A Halloween tale

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Back in 1994, it was such a thrill to take part in naming our first big roller coaster. We knew it was going to be built in our Halloween section, so there were nearly endless theming ideas. It turned out to be a rather creepy experience. The first shivery chill occurred on a very hot…

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When your sister is … a roller coaster

Leah's sister coaster

Today, we introduce our PR intern, Leah, as a guest HoliBlogger. Leah will be a junior this fall at Indiana University; she’s majoring in journalism. … she has an interesting “sister” to tell you about: Mom used to joke that this park was “the other woman” when it came to my dad. Being Will Koch,…

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Crossing the “T’

Last week we dotted the eyes (ha!), so this week for "Where Are We? Wednesday," we came across a "T." Did you get it right? More than 500 people submitted entries for this week's "Where Are We? Wednesday" contest and we finally have all our winners. Nearly everyone thought it was an arched entryway sign…

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Back on track

Our president, Dan Koch, is fond of saying, "the train is ready to leave the station!" when he talks excitedly about the new season starting up in just a few weeks. Well, this week, one of the trains made it back into the station. Here we are at The Raven, hoisting one car at a…

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Brenden hits the big 4-8

I wanted to thank everyone at Holiday World for a great day on Saturday, October 10th. My family and I came down from Indianapolis for one last visit in 2009. We had a great day, made even better by the fact that the youngest of our coaster enthusiast family crossed the magic 48-inch mark. Brenden…

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It’s not just Abe …

Snowy Raven station

…who is putting 200 candles on his cake this year. So is Edgar Allan Snow … er, Poe. In fact EAP has the same birthday as Will’s wife, Lori (not the same year, though – stop trying to get me in trouble!). So in honor of Poe’s bicentennial …   … we put a little icing…

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Who you callin’ cheap?!

Cheap is not usually meant as a compliment. No wonder your shoes wore out fast — they're cheap. That cheap so-and-so made me pay for half the gas money on our date last night. (Which will be, by the way, our last date!) Oh, she's so cheap. Okay, you know what I mean. But when…

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Call for riders

Happens every spring right about this time. Time for the coasters to reawaken and for employees to demonstrate their loyalty. Time to ride. We started with The Raven. Later on at a meeting, someone asked who had gotten to ride. Quite honestly, all you had to do was look around the conference table and check…

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Not just silly, absolutely silly

Real Simple magazine published a “special travel issue” this month. It includes all sorts of fun lists. You know, like “U.S. Cities That Hardly Sound Inviting” (including Smelley, Alabama, and Satan’s Kingdom, Vermont) and “Five Places Where You Can Climb A Tree–and Sleep In It.” And then there’s this one: “Nine Roller Coasters That Will…

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