“Is it too late to call this off?”

Contest-winner Brandon told me yesterday that he and Gary had just about made up their minds to blow off The Voyage and head for Frightful Falls when John (our marketing director) helpfully pushed down their lapbars and wished them a happy ride. Sure, they're smiling. But it looks like they're talking through the smiles. Meanwhile,…

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Three little words

…texted to me following Brandon Phillips' ride with Gary Brackett a few hours ago: "It was awe- some." 'Nuff said. Brandon told me after- wards that both he and Gary's eyes were streaming (from riding in the front car — yeah, right) and they were frantically wiping away the tears before they got near the…

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Coasters, Colts, and….well, Cash

For years, I've reacted obnoxiously whenever the topic of sports comes up around here. I groan when Mike (that's Sales Director Mike) starts off a marketing meeting with, "What about them Hoosiers?!" or when John whines about "his" Bears and Cubs. And as a Notre Dame alum, Will is sure to keep us up to…

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“I’m out of my comfort zone”

Poor Mike. He got dragged into a TV interview the other day. Not exactly kicking and screaming, but he did solemnly tell me, "Paula, I'm out of my comfort zone." …but Mike gamely slapped on a pleasant smile and talked about, what else, roller coasters. This is for an upcoming episode of "The Weekly Special,"…

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A ride on The Voyage? Priceless

The director of our local visitors bureau told me this story: My sister and brother-in-law came to visit Holiday World over the weekend and brought their best friends, Michael and Kelly, who were coming to Santa Claus for the first time. Michael told me recently that he loved roller coasters so much, he'd ride one…

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Crazy like a Fox

A roller coaster wedding? Are you CRAZY? Been asked that more than once the past month or so. Well, if you head over to the homepage at Fox News Channel's website, you just might notice it's the featured video front and center. Here's the direct link to their story. When I asked Elvis to sing…

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Do these men look happy?

Oh for heaven's sake, Eric and Matt! You're about to get the first ride of the season on the #1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet! In the front seat, no less! What in heck are you talking about — budgets?! Off they go. That's Tori and Will in the back seat. We had thunderstorms last…

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Holiday World heist

What a nice email (including the subject line, above) from a new friend from across the pond: Good Evening/Afternoon Paula! It is Friday night over here and after a hard day's work I am relaxing at home as I am traveling 2 hours at 7am in the morning to get to Alton Towers for a…

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Anyone speak Portuguese?

Or, maybe just know how to read it? Tim, with the American Coaster Enthusiasts, was kind enough to send me this publication. He's so tickled that one of his photos made it on the cover of a magazine. Our Voyage. On the cover of a magazine in Portugal. Written in Portuguese. Just wish we knew…

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Back home again

The Voyage trains have completed their return trip. This car was sort of a diva and demanded a Bobcat ride. It's sort of commendable that they still want to hang out together after that long drive back from Pennsylvania. They're looking around to check out what changes were made during their absence. Meanwhile, more work…

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A driving desire to ride

Jerry in Ohio already has his car facing southwest in anticipation of his first six-hour trip to Holiday World this season. Any guesses as to which ride he'll head to first? Flash forward to May 23, and Jerry showed why his next ride on The Voyage would mean so much to him:

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Leftovers

It’s that time of year when leftovers aren’t a burden. They’re appreciated. Cherished, even. So I knew you wouldn’t mind a leftover story from this summer. It was when “Deal or No Deal” came back to town. More than a year ago, the GM over at Santa’s Lodge was chosen to be a contestant. Surprise!…

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