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August 3, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Holiday World's new ride for next year is essentially the same ride the Indiana theme park added last year. The $9-million Mammoth, destined to become the world's longest water coaster when it debuts in May , will unseat the previous title holder, Wildebeest, which Holiday World added in 2010.  Confused? I had to do a double take when the ride was first unveiled Wednesday by the Santa Claus, Ind., theme park. I actually thought it was a joke. But it's true.
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August 17, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind., may be the only place on Earth where you can celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and the Fourth of July all in a single day. Photos: Top 10 Holiday World rides and attractions The family-owned theme park prides itself on its collection of record-setting rides and an award-winning water park that's included with the price of admission. In 1946, park founder Louis Koch opened Santa Claus Land in this small Indiana town to pay tribute to the town's namesake elf. The self-proclaimed “world's first theme park” featured a train, a toy shop, a few kiddie rides and, of course, daily visits by Santa Claus.
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September 14, 1999
The event: The 14th annual Big Splash, an all-wet, all-volunteer musical spoof featuring lip-syncing and "un-synchronized" swimming to benefit the AIDS Services Foundation Orange County. The show took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in the backyard pool of the Laguna Beach home of ASF board members Al Roberts and Ken Jillson.
TRAVEL
January 23, 2005 | Jon Boroshok, Special to The Times
The good news for nonsmokers: At least six states and hundreds of cities have followed California's lead and banned smoking in most public indoor areas, including restaurants and hotels. The bad news: Smokers simply have been pushed outside, in many cases to those places where fresh-air-loving travelers may go for hiking, sunning, alfresco dining -- now all bound in cigarette haze.
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April 30, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Southern California is long overdue for a water coaster. For the uninitiated, a water coaster is a water park slide that mimics the ups and downs of a traditional roller coaster with the help of conveyor belts, water jets or magnetic propulsion. Photos: Top 10 water coasters in the United States I rode my first water coaster last summer and instantly fell in love. Now I'm desperate to get one within 300 miles of Southern California. My family and I experienced our first water coaster during a cross-country theme park trip last August.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
By now, everybody knows what to expect from your standard-issue ho-hum water park: body and tube slide complexes with funnels and bowls, deluge-inducing water play towers for the little ones, undulating wave pools and relaxing lazy rivers. Photos: 20 best water parks in the world Pretty much everything you typically find at a Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, a Great Wolf Lodge resort or any Wet 'n Wild. The best water parks in the world, however, have been busy adding the latest cutting-edge attractions, such as magnetically propelled water coasters, inverted looping slides, stationary wave machines and interactive water games.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1999
Theater * "The Philanderer," by George Bernard Shaw, opens at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 tonight. $28-$47. Through Oct. 10. (714) 708-5555. * Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" opens at the Musical Theatre Village, 22722 Lambert Street, Suite 1711, Lake Forest. 7 tonight. $8-$12. Through Oct. 3. (949) 859-3688. * Ken Ludwig's "Moon Over Buffalo" opens at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. 8 tonight. $13-$15. Through Oct. 10.
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December 24, 1998 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even in a town called Santa Claus, the Christmas spirit only goes so far. Forget peace and goodwill and joy to all mankind. The president of Santa Claus' Chamber of Commerce, Mike Johannes, flat-out threatened to "clobber" me if I dared print the name of the guy who plays the town's Santa. You have to understand, he pleaded, everyone here just calls him Santa. And they do, year-round.
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