is sometimes.  My sister and I were born in September and October, respectively, so we “got to” share our birthday party every year. So yes,…

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Soon, June, soon …

This video popped up on a local television station’s Facebook page today. It seems little June’s birthday surprise was met with a bit of resistance … Trust me, sweetie. Holiday World isn’t quite as much fun when it’s 20 degrees outside and all the rides are safely stored away. But don’t worry, we’re working hard to…

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Blanche’s 103rd birthday

Blanche's Friends

Many happy returns to Blanche, whose birthday wish yesterday was to visit the park with her family. Happy birthday to Blanche, celebrating her 103rd birthday with us today! #ManyHappyReturns pic.twitter.com/59sTHRWJZf — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 3, 2017 Matt told me he asked her if she was planning to ride any roller coasters. Her reply, “No…

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Happy Birthday, Mrs. Brady!

Florence Henderson with the Kochs

Did you know Florence Henderson was a Hoosier? She was born on this day in 1934 in the town of Dale, which is just a few miles west of the park. Yes, on Valentine’s Day. This photo was taken a dozen or so years ago. From left, that’s Leah, Lauren, and their mom, Lori. You…

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Independent’s Day

George the Eagle

What a nice surprise! The Theme Park Insider Awards were just announced – and we won Best New Roller Coaster for 2015! Or, rather, Thunderbird did … Proud to be the only *independent* park to win: http://t.co/GSLyEZmtJc @ThemePark #FamilyOwned pic.twitter.com/EqarNoUGcg — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) July 5, 2015 Reviewing the list of winners, the awards all…

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A cake like none other

When I was a kid and my mom asked, "What kind of birthday cake do you want?" it meant chocolate or vanilla. When Spencer was asked that question recently, just before he turned 8, he had a very different request. His mom, Melissa, emailed this today: Our family enjoyed opening day at the park this…

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Just ask Aretha

Susan's birthday balloons

The marvelous Ms. Aretha Franklin said/sang it best: R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me… Well, a different tune was playing over in the main office this morning. It was Happy Birthday, but in a minor key. Some young upstart over there decided 40 qualifies as “old.” You know, one of our Company Values is…

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A birthday card

Punster Kevin made my day: Happy 60th Birthday! What a Voyage it has been. The park is a real Legend in the amusement park world. I just can't stop Raven about you. There are so many parks that Watubee just like you. If I could be at the park today, I would start The Wave…

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Happy birthday to … us!

Happy birthday! It was 59 years ago today that Louis J. Koch opened the world’s first theme park, Santa Claus Land. Fifty-nine years later, LJK’s grandson Will keeps up the family tradition along with his mom and two of his daughters. Plus, there are hundreds of us who feel as if we’re part of the…

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In the pink

Vanessa and Will

Turning 30 is a milestone and worthy of celebrating in the pink! Oh, no – not me! (Heavens, no!) Our Director of Merchandise, Vanessa, turned 30 the other day. And everyone … everyone … was in the pink. Because it’s Vanessa’s favorite color Will didn’t get to wear his pink shirt the rest of the…

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