A few final hints …

I woke up this morning nervous. It was kind of a combination of day-of-final-exams anxiety and Christmas morning excitement. Announcement Day is [almost] here, and we can [almost] stop talking in hushed tones everywhere we go. Almost. But I know that one more day for us means one more day of agony for the Holiday…

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Gosh, I hope I get it!

That slightly re-written line from Broadway’s iconic “A Chorus Line” says it all. Getting up in front of a judges’ table to sing and dance your heart out is a remarkably brave (and scary) thing to do. Auditions are gut-wrenchingly difficult for the judges, too. They truly want everyone to do their very best. They…

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Indiana Tourism’s highest honor

Did you know the highest honor in Indiana's tourism industry is the Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award? This award was established in 2011, in memory of our late president, who passed away suddenly in 2010. Will had been a leader in the tourism industry for so many years that our state's Lieutenant Governor's office…

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Pomp and circumstance

When an editor from the Indiana State University Magazine contacted us with an interest to write a feature about our park president, we started wondering about how many other ISU grads we had on staff full-time. It turns our we have five "Sycamores" here: from left, that's Brandon, Lori, Matt, Ashley and Jennifer. According to…

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A Halloween tale

Raven Pin | HoliShop

Back in 1994, it was such a thrill to take part in naming our first big roller coaster. We knew it was going to be built in our Halloween section, so there were nearly endless theming ideas. It turned out to be a rather creepy experience. The first shivery chill occurred on a very hot…

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Will joins Walt in the Theme Park Hall of Fame

When our dear friend Will Koch passed away unexpectedly in June, the outpouring of love and support was amazing. "He was the next Walt Disney" we heard over and over. Indeed, Will's wife, Lori, had long ago given him a wonderful portrait of Walt Disney (with a shadow of Mickey) which hung in his office…

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An honor for Will

The World Waterpark Association is meeting for its annual convention these next few days. This morning, Lori Koch had the bittersweet honor of receiving an award as her late husband, Will, was inducted into the WWA Hall of Fame. We’re so proud of all Will accomplished; we miss him every day.

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Six Golden Ticket Awards

Wow, what a night. Thanks to all who joined us on our Facebook page as we posted about the evening's events as the 2010 Golden Ticket Awards were announced. In case you missed it, here's the news release with the results: PARK WINS SIX ‘GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS’ ‘VOYAGE,’ ‘WILDEBEEST’ TAKE TOP HONORS WILL KOCH NAMED…

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The family that rides together…

Will is a happy guy. He’s in Las Vegas at the IAAPA Expo, where a sample Timberliner car just happens to be on display. Looks pretty comfortable, doesn’t he? Front row, from left: Lori Koch (Will’s better half), Will, brother Dan and mom, Pat. The back row, from left: Chad Miller and Larry Bill from…

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Nathan Ryder took a ride

Here's WFIE's Nathan Ryder's report from tonight's 5 o'clock news. If you watch closely, you'll see that Mrs. Koch was on the first boat. She wasn't going to ride today…but at the last minute, hopped on. There are lots of Kochs on that boat, actually…Will's wife, Lori, their younger daughter, Leah, and William A. Koch…

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It’s not just Abe …

Snowy Raven station

…who is putting 200 candles on his cake this year. So is Edgar Allan Snow … er, Poe. In fact EAP has the same birthday as Will’s wife, Lori (not the same year, though – stop trying to get me in trouble!). So in honor of Poe’s¬†bicentennial …   … we put a little icing…

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“Who dat?”

Kevin emailed us with this darling story earlier this week: Earlier this evening my 18-month-old grandson and I were looking at the computer. I opened the Holiblog page, and Owen pointed and recognized the picture of "Ha-d-dawg" and "Sorry Sam" (we will work on the "f" sound before next summer's trip). He then pointed to…

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