Founder’s Day

Ronald Reagan. Louis J. Koch, Santa Jim Yellig

Today is the birthdate of Louis J. Koch. Let’s declare it to be Founder’s Day! Did you know that Holiday World started out as a retirement project? It was back in 1946. Our original name was Santa Claus Land. Louis J. Koch was an Evansville industrialist (he was one of the sons in the George…

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Trees please

Thunderbird and Voyage

Today is National Love A Tree Day And we’ve got plenty of love to go around. Over the decades, we’ve bent over backwards to keep our parks filled with beautiful trees.   Did you know the acclaimed “S Curve” at the bottom of The Raven’s fifth drop was created to save a row of trees?…

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“I watched your podcast”

^ Been hearing that phrase a lot lately. (Thanks for tuning in!) Until I realized I was being obnoxious and stopped, I had corrected several “viewers” to remind them that a podcast is audio only. (In a nutshell, our podcast is an online on-demand talk radio show.) Then Stephen came up with the idea to create…

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Back on track

Celebrating our 70th Birthday!

What do you give a park for its 70th Birthday? That an easy one! You bring back its original ride to put on display for generations to see and reminisce. Whether you remember it as the Freedom Train, the Mother Goose Land Train, or the Santa Claus Land Railroad (thus nearly equaling Sean Combs in the “most…

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Clickety clack

This is one of those Good News/Not-So-Good News stories. Let's start with the good news: Holidog has his own train coming to Holidog’s FunTown! We hope you’ll enjoy making memories with your family as Holidog Express takes you through Mother Goose Land, starting in early June. This is the photo of what the train will…

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Wake up, you two!

After wintering in one of our warehouses, it's almost time for Jack & Jill to rise and shine for another season! Seriously, I just want to reach out and tickle Jack's toes!

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So who’s in the “mail room”?

There are so many stories about famous, successful folks who have “worked their way up” in the world. It seems they all got their start in the mail room. That’s not exactly what’s happened with Amanda, but she has impressed us for years as a seasonal employee who’s brought with her a happy smile and…

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Angry Birds of a feather…

There must be a lot of Angry Birds fans out there! Psssttt…here’s an insider tip: a little birdie told me the Angry Birds characters will soon be available as prizes at Merlin’s Castle in the Halloween section. From the roof of The Alamo to the rocks at Bahari, this week’s guesses flew all over the…

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That other “ho-ho-ho!” guy

As a child, growing up far, far away from the town of Santa Claus, it just didn't seem right. There was some other guy claiming "ho-ho-ho" as his own on TV. Remember him? I had to go back and find the commercial and double-check: Indeed. That Green Giant canned vegetable guy stole Santa's iconic line…

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Happy birthday to … us!

Happy birthday! It was 59 years ago today that Louis J. Koch opened the world’s first theme park, Santa Claus Land. Fifty-nine years later, LJK’s grandson Will keeps up the family tradition along with his mom and two of his daughters. Plus, there are hundreds of us who feel as if we’re part of the…

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