The day CBS News came to town

48 Hours' correspondant Richard Schlesinger and park president Will Koch

What fun it is to revisit our past – with oh so many wonderful stories to tell from our 73 years! This includes a visit from CBS News! Here’s a share of a video our ACE friend Sean posted on YouTube. (ACE = American Coaster Enthusiasts. Yes, that’s a thing.) For the backstory about the day…

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Trees please

Thunderbird and Voyage

Today is National Love A Tree Day And we’ve got plenty of love to go around. Over the decades, we’ve bent over backwards to keep our parks filled with beautiful trees.   Did you know the acclaimed “S Curve” at the bottom of The Raven’s fifth drop was created to save a row of trees?…

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Memories of coaster names

1995 Brochure cover

We call it The Name Game here. Whenever we have something new, it needs a name. Over the years, we’ve spent untold hours coming up with themed names for attractions, restaurants, shops, and games. When our friends at CoasterRadio podcast asked me to call in to talk about how we came up with our coaster…

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A focus on snow

Holidog statue after an ice storm

Are you a fan of snow? This drone footage was shot a year ago, when the park was under a blanket of the lovely stuff. Here in southern Indiana, we don’t usually get a lot of snow. And when we do, it doesn’t last long. But when we do … We take photos! Here are…

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Podcast: Making Merry

Lauren Wand

It’s the aftermath of announcing Santa’s Merry Marketplace and our podsquad is still a bit giddy for today’s podcast episode:     We talk a lot about producing the announcement video for Santa’s Merry Marketplace. And here it is: Lauren’s wand-choreography rehearsal The glitter went … everywhere. Hrm, this doesn’t look like the Baconland announcement. Maybe…

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360 degrees of fun

Thunderbird 360° Front-Thumbnail

We’ve been having a ball with our new video camera, which provides a view of 360 degrees around your virtual seat. If you’ve just discovered how fun it is to play around with these videos, here they are all together: First, our Halloween coasters And then into Thanksgiving for The Voyage and Thunderbird. All 360 degrees…

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Podcast: Smooth Talker

Raven shirt design

As we enter the last month of the off-season, track work on The Voyage is coming to an end (the photo, below, is from back in January). So who is the guy who plans out the nips and tucks? Meet Brian Kosmac, PE, who joins us on this podcast episode: In our Amusings, we mention Foster…

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Sweepstakes: Family Getaway

Thunderbird's Immelmann loop

Congratulations to our winner, Nichole B. from Newburgh, Indiana! Thanks to all who entered! ————- Who wants to win a family getaway for Memorial Day Weekend? We’ve partnered with our friends next door at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort and have a great prize package lined for this sweepstakes! Why? Because summer will be…

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Podcast: The brush off

The #podsquad braved the snow and ice to bring you a new podcast episode. Truth be told, it’s 42 degrees out this afternoon … and the biggest danger any of us faces is getting dripped on by an icicle. Today, Tommy Johnson, our Paint Shop Manager, joins us to talk about how his crew keeps…

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Hard Hat Chronicles, episode XIX

90° from above

It’s been eight months since our last episode of the Hard Hat Chronicles, so we’ll get you two of them this month! VP James has a lot to be excited about – because The Voyage is getting all kinds of TLC this off-season. Here’s a look of some of that work, thanks to our HoliDrone (and…

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Contest: Wood, Steel or Water?

Congratulations to our winner: Nichole C. of Clarksville, Tennessee! Thanks to all who entered – we’ll have another sweepstakes soon! —– No, this is not some weird version of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Promise. With Splashin’ Safari opening in just another week, let’s talk about coasters – and a sweepstakes. Three types of coasters await you…

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Blogiversary

Twelve years ago, on April 7, 2005, we launched the HoliBlog. Blogs weren’t really a “thing” yet, so we had some explaining to do (just as we’ve had to explain the concept of a podcast to the uninitiated over the past year). In fact, we were the first park in the world to have its…

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