Pomp and circumstance

When an editor from the Indiana State University Magazine contacted us with an interest to write a feature about our park president, we started wondering about how many other ISU grads we had on staff full-time. It turns our we have five "Sycamores" here: from left, that's Brandon, Lori, Matt, Ashley and Jennifer. According to…

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Hoof it to a Job Fair

There is nothing like a barrage of puns to make the new guy feel welcome. Poor Josh – our new Director of Human Resources Management; he had no idea what he was stepping in when he explained to me that he wanted to hold a pair of open Job Fairs. "You know, like a cattle…

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Cold turkey

Back in February of 2007, a delicious opportunity for a pun presented itself: It was the day our Turkey Whirl ride arrived. That first piece coming off the truck looked so cold. Cold turkey. Wondered if those guys were all daring each other to touch their tongue to it, a la Schwartz and the flagpole…

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“Those people … “

This story (from November, 2008) comes from Matt, our GM/Shared Services: Matt was in Orlando, attending the "What's New Theater," which is more or less the kick-off ceremony for the week-long IAAPA Expo industry trade show. It includes a great production involving, as the name implies, the new rides and technology to watch for in…

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A plush assignment

We’ve added a new feature to St. Nick’s Gift Shop this season: Animaland! GM Matt’s three children stopped by this week to try it out. (Watch out for the flying cow!)

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“Close, really close…”

The entertainers started rehearsals over the weekend. Care to listen? The two little ‘uns are Matt’s daughters. They were asked to “rest their pipes” during rehearsal.

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Sharing the love

One of Matt's departments, as GM, is entertainment. So he goes to the auditions. He comes back from these all Hollywood, every third word is "lovin'." He's lovin' this one's voice and lovin' that one's personality. He's lovin' how the cast is pulling together. It's sickening. What are you, some kind of McDonald's commercial? Matt…

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So where are his mouse ears?

Matt and his family are vacationing in Orlando this week. Baby Drew is spreading the word about that other family park… Matt texted me some crazy message yesterday about getting his picture taken with Doogie Howser. The text included an inordinate number of exclamation points (which irritates me no end … and Matt knows it)….

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Favorite quote from the week

Park people really are a lot of fun. We've laughed all week. Learned a lot, too, but had a lot of fun. I hope my week of tweets from Orlando provided a vicarious chuckle or two. Every time I had my cell phone out, someone would ask, "Are you twittering again?" I usually was. I…

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“Oh, so THAT’S how it works!”

There's nothing like a ride simulation to help you finally figure out what it is you're promoting. "Ohhhhhhhh…!" It gave me such a lift to finally "get it." I mean the ride type has been around a long time. There's just a new way of getting from here to there that I finally understand. Matt…

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Do these men look happy?

Oh for heaven's sake, Eric and Matt! You're about to get the first ride of the season on the #1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet! In the front seat, no less! What in heck are you talking about — budgets?! Off they go. That's Tori and Will in the back seat. We had thunderstorms last…

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A little nip here, a tiny tuck there

No, no one here is getting plastic surgery (do they even call it that anymore?). But there are a number of changes to the park that may strike you as "something's different…I just can't put my finger on it" during your first visit this season. It's not just the new rides. (Although we should point…

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