A Mankind for all seasons

We may not be open for the season for another two months, but look who stopped by anyway: World Wrestling legend (and WWE Hall of Famer, as of next month) Mick Foley has a gig in Louisville tonight, so that Christmas-loving man spent the afternoon with us. Not too many folks are tall enough to…

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Our tie-in with this year’s Super Bowl

Did you enter our "A sporting contest" brain teaser? It was a tough one. To find the answer, you had to go back to the year 1996, when two members of the Indianapolis Colts football team rode The Raven. That's Jim Harbaugh on the left and Ken Dilger (a local boy who did quite well…

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Neither rain nor snow …

There was all kinds of nasty (albeit seasonal) weather forecast for the early Tuesday morning this week. Valentine's Day. The one day every year when a red-inked letter in the mail is a good thing. It was a sweet coincidence that Valentine's Day was the day we planned to move the original Santa Claus Post…

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Watch us on the Travel Channel tonight!

Tonight’s the night. We all get to tune in and watch The Travel Channel. For tonight, Bert the Conqueror will conqueror … Indiana. Bert is the host of this crazy show where he goes from state to state–and often from park to park–trying to conquer his fears. Fear of heights. Fears of high speeds. Fear…

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“Excuse me, may I have this dance?”

Using this blog for little slice-of-life stories has been fun over the years. Here’s a memory from 2002 I’d like to share. It involves Mrs. Koch and a very special coaster enthusiast. Matthew Sullivan’s name may not be immediately recognized among coaster enthusiasts, because everyone called him Mamoosh. Or simply Moosh. I got up the…

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“Ultimate Water Ride” airs tonight

The TV show with the unfortunate acronym, World's Toughest Fixes, will present an hour-long behind-the-scenes look at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari tonight. Seems like every time I post a reminder on our Facebook page someone posts, "Why?! What happened?!" It's all good. World's Toughest Fixes isn't just about "problems," they also showcase new construction….

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The day the Super Bowl trophy came for a visit

Eric with Vince Lombardi Trophy

This can be a lonely place. Not usually, but when it’s a week away from the Super Bowl and yours truly is the only one who isn’t losing sleep over the excitement of an Indiana team heading to … Miami is it? … one can definitely feel like a square peg. And so I turn…

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Is Larry the Cable Guy smarter than a 5th grader?

  …apparently so. Yesterday evening, the Fox game show featured a question about three cities/towns: Which U.S. state included a fort named Wayne, a city called Gary and a town called Santa Claus. Larry got 'er done. In fact, the Sleeveless One declared he'd visited all three Hoosier communities. Meanwhile, a factoid popped up on…

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Please remove your sunglasses before riding, sir…

  If you follow us on Twitter, you know I'm a member of the IAAPA Communications Committee. Chair, actually, as of this week. We had our first teleconference yesterday afternoon and I must say it was great fun. Although we did our best to be strategic, forward-thinking and professional, an occasional pun or park story…

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Old news, fond memories

QVC David V. and William

Came across some “archival” photos that I thought would be fun to share. They’re not exactly ancient, but they were taken nine years ago. During the last century. The day QVC broadcast live from the park was a hoot. The production crew arrived on Sunday, October 24, 1999, to set up for a live broadcast…

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“Is it too late to call this off?”

Contest-winner Brandon told me yesterday that he and Gary had just about made up their minds to blow off The Voyage and head for Frightful Falls when John (our marketing director) helpfully pushed down their lapbars and wished them a happy ride. Sure, they're smiling. But it looks like they're talking through the smiles. Meanwhile,…

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Making an impact

It's so nice to meet a celebrity and feel you've met a friend. There are certainly plenty of sports figures with egos larger than a football field. But not Gary Brackett. …he's as down-to-earth as a (please pause patiently as I search frantically for a football metaphor) … uh, cleat. Gary was warm and chatty…

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