Will and the lucky quarter

Dear Pat: It was nice to speak with you Wednesday afternoon. I think the kids are still a little awed that you (YOU!) would be walking around like a normal person. We all appreciated the opportunity to tell you how nice your park is. After our chat, something happened that I just have to share…

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Mirror, mirror, on the … carousel

A week ago, our Facebook Fan page had a rather paltry number of fan photos. Paltry as in 38. (And one of the 38 was a photo of our brochure askew on someone’s coffee table.) Something had to be done. How ’bout a little contest? …with two free tickets awarded to those who post our…

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Cleaning is fun? He’s not joshing!

wagon cleaning

Joshua is three years old. He visited from Mount Vernon, Indiana, the other day. After a day full of fun, he saw one last activity he just couldn’t resist. Cleaning Joshua saw the Wagon Washing task and thought it looked like great fun. He even asked for a glove so that he’d be fully outfitted….

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A cake like none other

When I was a kid and my mom asked, "What kind of birthday cake do you want?" it meant chocolate or vanilla. When Spencer was asked that question recently, just before he turned 8, he had a very different request. His mom, Melissa, emailed this today: Our family enjoyed opening day at the park this…

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“Everyone TOTALLY enjoyed the park!”

Yesterday we were at Holiday World for our BMS band competition. Everyone in our group (around 70 band 65 choir) TOTALLY enjoyed the park. I was so amazed at how clean the park was (even bathrooms), how friendly ALL employees were, and your prices were soooo reasonable. A family can actually come to your park,…

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Honey, I shrunk the Santa!

Brian & Pauline J. from Indy emailed recently and tucked in photos of their three sons in from of our Santa statue. With this note: Santa keeps getting smaller each year! Indeed, it’s a scientific fact. As Kevin, Harrison, and Brandon grow, Santa is shrinking a bit. We love to see your photos from over…

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“I’ll be a lady of leisure”

Frieda Foertsch

Today, our staff bid a fond farewell to this sweet face: After many, many years of helping to make Santa Claus Land and then Holiday World & Splashin‘ Safari an especially lovely place, she’s decided to become “a lady of leisure.” Over the years, she’s appeared as a calendar girl, won a state-wide honor, been…

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A post from another park, up north

This really is a fairly small industry. And pretty friendly, too. We occasionally hear from Chris up in the Chicago area. Sometimes with a question, sometimes just to say hi. Other times to add to a story: I just wanted to make a comment on your HoliBlog about your IAAPA Communications Committee, and the topic…

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Our 1,000th post

Okay, so where's the cake? One-thousand posts is quite an accomplishment. A huge accomplishment, actually. Nearly as huge as … well, Andy: Andy is our intrepid Marketing Coordinator. He won my heart forever last year when he showed great bravery his first week on the job. We had an all-day session with our directors and…

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Now … and then

Well, actually, then and way back then. These photos have been in my "HoliBlog photos" folder since last summer. Oops. What a sweet family photo, taken in August. Siblings who now live in Indiana, Ohio and Mississippi. Want to see something even sweeter? This is the same family back in 1970. Clockwise from top: Robin,…

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“Who dat?”

Kevin emailed us with this darling story earlier this week: Earlier this evening my 18-month-old grandson and I were looking at the computer. I opened the Holiblog page, and Owen pointed and recognized the picture of "Ha-d-dawg" and "Sorry Sam" (we will work on the "f" sound before next summer's trip). He then pointed to…

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Warm wishes from a little girl

Anita and I have become email buddies over the years. She'll email to ask about 4th of July fireworks, or for advice about which days will be the best for a visit. Today's email made me laugh out loud. She said it was okay to share it: My 5-year-old daughter fell in love with the…

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