A sensory story

Here’s a story from a few years back, when a coaster-loving autistic teen needed less of a sensory storm for his first ride on Thunderbird. I remember hearing about this kind act back when it happened and am grateful for the reminder posted this week by Coaster Chit Chat. We probably all have sensory issues…

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The scoop about Waffle Cone Lights

Rick making Waffle Cone Lights

This time of the year (gulp – we’re just two weeks from Opening Day!), changes happen so quickly that it’s a challenge to catch them all for you to see. So we were delighted to hear from Rick, our Graphic Artist, that he was working on creating the Waffle Cone Lights for the new Sugarplum…

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Construction update

Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe construction

Are you familiar with the concept of parallel play? (It’s when children are playing together – yet individually. There’s peaceful coexistence as each one works on his or her own project.) That’s happening right now at Holiday World as we work together – yet separately – on Santa’s Merry Marketplace. First of all, our Food &…

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#FlashbackFriday to 1984

Santa Claus Land logo

Does anyone scrapbook the old-fashioned way any more? It used to be such a thing that the noun became a verb. Nowadays, the digital form of scrapbooking is so handy, with the ability to share old photos with virtually anyone worldwide. Throughout our 73-year history, there’s always been someone taking photos. They’re tucked away in…

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Sweepstakes: Play it Forward

Mammoth Boat Going Over Hill

Congratulations to our winner: Melody H. of Union, Missouri! Thanks to everyone who entered – we’ll launch another sweepstakes soon! —– Planning for a getaway can be loads of fun. The anticipation just adds to the excitement. Because memories can last forever. Memories like this commercial which ran in 1977, during our Santa Claus Land…

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Facebook rewind

The Legend | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

As another calendar year comes to a close, let’s reminisce about our top Facebook videos from 2018: A Pre-Season Flight With 100 days until opening, we launched Thunderbird and streamed the video live for fans. This pre-season launch served to swap the two trains, which were midway through off-season maintenance. Read more in this HoliBlog post. By…

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Podcast: the Town named Santa Claus

PolarBears: Will, Lauren, Leah

For the last podcast episode of 2018, Lori Koch (Lauren and Leah’s mom) joined us as we delved into the history of the town of Santa Claus:     A visit from The Today Show last weekend resulted in a wonderful feature story that aired this week. Here’s that link to the Santa Claus Visitors Bureau,…

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Podcast: The one with the Griswolds

Taylor Bybee

Once we move to our “Now Open Weekends” schedule,  references to “the Moose Out Front” abound. … because just about everyone has seen National Lampoon’s Vacation at least once. And, believe it or not, this vehicle was actually parked in our lot a few years ago (during the 30th-anniversary summer of the film’s release). And…

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Podcast: Weather Warrior

Ron Rhodes holding a photo of Marcia Yockey

We had an early morning, with Eyewitness News Meteorologist Ron Rhodes alternately presenting a fantastic forecast and challenging Matt to silly competitions. You know, like this: Afterwards, we asked Ron to join us on our podcast: Ron’s a local guy and grew up watching the late Marcia Yockey forecast the weather. We had a surprise…

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Podcast: Controls Freak

Brian Pastor

Today’s podcast episode is called The One With the Controls Freak. Meet Brian Pastor: And here’s his story: That highly coveted hoodie Tomorrow’s #Podcast guest. Can’t wait! A post shared by Holiday World (@holidayworld) on Apr 19, 2018 at 5:47pm PDT Brian mentioned the Irvine Ondrey Facebook page as a great place to go for…

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Podcast: Dippin’ Dots Gal

Dippin' Dots for podcast

There’s a long-running joke among coaster enthusiasts that all worthwhile rumors about parks come from … The Dippin’ Dots Guy. Because nearly every park sells that beloved treat and nearly every park has secrets to keep. For today’s podcast episode, we got The Dippin’ Dots Gal – Billie Stuber – on the horn and learned all…

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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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