Well my thought is that it was taped as an evergreen story that will be just as fresh tomorrow as it is today and some of the other segments tonight were a little more time sensitive (Ken Jennings' book will not always be new).
It's too bad Will's bit wasn't broadcast today. Paula did such a good job generating buzz for the show. I hope that The Colbert Report gives her and everyone else a fair warning as to when this will actually air.
When might they air it? I'm no expert, but here are some ideas.
November 19 (date of Gettysburg address)
February 12-16 (Lincoln's birthday / lead up to Presidents Day)
Once the writers discover the throughline or "game" in the interview, they come back to gather more support footage, and vice versa. For example, if Colbert mocks Holidayworld for being politically incorrect in some way, he'll come back on another day to gather footage that supports that "game" and edit it in later.
My guess is that it's likely that the "games" will be one or more of these, lampooning the squeaky clean family park:
Holidayworld insensitively mocks the pilgrims' plight.
Holidayworld shuns Muslims
Holidayworld worships the devil with Halloween celebrations
You get the idea. That's my guess. Anyone want to place a wager?
I wrote a book on comedy called "Improvisation for Actors and Writers" on Amazon.com. Now watch, I'm completely wrong. >:(
The premise is that Lincoln City (five miles away) is trying to horn in on the tourism that Holiday World draws to Santa Claus. (In a few years, it will be the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth and preparations are underway for celebrations.)
The crew never made it out of our Christmas section...so it's all about Santa. (Oh, and that guy Lincoln.)