A mighty cool blast from the past

Nothing like a chilly day to get you in the mood to dig around in the archives. In this case, is was our Video Vault. Here's a show – sort of an infomercial – that aired back in 1989. Prepare yourself for a park with some familiar rides and buildings – and others that are…

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Cancer survivor’s ride of a lifetime

This email choked me up – thanks to Chris for letting us post it: Dear Holiday World and Splashin' Safari,   Like most people who grew up in Southern Indiana, I grew up visiting "Santa Claus Land." My family visited very rarely back then, as I had a very modest upbringing. In my adult years, I have…

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A Friend from ’62

Wow. It's not just my Mom reading this thing. An email came in late yesterday afternoon from a lady asking about discounts. When I emailed her back with the information, she replied with this sweet story (I have her permission to post this): I remember my Aunt Deanie (who had come home from California for…

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Duck, duck … mouse?

Karen sent us a photo of her children, Derek and Elizabeth, who brought HoliDuck along with them on a cruise a few years ago. She included this note: "HoliDuck made the trip to Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Castaway Cay with us. Thanks for many wonderful memories."

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Joy to the World

A wonderful grandma named Joy sent us this story: "My granddaughter is two and is in love with Holidog. She was having a little trouble with the idea of 'potty training' and I had the idea of telling her that Nana couldn't take her back until she could use the potty and 'go' like all…

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“Oh, heavens!”

Joe Hevron, Army photo

If, in the past 65 years, you worked at Santa Claus Land or Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, you will no doubt recognize that phrase. And who said it. Oh, Joe… Joe Hevron. He’s the only person who worked here every year of our history. All except when he served his country in the Army,…

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“Excuse me, may I have this dance?”

Using this blog for little slice-of-life stories has been fun over the years. Here’s a memory from 2002 I’d like to share. It involves Mrs. Koch and a very special coaster enthusiast. Matthew Sullivan’s name may not be immediately recognized among coaster enthusiasts, because everyone called him Mamoosh. Or simply Moosh. I got up the…

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Retiring? Say it ain’t so!

We've known the day was coming since last year. Should have been plenty of time to accept and prepare. But still, it's a shock. Our friend Rich Davis from the Evansville Courier & Press is putting down his pen. And his laptop. And videocam. Surely there was a typo in Rich's column in the Sunday…

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Do you remember your first visit?

Steve does. He grew up visiting his grandparents in Bedford, Indiana, each summer … and remembers the "long, long" drive to Santa Claus Land back in the 1950s. His mom ran across this wonderful old photo recently. That's Steve on the left; his sister Sharon is in the middle — and that's their uncle Raymond…

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Birthdays are holidays, too …

… so let’s take a minute to say Happy Birthday to a very special man. Bill Koch was born in Evansville on January 10, 1915. He graduated from Reitz High School in 1932 and Purdue University in 1937. Then it was off to Annapolis for post-graduate work at the U.S. Naval Academy and ship reconstruction…

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A fowl memory of Santa Claus Land

We received a confession, of sorts, from Ginger via email this week. The Bloomington, Indiana, lady graciously gave us permission to make this a public confession. We searched our photo archives, but couldn’t find the perfect photo to go with this story. You’ll understand why once you read it. From Ginger, here is the Great…

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Santa Claus Land Children’s Choir

1970 Santa Claus Land Children's Choir

Has it really been 40 years? All these children are grown now, with children (and maybe even grandchildren) of their own. Time, it seems, flies as fast as Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve Just in time for Christmas, we’ve dusted off this film (yes, this was long before VHS tapes or DVDs) of the Santa…

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