Top of the … mushroom?

It’s not close enough to Saint Patrick’s Day for us to be greeting each other with Top of the mornin’! just yet … … so “Top of the mushroom” definitely needs an explanation. This, as you probably know, is our Revolution ride. It’s a classic Round Up ride. That piece in the center is called the mushroom….

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AIMS high

Don’t worry, I already gave Sean a hard time over those palm trees in the background. “Rub it in, will ya?!” He assured me it wasn’t all that warm in Texas last week. These members of our Maintenance Team just got back from a week at AIMS training and certification. AIMS stands for Amusement Industry Manufacturers…

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Voyage track work, by the numbers

"Covered wagon" used for track replacement

When we first started talking about adding a wooden roller coaster to our ride line up (this was waaaaay back in the early 1990s), we knew there was an important commitment we’d need to make. Off-season track work Because wooden coasters need lots of Tender Loving Care. Our trio of aggressive woodies has a special…

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Hard Hat Chronicles, episode XX

Voyage Crossing

Question: When were fractions invented? Was it after Roman Numerals were already in place? … because both XIX.V and XIX I/II just look wrong. And so, we’ll move on and call this second part of Episode XIX simply Episode XX. (If you haven’t watched Episode XIX yet, please go back and take a look.) In this episode,…

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Service: more than a cornerstone

2017 Veterans

At Holiday World, we have four cornerstones: Safety, Service, Cleanliness, and Friendliness. Today, we’re thinking about one of those cornerstones just a bit differently. Service. More specifically, we wanted to take a moment to honor those on our staff who have served in the military. Continuing with a tradition here at the park, it was…

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The main frame

When you hear the phrase “main frame,” you think of a computer, right? Well, not today. This morning, Firecracker‘s main frame was lowered into place. Firecracker is a classic Calypso ride. It has graced two other parks since its birth in 1972. We’re restoring it for this season. Third time’s the charm, right? We showed…

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Enter our Lots o’ Lights Sweepstakes

Congratulations to Kris T., from Gosport, Indiana, whose entry was chosen at random. She and her family will enjoy two nights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort plus a day for four at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari! Thanks to all who entered! By the way, how many light bulbs…

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Thunderbird’s half-minute waltz

Be assured it took many hours of work to provide Thunderbird’s trains with their off-season maintenance. But everybody loves a good time-lapse video, right? We’ll have another Legend update for you soon. Meanwhile, we open for the season in just over 11 weeks. That means we need to go around the World in 80 days…

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Honoring 68 years of service

When you work at a theme park, you’re in the service industry. Given today’s date, though, let’s take a look at a different type of service. Veterans Day is a time to honor the service of all American military veterans. Our new Maintenance Director, Joe, comes to us following more than a dozen years in the…

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Happy Underwear Day!

I kid you not. There’s such a thing as “Underwear Day.” And I guess we’re meant to celebrate that fact. … which reminds me of a blog post from long ago. Really. When I went into Will’s office more than a decade ago to ask him what he thought about us starting a blog, I…

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The Maintenance Men

Congratulations to Andy, Tim, Tom, Michael, Sean, Clint and Bob for achieving AIMS certification today following a week of Safety School. In Orlando. Andy is one of our Attractions Managers and the other fellows are part of our Maintenance Team. Heading home to prepare for the season after @AIMS_Int Safety School in Orlando. We open…

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A sign that it’s November

This fellow nearly gobbled up all the available space on this access road … You never know what you might (almost) run into while driving behind the scenes. #WeBrakeForTurkeys pic.twitter.com/fdbwDojP7t — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) November 3, 2014

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