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12 October 2006 - 4:11pm
We're closed for the season, right?
And just when you think you can come up for air, Hollywood calls again.
Here's a news release we just sent out:
HOLLYWOOD RETURNS TO SPENCER COUNTY
SANTA CLAUS, IN-----Just a few weeks after the departure of the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television production crew from Spencer County, the producers of the popular NBC primetime game show "Deal or No Deal" are planning to visit the town of Santa Claus this weekend.
"We just got the call this morning and are working with businesses and attractions throughout Santa Claus to get ready," says Melissa Miller, the director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau. "It's a little bit crazy, but we're all frantically trying to decorate for Christmas before the TV crew arrives Saturday morning."
Santa Claus resident Skip Allen received word this week that he was selected to be a contestant on "Deal or No Deal," which is hosted by Howie Mandel. Allen, who is the general manager of Santa's Lodge, auditioned twice for the show, first in Evansville and then in Metropolis. He and his family will be flown to Hollywood later this month for the taping of the show, which will air on Christmas Day.
"We're encouraging everyone in Santa Claus to go over the top with their Christmas spirit this weekend," says Miller. "Since this show will air on Christmas, it will feature a 'day in the life' of the town, so just about anyone might end up on TV!"
By the way, the Extreme Makeover show that was shot in Spencer County will air on November 12.
11 October 2006 - 11:04am
Surely, you've all memorized the stats for The Voyage by now, so you know about it being the world's top air-time wooden coaster.
A reporter just emailed to ask how many "moments" of negative-g riders experienced with each lap this season. (He admitted to losing count after 21.)
Checked in with Korey Kiepert of The Gravity Group and here is his response:
When looking through the airtime numbers for The Voyage, we had previously used a criteria that anything less than 0.25 Gs would be considered airtime. Using that same criteria, there are 24 locations of airtime no matter whether you sit (the front, middle, or back of the train).
10 October 2006 - 3:33pm
This very kind email arrived yesterday from Mark A. of Valley View, Ohio:
I would like to personally congratulate you on hitting the million attendance mark for 2006. I took my family to your park for our first overall visit in June of this year. Coming from Cleveland, Ohio, it was well worth the drive! Since we have season passes to Cedar Point, we wanted to start to visit parks outside of Ohio. We were very impressed with how clean your park is and how each and every one of your employees made us feel at home.
The second day we visited your park was on a Saturday and I remembered your web site telling us that is was going to be a very busy day. It was, but I felt your staff did an excellent job of dispatching guests through queues and even though I could tell the park was crowded, we were still able to accomplish everything we wanted to do that day.
You have found fans for life as we will be back next year. We want to thank you very much for a lovely trip and I am thrilled that you reached this milestone. We wish your park the very best for 2007 and look forward to seeing you then.