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: Holidog’s transformation

In today’s podcast episode, there are a lot of graphics. Knowing that our listeners would be wondering what we’re talking about, I kept promising to post the photos. First, here’s the podcast: And here are the illustrations (I hope I caught them all – I’m sure you’ll let me know if I didn’t). We hope…

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A dog-eared photo

When you work at a theme park with ridiculously clever people, you never know ahead of time what each day will bring. But this, actually, was scheduled ahead of time. This was taken during a photo shoot for our 2014 HoliWood Nights flyer. Yes, Holidog was getting ready for his close-up. That's Ashley, our special…

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Keeping track of the coaster crazies

When we started building The Raven back in 1994, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into … … and how many friendships would be forged. The roller coaster enthusiasts are like one big, happy, enthusiastic family. And last weekend was their family reunion. Just as with any family reunion, they take lots…

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An office with a view

Our Coaster Cats have quite an expansive work space. Skylights, even. During the winter months, our coaster maintenance technicians – Anthony and Heath are in the above photo – bundle up and head out to perform their off-season track work. Right now, the crazy curves that race Voyage riders back into the station is getting…

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Holidog dances like it’s 1946

This video is pretty dark, but I’ve watched it three times and my face is sore from smiling so much. So I’m going to post it. Dance, doggie, dance! Saturday night, the Beachcombers entertained about 650 coaster enthusiasts from all over the country as we waited for the park to clear, so they could ride…

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Will explains “the tilt”

Leave it to Doug at SeasonPassPodcast.com to get to the bottom of Pilgrims Plunge's elevator "tilt." Doug and the crew gathered during our HoliWood Nights (about 500 coaster enthusiasts from around the country gather annually for this event). After the park closed to the general public Saturday night, and following an impressive thunderstorm storm, the…

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The “e” word

Even before we opened The Raven back in 1995, we started hearing from coaster enthusiasts. They'd found us. And life hasn't been the same since. Little by little, we learned the jargon. Air time. Laterals. Double up. Trims. (Oh, pardon me. Bad word.) And then there's the beloved acronym: ERT. That's short for "exclusive ride…

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CBS correspondent discovers ‘fun’ at The Raven

CBS News crew

I remember back when The Raven was under construction. It was during the fall and winter of 1994-95. We took a magazine writer on a construction tour and some coaster enthusiasts came along (for color commentary, so I learned). I must admit to initially thinking those people were nuts. By just looking at the positioning…

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