Long may he wave

Santa Waving from Marketplace Balcony

What’s that? High atop the tower at the new Santa’s Merry Marketplace? It’s Santa Claus! #VolumeUp The tower itself is nearly six stories tall. Each morning, Santa and his helper will welcome Guests as they enter the park. This harkens back to our Santa Claus Land days when Santa would appear “up on a rooftop”…

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Candy Cornucopia

Candy Cornucopia

With all the fanfare involving our new Santa’s Merry Marketplace, we haven’t said much about Candy Cornucopia. It’s located in Thanksgiving, as you might have already guessed. Across from Turkey Whirl. Early this foggy morning, Jim from WFIE was here to talk to Matt about the new season … And since we were close by,…

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The scoop about Waffle Cone Lights

Rick making Waffle Cone Lights

This time of the year (gulp – we’re just two weeks from Opening Day!), changes happen so quickly that it’s a challenge to catch them all for you to see. So we were delighted to hear from Rick, our Graphic Artist, that he was working on creating the Waffle Cone Lights for the new Sugarplum…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Santa's Merry Marketplace Decorations

I’ll plead guilty to any accusation of a cheesy Christmas-lyric subject line, but … Come on! Decor and more for Santa’s Merry Marketplace! The chandeliers (all 23 of them) are hung by the chimney with care. Hold on – what chimney? This chimney! Love these rustic doors for our Party Rooms. These private rooms are…

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Whatever happened to the Santa murals?

Santa murals

They’re back! Sort of looks like a Santa Claus Art Gallery, doesn’t it? The murals, which originated in 1991, were carefully preserved over the winter months. It’s time, though, for them to claim their space in Santa’s Merry Marketplace. I’ve got to admit, we were stunned by the many accusations that we’d abandoned these works of…

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Top, Tour, Taste

We tasted both General Tso's Chicken, as well as this delicious vegetarian version:

Yesterday’s media event for the Tower Topping at Santa’s Merry Marketplace was a ho-ho-whole lot of fun! To begin with, the weather was just perfect and the trees were awakening. TV crews, newspaper reporters, radio personalities, and the HoliDrone were on hand to watch the topping of the six-story tower at Santa’s Merry Marketplace. Want…

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A 360 construction update of Santa’s Merry Marketplace

Tiny Planet view of Santa's Merry Marketplace construction

Santa’s Merry Marketplace opens May 4 (if you’re a Platinum Season Passholder, you get to explore on May 3). We won’t refer to our construction crews as elves, but suffice it to say:     Santa would be proud Here’s a 360 construction update for you to take a look around: The big wide spot…

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Construction update

Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe construction

Are you familiar with the concept of parallel play? (It’s when children are playing together – yet individually. There’s peaceful coexistence as each one works on his or her own project.) That’s happening right now at Holiday World as we work together – yet separately – on Santa’s Merry Marketplace. First of all, our Food &…

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A 360 video tour of Santa’s Merry Marketplace

Having trouble getting your bearings when it comes to the transition of Kringle’s Kafe to Santa’s Merry Marketplace? Understandable! The “footprint” for Santa’s Merry Marketplace is nearly half again as big as Kringle’s. Lauren and Stephen put their hard hat-covered noggins together and created this 360 video for you to take a detailed look around: This is interactive,…

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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: Airtime!

Airtime! HoliWood Nights 2019

Matt and I flew solo this episode, and were delighted to reveal the movie theme chosen for next year’s HoliWood Nights: As construction begins on Santa’s Merry Marketplace, Matt gets evicted. Here are the “before” photos:   Check out how it looks now: Take a gander at how it’ll look when you visit next season:…

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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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