Founder’s Day

Ronald Reagan. Louis J. Koch, Santa Jim Yellig

Today is the birthdate of Louis J. Koch. Let’s declare it to be Founder’s Day! Did you know that Holiday World started out as a retirement project? It was back in 1946. Our original name was Santa Claus Land. Louis J. Koch was an Evansville industrialist (he was one of the sons in the George…

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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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Podcast: Promises Kept

Leah - Golden Ticket Award

I won’t ruin the surprise, but a promise made long ago (and repeatedly) was finally kept this morning … The Golden Ticket Awards were held last weekend in Connecticut. Leah was pleased as punch to accept the #1 Water Park Ride award (Wildebeest‘s eighth win in as many years). ^ Bonus points if you can…

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On this date in 1955

Reagan, Santa, L.J. Koch

Ronald Reagan at Santa Claus Land? We have proof! From the Holiday World archives: Actor (and future president) Ronald Reagan visited @SantaClausLand on this day in 1955. #HW70 pic.twitter.com/hDsNk9mbgt — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) March 29, 2016 The Gipper is pictured above with our founder, Louis J. Koch, and Santa Jim. The trio toured the park (which was…

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Neither rain nor snow …

There was all kinds of nasty (albeit seasonal) weather forecast for the early Tuesday morning this week. Valentine's Day. The one day every year when a red-inked letter in the mail is a good thing. It was a sweet coincidence that Valentine's Day was the day we planned to move the original Santa Claus Post…

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Angry Birds of a feather…

There must be a lot of Angry Birds fans out there! Psssttt…here’s an insider tip: a little birdie told me the Angry Birds characters will soon be available as prizes at Merlin’s Castle in the Halloween section. From the roof of The Alamo to the rocks at Bahari, this week’s guesses flew all over the…

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Please remove your sunglasses before riding, sir…

  If you follow us on Twitter, you know I'm a member of the IAAPA Communications Committee. Chair, actually, as of this week. We had our first teleconference yesterday afternoon and I must say it was great fun. Although we did our best to be strategic, forward-thinking and professional, an occasional pun or park story…

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Remembering Reagan

It was back in March of 1955. A movie star by the name of Ronnie Reagan was crossing the country, promoting his new TV show. He made an appearance at the General Electric plant in nearby Tell City. Someone there suggested that he check out Santa Claus Land, located in a neighboring county. Back then,…

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