Podcast highlights: Thunderbird, blue sand, and Will

We’re half-way between podcast episode 003 and 004, so here are 003’s highlights, with video: The Mystic Blue name for our new filter sand … … (which is clearly not blue), reminds me of this post from the first year we blogged, 2005: Q: When is the color green … blue? We sure hope you’re…

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Out to launch

Today. Was. Just. Beautiful. It was a lovely day for a long walk (my office is near the front gate – Thunderbird … isn’t) to use Facebook’s new “Live!” feature.   LIVE: Thunderbird testing (aka Hoosier Dummy now?) Posted by Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 We open in just under…

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Podcast: The one with the Blue Sandman

Another podcast is in the can. The HoliCan, as it were. In it you will hear #FlashBackFriday stories about Thunderbird-planning obsessions. Also, we’ll each reveal our favorite Splashin’ Safari attraction and share a story about Will Koch. Plus this (hint: VP James is back): And tons more. Plus, another rousing round of our 70 Degrees…

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When Mick Foley drops by …

What a day this has been! Our pal Mick Foley dropped by to check out Thunderbird testing – and we got to stream video live on Facebook for the first time! The video is a little choppy, sorry … but it’s fun to see Mick (who’s in town with his one-man show; tickets are available…

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And a comb and a brush …

… and a bowl full of mush.   Good morning, moon. pic.twitter.com/8yMcsugqZL — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) February 24, 2016 Parents of young children will probably catch this reference to the classic please-go-to-sleep-now book, Goodnight Moon. Thanks to Joe, our Maintenance Director, for taking this photo early yesterday morning, when the sun was rising and the moon…

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Full STEAM ahead

You’ve heard of STEM, right? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. There’s another acronym now, with an additional letter: STEAM. “A” is for Art. How does art mix in with, say … roller coaster design? Nate Heck from Artrageous with Nate spent a day with us last fall to find out. His first stop was…

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Thunderbird’s half-minute waltz

Be assured it took many hours of work to provide Thunderbird’s trains with their off-season maintenance. But everybody loves a good time-lapse video, right? We’ll have another Legend update for you soon. Meanwhile, we open for the season in just over 11 weeks. That means we need to go around the World in 80 days…

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Calling all groundhogs

We’ve got more than one weather nerd around here – so we’re nearly whipped into a frenzy about tomorrow, Groundhog Day. Will Thunderbird see his shadow tomorrow? Doubtful. #tristatewx #INwx pic.twitter.com/wrUFRSWCx1 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) February 1, 2016 All kidding aside, Tuesday may bring some rough weather. Please be safe. Fingers (and paws) are crossed that…

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Weigh to go, Shane!

This morning, this photo appeared in our Twitter feed and we were thrilled to see we were part of this gentleman’s incredible weight-loss story: @HolidayWorld one of my weight loss motivations was to ride your roller coasters. See you this season!! pic.twitter.com/gvwxSY2XLn — Shane (@ShaneInTC) January 11, 2016 We got in touch with Shane and…

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Oh, heavens – what a cookbook!

Did you get a chance to browse through Hevron’s Mercantile this season? If you’re a regular HoliBlog reader you’ll recognize our new shop’s name as belonging to our longtime employee (and dear friend) Joe Hevron, who passed away in 2011 after working at the park since we opened in 1946. That’s right. Joe began his career…

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‘House Hunters’ airs Thursday!

House Hunters on Thunderbird | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

There’s something extra special about being located in a town named Santa Claus. Especially this time of year. Back in the summer, HGTV called us about their plan to produce a series of “House Hunters” episodes this year – each featuring a town themed around Christmas. Their crew followed Tom and Terri as they prepared to relocate…

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