Podcast: The one with the Lucite

Golden Ticket Awards - Lauren & Leah

The Lucite reference in the name of this episode is in tribute to the late Will Koch. Oh, how he loved “bringing home the Lucite.” And so, it seems, do his daughters We talk about last weekend’s Golden Ticket Awards and so much more on podcast episode 065: We’re just one weekend away from the start…

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Podcast: Promises Kept

Leah - Golden Ticket Award

I won’t ruin the surprise, but a promise made long ago (and repeatedly) was finally kept this morning … The Golden Ticket Awards were held last weekend in Connecticut. Leah was pleased as punch to accept the #1 Water Park Ride award (Wildebeest‘s eighth win in as many years). ^ Bonus points if you can…

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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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Golden Ticket Awards – so much more than swag

Last year, Lauren, Michael, and I went to the Golden Ticket Awards for the first time ever. (Well, with the exception of the times Holiday World hosted the event.) As we were packing our suitcases, we realized we knew next to nothing about these awards. Okay, so that was a bit dramatic. We knew a…

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Oh, those Golden Tickets …

So how did we do this year? The Golden Ticket for Best Waterpark Ride goes to … Wildebeest! #5thConsecutiveYear @ProSlideTech pic.twitter.com/fNBZh8FbDI — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 7, 2014 Leah and Lauren accepted the award: "Our dad would be so proud!" Leah Koch and Lauren Koch Crosby #WildebeestBestWaterparkRide pic.twitter.com/BOiZ71iOo6 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 7, 2014…

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It’s time to walk the red carpet

It’s that time again, already: In just a few minutes, the Golden Ticket Awards ceremony begins. You know … the Academy Awards of the theme park industry? (Can’t continue without a quick and sincere #RIPJoanRivers shout out.) Our team is ready to “Bring Home the Lucite,” as Will Koch used to love to say. Prepping…

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Bringing home the lucite

"Let's bring home the lucite" was Will's annual joke as it got close to Golden Ticket Awards time. He loved to win. This evening, his daughters Lauren and Leah accepted the "Best Waterpark Ride" award for Wildebeest. Our first water coaster has won all four years since it opened. Lauren called Wildebeest her dad's "final…

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Six Golden Ticket Awards

Wow, what a night. Thanks to all who joined us on our Facebook page as we posted about the evening's events as the 2010 Golden Ticket Awards were announced. In case you missed it, here's the news release with the results: PARK WINS SIX ‘GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS’ ‘VOYAGE,’ ‘WILDEBEEST’ TAKE TOP HONORS WILL KOCH NAMED…

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It’s time to walk the red carpet…

Did you know Holiday World was the first park to host the Golden Ticket Awards, back in 2001? The Golden Ticket Awards are the amusement/water park industry’s version of the Academy Awards. The 2010 awards will be announced this evening; the host park this year is Busch Gardens Williamsburg. And look who’s there: From left,…

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The laughter goes on

Will Koch receives "World's Cleanest Park" award in 2007

I’m sifting through some old emails to save the ones from Will that made me laugh. It’s almost every last one of them. His sense of humor kept our mood buoyant and his easy, infectious (okay, goofy!) laugh was downright inspirational. Something he said pretty regularly: “If we can’t have fun, who can? We’re a…

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Blogging before it was cool

Speaking recently at a hospitality conference, I heard gasps upon mentioning we were in our 5th year of blogging here at Holiday World. Despite my sort-of tongue in cheek (actually, in song) appeal for a new Golden Ticket Award category, the wait continues. How nice, though, to start the day with this lovely news.

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Golden memories

Hosting the Golden Ticket Awards was a blast. It was well over a year ago that we started bugging Amusement Today publisher Gary Slade that we wanted to host the Golden Ticket Awards again. Turns out he already had us in mind. (Surely it had nothing to do with him wanting to ride this new…

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