Hard Hat Chronicles, episode XIX

90° from above

It’s been eight months since our last episode of the Hard Hat Chronicles, so we’ll get you two of them this month! VP James has a lot to be excited about – because The Voyage is getting all kinds of TLC this off-season. Here’s a look of some of that work, thanks to our HoliDrone (and…

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Night flights

Voyage At Sunset

Last Friday, I wrote about our Lights Out! show. The next day, I got to experience a few of our coasters with their lights out. This past Saturday we hosted “Quoth the Raven, Ride Some More,” a coaster-enthusiast event with the Midwest chapter of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). Our morning started before the park opened…

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Contest: Wood, Steel or Water?

Congratulations to our winner: Nichole C. of Clarksville, Tennessee! Thanks to all who entered – we’ll have another sweepstakes soon! —– No, this is not some weird version of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Promise. With Splashin’ Safari opening in just another week, let’s talk about coasters – and a sweepstakes. Three types of coasters await you…

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Podcast: Ready, Set, Go!

With two weeks to go till Opening Day, the #PodSquad has a lot to do and a lot to talk about: Here’s the video Redbook magazine put together about Cesilie, from our 2015 high-dive team: We’re tickled by the joy these “replacement windows” have caused. First at Goblin Burgers: … and also at Hot Diggity…

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Twelve years ago, on April 7, 2005, we launched the HoliBlog. Blogs weren’t really a “thing” yet, so we had some explaining to do (just as we’ve had to explain the concept of a podcast to the uninitiated over the past year). In fact, we were the first park in the world to have its…

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The Hard Hat Chronicles return

Coaster Cats on Voyage

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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Love roller coaster

wedding cake topper

I’ve been saving this one for a special day. And what could be more special than Valentine’s Day, right? Okay … a wedding day. Because, you know … you get cake. But wait – doesn’t the cake topper look oddly familiar? Let’s get a closer look: Kara and Sean tied the knot in Florida back…

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“It made me giddy”

Angie was breathless. And it wasn’t because she had just climbed 310 steps – to the top of The Voyage lift hill. (“I had to stop to catch my breath four times,” she confessed.) It was because she achieved one of her top “bucket list” desires and saw the World from 17 stories up. Our…

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Out to launch

Today. Was. Just. Beautiful. It was a lovely day for a long walk (my office is near the front gate – Thunderbird … isn’t) to use Facebook’s new “Live!” feature.   LIVE: Thunderbird testing (aka Hoosier Dummy now?) Posted by Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 We open in just under…

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The Legend reborn

We’ve teased you long enough. Here’s what we’re working on for our 70th Birthday season: We hope you’re as excited as we are to experience our wooden coasters again for the first time – especially The Legend! (Oh, and Thunderbird, too!) This snow won’t last forever … By the way, if you’ve been meaning to…

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Weigh to go, Shane!

This morning, this photo appeared in our Twitter feed and we were thrilled to see we were part of this gentleman’s incredible weight-loss story: @HolidayWorld one of my weight loss motivations was to ride your roller coasters. See you this season!! pic.twitter.com/gvwxSY2XLn — Shane (@ShaneInTC) January 11, 2016 We got in touch with Shane and…

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These ‘lab rats’ rode for Will

We have always been a huge MythBusters family. Growing up, we knew all of the hosts by name, and at times talked about them like they were old friends. Once William, my younger brother, got a season on DVD, we watched it 24/7. Dad was definitely okay with this. He loved watching MythBusters, too. Dad…

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