A fowl memory of Santa Claus Land

We received a confession, of sorts, from Ginger via email this week. The Bloomington, Indiana, lady graciously gave us permission to make this a public confession. We searched our photo archives, but couldn’t find the perfect photo to go with this story. You’ll understand why once you read it. From Ginger, here is the Great…

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Do you remember Santa Claus Land?

We started out, back in 1946, as a park called Santa Claus Land. Here’s a rather remarkable precursor to today’s infomercial. And yes, it includes a darling Santa Jim cameo. And those well-remembered educated animals. If you enjoy learning about the history of Holiday World, you might like a copy of our pictorial history book…

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Here it comes

There is a sigh of relief around here as we complete our last day of "daily" operations. We're still open weekends, of course, but not Monday through Friday (with the exception of Labor Day Monday). The sighs continue as we start receiving phone calls, emails, and even an occasional visit from folks who are nearly…

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More memories of feathered friends

Baseball-playing chicken

It’s amazing the Santa Claus Land memories that are stirred whenever we talk about the Educated Animals. Here’s an email from last week: I really appreciated the picture of the educated animals. I tried to tell my wife about them but could not do it justice. One of my greatest memories is of my mother…

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Signs of spring

Fire Chief Rabbit

Good grief, we had quite the “in like a lion” spring storm this afternoon. The “signs of spring” are impossible to miss this year. A local radio station was counting down the end of a Tornado Warning with, “Two more minutes until the tornado gets here.” Is that really necessary? Happily, a bit of wind…

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