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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100 days

Just 100 days from today … we’ll be open for the season! At launch time (oops, lunchtime) today … … we captured Thunderbird’s first flight of the new year: As we explain in this Facebook Live video (un-mute it if you want to hear me mispronounce Immelmann), it’s time for our maintenance technicians to start off-season…

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Instagram countdown

Mammoth Boat Going Over Hill

We opted not to post a #2017bestnine photo on Instagram, since several of our most popular posts this year were videos Here are our top five posts from our 71st season: Number 5: Sunset over Rock the World The HoliDrone caught this shot of the crowd at Rock the World just as the sun was…

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Facebook: By the numbers

Henry Facebook Post 2017

When I joined Facebook back in July 2005, you had to go to thefacebook.com when you wanted to sign in. It never would have crossed my mind that over a decade later, I’d be signing in to the website every day as part of my job. It’s a big part of how we communicate with…

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Remember to turn the Lights Out!

Lights Out! | Happy Halloween Weekends | Holiday World

Lights Out! This is what you came for… Back for a second season with all new songs and choreography, Lights Out! takes over the Hoosier Celebration Theater every Saturday and Sunday during Happy Halloween Weekends. Our long-abandoned troupe of circus performers comes back to life for one final show. This high-energy show features 21 “spookified”…

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Podcast: SWOT analysis

Sad Eric with 4 lattes

With a couple of SWOT enthusiasts sitting around the #podsquad table, you knew it was only a matter of time: That Corn Bin photo posted on the Book of Face: Don’t those kiddos look like adults at a coffee shop … or a spa? Our Facebook frame for Happy Halloween Weekends is only a click…

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