A 360 video tour of Santa’s Merry Marketplace

Having trouble getting your bearings when it comes to the transition of Kringle’s Kafe to Santa’s Merry Marketplace? Understandable! The “footprint” for Santa’s Merry Marketplace is nearly half again as big as Kringle’s. Lauren and Stephen put their hard hat-covered noggins together and created this 360 video for you to take a detailed look around: This is interactive,…

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Facebook rewind

The Legend | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

As another calendar year comes to a close, let’s reminisce about our top Facebook videos from 2018: A Pre-Season Flight With 100 days until opening, we launched Thunderbird and streamed the video live for fans. This pre-season launch served to swap the two trains, which were midway through off-season maintenance. Read more in this HoliBlog post. By…

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Warm memories

Marcus Returning on Voyage

The first snowstorm of the season has come and gone – and it’s only November 15! Our pal Marcus Leshock found a way to warm our hearts, though, by posting this YouTube video. It’s from when he visited this summer on assignment with WGN-TV in Chicago: Be sure to un-mute the video … ’cause Marcus is a…

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Podcast: The one with the Griswolds

Taylor Bybee

Once we move to our “Now Open Weekends” schedule,  references to “the Moose Out Front” abound. … because just about everyone has seen National Lampoon’s Vacation at least once. And, believe it or not, this vehicle was actually parked in our lot a few years ago (during the 30th-anniversary summer of the film’s release). And…

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The next generation

Sawyer's First Ride

Today is our 72nd birthday. Pictures of our past swirl in our memories: As do snapshots of the future In celebration of the 72nd birthday of his family’s theme park, young Sawyer took his first rides today. #NextGeneration #HoWoHistory pic.twitter.com/OQdtWHDVOG — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) August 3, 2018 Sawyer took his first ride on Holidog Express,…

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Night flights

Voyage At Sunset

Last Friday, I wrote about our Lights Out! show. The next day, I got to experience a few of our coasters with their lights out. This past Saturday we hosted “Quoth the Raven, Ride Some More,” a coaster-enthusiast event with the Midwest chapter of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). Our morning started before the park opened…

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The main frame

When you hear the phrase “main frame,” you think of a computer, right? Well, not today. This morning, Firecracker‘s main frame was lowered into place. Firecracker is a classic Calypso ride. It has graced two other parks since its birth in 1972. We’re restoring it for this season. Third time’s the charm, right? We showed…

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Podcast: See You In September

Today’s podcast recording felt like the last day of school (for those who remember being overjoyed when that day arrived; I’m not one of them – I used to cry). We were just … giddy. Reining in the PodSquad was nearly impossible. But we had a wicked good time and hope you do as well….

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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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#FlashbackFriday

Oh what fun it is to research and revisit our past – with oh so many wonderful stories we have to tell from our 70 years! Here’s a share of a video our ACE friend Sean posted on YouTube. (ACE = American Coaster Enthusiasts. Yes, that’s a thing.) For the backstory about the day CBS’s 48…

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Reruns? We’ve got reruns!

You didn’t miss last night’s Thrill Factor premiere, did you? (Or maybe you just want to watch it again?) We’re getting a lot of requests for a list of when “our” episode will hit the re-run circuit. While we look it up for you, here’s a fun snippet to watch: Here we go: Thrill Factor…

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Big drops and little drops

Since Pilgrims Plunge opened in 2009, we've posted a bunch of videos on YouTube to show potential visitors what we mean by "a classic shoot-the-chute ride with a modern twist." One of the videos has had nearly three million views; clearly this unusual-looking ride intrigues. So it's time for a new video – in slow…

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