I, Yappa…

…being of sound mind and … No, that’s not it. When you get involved in this industry, it doesn’t take long to hear about “I, Yappa.” Or actually, IAAPA. The International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. You know, I-APPA. Or, as some say, I-double-A-P-A. It’s our mighty trade organization. And they just happen to…

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All he wants for Christmas…

It would be a major gap in judgment not to share this story: I want to thank formally Lauren & Amanda who worked at the Funnel Cake Factory on June 28th in the evening. My son Bryce and I were having a Funnel cake and a chocolate apple from Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen candy shop and…

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Double vision

If you’ve been coming to the park for 10 or more years, you may remember this fellow. Blaine sent us an email the other day, starting with: You might not remember me, but my name is Blaine … Yes, Blaine, of course we remember you! Blaine and his identical twin, Brandon, worked here in the…

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Photographic memories

A lovely email from longtime friends: My family has been going to your park for many, many years. My grandparents used to visit back when you were called Santa Claus Land. Generations have come and gone to your park. For the second time we will be taking my daughter to your park to celebrate her…

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Hugs across the miles

You never know what will come in the mail. Look at what Mrs. Koch received: Here’s a closer look. It’s a hug from her little friend Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s family lives several hours away. Whenever they visit, Elizabeth looks for her friend Mrs. Koch and gives her a big hug. Then they have a chat. It’s…

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Puppy love

Korey, one of the four Gravity Group guys, likes to stay in touch. Right before the holidays he wrote to tell us that Lord Chadwick had just become Lord Dadwick. You’ll be pleased to note that all four of those super-intelligent, wildly creative, admittedly geeky engineers are tender-hearted family men. Here’s the latest missive from…

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The importance of being earnest

What a nice email. And you know, even if the email hadn’t been all the great — who cares! — those little bubbies in the photos are too cute to pass up! Apparently it was during a business trip that Allen B. of Columbus, Ohio, discovered us: My colleagues and I were recently in Evansville…

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Reed this musical note

No plans yet for Saturday? If you’re in the Akron, Ohio, area … you might want to catch this performance: In my 15 years here, I must admit this was the first request I’ve received to use our logo on a recital poster. Jeff was kind enough to send a copy of the poster, along…

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Tubular, baby!

Child with inner tubes

Charlotte was kind (and, rightly so, proud) enough to send us these photos of Abbey … … and Eli.  Of course, inner tubes are always free at Splashin’ Safari. Simply tubular, baby! ___ Would you like to receive HoliBlog notices – along with news releases and sweepstakes – by email? Sign up here and you can…

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Snakes on the brain

Long green snake at Voyage

Been wrestling all season about whether to share this story. Snakes, after all, cause many people to get the vapors. And here I am, fresh out of smelling salts. But in light of the movie that’s getting so much attention these days, it’s time to unleash. Back in late April, before The Voyage opened to…

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365 days ago …

Hard to believe, but 365 days ago, we announced The Voyage. Ah, the memories. From the Snowy White Gravel Road (that name has caught on around here, by the way) … … to the increasingly annoying HoliHints … … to the scramble to help our friends overseas early that morning … … and, of course,…

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Father and son

The Raven Flag Set

With the majority of our State (not to mention Louisville and Cincinnati) on “fast time” and our portion of Indiana on “slow time,” there are a number of people who arrive at the park, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, a little on the early side. I pulled into my parking space a little before 8am CDT. The…

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