Sweepstakes: Play it Forward

Family Taking Selfie with the Santa Statue

Planning for a getaway can be loads of fun. The anticipation just adds to the excitement. Because memories can last forever. Memories like this commercial which ran in 1977, during our Santa Claus Land days: We posted this recently on our Santa Claus Land Facebook page and were astounded with the enthusiastic reception. So many…

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“Being of sound mind …”

Demolition work is underway in preparation for the new Santa’s Merry Marketplace. As fast-paced as this work is, we occasionally pause. That’s Tom, who’s our Carpenter & Facilities Manager, proudly holding a piece of wood. That’s a two-by-four, right? Whatever the measure, it’s a piece of history. #HoWoHistory Because, like all great artists, Tom likes…

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Podcast: The One with Spoopy

Holly the Elf

That’s right, Spoopy! Leah feels so strongly about this word that she wants a new holiday declared – nay, an entire month:     Amanda (aka Genesis: The Creature in our Come Alive! show) joins us this episode. Amanda swaps show stories from over the years with Lauren and Leah. … including how she played…

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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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Podcast: The one with the Griswolds

Taylor Bybee

Once we move to our “Now Open Weekends” schedule,  references to “the Moose Out Front” abound. … because just about everyone has seen National Lampoon’s Vacation at least once. And, believe it or not, this vehicle was actually parked in our lot a few years ago (during the 30th-anniversary summer of the film’s release). And…

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The next generation

Sawyer's First Ride

Today is our 72nd birthday. Pictures of our past swirl in our memories: As do snapshots of the future In celebration of the 72nd birthday of his family’s theme park, young Sawyer took his first rides today. #NextGeneration #HoWoHistory pic.twitter.com/OQdtWHDVOG — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) August 3, 2018 Sawyer took his first ride on Holidog Express,…

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Podcast: Weather Warrior

Ron Rhodes holding a photo of Marcia Yockey

We had an early morning, with Eyewitness News Meteorologist Ron Rhodes alternately presenting a fantastic forecast and challenging Matt to silly competitions. You know, like this: Afterwards, we asked Ron to join us on our podcast: Ron’s a local guy and grew up watching the late Marcia Yockey forecast the weather. We had a surprise…

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That “Harper Valley PTA” Girl!

Jeannie C. Riley ad

What in the world does Jeannie C. Riley have to do with Holiday World? The Grammy Award winner’s connection is with Santa Claus Land, actually; she performed her hit Harper Valley PTA in concert here on Monday, June 11, 1979. This ad is from our archives Something else in that folder … an article that ran in “Santa’s Country”…

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A king, a queen, and a clown

Billy and Ruth's Toy Headquarters promo

In the Communications Office space, we have a sizable storage room that houses our publicity archives. This storage room used to be the park’s dark room. (Back when photos were taken using large cameras and black-and-white film, they were developed … in a “dark room.”) We don’t have to tell you how photography has changed…

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Podcast: SWOT analysis

Sad Eric with 4 lattes

With a couple of SWOT enthusiasts sitting around the #podsquad table, you knew it was only a matter of time: That Corn Bin photo posted on the Book of Face: Don’t those kiddos look like adults at a coffee shop … or a spa? Our Facebook frame for Happy Halloween Weekends is only a click…

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A special kind of magic

Don with Rabbit in Box

When our favorite magic man, Don Baggett, was moving in just before starting his annual fall shows in the park, he shared some news. This will be his last season with us. And his final show ever as a magician will be here at Holiday World, on Sunday, October 29, at 4pm. As much as…

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Podcast: Halloween treats

1984 Brochure outside

It’s always a treat when Leah joins us on podcast day: We had fun recalling Lauren and Leah’s dad’s appearance on The Colbert Report 11 years ago. Wow. I’d completely forgotten about how I was the only one not to receive an autographed photo … sigh. Our webcam is back online, in case you need…

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