Time to whine

Update: In case you found this blog post (from 2005) in your quest to discover which time zone Holiday World is on, we’ll make it simple: Central Daylight Time. We realize most of Indiana is on Eastern, but our little corner of the state is on Central. —– Last night, the Indiana State Legislature made…

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Problem solving the high-tech way

Test ball

Wow! Will Koch is getting into this HoliBlogging — two days in a row! (He cautioned me not to expect something every day. We’ll take what we can get, right?) This is from Will: Yesterday, our marketing director, John, called and said we needed to talk about the logo design for the water tower. We…

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10 days till opening: Will Koch’s thoughts

Here is Will’s first HoliBlog post: As opening approaches, everywhere I go in town, people ask me, “Are you ready?” And I always respond, “No. But we will be on opening day.” They also want to know whether I’m nervous about getting the park open. The funny thing is that I always (honestly) reply that…

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Woodn’t you like to know?

Will Koch does not like to cut down trees. Let me rephrase that: Will Koch does not like to cut down tree It’s against his nature. He wants as much shade as possible in the park. And the beauty of the old hardwoods is part of his family’s heritage. He’s the third generation to run…

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Where did our fountain go?

Applause Fountain construction

Long, long ago … before the town of Santa Claus was even named … a giant meteor crashed into one of the town’s hillsides, leaving behind a huge crater for folks from miles around to come and see. It was amazing. A shooting star came to rest in this town. And it happened on Christmas…

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The Queen of Clean strikes again

Mrs. Koch and her broom

Rachel came back from the main office this afternoon with the following story about our resident Queen of Clean: As I was looking for more letterhead over at the main office today, I heard a big sigh come through the door first … then Will. I chuckled and Will said, “I asked Marlene if she…

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Praise from Paris

Happy Kellems at Santa Claus Land

… Illinois, that is. Here’s what an email from Mike had to say: I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading the articles you post on the HoliBlog site. I have visited Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari every year since 1979 when my grandparents would bring myself, my brother, and cousins…

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Up, up and away!

Unpainted water tower

It’s noisier than usual this spring. There’s a giant contraption being assembled right across the street in our Legend parking lot. And it looks like a hot-air balloon: Actually, it’s a new water tower. Our very own. That massive sphere will hold half a million gallons. That a lot of H-2-O! Will Koch likes to…

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You can hear it in St. Louis

The Raven

Last summer, we got a call from a travel writer with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Tom and I had been in touch for several years and it was great to know he planned to drive the three hours to visit us. Tom was particularly fun to walk with around the park. He was fascinated by…

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