Splashin’ Safari named in TripAdvisor’s Top Water Park List

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–The world’s largest travel site – TripAdvisor.com – just announced the nation’s top water parks, and Holiday World’s Splashin’ Safari is on that list. The 40-acre water park, among the largest in the world, was named the #4 park in the nation and #13 in the world, following only Disney and SeaWorld parks…

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Regional Bands to Perform During Park’s Music Fest, Grammy Winners TobyMac and Mandisa to Headline

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–An eclectic collection of regional performers will join Grammy-winning performers TobyMac and Mandisa at Holiday World’s upcoming “Rock the World” Christian Music Fest. “The Lasting Hope” from Crothersville, Indiana, was selected from dozens of regional bands to open Rock the World’s main stage performances. Other regional bands selected to perform in Holiday World…

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Holiday World to celebrate ‘4th’ with Fireworks

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–Visitors to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari on the 4th of July will end their Independence Day holiday with a patriotic fireworks celebration. The 15-minute fireworks display will begin shortly after Holiday World closes for the evening at 9:00 pm CDT (10:00 pm EDT) this Friday. The fireworks will be launched from the…

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Holiday World begins Countdown to 2015

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Even though Holiday World’s 2014 season is only a few weeks underway, the park today begins its countdown to 2015. “As we continue to expand our Thanksgiving section, we look for ways to tie into that theme,” says Matt Eckert, president of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. “Knowing the Mayflower was at sea…

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$350,000 Raised During Diabetes Walk

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari hosted the park’s ninth annual “Walk to Cure Diabetes” today, raising more than $350,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Holiday World donated 1,700 tickets to JDRF for today’s event; those tickets were “earned” by individuals, families, and teams who raised donations for the Walk. Holiday World has…

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Holiday World sets sail for 68th season

TRAVEL CHANNEL TO RETURN IN MAY SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World theme park opens for its 68th season this Saturday with the first sailing of the Mayflower swinging ship ride. “Since 2006, when we expanded Holiday World to include a Thanksgiving-themed section, we’ve received hundreds of suggestions to add a classic swinging ship ride and name…

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Park Names New Agency of Record

Television Commercials Released Early SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–When television viewers see Santa Claus chairing a meeting in Holiday World’s headquarters this spring, they’ll be watching the first in a series of commercials produced by the park’s new agency of record, Williams Randall Marketing. “The search for our agency of record was the search for a talented…

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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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Grammy Winners TobyMac, Mandisa to Headline Fest

Grammy Award winning performers TobyMac and Mandisa will headline Holiday World’s “Rock the World” in August. This is the third year for Holiday World’s Christian music fest.  The four main-stage acts will be: TobyMac, a Christian recording artist with two Grammy Awards and 18 Dove Awards to his credit. American Idol Season 5 finalist Mandisa,…

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Nat’l magazine names Voyage in ‘best coasters’ list

Calling it “as American as apple pie,” Men’s Journal magazine has named The Voyage wooden roller coaster at Holiday World one of America’s Best Roller Coasters. The just-released list includes only two wooden roller coasters plus seven steel coasters. Holiday World is the only family-owned park included on the list. Men’s Journal praised Voyage’s extreme…

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Auditions: Holiday World’s 2014 Shows

Local auditions for Holiday World’s 2014 cast of entertainers are scheduled for next month at the theme park. The 2014 musical entertainment lineup at Holiday World includes the following: Real Country: Latest hits along with country classics. Rejoice!: Contemporary Christian music with worship music and Christian hits. ’80s Rewind: Memorable pop music and dance hits…

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Holiday World Hiring 2,100 for Season

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari officials expect to review a record number of job applications as they prepare to fill 2,100 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, and sweepers,…

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Park Celebrates 85 Years of Service

Nine 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,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari president Matt Eckert. “This year’s honorees…

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The Voyage at Holiday World is ‘TIME’ Magazine’s Top-Ranked Wooden Coaster

According to a just-released article on TIME magazine’s website, The Voyage at Holiday World is the nation’s best wooden roller coaster. “TIME’s list is pretty impressive – and we’re honored to see our Voyage is the top-ranked wooden coaster,” says Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “Looking through the top-ten list, we couldn’t help but notice…

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