The Eagles have sanded

Eagles Flight face

Every decade or so, our Eagles Flight ride gets a serious makeover. Those birds get plucked. Sanded down, actually. You know, like those high-priced treatments at a fancy spa. Here’s Joe in the Paint Shop, assuring the eagles that he’s a professional. He knows what he’s doing. He won’t wing it Let’s start with a sunny…

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Podcast: Airtime!

Airtime! HoliWood Nights 2019

Matt and I flew solo this episode, and were delighted to reveal the movie theme chosen for next year’s HoliWood Nights: As construction begins on Santa’s Merry Marketplace, Matt gets evicted. Here are the “before” photos:   Check out how it looks now: Take a gander at how it’ll look when you visit next season:…

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Service: more than a cornerstone

2017 Veterans

At Holiday World, we have four cornerstones: Safety, Service, Cleanliness, and Friendliness. Today, we’re thinking about one of those cornerstones just a bit differently. Service. More specifically, we wanted to take a moment to honor those on our staff who have served in the military. Continuing with a tradition here at the park, it was…

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A Frightful restoration

Frightful Falls Boat After Painting

Note: The title of this post refers to the name of the ride in question, not the quality of the work! Yesterday, I found myself taking the short walk over to the Paint Shop to get an update on “boats.” Since it’s almost the middle of October, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. One…

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Ready to Ride! Sweepstakes

Congratulations to our winner – selected at random – Julie C. from Eureka, Illinois! Many thanks to all who entered. —– These gloomy winter days make us all long for days filled with blue skies, sunshine, and families having fun riding roller coasters and water rides! Oh, and funnel cakes. We’re busy as can be…

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Who’s having a Blue Monday?

I’d not heard of the term “Blue Monday” until recently. Apparently, the use of “blue” isn’t a positive one. It’s all about winter having no end in sight, holiday bills, and impossible-to-keep resolutions. Yes, today is calculated to be the most “blue” of any day throughout the year. Yuck! And so …   Hope this…

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Back on track

Celebrating our 70th Birthday!

What do you give a park for its 70th Birthday? That an easy one! You bring back its original ride to put on display for generations to see and reminisce. Whether you remember it as the Freedom Train, the Mother Goose Land Train, or the Santa Claus Land Railroad (thus nearly equaling Sean Combs in the “most…

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Painting a picture

Well here’s a different view of Thunderbird: These photos were taken by our Paint Shop Manager. He and Joe were up in a 150′ manlift yesterday morning. Painting. That’s right. Here’s why: After Thunderbird track pieces are joined and bolted together, the next step is to smooth that area so that the transition from one…

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Safety first!

Congratulations to our Maintenance & Paint Shop Teams for a full year of accident-free service.  

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A zoom out from yesterday’s photo

Nearly everyone guessed correctly. That’s our Paint Shop Manager on the ladder, painting. (About a month ago … a bit too chilly for that today.)   He’s painting the back wall of The Wave at Splashin’ Safari.

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A brush with greatness

It’s a great big thing he’s painting, that’s for sure. So…what is it? Any ideas? We’ll let you know in a day or two.

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Making an impact

It’s so nice to meet a celebrity and feel you’ve met a friend. There are certainly plenty of sports figures with egos larger than a football field. But not Gary Brackett. …he’s as down-to-earth as a (please pause patiently as I search frantically for a football metaphor) … uh, cleat. Gary was warm and chatty…

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