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Photo TR: Holiday World, Santa Claus, IN


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Just got back from 2 great days at Holiday World. Voyage is definitely top 10 material. Not too sure about it being #1, though. Gobbler Getaway was great, even in its less-than-finished state. Legend was running mediocre, and Raven was down-right poor. Not sure why: It's not rough and it's not braked. There's just not as much air as there used to be.

 

There were lots of school groups on day one. Annoying, but not unmanageable. Met and talked briefly with Will and Pat Koch outside the front gate on day two. At Holiday World, everyone is an A-lister.

 

Okay, on to the pictures:

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Sadly, no word on next year....

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Gobbler Getaway was in "previews." Still some effects not working, no score was collected during the first couple scenes, and the exit hallway is just black walls. Still, it was great. No MIB, of course, but very original and loads of fun. A great additio

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Oh, the wacky shananigans! Here I am pretending to be a complete coaster dork.

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Signature Shot

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The Plymouth Rock Cafe wasn't quite ready yet. (It's that pile of bricks on the right.)

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Still some work to be done on the station.

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"Why! That's outrageous! I want to speak to the manager!"

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On day two, we hit the water park. Zoombabwe (on the left) was the highlight, though the whole park was great.

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This woman is unhappy because she is married to me.

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The rapids ride floats through a flooded western town.

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Just a nice picture of the park's flyers.

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"Well, we're not at Six Flags."

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Frightful Falls with The Legend in the background.

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The Lewis & Clarke Trail and Hallo-Swings.

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Raven and the park exit. I really used to love this ride. Now it's just good, and I can't figure out why. Still pretty, though.

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"The Legend" cabins in the Lake Rudolph Campground. Nice view, eh?

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A history of the town and the park. Worth checking out. And free! (Although they do accept donations.)

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Cool minigolf course, where each hole is shaped like something Christmas-y.

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"Yo yo yo, I'm Santa--don't give me no sass. Stay at my lodge or get my foot in yo ass!"

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The great thing about Santa Claus is that just about everything in town is themed. Here's the sign for the shopping center that's across the street from Santa's Lodge and Frosty's Fun Center.

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Awesome TR Erik! Great to see you posting here.

 

It's so funny how a ride can differ from day to day. I was really worried that Raven wouldn't deliver, especially after Voyage, but it ran REALLY good when we were there (the rain might have helped too). I agree though, Legend wasn't running very well for us.

 

Keep posting your travels!

 

--Robb "I'm jealous of the nice blue skies you had on your visit!" Alvey

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I'm learning a lot since I joined this site; before then, I probably wouldn't have even heard of a place like Holiday World. Now I want to explore these midwestern parks.

 

Thanks for the report. Is the objective of Gobbler Getaway to blow away turkeys? I live just an hour away from PETA HQ, you know.

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Awesome TR Erik! Great to see you posting here.

 

It's so funny how a ride can differ from day to day. I was really worried that Raven wouldn't deliver, especially after Voyage, but it ran REALLY good when we were there (the rain might have helped too). I agree though, Legend wasn't running very well for us.

 

Keep posting your travels!

 

--Robb "I'm jealous of the nice blue skies you had on your visit!" Alvey

 

Actually, I'm glad to hear that you had some good rides on Raven. I loved it when I first rode it in 2000. But both last year and now this year, it was really ordinary. I thought it might just be the new train last year. But now I think I may just be unlucky. Um...which is better, I guess.

 

As for my nice blue skies...well...they weren't that way the whole time....

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From the highway. In the foreground is the employee parking lot.

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Thanks for the report. Is the objective of Gobbler Getaway to blow away turkeys? I live just an hour away from PETA HQ, you know.

 

Actually, no. The turkeys are all hidden, and you have to aim your "turkey caller" at different things they're hiding behind to get them to come out.

 

Though there aren't really any more of Gobbler Getaway, higher resolution (and additional) pictures from the trip can be found here:

 

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/electerik/my_photos

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^TPR Midwest Trip next summer!

 

haha don't tell Anthony, I told him that it was going to be a tour of Oregon's finest amusement parks

 

You know, you could combine the two in a Northern-Western massive roadtrip.

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