Old news, fond memories

QVC David V. and William

Came across some “archival” photos that I thought would be fun to share. They’re not exactly ancient, but they were taken nine years ago. During the last century. The day QVC broadcast live from the park was a hoot. The production crew arrived on Sunday, October 24, 1999, to set up for a live broadcast…

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Rachel’s ruler

This is one of those "out of the mouths of babes" stories we love to hear. Our friend Chris emailed us about an upcoming visit. His story about Rachel was so cute I asked if it was okay to post it on the HoliBlog. He said yes: We've been quietly planning a trip to Holiday…

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Here it comes

There is a sigh of relief around here as we complete our last day of "daily" operations. We're still open weekends, of course, but not Monday through Friday (with the exception of Labor Day Monday). The sighs continue as we start receiving phone calls, emails, and even an occasional visit from folks who are nearly…

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Ben there, done that

This is Ben: This little fellow, from Berea, Kentucky, just enjoyed his first visit to Holiday World. His mom, Missy, was just a little bit older than Ben when she rode the same ride back in 1982, when we were still Santa Claus Land. We just love these generation-to-generation photos. Does anyone have a three-generation…

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Papaw’s Voyage

Our friend Kevin, who owns Santa's Candy Castle here in town, emailed us this great story about a recent visit: Last Saturday (7/12) my wife had her family's annual family reunion here in Spencer County. The day after the reunion, we took a group of out-of-town relatives to Holiday World for the day. It was…

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Photo i.d.

It's always a delight when someone emails an old photo asking if it was taken at Holiday World. …or, in this case, Santa Claus Land: Indeed, this ride was in the Pleasureland section of Santa Claus Land (in the area where Rudolph's Reindeer Ranch now exists).  

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A ride on The Voyage? Priceless

The director of our local visitors bureau told me this story: My sister and brother-in-law came to visit Holiday World over the weekend and brought their best friends, Michael and Kelly, who were coming to Santa Claus for the first time. Michael told me recently that he loved roller coasters so much, he'd ride one…

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Just moments ago, in Splashin’ Safari

I'd just completed giving a travel writer from Nashville a tour and was starting back to my office. A nice lady stopped me. Nice lady: Where in the world is the entrance to Congo River? (She seemed at her wit's end.) Me: The Congo River? Here, just turn around, it's right over here. (Maybe 10…

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Play the day away

Another Play Day has come and gone. The weather wasn't the best, but no one seemed to care. Laughter filled the air. I especially enjoyed watching one young fellow riding HallowSwings. He was having the time of his life. I got dizzy just watching and had to turn away. But I'll never forget the complete…

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An A+ for Hannah

Hannah is a sweetie. I met her a few seasons ago when she visited the park with her family. Her dad is a journalist from Cincinnati. Hannah is finishing up 4th grade ("Just like Bart Simpson," her dad told me). Her proud papa emailed me a theme paper (remember those?) for which Hannah received 25…

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Holiday World heist

What a nice email (including the subject line, above) from a new friend from across the pond: Good Evening/Afternoon Paula! It is Friday night over here and after a hard day's work I am relaxing at home as I am traveling 2 hours at 7am in the morning to get to Alton Towers for a…

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Leftovers

It’s that time of year when leftovers aren’t a burden. They’re appreciated. Cherished, even. So I knew you wouldn’t mind a leftover story from this summer. It was when “Deal or No Deal” came back to town. More than a year ago, the GM over at Santa’s Lodge was chosen to be a contestant. Surprise!…

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