Park receives two Golden Ticket Awards

Wildebeest Named Top Waterpark Ride Holiday World Voted Cleanest Park SANTA CLAUS, IND. — Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s Wildebeest water coaster took top honors during the 2014 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held this evening at SeaWorld San Diego in California. For the fifth year in a row, Holiday World’s Wildebeest water coaster was named…

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Companies plan Holiday World ‘Buy-Outs’

SANTA CLAUS, IND. — Three 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 6: Alliance Resource Partners Sunday, September 7: Kimball International Sunday, September 14: Toyota More than 25,000 employees and family members from…

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Labor Day Weekend: Red,White & Bluegrass Fest!

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–That “high lonesome sound” will fill the air at Holiday World during the upcoming Labor Day Weekend as the park hosts its first “Red, White & Bluegrass Festival.” Throughout the three-day holiday weekend, these nationally- and regionally-known bluegrass groups will perform in the park’s Hoosier Celebration Theater: Saturday, August 30 Special Consensus  11am-12:30pm…

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Holiday World Issues ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to Four Parks

SANTA CLAUS, IND—Joining the wave of fund-raising for ALS research, today the full-time staff of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari was drenched with ice and cold water after issuing a challenge to four other parks. “I was challenged personally on Facebook last week,” says Leah Koch, a fourth-generation owner and park director. “When I challenged…

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New for 2015: THUNDERBIRD, the nation’s first launched wing coaster

SANTA CLAUS, IND—The nation’s first launched wing coaster will take flight over Holiday World in 2015. Named Thunderbird, Holiday World’s first major steel roller coaster will feature a zero-to-60 miles-per-hour launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions – including a 14-story Immelmann loop, Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and a loop soaring 125 feet in…

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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

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 it the Mayflower,” says park president…

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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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