‘Open Interviews’ Friday at Holiday World

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–As Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari fast approach the start of the summer travel season, officials will host Open Interviews for 200 seasonal positions on Friday. “We’re looking for friendly and energetic individuals who want to help families enjoy their vacations with us,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari President Matt Eckert. “We…

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Holiday World Celebrates 70th Birthday Season

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–With the start of Holiday World’s new season on Saturday, park guests will recognize both “something old” and “something new” during their visit. “With last year’s addition of Thunderbird, the nation’s only launched wing coaster, we took a huge leap forward,” says park president Matt Eckert. “This year, we want to take time…

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‘Rock the World’ artists announced

Dove Award Winners plus American Idol finalist to headline ‘Rock the World’ E-Auditions for Regional Bands end Saturday SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–The Dove Award-winning Christian rock band MercyMe and American Idol finalist Colton Dixon will headline Holiday World’s “Rock the World” concert in August. This is the fifth year for Holiday World’s Christian music fest, which…

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Park launches Crowdsourcing Project for ‘Memories Mosaic’

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– In celebration of Holiday World’s upcoming 70th Birthday Season, the park plans to create a Memories Mosaic by crowdsourcing thousands of photos. Park president Matt Eckert says the public is invited to submit their family photos from Santa Claus Land and Holiday World by March 11. “For our M emories Mosaic, we…

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Park announces Return of Original Ride in new Podcast

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– In celebration of Holiday World’s upcoming 70th Birthday Season, the park just announced the return of its original ride, The Freedom Train, for display following a three-year absence. Park president Matt Eckert, who remembers riding the train when the park was still known as Santa Claus Land, released news of the train’s…

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Park to hire 2,200 for 70th Season

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari officials expect to receive a record number of job applications as they prepare to fill 2,200 seasonal positions in the coming weeks. “We’re looking for friendly and energetic individuals who want to help families enjoy their vacations with us,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari President Matt Eckert. “We…

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Auditions set for Park’s 2016 Shows

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Auditions for Holiday World’s 2016 cast of entertainers will be held at the theme park later this month and in early March. This season’s musical entertainment lineup at Holiday World includes the following: Country: LIVE!: Contemporary and classic country hits performed by a live band EPIC Praise: Inspirational Contemporary Christian music WOW: World of…

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Park Celebrates 210 Years of Service

SANTA CLAUS, IN—–Fourteen employees at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were recently honored for their many years of service with the world’s first theme park.                     “Each year, we present Service Awards to employees who have been with our park family for multiples of five years,”…

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At Happy Halloween Weekends, the theme is ‘not so scary’

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–The four holiday-themed sections at Holiday World will present a single theme on Saturdays and Sundays starting this weekend, as the park premieres this year’s Happy Halloween Weekends on September 26. “Holiday World is all about family fun and making memories – even during the Halloween season,” says park president Matt Eckert. “We’re…

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Wildebeest Named Top Waterpark Ride

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s Wildebeest water coaster took top honors during the 2015 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held this weekend at Coney Island in New York City. For the sixth year in a row, Holiday World’s Wildebeest water coaster was named the World’s #1 Waterpark Ride. This top honor was announced…

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Companies plan Holiday World ‘Buy-Outs’

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–A series of corporate “buy-outs” will close Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari to the public for three days over the next two weekends. The companies participating in the buy-outs are: Saturday, September 12: Alliance Resource Partners Sunday, September 13: Kimball International Sunday, September 20: Toyota More than 28,000 employees and family members from the three…

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Timeline: Santa Claus Land, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Timeline: from Santa Claus Land to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari 1941 Louis J. Koch visits the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, and begins plans to open what is to become the world’s first theme park. 1945 Construction of Santa Claus Land begins (August 4). 1946 Opening day of the world’s first theme park, Santa…

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MythBusters Stars ‘Test’ Thunderbird’s Thrill Factor in New Travel Channel Show

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–Holiday World’s new Thunderbird roller coaster will help launch a new Travel Channel show this week. Thrill Factor premieres Wednesday evening with former MythBusters stars Kari Byron and Tory Belleci each gathering a team of “lab rats” to test Thunderbird’s forces with them. Thunderbird is America’s first launched wing roller coaster, which takes…

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Park named #3 in TripAdvisor’s ‘Travelers’ Choice Awards’

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–The world’s largest travel site – TripAdvisor.com – just announced the nation’s top water parks, with Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari very close to the top of that list. The 40-acre water park, among the largest in the world, was named the #3 park in the nation and #10 in the world, following…

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