Koch and Colbert

We all know who Koch is… …but Colbert? Claudette? Uh…no. Stephen. As in The Colbert Report. This Wednesday night. Advice is welcome. Here's the news release for more details.

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Golden memories

Hosting the Golden Ticket Awards was a blast. It was well over a year ago that we started bugging Amusement Today publisher Gary Slade that we wanted to host the Golden Ticket Awards again. Turns out he already had us in mind. (Surely it had nothing to do with him wanting to ride this new…

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The colonel and the coaster

It’s been nearly a week since we hosted the “Partnership for Peace” exchange group from Slovakia. It was fun to see that speaking different languages doesn’t really get in the way of fun. Or coaster riding. Oh, how I wish I could remember his name. He’s the Colonel. It was obvious he was in charge…

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Good for the soul

…confession, that is. Will just called me from Evansville. He just got off the air following a live interview on WTVW's morning news show. Went well, but he had to tell me something. "I sort of hinted at what's new for next season." Oh, Will! "I couldn't resist; I've signed both contracts, so I went…

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Adding to our lexicon

Crazy busy last week. Spent one day with a crew from the Canadian Travel Channel. "We'll be oot and aboot the park all day," I told everyone. One ride operator's eyes nearly popped out when I whispered, "They're from Canada. They don't speak English." That little joke got old very quickly, especially when I fessed…

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Star Spangled banter

If you’ve ever stayed in Splashin’ Safari till closing time, you may have noticed the chair thing. As the supervisors walk from water ride to water ride, they straighten the chairs. Lined up evenly, they’re ready for the next day. This is done rather subtly prior to closing and then they really go to town….

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Hitting the big Times

Will Koch and The Voyage

My folks live in Madison, Connecticut. They have a subscription to the New York Times. I probably need to send them a box of Band-Aids and a tube of Neosporin for all the paper cuts they’ve surely endured the past week. Because the New York Times interviewed Will for a business article a few weeks…

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Why wood?

Why wood? Here’s Will’s explanation of why Holiday World added a third wooden coaster this season: “We believe that wooden roller coasters, in general, appeal to a wider (family) demographic than steel coasters do. They have that traditional look and feel. Wooden coasters shake. They vibrate. You know you’re on a ride.”  

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“Wanna see my ring?”

It’s happened again. Another HoliCouple. Joe and Kayla, sittin’ in a … … coaster? They met here eight years ago, working in rides. So when Joe gathered up his courage to pop the question (although his friends feared he’d faint), he wanted to do it somewhere special. At The Raven. Kayla happily said yes and…

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The coaster is 1.2 miles – and so is the Walk

The Walk to Cure Diabetes, that is. We’re hosting this walk next Saturday, May 20. Mrs. Koch spoke at the news conference when the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation announced the details. As she told the media, “They can send a man to the moon and back. Why can’t we all pull together to fund research…

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Geek Power

This email from The Gravity Group‘s Chad Miller today made Will and me laugh out loud: We saw the reverse POV video you posted of The Voyage. Who would have expected that four geeks like us could make women scream like THAT!?!? ___ Would you like to receive HoliBlog notices – along with news releases and…

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The view from the front, er… back, seat

Will Koch and Larry Bill

As soon as word got out that the first human rides had taken place (we’ll talk more about Fred the Test Dummy later), the emails started pouring in. Everyone wanted to know Will’s reaction to his first ride on The Voyage. So I emailed him, asking if he had time to submit a “trip report”…

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