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he latest news and fun from Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana.

he latest news and fun from Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana.
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Santa Claus, IN

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he latest news and fun from Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana.

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Episode 063 - The One with the Griswolds

8/15/2018
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The #PodSquad welcomes a YouTube Sensation to the Griswold family as Taylor Bybee of Coaster Studios joins the conversation. Gluten-Free Funnel Cakes, "the Holiday dog," a Google+ fan, the Santa Claus Land mail-order catalog, and Matt gets in a pickle. Recorded 8/15/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby & Leah Koch Special Guest: Taylor Bybee, CoasterStudios 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 04:25 - Honorary Griswold 24:20 - Amusings 43:41 - Upcoming...

Duration:01:40:49

Episode 062 - The One with the Weather Warrior

7/27/2018
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The #PodSquad sits down with Eyewitness News Meteorologist Ron Rhodes to talk about the weather, including a love note to the late Marcia Yockey. Fireworks, a TripAdvisor award, a college-student's need for HoliFudge, and more. Oh, and bacon is back. Recorded 7/27/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby, and Leah Koch Special Guest: Ron Rhodes, WEHT Meteorologist 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 28:43 - Amusings 48:18 - Upcoming Holidays 53:36 - #HoWoPo...

Duration:01:30:48

Episode 061 - The One with the Sharkey

7/13/2018
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It's Sharkey Week for the #PodSquad, as longtime Holiday World Entertainer Robert Sharkey talks about his road to Roy G. Biv and Mysterio. Which ICEE flavor takes the "most popular" honors, perfect score for our Rides Crew, a slam dunk from the NBA, and a new treat called Frychos. Recorded 7/13/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby, and Leah Koch Special Guest: Robert Sharkey, Holiday World Entertainer 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 02:16 - Sharkey...

Duration:01:54:26

Episode 060 - The One with the Pyrotechnics

6/29/2018
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It's that patriotic time of year, and the #PodSquad is all about fireworks, John Adams, and red, white and blue treats! IT Guy Steven Weedman guests, with loads of behind-the-scenes stories, including how to sync music with fireworks. An A+ for our lifeguards, a Holimpics event for our staff, and a half a million downloads. Oh, and bacon. And pickles. Recorded 6/29/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Lauren Crosby & Matt Blumhardt Special Guest: Steven Weedman 00:00 – Intro and Welcome...

Duration:01:46:04

Episode 059 - The One with The British Are Coming!

6/15/2018
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The British are coming! The #PodSquad gets continental when the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain visits Holiday World (again)! A recap of HoliWood Nights, a Give Kids the World donation, the Tony Awards, Nanocoasters, and so much more! Oh, and a Big Green Hand. Recorded 6/15/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby & Leah Koch Special Guest: Andy Hine 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 02:12 - The British Invasion 25:35 - Amusings 48:36 - Upcoming...

Duration:01:33:33

Episode 058 - The One with the Homecoming

6/1/2018
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He managed to get his foot in the podcast's door once before via phone, but this time Coaster Crew's Jon Robbins brings the Big Green Foot to the table, as the #podsquad readies for Holiday World's annual HoliWood Nights event for coaster enthusiasts. Leah gets her MBA, Matt gets training in the proper preparation of pepperoni pizza, and Lauren gets no sleep. #HoWoPo is back! Recorded 6/1/18 Hosted by: Paula Werne & Matt Eckert Special Guest: Jon Robbins, Coaster Crew 00:00 – Intro and...

Duration:01:31:56

Episode 057 - The One with the Welcome Matt

5/3/2018
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New Santa Claus Land and roller coaster shirts, NanoCoasters come to Holiday World's shops, Daily Deals, Fudge Bites, and more for the #PodSquad, who also learn about a visit from Miss America, a Tony nomination, a Bacon Diet, and the allure of Big Red and pickles. Recorded 5/3/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne & Matt Eckert Special Guest: Matt Blumhardt, VP of Revenue Operations 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 00:43 - Roll Out the Welcome Matt 43:43 - Amusings 56:47 -...

Duration:01:47:30

Episode 056 - The One with the Controls Freak

4/20/2018
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The Holiday World #PodSquad meets Controls Freak Brian Pastor, of Irvine-Ondrey Engineering, and learn about his work on the park's three wooden coasters. A tribute to Give Kids the World's founder, Henri Landwirth, ICEE mania, the health benefits of riding coasters, a sweepstakes, a promo code, and more! Recorded 4/20/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby Special Guest: Brian Pastor 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 01:05 - The Controls Freak 23:43 -...

Duration:01:45:14

Episode 055 - The One with the Smooth Talker

4/6/2018
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Meet the “track smoother” from The Gravity Group, who nipped and tucked Voyage’s track over the off season to provide the best ride possible on Holiday World’s 1.2 mile wooden coaster. The #PodSquad also talks about what it takes to develop a new stage show, plus a new sweepstakes and a scolding text to author Stephen King. Recorded 4/6/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert & Lauren Crosby Special Guest: Brian Kosmac 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 02:06 - Brian Kosmac...

Duration:01:26:43

Episode 053 - The One with the Mix-It-Up Menu

3/23/2018
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Tammy from Food & Beverage is back to talk about this season’s new menu items at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. Next the #PodSquad slows down to review an error from the last episode. A new sweepstakes, favorite children’s books, and a good “bye girl.” Recorded 3/23/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby, Leah Koch & Eric Rentz Special Guest: Tammy Berg 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 01:30 - Tammy from Food & Beverage 23:18 - Amusings 39:09 - Give...

Duration:01:34:09

Episode 053 - The One with the ProSlide CEO

3/9/2018
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Industry great Rick Hunter joins the #PodSquad to talk about his journey to starting ProSlide in 1986, his friendship with the late Will Koch, creating the world's two best water coasters, and his advice to young designers. This episode also includes foot-long corn dogs, Big Red ICEES, a new sweepstakes, and endless cleaning tips. Recorded 3/9/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby & Eric Rentz Special Guest: Rick Hunter 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the...

Duration:01:38:14

Episode 052 - The One with the Drone Man

2/16/2018
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What does it take to drone on and on? The #PodSquad learns from our FAA-licensed drone operator. Leah is back for this episode - with her oboe and purple hair! Dippin' Dot flavor ideas (including bacon, of course) and sweepstakes, a Cornelius Van Snoodle clone, and a wedding like none other. Recorded 2/16/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby & Leah Koch Special Guest: Stephen Rutherford 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 01:30 - The Drone Man 29:41 -...

Duration:01:37:53

Episode 051 - The One with the Dippin' Dots Gal

2/2/2018
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The Holiday World #PodSquad gets the ultimate sweet talk from The Dippin' Dots Gal, who spills the D on Dots' past, present, and future. Hear why we launched Thunderbird just once in January, a sad birthday for June, and a long-awaited Twitter War. Plus bacon. Recorded 2/2/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby & Eric Rentz Special Guest: Billie Stuber 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 04:02 - The Dippin' Dots Gal 35:09 - Amusings 52:17 - Give Me a...

Duration:01:37:58

Episode 050 - The One with the Brush Off

1/19/2018
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The Holiday World #PodSquad welcomes Paint Shop Manager Tommy Johnson, who talks about all the projects his crew has in store during the winter months, including repainting the Legend trains and the new tubs for the Scarecrow Scrambler. Next, the topic is weather - with a snow-laden park producing beautiful photography and drone footage. Plus, it's Edgar Allan Poe's birthday! Recorded 1/19/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby & Eric Rentz Special Guest: Tommy...

Duration:01:42:50

Episode 49 - The One with the Safety School

1/5/2018
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The Holiday World #PodSquad kicks off the new year with a look at Safety School for Ride Operators. Cindee Huddy from International Ride Training explains how iROC training makes a difference. A Lifetime Movie comes to town (sort of), pun appreciation, Voyage track-work update, and a new game! Recorded 1/5/18 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby & Eric Rentz Special Guest: Cindee Huddy 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 02:13 - iROC'n Interview 24:14 -...

Duration:01:39:31

Episode 048 - The One with the Big Green Foot

12/15/2017
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It's nearly Christmas and the Holiday World #Podsquad has loads of stories about favorite Christmas gifts, oddly familiar Christmas-movie characters, and a very wary Christmas parade participant. We also get a Voyage track-work update, and complete the final 33 Degrees of Separation challenge ever. Recorded 12/15/17 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby & Eric Rentz Special Guest: Jon Robbins 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 04:50 - Amusings 33:42 - Talk to...

Duration:02:01:06

Episode 047 - The One with the Coaster Tracker

12/1/2017
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VP James joins the #PodSquad to talk through off-season track improvements for The Voyage and other roller coaster news. Matt and Leah turn us green with envy talking about their IAAPA Expo experience, plus the group learns about yak hair. Recorded 12/1/17 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Leah Koch, Lauren Crosby & Eric Rentz Special Guest: James Olliver 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 01:36 - Coaster Tracker 29:36 - Amusings 34:23 - Welcome Back 1:04:54 -...

Duration:01:41:11

The One with the Coastershack

11/10/2017
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Holiday World's #PodSquad celebrate topping 1/4 million listens on the park's podcast with the reveal of 2018's chosen theme for HoliWood Nights. Matt makes a tasty "tentative, not definitive" announcement and the group takes a call from a coaster enthusiast who decided to step it up during his last visit. Recorded 11/10/17 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Leah Koch & Eric Rentz 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 02:45 - Amusings 22:26 - #WhatsInTheShack 42:47 -...

Duration:01:42:39

Episode 045 - The One with the Saint Mick

10/27/2017
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WWE Hall-of-Famer Mick Foley joins Holiday World's podcast with stories from his new memoir, "Saint Mick." The podsquad then talks Halloween, candy, pumpkin carving, the Mountain Dew Defense Plan, and bacon breath. Recorded 10/27/17 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby, Leah Koch & Eric Rentz Special Guest: Mick Foley 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 02:13 – Saint Mick 38:49 - Amusings 51:02 - From the Archives 55:01 - Upcoming Holidays 1:04:44 -...

Duration:01:36:27

Episode 044 - The One with the SWOT Analysis

10/13/2017
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This episode, Holiday World's #PodSquad takes a look inward with a SWOT analysis of the podcast, then outward to share top picks for Happy Halloween Weekend must-dos. Recorded 10/13/17 #HoWoPo Hosted by: Paula Werne, Matt Eckert, Lauren Crosby & Eric Rentz 00:00 – Intro and Welcome the #PodSquad 02:27 – Amusings 18:28 - Boost or Bust 26:56 - SWOT Team 54:34 - Being Punctual! 36:53 - Sweepstakes, Take 2 1:01:16 - Upcoming Holidays 1:18:47 - #HoWoPo Feedback 1:41:29 – 33 Degrees of...

Duration:01:49:10