That “Harper Valley PTA” Girl!

Jeanie 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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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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Podcast: Moola Moola

We started off this podcast episode with a throwback to last time’s 33 Degrees Challenge that involved a bank mascot by the name of Moola Moola. He was around back in 1984 and he still exists! We hope you enjoy this episode! Congratulations to our Henry Wilhite for winning a Hoosier Hospitality Award at the…

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Podcast: The name game

The #PodSquad has the upcoming eclipse on the brain this episode: We were delighted to be included in CBS News’s list of “scariest coasters” yesterday:   Happy #NationalRollerCoasterDay! If you’re a thrill-seeker, add these stomach-flipping rides to your bucket list: https://t.co/bbrNiTkG11 pic.twitter.com/yCnmt1ItLh — CBS News (@CBSNews) August 16, 2017 We fondly remember that day in…

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Podcast: Holidog Days of Summer

Podcast - Dole Whip

Our daily season is winding down (daily operation lasts through August 9, and then we’re open weekends-only) and the #PodSquad is looking forward to, above all, wearing anything but those yellow uniform shirts! We hope you enjoy our latest episode: We start with a chat about our recent appearance on the Travel Channel. Emma was…

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Podcast: The Return of the IT Guy

IT Director Matt energized the #PodSquad early on with the declaration: “You don’t really need money anymore.” Find out what he was referring to (and a whole lot more) here in our latest podcast episode: Raspberry Pie sounds delicious! IT Matt hands one to Eric for consideration. Here’s that video of the Boom Squad (don’t…

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Podcast: Wooden you like to know?

For podcast episode 025, we invited the park’s director of maintenance, John Woodard to join us and answer your questions about our wooden roller coasters. Here’s John: A few notes: Here’s the link to the photo of Baked Alaska from our Santa Claus Land days. The breakdancing we talked about during 33 Degrees? Prepare to…

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Podcast: December dreams

It’s been a full month since the #PodSquad assembled, so we kicked off December with memories of Thanksgiving, a mannequin video, and plans for 2017: Here’s the AtlasObscura article about our “thematically relevant roller coaster.” So sad about the loss of Mrs. Brady. From left, Leah Koch, Florence Henderson, Lauren (Koch) Crosby, and Lori Koch. And…

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