Minding the mint

Dippin' Dots sundaes

Is it the mint? Or maybe the crunch? Or the Oreos? Something about this new Dippin’ Dots flavor got People magazine so excited they posted an enthusiastic article about it. So we tweeted it: A culinary announcement so important it was featured in @People magazine! And yes, we’ll serve Cool Mint Crunch here – in…

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Podcast: the Town named Santa Claus

PolarBears: Will, Lauren, Leah

For the last podcast episode of 2018, Lori Koch (Lauren and Leah’s mom) joined us as we delved into the history of the town of Santa Claus:     A visit from The Today Show last weekend resulted in a wonderful feature story that aired this week. Here’s that link to the Santa Claus Visitors Bureau,…

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Grandma’s got gumption

It’s pretty impossible not to pay attention to a tweet like this: My freaking 74 year old grandma, who hasn’t rode a roller coaster in 50 years, decided that she was going to ride the voyage today at @HolidayWorld & she did & loved every second of it! ?? — Allie Alderson (@AllieAlderson21) October 22, 2018…

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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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Podcast: The One with the Sharkey

Roy G. Biv

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater … … it’s Sharkey Week here at Holiday World! Robert Sharkey, that is. He’s been in our musical shows on and off since 2010 and has a lot of stories to share.   Apparently, I’m not the only one who’s told Sharkey he…

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Podcast: The one with the Pyrotechnics

Fireworks through Thunderbird

We mixed it up today, with only two original podsquad members. That would be Lauren and me. And VP Matt, back again. But we needed a fourth … Who ya gonna call? Steven from IT! I somehow neglected to snap a photo of Steven while we recorded the ‘cast this morning. Until he sends me a more…

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Podcast: Welcome Matt

Matt & Doogie

Today, we’re a day early and a Lauren short. While Lauren prepares to celebrate her sister Leah’s MBA achievement, our #podsquad consisted of two Matts and me. VP Matt has been in our industry for a while, so he knew to bring fudge. He filled us in on new roller coaster merchandise (some of which…

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Podcast: Controls Freak

Brian Pastor

Today’s podcast episode is called The One With the Controls Freak. Meet Brian Pastor: And here’s his story: That highly coveted hoodie Tomorrow’s #Podcast guest. Can’t wait! A post shared by Holiday World (@holidayworld) on Apr 19, 2018 at 5:47pm PDT Brian mentioned the Irvine Ondrey Facebook page as a great place to go for…

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ICEE on a snowy afternoon

Big Red ICEE

Wouldn’t you think it would be safe to plan a little sampling party for our new ICEE Mix It Up on April 16? Who would have dreamed it would be snowing?! Sampling our new ICEE Mix It Up on a snowy afternoon! @Official_ICEE @drinkbigred pic.twitter.com/IHpd0SjLXU — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) April 16, 2018 Thanks to Matt (park…

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Podcast: Smooth Talker

Raven shirt design

As we enter the last month of the off-season, track work on The Voyage is coming to an end (the photo, below, is from back in January). So who is the guy who plans out the nips and tucks? Meet Brian Kosmac, PE, who joins us on this podcast episode: In our Amusings, we mention Foster…

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