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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Podcast: ProSlide CEO

Wildebeest at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

We crossed the border this episode. A quick call to Ottowa (Ontario, Canada) and the CEO of ProSlide joined us for a fun chat about snow skiing, water coasters, and the passion to create. Here’s that photo I took of Rick Hunter and Will Koch right after Wildebeest opened. Two brilliant businessmen who never lost…

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A special kind of magic

Don with Rabbit in Box

When our favorite magic man, Don Baggett, was moving in just before starting his annual fall shows in the park, he shared some news. This will be his last season with us. And his final show ever as a magician will be here at Holiday World, on Sunday, October 29, at 4pm. As much as…

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Podcast: Halloween treats

1984 Brochure outside

It’s always a treat when Leah joins us on podcast day: We had fun recalling Lauren and Leah’s dad’s appearance on The Colbert Report 11 years ago. Wow. I’d completely forgotten about how I was the only one not to receive an autographed photo … sigh. Our webcam is back online, in case you need…

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Podcast: Promises Kept

Leah - Golden Ticket Award

I won’t ruin the surprise, but a promise made long ago (and repeatedly) was finally kept this morning … The Golden Ticket Awards were held last weekend in Connecticut. Leah was pleased as punch to accept the #1 Water Park Ride award (Wildebeest‘s eighth win in as many years). ^ Bonus points if you can…

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Podcast: Tell-Tale Tattoo

Eric Rentz returns for this week’s podcast and updates us on iROC, his first Dole Whip experience, and a promise he must not break:   To illustrate this episode, let’s start with a few links: “Love roller coaster” blog post “Ready to Ride” Sweepstakes Next, a photo of the new Beest Burger: … and Matt…

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Podcast: Magic Man!

As chilly autumn winds begin to blow at last, turning leaves to gold, red and orange, the #PodSquad sat down with an old friend. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we had fun recording it: This episode’s guest? It’s our Magic Man, Don Baggett. Don has a long history with us –…

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Podcast: IT Guy

It’s podcast day again and this time we welcomed Matt Taylor to the table – he’s our IT Director. We hope you enjoy this episode: Here are some illustrations for this latest episode along with some reminders: IT Matt gives us an interesting overview of how he and his team outfitted the park for our…

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Podcast: The one with the Conqueror

It’s podcast day! As always, here are some illustrations from our hour or so of silliness: First of all, to celebrate our thirteenth episode, we snacked on some new treats that will appear on the SmokeHouse menu for Happy Halloween Weekends: Fried Apple Pie Bites and … … Bread Pudding Bites (above). Needless to say,…

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The Legend lives on

This morning, while adding a new Legend video to our YouTube channel, I happened upon this wonderful piece of our history from 1999. It’s the day we announced we were building The Legend: Many thanks to David Ellis for posting this video of the late Will Koch announcing The Legend. We know Will would be…

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Podcast episode 006: … the day before Opening Day

It’s April 22, the day before Opening Day for our 70th Birthday Season. And so today’s podcast episode is 70 minutes long. By coincidence, yes, but we’re still pleased with ourselves. A few photos to pique your interest: Two of our upcoming holidays. First, May the 4th: And Mother Goose Day: The chat about our history…

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