Popular Mechanics: Hoosier best?

Hard-hat stickers for Voyage work

Sorry for the “hoosier” thing in the subject line, but it’s such low-hanging fruit, you know? When Popular Mechanics decided to name the best roller coaster in each state, they kindly took a look at us. And our coasters. Because they know stuff. And the winner is … We’ll let The Gravity Group tell you:…

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Splashin’ Safari surprised us all!

It’s Splashin’ Safari’s birthday! Our water park opened on May 29, 1993. It was much smaller back then. In fact, our news release announced it would be a five-year project, costing $3 million. Boy, were we wrong! Here’s an article from The Herald, from back on October 30, 1992: What? SplashWater Safari? Yes, that was…

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The day CBS News came to town

48 Hours' correspondant Richard Schlesinger and park president Will Koch

What fun it is to revisit our past – with oh so many wonderful stories to tell from our 73 years! This includes a visit from CBS News! Here’s a share of a video our ACE friend Sean posted on YouTube. (ACE = American Coaster Enthusiasts. Yes, that’s a thing.) For the backstory about the day…

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Ornamental fountain

Ornaments fountain

Here’s something you don’t exactly see every day … … not even in the town of Santa Claus! It arrived first thing this morning: Our shiny new ornamental fountain (get it?). Take a look at the fun And so, you may ask, what happened to that perfectly good other fountain statue? No worries! The Applause…

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Lip synch

Hard-hat stickers for Voyage work

Learned something new today: The top two layers of track on our wooden coasters are collectively referred to as The Lip. As a result, the term Lip Service takes on a whole new meaning around here. Why? Because the top two layers – the lip – is where the artistry takes place. Retracking a wooden coaster…

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Podcast: the Town named Santa Claus

PolarBears: Will, Lauren, Leah

For the last podcast episode of 2018, Lori Koch (Lauren and Leah’s mom) joined us as we delved into the history of the town of Santa Claus:     A visit from The Today Show last weekend resulted in a wonderful feature story that aired this week. Here’s that link to the Santa Claus Visitors Bureau,…

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Podcast: The one with the Retiree

Mike and Joe

Mike Johannes has certainly never been thought of as a retiring sort of person. But after 26 years with us, it seems our Director of Sales is heading off to make some new adventures. We invited Mike to join us for this podcast episode, and he brought with him tales of golfing with Santa, chasing escaped…

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Treeboy meets SpongeBob

Santa SpongeBob

“Absorbant and yellow and porous is he” has to be one of the best cartoon theme-song lines ever written. It was so sad to hear that SpongeBob SquarePants’ creator passed away yesterday. Stephen Hillenburg was just 57. Thinking of SpongeBob took me back to the summer of 2002, when a plush version of the gap-toothed…

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Podcast: The Takeover

Lauren with Bacon Seasoning

With Paula away on vacation, the #PodSquad had a new host this week: Me! (Hence the title “The one where they all went Rogue.”) I had a lot of goals for this episode: create a new game, don’t screw up, and don’t screw up. I succeeded in creating a new game. Luckily, accountant Tiffany Leonard…

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Podcast: The one with the Lucite

Golden Ticket Awards - Lauren & Leah

The Lucite reference in the name of this episode is in tribute to the late Will Koch. Oh, how he loved “bringing home the Lucite.” And so, it seems, do his daughters We talk about last weekend’s Golden Ticket Awards and so much more on podcast episode 065: We’re just one weekend away from the start…

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Play Day announcement

PlayDay - teacher

What is Play Day? It’s a special day when we’re open only for the guests of the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center of Evansville. Schoolchildren – like Lance, 15 – look forward to it all year. Lance is from Utica, Kentucky; he’s an 8th grader at Burns Middle School. Play Day is also a day for announcements. That’s…

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Podcast: Welcome Matt

Matt & Doogie

Today, we’re a day early and a Lauren short. While Lauren prepares to celebrate her sister Leah’s MBA achievement, our #podsquad consisted of two Matts and me. VP Matt has been in our industry for a while, so he knew to bring fudge. He filled us in on new roller coaster merchandise (some of which…

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