Podcast: The One with the Hanging Chad

Chad & Matt

When you’ve got a friend named Chad, you’ve got to hang with him, right? WBKR’s Chad Benefield has been our pal for years. In fact, he was the emcee on the night we announced Thunderbird back in 2014, remember? We asked Chad to join us for a podcast, and today was the day: Right before…

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Firecracker: Before & After

It’s so exciting this time of year to see our rides come back to life. And it’s extra special to see Firecracker, since it had been sleeping for nearly a decade. Here’s a photo from last fall, when our crew traveled to northern Indiana to disassemble the ride, which had been SBNO* since 2008. The story…

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‘Pick Your Price’ ticket discounts

First there was free parking. Then we added free soft drinks in the year 2000, followed by free sunscreen a few years later. And then, free park-wide Wi-Fi. This year, we’re adding Pick Your Price ticket discounts. These online pricing options are easy to discover. Simply click on the Orange Ticket on our website ……

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The Hard Hat Chronicles return

March came in like a lion and is going out like an incredibly busy lamb. (Baa-a-a-d pun alert) … but VP James isn’t a bit sheepish in his update for this latest Hard Hat Chronicles: Here’s another look at the Alamo restaurant‘s new look: And our Coaster Cats, who are happy working in their office…

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Podcast: Food Fight!

It’s hard to miss the irony behind this episode’s topic being Food … and yet there was nothing to sample. Not a crumb. Rentz kept twitching, thinking the door was about to burst open, with Justin bounding in with goodies. You know, like this: That’s Justin with a Giant Sub Sandwich, which will be on…

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The main frame

When you hear the phrase “main frame,” you think of a computer, right? Well, not today. This morning, Firecracker‘s main frame was lowered into place. Firecracker is a classic Calypso ride. It has graced two other parks since its birth in 1972. We’re restoring it for this season. Third time’s the charm, right? We showed…

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Apply now!

Ever wonder how many people it takes to keep Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari so clean, friendly, safe and fun? There are nearly 100 of us here year round. And this time of year, we start accepting applications for our 2,200 season positions. We’re like a small city, with all types of jobs. Take a…

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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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Who’s having a Blue Monday?

I’d not heard of the term “Blue Monday” until recently. Apparently, the use of “blue” isn’t a positive one. It’s all about winter having no end in sight, holiday bills, and impossible-to-keep resolutions. Yes, today is calculated to be the most “blue” of any day throughout the year. Yuck! And so …   Hope this…

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Making Firecracker “pop”

So what is your New Year’s Resolution? Mine is to crank out more puns in 2017. Hence this blog post’s title. But really, isn’t this pretty? The sparkly top coat is thanks to a product called Big Flake. We can’t wait to see Firecracker in action on a sunny day. And, fear not, after painting…

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Best. Present. Ever.

If you’re a podcast listener, you already know that The Coaster Crew is a regular mention in our #HoWoPo Feedback segment. Long story short (I’ll try, anyway), The Coaster Crew is one of our “partner clubs.” Several members attended last season’s HoliWood Nights event and were intrigued by the lone green foot that was part…

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Podcast: Christmas Crazies

With Christmas fast approaching, we recorded our final podcast episode of the year today. The PodSquad doesn’t quite catch the brilliance of Turkey Lurkey Time. No matter what you think of the lyrics, you will surely be blown away by Donna McKechnie (the tall “office worker” in this performance on the 1969 Tony Awards) and…

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