Holiday World: why no Halloween event?

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 1:03 AM
Just curious (more directed at Raven Maven), but why doesn't HW stay open until the end of October and host a halloween event?

This park has demonstrated that they can pull in the attendance and with this park having a halloween section, it would just seem fitting.

I truly believe having the park open through the end of October with a Halloween gig would be successfull for the park.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 2:53 AM
I've often wondered that myself. Perhaps the park has seen other parks Halloween events and not wanted one due to the type of crowds it can bring.

Thats why PKI stayed away from it for so long.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 2:53 AM
That actually seems like the kind of thing that HW might be able to pull of quite well. Obviously, being the family park that they are, I doubt it would include "scary" haunted houses and monsters, but I still think that HW might do something great with the idea!

Maybe HW could offer free halloween candy in addition to the soda and other items they offer. :)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 8:54 AM
... their fudge would do me fine!
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004 9:59 AM
In a way they have a Halloween event all year, given the name of one section of the park!
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Thursday, October 14, 2004 8:52 PM
Lol Jeff ;)

But still, maybe some sorta Fall Festival, with bands and music, maybe a haunted house or hayride, pumpkins, fall decorations, bales of hay and corn stalks, that sorta thing.

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Thursday, October 14, 2004 11:38 PM
The question that always comes up with a late season event...

Where are you going to get the people you need to run the park?

Another issue that is probably becoming steadily more important to Holiday World as the park grows...as the season gets longer, I'm sure it gets that much more difficult to conclude the off-season maintenance and new construction, especially in climates that get nasty winter weather...

(No, I don't know what Holiday World is thinking, but I can rationalize their actions! :) )

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, October 15, 2004 1:00 AM
There are exceptions, but late seasons seems more like a larger park thing, and while HW is not tiny, they are not that large once the water park shuts down.
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Friday, October 15, 2004 11:41 AM
..you've pretty well hit all the major points. Also, since we're not close to a major metropolitan area, we don't have a large population from which to draw. When both parks are open during the summer, it's different--and that's what we focus our time and other resources on.

We also get this question regarding Christmas...in fact I just received my first Grinch email of the season. A grandma who shamed us for not providing her a place to bring her family in December...since we're in a town named Santa Claws. (I swear! She spelled it that way.)

Sigh! Paula *** Edited 10/15/2004 5:27:41 PM UTC by Raven Maven***

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Friday, October 15, 2004 12:58 PM

Raven Maven said:
...since we're in a town names Santa Claws. (I swear! She spelled it that way.)

Disney's lawyers say "Hello!"

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Friday, October 15, 2004 1:13 PM

Frantic Ferret said:

Raven Maven said:
...since we're in a town names Santa Claws. (I swear! She spelled it that way.)

Disney's lawyers say "Hello!"


Wasn't Disney's movie the "Santa Clause"? (As in, legal clause...)

Personally, I think Halloween/Xmas events at Holiday World would be somewhat redundant. The coolest part of their theming is the "off season" holidays.

Joel

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Friday, October 15, 2004 1:24 PM
In Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas," Jack refers to the character as Sandy Claws.
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Friday, October 15, 2004 1:30 PM
Ugh! I'd say about half of the mail we receive list our town as "Santa Clause."

As a former magazine editor...and a current picky, picky person...it's very discouraging.

And don't even get me started on how people spell the Banshee! I *still* get emails asking whatever happened to the Banje.

Paula

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Friday, October 15, 2004 1:39 PM
What did happen to Banje? ;)
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Friday, October 15, 2004 1:45 PM
I'm assuming the park that purchased it will give it a new name.

Of course, it's up to that park to make that sort of announcement.

That's all you're getting out of me! :)

Paula

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Friday, October 15, 2004 1:50 PM
Could this be the *other* Carowinds family attraction besides the Flying Eagles? For some reason I'm thinking they already have a ride like that though.

+Danny, never been to PC

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Friday, October 15, 2004 2:00 PM
Paula,

You can't just taunt us like that, leading us around by the nose. That's soooo mean ;)

-D

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Friday, October 15, 2004 2:25 PM
Hey, I've been sitting on this one for nearly a year -- I have to include you CBers in this sublime torture.

Paula

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Friday, October 15, 2004 3:05 PM
Swoosh, don't you understand, Paula HAS to taunt us like that. It's pprobably in her job description, in the section about torturing enthusiasts on Internet message boards...at the very least it comes with the territory.

And she's real good at it. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, October 15, 2004 3:09 PM
But now I wanna know WHO bought HW's Banshee, er, Banjo, er, whatever that Falling Star was called...;)

I can't handle this kind of torture...:)

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