Voyage track work, by the numbers

"Covered wagon" used for track replacement

When we first started talking about adding a wooden roller coaster to our ride line up (this was waaaaay back in the early 1990s), we knew there was an important commitment we’d need to make. Off-season track work Because wooden coasters need lots of Tender Loving Care. Our trio of aggressive woodies has a special…

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The year in photos

The Wave Throwback Photo

As we look back at our five most-liked photos from Instagram this year, one thing becomes apparent: our fans enjoy #throwback photos. Just like last year, a HoliDrone shot makes an appearance on the list. Also, we celebrated Splashin’ Safari’s 25th season with both recent and archive pictures. Here’s the 2018 Countdown: Number 5: A…

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Facebook rewind

The Legend | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

As another calendar year comes to a close, let’s reminisce about our top Facebook videos from 2018: A Pre-Season Flight With 100 days until opening, we launched Thunderbird and streamed the video live for fans. This pre-season launch served to swap the two trains, which were midway through off-season maintenance. Read more in this HoliBlog post. By…

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One photo, three monitors

The other morning, when the frost was on the pumpkin-colored coaster, Stephen and Josh bundled up first thing and took some gorgeous photos. Including this panoramic view: I remember standing in the doorway that connects our three offices and asking: How can we possibly use this photo? It is so lovely. Breathtaking, even. But so ……

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Warm memories

Marcus Returning on Voyage

The first snowstorm of the season has come and gone – and it’s only November 15! Our pal Marcus Leshock found a way to warm our hearts, though, by posting this YouTube video. It’s from when he visited this summer on assignment with WGN-TV in Chicago: Be sure to un-mute the video … ’cause Marcus is a…

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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 Spoopy

Holly the Elf

That’s right, Spoopy! Leah feels so strongly about this word that she wants a new holiday declared – nay, an entire month:     Amanda (aka Genesis: The Creature in our Come Alive! show) joins us this episode. Amanda swaps show stories from over the years with Lauren and Leah. … including how she played…

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360 degrees of fun

Thunderbird 360° Front-Thumbnail

We’ve been having a ball with our new video camera, which provides a view of 360 degrees around your virtual seat. If you’ve just discovered how fun it is to play around with these videos, here they are all together: First, our Halloween coasters And then into Thanksgiving for The Voyage and Thunderbird. All 360 degrees…

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Podcast: The British are Coming

Marcus Returning on Voyage

It is always a joyous day when we’re joined by the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain!   The British are coming? The British are here! ?@marcusleshock?, too! #Brilliant ?@RCCGB? pic.twitter.com/817LBDOlAe — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) June 13, 2018 After lunch, the group’s fearless leader sat down to be our guest on this week’s podcast: That’s…

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Sweepstakes: Ticket giveaway

Mammoth drop

Congratulations to our three winners: Amanda M. from Christiana, Tennessee, Jaclynn S. from Sorento, Illinois, and Michelle W. from Indianapolis, Indiana! And thanks to everyone who entered! —- We all like to win, right? Here’s your opportunity to win a pair of tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (we’ll pick three winners at random). Guess what?…

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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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Podcast: Mix It Up Menu

Admissions-area rainbow

Our pal Tammy from F&B is back again to tell us about what’s new on the food front this season: I promised to post photos of some of the Premium Cabana Meals, starting with the Fruit Platter: Next on the menu is the Chicken Tenders Platter: And the Shrimp Platter: Just like our Pick Your Price…

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