The training train

Holidog Express train ride

It is training season here at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari: Foods training, Lifeguard drills,  Sweeper coaching, Admissions instruction … the list goes on and on. Come to think of it, there’s even train training. There’s also lots of Safety Training. Each department has its own, and there are additional company-wide sessions. This one is…

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Safe to say: “He won!”

Adam named Best Student

What do we do during the seemingly endless off-season? Well, we: Build things Hire our seasonal team Catch up on all the things we don’t get accomplished during the season And … take lots of off-season training Much of our off-season training involves keeping up to date on safety. That’s safety for our Guests and…

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My Second First Day

Reindeer Games

I officially joined the team at Holiday World on the 12th. Well, I suppose that statement needs a bit of clarification. My first day in the Communications Department was on Monday, June 12th. My first day running rides in Rudolph’s Reindeer Ranch was on Saturday, August 12th. After volunteering to help our Rides team, I…

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After the winter we’ve had, Spring Fever has definitely struck all of us here at the park. The first glimpse of sunshine and temperatures above freezing sends just about everyone heading for the outdoors. And when you step outside of the office on these days, you never know what you might discover! Thursday just happened…

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First sign of Spring?

After the kind of winter we’ve had around here, everyone is pretty desperate for that First Sign of Spring. We found it! Okay, so you have to ignore that big pile of snow in the foreground. But look in the center of the photo and see Billy from maintenance driving “tug” down the shoulder of…

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Fall protection

Fall protection? Who needs protection from brilliantly colored leaves and crisp, cooler weather? Oh … that kind of fall. This morning started off with safety training. This is Richard: Richard spoke to our staff members who don't just dream of going high places as part of their job. These hard-working members of our team aim…

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Did anyone else grow up watching the Lawrence Welk Show? My strongest recollection of that show is how the musicians all smiled — even while playing their instruments. My dad would marvel (okay, he made fun) at the delirious grins on every last one of the musicians as they played. (How in the world do…

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Hospitality Training

It doesn’t just happen, folks. It’s not something in the water. … or in the free, unlimited soft drinks. We have to work on being friendly. It means reporting for work at 7:30 am for Hospitality Training. 7:30 am. In the morning. How friendly is that? We pack the Holiday Theater for three mornings this…

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Training on the high seas

Pirates in training

Training is one big yawn, right? The trainer says, “Blah, blah, blah,” while you nod politely and wonder what’s for dinner. Our lifeguards get 32 hours of training before they start work Each year the members of the management staff at Splashin’ Safari put on their thinking caps and come up with a theme. The…

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… but somebody’s got to do it

Raven station

The call came out on the two-way radio first thing this morning: All units, we need 24 bodies for The Raven! Training is a particularly rough time around here. We have to ride roller coasters over and over. We have sample new food items day after day. Bummer. Rachel and I trudged dutifully out to…

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P.A.S.S. me that extinguisher

Fire extinguisher training

Anyone driving by Holiday World at lunchtime today probably wondered what sort of tribal ritual we were performing. A tall man with a flaming torch lit a fire a pan of gasoline and water in the Raven Parking Lot. And we were all lined up (in a circle, actually) so that one by one we…

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