Sunday, May 31, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live, Pittsburgh Penny Pinching Vacations and Staycations


Jeff Croushore can be referenced as: Spokesperson and Park Historian for Idlewild & SoakZone in Ligonier, PA. he also is a published author on a book about Idlewild. See Amazon link here:

Jeff can also briefly talk about savings packages (hotels, season passes an park perks and more) at Idlewild and a little bit for Kennywood and Sandcastle Waterpark.

What’s more the value of all of the parks is huge when you consider you can picnic inside the park and bring in as much food as you like.

Plus, the one-of-a-kind attractions like Story Book Forest and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe can only be found inside Idlewild!

RE: Idlewild & SoakZone Talking Points – May 11, 7:00 p.m. ________________________________________________________________________

JQS: In just 10 days, on Thursday, May 21, Idlewild and SoakZone, a theme park in Ligonier, PA (about 55 miles - an hour drive southeast of Pittsburgh) will open its gates for it 132nd season. And, for parents and families of small children who are wondering about how they can afford a memorable summer vacation this year, it’s welcome news!

I’m happy to have with us Jeff Croushore from Idlewild Park and SoakZone who’s going to tell us how a trip (or a few trips) to Idlewild and other area amusement parks such as Kennywood and Sandcastle Waterpark can help families create a memorable summer vacation without breaking their bank accounts!


JQS: I read in a recent Orbitz Travel Blog, Pittsburgh was named one of the top 5 places for Staycationing families from the Washington, DC area to visit this summer and Idlewild & SoakZone was listed as a featured attraction. Congratulations!

Note: see the Orbitz Travel Staycation Blog link here:

Talk about History of Kennywood and Idlewild Park
Also Discounts Available at Giant Eagle, Get Go and various retail locations, also Senior Citizen Discounts and AAA Discounts.
also deals on Season Passes for Idlewild and Sandcastle

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P.O. Box 335
Homestead, PA 15120

DeBolt Unlimited has been providing transportation to Western Pennsylvania since the present owner's namesake needed a means to deliver hay, feed, and grain from his warehouse to his customers in 1895. From those horse and wagon days, we have progressed through gasoline-powered wagons, trucks, moving vans, tractor-trailers, transit busses, and deluxe parlor coaches to supersonic aircraft. Our philosophy has been to provide our customers with the best transportation service possible in a way of which we can be most proud. In spite of wars, economic diasters, and times of unprecedented social upheaval, that tradition of transportation excellence continues today.
We have always felt that businesses had an obligation not just to their customers, but to their communities as well. In this regard, we pride ourselves on some of our achievements
2002 DeBolt provides transportation for two United States "presidents' within two weeks: President George W. Bush during his visit with the Quecreek miners and "President" Jed Bartlet during the filming of "The West Wing's" season premiere episode. In the opening scene a national audience of over 10 million sees DeBolt Unlimited motorcoaches.
2001 The first time in history that two athletes in one city in two different sports (Lynn Swann & Bill Mazeroski) are inducted into their respective Football & Baseball Halls of Fame on one weekend. DeBolt proudly creates and exclusively provides tours to both ceremonies in August.
2000 In one of the closest presidential elections in history, DeBolt provides transportation services for the campaigns of both Al Gore and George Bush.
1999 1999 Dallas Stars NHL Hockey Team chooses DEBOLT UNLIMITED for transportation in their only Pittsburgh appearance during the '98-'99 season. Four months later they win their first Stanley Cup.
1998 DEBOLT UNLIMITED "500" motorcoach appears in the NBC mini-series "The Temptations" Program scores highest ratings of the season.
1998 DEBOLT UNLIMITED receives first competitive charter authority in the 45 year history of the Pittsburgh International Airport.
1998 1998 "DeBOLTVISION" introduced permitting "every rider (to) see the world as if they were in the front seat " (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 22, 1998).
1997 DeBolt introduces first state-of-the-art, European-made T-900 model coach to Western Pennsylvania.
1996 Phantom Educational program expands to Maryland and Missouri.
1995 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra chooses DeBolt as its official motorcoach carrier during its centennial year.
1994 1994 DeBolt again provides transportation for the White House, a tradition dating back to 1976 and three administrations, both Democratic and Republican.
1993 DeBolt "990" motorcoach appears in the film, "Money for Nothing".
1992 1992 American Chemical Society chooses DeBolt as official carrier of the 24th International Chemistry Olympiad.
1992 DeBolt awarded exclusive contract to provide transportation service for "Phantom Educational Program" in Toronto from points in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
1991 DeBolt utilized for the filming of Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs".
1989 Company President, George S. T. DeBolt is chosen one of Pittsburgh's "Outstanding Citizens" by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WQED-TV.
1988 DeBolt offers the first motorcoach video service in Pittsburgh.
1988 1988 DeBolt chosen to provide guide service to His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales during his historic visit to Pittsburgh.
1987 DeBolt president chosen to chair American Bus Association National Marketplace.
1986 DeBolt becomes first private carrier to qualify for service on the Port Authority East Busway.
1985 1985 DeBolt chosen to provide transportation to British Airways Concorde during its inaugural visit to Pittsburgh.
1985 DeBolt hosts Liberty Bus Maintenance Forum - first time it is held in Western Pennsylvania.
1982 The Interstate Commerce Commission issues its historic first nationwide charter and tour authority to DeBolt under motorcoach deregulation.
Special Summer Deals and Tours to DC, Harrisburg, New York City

Mention Positively Pittsburgh Live or Techno Granny to get half price fair thru June 15, 2009


Anonymous said...

Idlewild and SoakZone is a great place for summertime fun. And there is so much more nearby to enjoy. Check out for info on other great getaways close to home.

Joanne Quinn-Smith said...

Thanks for letting us know, Laurel Highlands is only about 60 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.