That “Harper Valley PTA” Girl!

Jeannie C. Riley ad

What in the world do Jeannie C. Riley and the song Harper Valley PTA have to do with Holiday World? The Grammy Award winner’s connection is with Santa Claus Land, actually; she performed her hit Harper Valley PTA in concert here on Sunday, June 11, 1978. That’s 41 years ago! This ad is from our archives Something else in that…

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The day CBS News came to town

48 Hours' correspondant Richard Schlesinger and park president Will Koch

What fun it is to revisit our past – with oh so many wonderful stories to tell from our 73 years! This includes a visit from CBS News! Here’s a share of a video our ACE friend Sean posted on YouTube. (ACE = American Coaster Enthusiasts. Yes, that’s a thing.) For the backstory about the day…

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On this date in 1955

Reagan, Santa, L.J. Koch

Ronald Reagan at Santa Claus Land? We have proof! From the Holiday World archives: Actor (and future president) Ronald Reagan visited @SantaClausLand on this day in 1955. #HW70 pic.twitter.com/hDsNk9mbgt — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) March 29, 2016 The Gipper is pictured above with our founder, Louis J. Koch, and Santa Jim. The trio toured the park (which was…

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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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Happy Birthday, Mrs. Brady!

Florence Henderson with the Kochs

Did you know Florence Henderson was a Hoosier? She was born on this day in 1934 in the town of Dale, which is just a few miles west of the park. Yes, on Valentine’s Day. This photo was taken a dozen or so years ago. From left, that’s Leah, Lauren, and their mom, Lori. You…

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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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Anatomy of a thrill

Tory & Kari - Thrill Factor

It starts when you get the okay from the network to talk about the unnamed new show: We can finally tell you! @TravelChannel‘s new show w/ @KariByron & @ToryBelleci is named “Thrill Factor.” Watch 8/12! pic.twitter.com/yTIdJx4ufY — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) July 30, 2015 Next, add a re-tweet from the show host whose hair sports a…

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Geek now, or forever hold your peace

VP James and Kari Byron

Okay, so we can officially let the cat out of the bag now. Travel Channel was here today. But that wasn’t the secret. What we couldn’t talk about ahead of time was what this new show is about. Well, we still have to keep quiet about that. Sorry. But we can tell you who the…

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Great Scott! Tune in Thursday night

Have you ever wondered what it takes to put together an episode of reality TV? Not the table-throwing, wine-tossing kind of reality show … a nice, fun travel show. There’s a new series on the Great American Country (GAC) channel called “All-American Amusement Parks.” Actually, when we first heard from the production company, they used…

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Apparently someone famous visited today …

Feeling sort of out of touch. And, yes, old. Anyone care to fill me in? According to Google, Brennan Tracy is a sensation on Vine … and is an I.U. guy. Every time he tweets, my Inbox fills up with “favorites” and “retweet” notifications. So I’m really curious (and hoping I’m not being insulting, because…

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Have a holly Jolley Christmas …

When you work in a town named Santa Claus, you never know who might stop by … but some days we're all just amazed. We've been asked so many times if anyone famous has ever visited us that we've started a "famous visitors" tag here on the HoliBlog plus a "Famous Visitors" board on Pinterest….

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Familiar faces

It's a question we hear fairly often: Which famous people have visited Holiday World over the years? It's an interesting collection of names. A future president, a wrestling legend, professional football players, a television host, to not name a few. The list is long enough that we created a Pinterest board called Famous Visitors to…

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