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 laughter goes on

Will Koch receives "World's Cleanest Park" award in 2007

I’m sifting through some old emails to save the ones from Will that made me laugh. It’s almost every last one of them. His sense of humor kept our mood buoyant and his easy, infectious (okay, goofy!) laugh was downright inspirational. Something he said pretty regularly: “If we can’t have fun, who can? We’re a…

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Will Koch to the rescue

Will Koch on bass

What does it say when it takes the CEO of the company to replace you?  The Beachcombers‘ bass guitarist, John, needed the afternoon off to go graduate from high school* … so Will Koch was tapped to fill in *Despite taking the day off for his graduation, John was able to attend one of Will’s…

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Final exams

Am I the only adult who breathes a sigh of relief every May that I don’t have to take final exams? I didn’t think so. But testing, of course, is important. … especially when it’s a brand new design for a brand new coaster train. Since the Timberliners are still in testing mode for a…

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“May the 4th be with you!”

When you have a Darth Vader talking bobble-head bank, you just have to celebrate May the 4th. (We should add this to Will’s station announcement at The Voyage: "Don’t underestimate the Force.")

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“What’s wrong with this picture?”

When I asked Will to meet up with Lisa and me at Wildebeest at 6:45 Thursday morning for his first news-media Skype interview, he said he’d be there. When we arrived this morning and I asked him to do the interview from one of the Wildebeest boats, he just laughed. It sure is nice to…

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Who’s on first?

Typical conversation between Will and me: Me: Thanks for emailing me the photos, Will. The one of the logo — exactly where is it on the seat? Will: It's on the seatback. Me: The back of the back of the seat? Or the front of the back of the seat? …after pausing to laugh and…

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Must be a guy thing

I’ll never forget the first time I heard about waterless urinals. It was the year 2000. The Kochs had arrived back from the annual IAAPA convention all excited. The guys, anyway. Mrs. Koch cracked us up at the next directors meeting. Apparently Will and his dad were pretty fired up about these new-fangled guy potties….

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“…no one alive who is Willer than Will”

Will Koch reads Dr. Seuss

Did you celebrate yesterday? Maybe an extra helping or two of green eggs and ham? Or a bit of reading to smallish children? Will did … Sarah, who’s worked in our merchandise department for years and years, asked Will to come to her school yesterday to read to a wonderful group of kindergartners. As Will…

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Neither rain, nor snow …

Well, sometimes the weather does make it difficult. We were invited to speak to the American Coaster Enthusiasts' annual "East Coaster" event over the weekend in Allentown, Pennsylvania. As in mid-Atlantic states. As in blizzardpalooza. Since they were already closing airports on Friday, we quickly made a video for the enthusiasts to show during the…

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Home Alone?

When we started to plan our online shop, we talked about making it "fit" what we’re all about. We’d use our owners, employees and their families as models for the HoliShop. We’d have fun. But, honestly, this much fun, Will? All I can think of when I see this photo is that great scene in…

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