Podcast: The One with the Hanging Chad

Chad & Matt

When you’ve got a friend named Chad, you’ve got to hang with him, right? WBKR’s Chad Benefield has been our pal for years. In fact, he was the emcee on the night we announced Thunderbird back in 2014, remember? We asked Chad to join us for a podcast, and today was the day: Right before…

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A clear career path

This little guy, from Bowling Green, Kentucky, lit up our Facebook page yesterday morning. His mom, Emily, posted this excruciatingly cute photo, along with: Today is career day for my youngest in preschool. I think he chose a great career! I screen-captured the post and emailed it to our full-time staff. Little Brandon is the perfect…

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Firecracker: Before & After

It’s so exciting this time of year to see our rides come back to life. And it’s extra special to see Firecracker, since it had been sleeping for nearly a decade. Here’s a photo from last fall, when our crew traveled to northern Indiana to disassemble the ride, which had been SBNO* since 2008. The story…

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The main frame

When you hear the phrase “main frame,” you think of a computer, right? Well, not today. This morning, Firecracker‘s main frame was lowered into place. Firecracker is a classic Calypso ride. It has graced two other parks since its birth in 1972. We’re restoring it for this season. Third time’s the charm, right? We showed…

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Podcast: Prodigal oboe

Happy New Year! Our first podcast-episode name in 2017 is a nod to Leah, our oboe-playing member who still has a few days home before returning to Indiana University to continue her MBA studies. We hope you enjoy this episode: Did you want to see that video of Lauren opening her coffee-table book from The…

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Podcast: IT Guy

It’s podcast day again and this time we welcomed Matt Taylor to the table – he’s our IT Director. We hope you enjoy this episode: Here are some illustrations for this latest episode along with some reminders: IT Matt gives us an interesting overview of how he and his team outfitted the park for our…

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Holiday Road warriors

And to think that when I was a kid in the ’60s and heading out on vacation in the family car with my brothers and our parents, our biggest entertainment was looking for license plates from every state. The Jeff Sutton family found a modern way to keep themselves – and the rest of us – highly…

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A look at The Legend

As the clock ticks a little louder each day, we look forward to the click-click-click of The Legend’s trains heading up the lift hill. Here’s a “Facebook Live!” video from yesterday, as we took a tour of Legend’s work site: LIVE: Let’s take a look at The Legend! Posted by Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari…

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Out to launch

Today. Was. Just. Beautiful. It was a lovely day for a long walk (my office is near the front gate – Thunderbird … isn’t) to use Facebook’s new “Live!” feature.   LIVE: Thunderbird testing (aka Hoosier Dummy now?) Posted by Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 We open in just under…

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When Mick Foley drops by …

What a day this has been! Our pal Mick Foley dropped by to check out Thunderbird testing – and we got to stream video live on Facebook for the first time! The video is a little choppy, sorry … but it’s fun to see Mick (who’s in town with his one-man show; tickets are available…

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Crowdsourcing memories

As part of our 70th Birthday Season, we’re going to create … a Memories Mosaic. A gigantic mosaic of photos taken in the park over the past seven decades. And that’s where you come in – would you like your family photos from Santa Claus Land, Holiday World, and Splashin’ Safari to be included? We sure…

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Trick or tweet

You never know whom you might run into here at the park during the Halloween season.  We see some … incredible … costumes … And then there’s this family who really had a ball! Great way to spend a fall day! @HolidayWorld pic.twitter.com/mzDppbNqjb — Zach Duke (@zach_duke) October 24, 2015 Chicago White Sox fans will…

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