The World through Leah’s lens

I’ll never forget how much my siblings and I used to pester my father about what was coming. I wish I could calculate just how many times we asked him, “C’mon, can you at least give us a hint?” He’d say something incredibly vague that gave absolutely nothing away like, “It’s big.” (Well, duh, everything…

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Willkommen!

Today, more than 50 members of a roller coaster club from Germany are visiting us. We had the nerve to serve them bratwurst and German potato salad! (Truth be told, they chose the menu – and proclaimed their meal to be delicious.) Here’s Tim, their leader, who proclaimed to the group, “Voyage is not for…

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Hints and misses

Can’t deny it’s been a fun week. We announced our 66DaysAtSea.com microsite on Monday, and the reaction has been tremendous. In case you’re not one of the group of people we affectionately refer to as “the coaster crazies,” you may not know where to look for extra clues and analysis. Here’s your Pilgrim’s Primer: 1….

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Are we there yet?

66 Days at Sea

Have you ever wondered where that phrase originated? Are we there yet?! Could it have been … on board the Mayflower? It was, after all, a 66-day trip, crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. Our story begins with a little event we threw for members of the roller coaster enthusiast clubs we call…

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A dog-eared photo

When you work at a theme park with ridiculously clever people, you never know ahead of time what each day will bring. But this, actually, was scheduled ahead of time. This was taken during a photo shoot for our 2014 HoliWood Nights flyer. Yes, Holidog was getting ready for his close-up. That's Ashley, our special…

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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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Keeping track of the coaster crazies

When we started building The Raven back in 1994, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into … … and how many friendships would be forged. The roller coaster enthusiasts are like one big, happy, enthusiastic family. And last weekend was their family reunion. Just as with any family reunion, they take lots…

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My coaster-crazy kid

It was getting close to bedtime for James last night. My second grader had grabbed a good book and made himself comfortable on Daddy’s side of the bed. (Stories from the good book, actually.) It seemed a good time to sneak in for a cuddle, so I slipped in on my side and got ready…

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Holiday World heist

What a nice email (including the subject line, above) from a new friend from across the pond: Good Evening/Afternoon Paula! It is Friday night over here and after a hard day's work I am relaxing at home as I am traveling 2 hours at 7am in the morning to get to Alton Towers for a…

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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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‘Pleasantly unhip’

That just about says it, doesn’t it? NUVO news-weekly, which bills itself at “Indy’s Alternative Voice,” had lots of other good things to say about us. One bit of outdated info though … they say only Splashin’ Safari has free sunscreen. We added it at Holiday World this season. As our friend Andy from the…

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Perhaps they left their red coats on the motorcoach

It’s all smiles around here when the call goes out: The British are coming! There’s something about the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain. They’re good sports, that’s for sure. Although I had to explain the significance of having them pose by this sign: They did happen to mention that “petrol” across the pond is…

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