That “Harper Valley PTA” Girl!

Jeannie C. Riley ad

What in the world do Jeannie C. Riley and the song Harper Valley PTA have to do with Holiday World? The Grammy Award winner’s connection is with Santa Claus Land, actually; she performed her hit Harper Valley PTA in concert here on Sunday, June 11, 1978. That’s 41 years ago! This ad is from our archives Something else in that…

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Shake it up, baby!

Lemon Shake-Ups building

Not too many people knew the answer to this question:   Does anyone remember what this little building was originally designed for back in 1992? #HoWoHistory — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) April 11, 2018 There were lots of guesses when we posted this on social media, but only a handful knew the answer. Stormin’ Norman’s…

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A love letter

Nick & Amanda

Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you enjoy this guest post from a long-time seasonal employee.  My name is Amanda Claise and I recently married my high school sweetheart. I should start off by saying that my last name is pronounced like “class,” as in classroom! My husband’s name is Nick and although we recently moved to Bowling…

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A king, a queen, and a clown

Billy and Ruth's Toy Headquarters promo

In the Communications Office space, we have a sizable storage room that houses our publicity archives. This storage room used to be the park’s dark room. (Back when photos were taken using large cameras and black-and-white film, they were developed … in a “dark room.”) We don’t have to tell you how photography has changed…

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Daddy downpour

This photo makes me smile … Water park fun at @HolidayWorld #bobthebearder #beard #beards #bearded #noshaveever #noshavelife — Bobthebearder (@thunderhead1930) June 25, 2017

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Opening a can of worms

Henry's act of kindness

How often have you been out in public and heard a child who’s just not in a good mood? Most of us would continue on our way. Not Henry. His story was told on Facebook yesterday by the little boy’s mother: So thankful for a sweet guy named Henry who noticed my son had a broken…

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A bear named Barnabus

Barnabus and Zach

We heard recently from a mom who was going through a tough time. Here’s a portion of her email to us: My children and I have recently gone through an apartment fire … We lost pretty much everything, and what we didn’t lose we cannot go in after. My son has had a bear in…

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Seven decades of pictures

Here’s to seven decades of fantastic photographic fun! Thanks to all who sent us pictures to include in this video and the Memories Mosaic in our 70th Birthday Plaza. From the old Brownie cameras to today’s cell-phone cameras, every captured memory is precious. Here’s to our next 70 years!

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Holiday Road warriors

And to think that when I was a kid in the ’60s and heading out on vacation in the family car with my brothers and our parents, our biggest entertainment was looking for license plates from every state. The Jeff Sutton family found a modern way to keep themselves – and the rest of us – highly…

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Center square for the win

Local radio personality Ty Hunter posted this on Instagram – and all this Baby Boomer’s heart could do was beat a little faster, remembering the glory days of the TV game show Hollywood Squares. HoliWood Squares? Can’t take him anywhere. #weirdo A photo posted by Ty Hunter (@tylerhunter007) on Jul 27, 2016 at 3:08pm PDT…

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The Legend lives on

This morning, while adding a new Legend video to our YouTube channel, I happened upon this wonderful piece of our history from 1999. It’s the day we announced we were building The Legend: Many thanks to David Ellis for posting this video of the late Will Koch announcing The Legend. We know Will would be…

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Small fry

Well, you learn something new every day. In search of a fishy turn of phrase for this post, I turned to Google to learn that a baby fish is called a “fry.” Our small fries – Dancer’s Fish – were created back in 1955; we added them to Santa Claus Land in the early 1970s. Our…

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