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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Splashin' Safari

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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Newsboys

‘Rock the World’ Performers Hail from Near and Far

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–The Dove Award winning Christian pop-rock band Newsboys will headline Holiday World’s “Rock the World” on August 22. The Grammy-nominated group, which originated in Australia, includes guitarist Jody Davis, who grew up in Petersburg, Indiana. Other main-stage performers for Rock the World include: Crowder, from Texas Sidewalk Prophets, with ties to Terre Haute…

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Park Celebrates 4th with 3 Days of Fireworks

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–Visitors to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari this Friday through Sunday will end their day at the park with a patriotic fireworks celebration. The 15-minute 4th of July Fireworks show will begin shortly after Holiday World closes for the evening each night, at 9:00pm CDT (10:00pm EDT) on Friday and Sunday and at…

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Past Holiday World Performer & ‘American Idol’ Finalist to Visit Park

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–A former Holiday World performer who finished fourth in this year’s American Idol competition will be at the park Friday afternoon to meet fans and sign autographs. Rayvon Owen performed in the park’s Rejoice! show as well as the Legacy acappella group in 2011. Also a songwriter, his “Brand New Day” is featured…

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Park awarded ‘Certificate of Excellence’

Park honored as a Top Performing Attraction as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site SANTA CLAUS, IND – The world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor, has granted its 2015 Certificate of Excellence to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding…

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$350,000 Raised During Park’s ‘Walk to Cure Diabetes’

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari hosted the park’s tenth annual “Walk to Cure Diabetes” today, raising more than $350,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Holiday World donated tickets to JDRF for today’s event; those tickets were “earned” by more than 1,300 individuals, families, and teams who raised donations for the Walk. Holiday…

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New ‘Thunderbird Ice Cream’ available in 27 States & Holiday World

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–With only two weeks remaining until the new Thunderbird roller coaster opens at Holiday World, an edible version is rolling into grocery stores in 27 states. “Thunderbird Ice Cream is a fun collaboration between Holiday World and Prairie Farms,” says Holiday World Vice President Eric Snow. “We sampled a lot of creative flavor…

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Thunderbird First Flight Auction

Thunderbird’s First Flight Auction to benefit ‘Give Kids The World’

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–With just over a month before the nation’s first launched wing roller coaster opens to the public, Holiday World officials launched a charity auction for the very first public rides. “For these historic first rides on our new roller coaster, we decided to auction the specific seats to the highest bidders,” says the…

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Park History: From Santa Claus Land to Holiday World

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–The history of the nation’s first theme park is the story of a family which has, for seven decades, dedicated itself to providing millions of guests with good, old-fashioned family fun. Evansville, Ind., industrialist Louis J. Koch created the world’s first theme park as a retirement project. He was troubled that the tiny…

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Thunderbird’s First Test Launch Deemed a Success

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Twenty water-filled test dummies got the ride of their lives today as they experienced the first flight of the nation’s only launched wing roller coaster. As this week’s snow thawed, Thunderbird roared to life this afternoon and launched its first train 14 stories into the cloudless sky at 2:03pm, completing a full ride…

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Auditions Set for Holiday World’s 2015 Shows

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Local auditions for Holiday World’s 2015 cast of entertainers are scheduled for next month at the theme park. The 2015 musical entertainment lineup at Holiday World includes the following: Live Country Band: Contemporary and classic country hits performed by a live band EPIC Praise: Contemporary Christian music with worship music and Christian hits…

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Holiday World alum on ‘American Idol’

SANTA CLAUS, IND. —– A past performer from Holiday World will appear on Wednesday’s “San Francisco Audition” episode of American Idol on Fox TV. Rayvon Owen performed in the park’s Rejoice! show as well as the Legacy acappella group in 2011. Also a songwriter, his “Brand New Day” was featured in last year’s EPIC Praise…

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Holiday World Hiring 2,200 for Season

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari officials expect to review a record number of job applications as they prepare to fill 2,200 seasonal positions in the coming months. “We’re looking for friendly and energetic individuals who enjoy working with people,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari President Matt Eckert. “We need ride operators, lifeguards,…

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