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2023 marks Silver Dollar City’s 64th season and the Grand Finale for the world’s most historic indoor coaster, Fire In The Hole.
“More than 25 million guests have been entertained by the Fire In The Hole adventure since the attraction opened a half-century ago. Today’s riders include grandparents who remember riding when THEY were kids, and now they share the fun and unique experience with THEIR grandkids!”
Travelers worldwide are known to come to Silver Dollar City to notch Fire In The Hole in their rider logs of classic coasters. The ride’s storyline is modeled after the real-life mining town, Marmaros, located atop Marvel Cave and home to residents of long-ago Ozarks. The attraction, novel in its introduction in 1972, has fire-brigade-themed trains that twist, turn, and drop into a burning town where riders are the volunteer firefighters, saving the citizens and battling the flames before getting soaked themselves.
Did you know that every Herschend employee and their dependents receives discounted admissions to all Herschend attractions and resorts? Connect with your HR leader for assistance.
Stories like this one from Dollywood are happening every day at all Herschend properties, which is why the Share It Forward team will be filming employees’ personal impact stories across Herschend throughout the 2023 season.
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Did you know that Share It Forward offers monthly assistance to employees struggling to make ends meet? If household income qualifications are met, assistance may be used to help with a variety of expenses, including child care, food, clothing, school supplies, doctor visits, and more.
Applications are accepted throughout the year, but current recipients must re-apply between April 1 and 25 in order to receive a May distribution. Learn more about the application process, qualifications, and required documents at the link below. You can also contact your property’s HR leader for support.Request Assistance
Last month, Adventure Aquarium announced that little blue penguin parents Sheila (#8) and Spud (#3) welcomed a healthy baby boy, but the pair had yet to land on the perfect name for the baby blue. It took some time, but Sheila and Spud finally landed on their little one’s official moniker, which is…drum roll, please…TATER TOT!
In addition, to finding Tater Tot a name, the Aquarium comes with even more special news – there’s another baby on board! Parents Maremma (#11) and Bloke (#4) welcomed their own healthy male hatchling, born on February 25, just 10 days after Tater Tot. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, it’s become an entire family affair because Tater Tot and the new chick are cousins!
Like his sister Sheila, Bloke and breeding partner Maremma are having a tough time naming their bundle of blue-feathered joy. But this time, the birds are leaving it up to the humans! Guests will have the chance to vote for Taz, Irwin, Heath, or Ralph as their favorite.
It will be about a month and a half before both chicks are ready to rejoin the colony on exhibit, but the cuteness is well worth the wait.
Fun Fact: Many people think that all penguins “mate for life,” but little blues are one of the few species of penguins that are not monogamous.
The Vancouver Aquarium marked International Women's Day with special programming to showcase women and their leadership. This programming highlighted the barriers that female staff has overcome in animal care, diving, and tourism fields. On Wednesday, March 8, a panel of women from different departments joined to discuss what inspired them to enter these careers and advice to future generations. The universal message was the importance of encouraging each other and promoting a culture of love. A special shout out to all those included: Tia Edwards, Breanne Keil, Christine Martinello, Caroline Taylor, Maggie Stewart, Juliana Kirkelie-Kim, Paige Smallman, Hayden Kuttenkeuler, Jenna MacLeod, Jessica DeBenedetto, Madison Jean, Nadine Trottier.
On Saturday, March 11th, Kentucky Kingdom hosted its annual “Start Your Career!” hiring event at the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport. With nearly 100 job seekers in attendance, Kentucky Kingdom is one step closer to its target of filling 400 positions to support the upcoming season and ensure guests have a top-notch experience.
Throughout the fair, attendees had the opportunity to speak with Kentucky Kingdom’s department leaders to learn more about the park, the wide variety of available positions, and the competitive benefits of working at Louisville’s favorite entertainment destination. Attendees also had the chance to participate in interviews conducted by team leads and human resource staff.
In addition to the range of available seasonal roles, Kentucky Kingdom now offers nine internship opportunities to help high-school and college students jumpstart their careers in the hospitality industry.
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Returning Orientations are always an exciting time at Silver Dollar City! Like a reunion, friends and fellow hosts gather to laugh and share stories about their time off, and all gather to hear about the changes and upcoming plans for the new year. This year the team took a special moment to recognize a wonderful group of ladies that work so hard to keep the Citizens of Silver Dollar City looking professional and presentable. This year a former host named Bud Lane commissioned a sign to thank the costume shop for all their continued efforts over these many seasons.
The sign was presented to the Costume Shop during Parkwide Orientation, and a roar of applause and cheers rose through the stands from all the hosts personally impacted by the Costume Shop team.
“We are so appreciative of all their gifts, time, and talents to support us in taking care of each other and our guests!”
Wild Adventures hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Oasis Outpost on March 14. Joined by City and County elected officials and administrators, community partners, and media, Wild Adventures unveiled the nearly 3-acre expansion and announced continued capital investments to expand Wild Adventures Christmas and add an RV Park and Campground!
Guests to the ribbon cutting were invited to enjoy Oasis Outpost ahead of Season Open on March 18. Zookeepers shared Keeper Talks on new animals housed in the area, including spider monkeys, caracal cats, tamanduas, African crested porcupines, and prairie dogs, and guests could even experience a meet and greet with the park’s red foot tortoises. Kids who helped break ground on the area in September 2022 were invited back to enjoy the Trail Trackers adventure ride, Sidewinder thrill ride, and Stay and Play areas throughout Oasis Outpost.
In addition to kicking off Dollywood’s 38th season, Dolly was able to experience the I Will Always Love You Celebration, an event that honors the 50th anniversary of her writing of the iconic song. She also unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art guest attraction that showcases her legendary life and career. The experience is planned for a 2024 opening in the area surrounding and including the former Chasing Rainbows museum.
“I think everyone knows that I try to dream big dreams no matter what I’m doing,” Dolly explained, “and with everything happening at my Dollywood this year, this may be some of my biggest dreaming yet! We’re going to open a BIG ride and a BIG resort, even the calendar got bigger this year! Eugene (Naughton, President of The Dollywood Company) better get ready for my next big dreams because everybody knows I like trying to outdo myself! But seriously, this is going to be a really special year for all of our guests here at Dollywood.”
“They’re also starting the year with the I Will Always Love You Celebration, which is something that is very humbling to me,” she continued. “The song has been a very special part of my life and career, but I never thought about them celebrating it at Dollywood. I told them they didn’t need to do it, but when they explained it would be a celebration of songwriting and the talents of songwriters, I knew it would be something truly special.”
Spring is coming, and Newport Aquarium is ready with a slew of spring babies in the new Hatchling Harbor. The new exhibit presents hundreds of animals from dozens of species - many of them babies growing up in the safety of a seagrass meadow. Guests get a fish-eye view with a seaside pier towering above, making them feel like they’re on the ocean floor. It’s all part of going beyond the glass and helping guests build special connections with the animals.
The Harlem Globetrotters and presenting sponsor, Jersey Mike’s Subs, visited 5 US cities during the 2023 World Tour to honor local community members with the ‘Great Assist’®️ Award. The series, in its inaugural year, celebrates youth sports and organizations that actively pursue the possibilities of greatness by exemplifying LEADERSHIP, SPORTSMANSHIP and COMMITMENT in their community.
The award and community initiative are an extension of the organization’s Goodwill Ambassadorship and is in tribute to the rich cultural history that weaves through the Globetrotters’ story. Players from the team kicked off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where they recognized Boys and Girls Club Area Manager, Troy Cotton. Cotton and his staff serve more than 80 kids with academic enrichment, healthy meals and fun activities throughout the Greater Milwaukee area on a daily basis.
The Pink Jeep Tour experience is one part scenery and two parts personality. Nothing demonstrates this more than the Yelp and Google reviews, where adventure guides are frequently mentioned by name. Customers walk away with personal connections to Pink Jeep and incredible memories worth repeating.
“One of the best tours I've ever taken! Katlyn was fantastic! She brought us to great spots for spectacular views of the Smokeys and adapted the tour based on the weather to get better locations. She knew so much about the area and history and made the information personal with her own experiences of living in the area. This was worth every penny, and I would not miss out on the chance to do it again.”
“Our tour was absolutely amazing! My kids loved the bumpy road! (It Felt like a fun ride!) Hunter was beyond amazing and so patient with us all. I am terrified of heights, and we went to one of the highest points. He made us all feel comfortable and safe. Asked throughout the tour if we wanted to stop and made sure we were all good. Took plenty of pictures for us! I would definitely book again and recommend it to everyone! Thank you, Hunter and Pink Jeep Tours, for giving us such an amazing experience!”
“We had such an amazing experience touring the Grand Canyon with Ryan. He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all things in Grand Canyon. When we got back to the office, he provided us with maps and helped us plan the rest of our trip - really going above and beyond. I am so glad we booked this tour because we learned an abundance of facts that we will remember forever. Ryan truly made this an unforgettable experience!”
“Absolutely the best experience you can ever ask for. We booked the private tour of the West Rim Grand Canyon, and it was worth every penny and more! Mike M. was a gentleman and a true professional. Knowledgeable and friendly are two words out of so many you can use to describe someone who went above and beyond to ensure that this tour was perfect.”
“I'm local but decided to take my grandson on the Lakes and Landmarks tour. It was wonderful!! Our tour guide was Billy, and he was fantastic!! He was very informative and fun! My grandson and I loved off-roading the best, but the whole tour was great! Thank you, Billy, for making my grandson feel special and valued!!”