Switched at birth?

There are many upsides to working at a family-owned business. …because you, well, work for a family. I never cease to appreciate the good-naturedness of the Koch family members. They know how to laugh at themselves, and don't mind me poking a little fun once in a while. And so, with Dan's permission, I present…

Read More »

Are you a Stephen Colbert fan?

Will on The Colbert Report

In case you missed it back in 2006, our town was featured as part of The Colbert Report’s “Blitzkrieg on Grinchitude” series. We have the video to prove it! Colbert set up a Lincoln-versus-Santa debate, with two representatives from our county. The show’s producers chose Will to be the “Santa Guy.” Local historian Jerry Sanders…

Read More »

Travel tales

November is IAAPA Expo time around here. Several of us head to Orlando as speakers, committee chairs, or buyers. It’s an incredible trade show. Here’s a series of HoliBlog posts from November 2007’s trip to the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Expo: Destination: Orlando.  The night before I left, I told my youngest…

Read More »

A peek behind the (shower) curtain

Warm, fuzzy moments happen around here all the time. And when one of the men on staff tells the story, it’s all the sweeter. So when the new guy (Tony…our Director of Maintenance) emailed this to our staff of directors, it seemed a pity not to post it here: When I was at the Bahari…

Read More »

My coaster-crazy kid

It was getting close to bedtime for James last night. My second grader had grabbed a good book and made himself comfortable on Daddy’s side of the bed. (Stories from the good book, actually.) It seemed a good time to sneak in for a cuddle, so I slipped in on my side and got ready…

Read More »

A “Q” for the loo?

Not true! Not true! A queue for Sue? A queue for Drew?  A queue for who? (Note: that last word really should be "whom," but it doesn’t rhyme. Poetic license.) A shuttle queue. For campers who … … (ugh!) whose day is through. Back to Lake Rudolph, whether RV, cabin or tent. They’ll line up…

Read More »

Mrs. Koch, a stand-up lady

This morning, a TV crew came to the park to interview Mrs. Koch about her induction into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. As they were fussing to balance their lighting angles, she just couldn’t help herself… "Wow. This is taking more preparation than for my colonscopy yesterday!" Well, that more than broke the…

Read More »

The Holiday World Song

Who *are* these guys? We didn’t catch their names, but are sure glad Tyler from our Training & Development department captured this street performance on video for us.

Read More »

Santa’s leaky boot

Mrs. Koch really got a kick out of this. In Kringle's Kafe, there are quite a few depictions of The Man in Red. One in particular took a tumble recently. Ouch! But Santa kept his head held high … …along with his sense of humor!

Read More »

Out of the mouths of babes…

Our friends Jeff and Diana out on the west coast keep in touch with us, with updates about their and-baby-makes-three little guy, Simon. Here he is, sporting a very handsome look.   After oo-ing and ah-ing for a moment, I noticed something else. Jeff is the mad scientist who created CoasterBuzz, one of the top…

Read More »

“May the 4th be with you!”

When you have a Darth Vader talking bobble-head bank, you just have to celebrate May the 4th. (We should add this to Will’s station announcement at The Voyage: "Don’t underestimate the Force.")

Read More »

Must be a guy thing

I’ll never forget the first time I heard about waterless urinals. It was the year 2000. The Kochs had arrived back from the annual IAAPA convention all excited. The guys, anyway. Mrs. Koch cracked us up at the next directors meeting. Apparently Will and his dad were pretty fired up about these new-fangled guy potties….

Read More »