The day CBS News came to town

48 Hours' correspondant Richard Schlesinger and park president Will Koch

What fun it is to revisit our past – with oh so many wonderful stories to tell from our 73 years! This includes a visit from CBS News! 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…

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Long may he wave

Santa Waving from Marketplace Balcony

What’s that? High atop the tower at the new Santa’s Merry Marketplace? It’s Santa Claus! #VolumeUp The tower itself is nearly six stories tall. Each morning, Santa and his helper will welcome Guests as they enter the park. This harkens back to our Santa Claus Land days when Santa would appear “up on a rooftop”…

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Ornamental fountain

Ornaments fountain

Here’s something you don’t exactly see every day … … not even in the town of Santa Claus! It arrived first thing this morning: Our shiny new ornamental fountain (get it?). Take a look at the fun And so, you may ask, what happened to that perfectly good other fountain statue? No worries! The Applause…

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The scoop about Waffle Cone Lights

Rick making Waffle Cone Lights

This time of the year (gulp – we’re just two weeks from Opening Day!), changes happen so quickly that it’s a challenge to catch them all for you to see. So we were delighted to hear from Rick, our Graphic Artist, that he was working on creating the Waffle Cone Lights for the new Sugarplum…

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Wattle we ride first?

Turkey Whirl Assembly

Some may find this to be fowl, but if you take a look at turkey anatomy, you’ll know a wattle is that fleshy neck thingy (technically speaking, of course). The other weird turkey word? The snood of course. That’s the hangy thing over the turkey’s beak. Speaking of snood, did you know the farmer in Gobbler Getaway…

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Top, Tour, Taste

We tasted both General Tso's Chicken, as well as this delicious vegetarian version:

Yesterday’s media event for the Tower Topping at Santa’s Merry Marketplace was a ho-ho-whole lot of fun! To begin with, the weather was just perfect and the trees were awakening. TV crews, newspaper reporters, radio personalities, and the HoliDrone were on hand to watch the topping of the six-story tower at Santa’s Merry Marketplace. Want…

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Legend rides again!

The Legend logo

Whatever you do, don’t look back! – Legend rides again This afternoon we got the call that The Legend was about to head out on its first rides of the season. Around here, that’s a big deal Stephen grabbed his video gear and headed down Halloween Hill to catch the start of Legend’s 20th season:…

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#ThrowbackThursday: Ski Show

Human Pyramid

Did you know we used to have a water-ski show? It was a long time ago. Sixty years, actually. It was called the Willie Bartley Water Ski Show and was performed on Lake Rudolph. This was back when Lake Rudolph was called Rudolph Lake. And it was smaller then than it is now. I kid…

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The training train

Holidog Express train ride

It is training season here at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari: Foods training, Lifeguard drills,  Sweeper coaching, Admissions instruction … the list goes on and on. Come to think of it, there’s even train training. There’s also lots of Safety Training. Each department has its own, and there are additional company-wide sessions. This one is…

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Lip synch

Hard-hat stickers for Voyage work

Learned something new today: The top two layers of track on our wooden coasters are collectively referred to as The Lip. As a result, the term Lip Service takes on a whole new meaning around here. Why? Because the top two layers – the lip – is where the artistry takes place. Retracking a wooden coaster…

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Minding the mint

Dippin' Dots sundaes

Is it the mint? Or maybe the crunch? Or the Oreos? Something about this new Dippin’ Dots flavor got People magazine so excited they posted an enthusiastic article about it. So we tweeted it: A culinary announcement so important it was featured in @People magazine! And yes, we’ll serve Cool Mint Crunch here – in…

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Memories of coaster names

1995 Brochure cover

We call it The Name Game here. Whenever we have something new, it needs a name. Over the years, we’ve spent untold hours coming up with themed names for attractions, restaurants, shops, and games. When our friends at CoasterRadio podcast asked me to call in to talk about how we came up with our coaster…

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