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Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana

Heading into Holiday World for another HoliWood Nights event is like heading to grandma's house for a nice big Christmas dinner.

Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana

The exception is that this is in May instead of December so it is hot outside instead of cold .

The Thunderbird Roller coaster at Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana

Another difference from Christmas is we are not celebrating with our biological family...instead we are celebrating a joyous time (a weekend at one of the best parks out there) with our coaster family.

Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana

Bond dropped me off at Holiday World late in the afternoon because he had to head on down to pick up someone important.  For a couple of years he has been dating a girl named Charlotte that he went to school with when we lived down the block from Holiday World.  Bond was really looking forward to introducing her to his coaster family and another pretty momentous occasion that I will talk about later.

Being ditched for a while I headed down into the park I used to call home to take a look at how everything looked this year.  It was interesting to see a couple of the Pilgrim's Plunge boats sitting outside of the station.  I'm not sure if anything is happening with the ride but it would be nice if something happened to this ride.

Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana

Kicking off HoliWood Nights is always a little get together where everyone is welcomed in the Hoosier Celebration Theater.  There has been a long tradition of a big song and dance routine worked into the coaster enthusiast events at Holiday World from a breathtaking rendition of Hallelujah Chorus (with many mentions of airtime worked in) to "Ride All Night", a parody of "I'm All Right" from the movie Caddyshack (this years HoliWood Nights was themed to that movie) performed by Holiday Worlds Lauren and Leah.


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