Unwrapping a boat

Will had fun yesterday afternoon as he unwrapped the first Pilgrims Plunge boat. Take a look:

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Does this float your boat?

Look what the stork dropped off for us yesterday… Still in the wrapping paper, just like Christmas morn. Will and Lisa plan to shoot a video this week to explain how the boats will make it around the ride, how the elevator works, how the boats will decelerate after coming down the chute, and other…

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“I’ll be a lady of leisure”

Frieda Foertsch

Today, our staff bid a fond farewell to this sweet face: After many, many years of helping to make Santa Claus Land and then Holiday World & Splashin‘ Safari an especially lovely place, she’s decided to become “a lady of leisure.” Over the years, she’s appeared as a calendar girl, won a state-wide honor, been…

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An early Valentine’s gift

How many people receive emails from their boss with this message: Ain't they pretty? And this attached: Those big blue tanks are the filters for Pilgrims Plunge. And Will is happy. Who needs chocolates and flowers when there are … filters? According to GM Mike (who is also happy), these tanks contain 90% sand and…

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Back to reality

Did I ever tell you about the reality show we had the opportunity to be on? Seriously, we had a call from a producer several years ago. They had already created one of the very first reality shows (which is still quite popular) and they were ready to strike gold again. The premise was to…

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A meeting of the minds

…could easily lead to brain freeze. We took this photo of Will, Mike and Tom yesterday morning, when it was about 12 degrees out. Today temps are back up in the 30s and the cement mixers have returned. There's plenty of activity on our construction cam. Good thing. According to our "Countdown 'til Open" button,…

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“You’re probably wondering why I called this meeting…”

Will marches to the beat of a different drummer. We like to say that when others "zig" he chooses to "zag." So when he calls a meeting, it may not be in a conference room. That's Will in the red jacket, holding a different, uh … drum stick. Today's "meeting" is in the Plymouth Rock…

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One of Santa’s Elves?

Look what appeared on someone's office door over the Christmas break: So, just how well do you know us? Post a comment below and let us know whose door you think this is … and who anonymously posted the sign. Hint #1: My only involvement was taking the photos while waiting for person to return…

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He sees you when you’re sleeping …

In our bimonthly marketing meeting yesterday, we were further familiarizing ourselves with the VisiStat system we're using to analyze our website traffic. It's way cool. One of the most remarkable functions is being able to see — in real time — who is visiting your site. For example, as I write this, there are 14…

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“You’ll shoot your eye out!”

Say that famous phrase to Will and you'll get no response. Because–somehow–Santa's grandson has never seen A Christmas Story. WWRD? Our discovery of this lapse in Will's education came early last year. Wayne, our Games Director, was planning a trip to Cleveland to view the latest plush offerings. "Say hi to Ralphie!" I chirped. Lots…

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“Who dat?”

Kevin emailed us with this darling story earlier this week: Earlier this evening my 18-month-old grandson and I were looking at the computer. I opened the Holiblog page, and Owen pointed and recognized the picture of "Ha-d-dawg" and "Sorry Sam" (we will work on the "f" sound before next summer's trip). He then pointed to…

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70 years later

There's a lovely ceremony planned for Sunday. Read more about it here. One of the comments posted by a reader (below the article) is a request for a photo of Santa Jim. Here's a sweet one: You'll recognize Santa in the middle. That Will's little face at the top of the wreath. Heading clockwise in…

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