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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Holiday World on Thursday’s ‘All-American Amusement Parks’

SANTA CLAUS, IND — Holiday World may be closed for the season, but fans can tune in to see the park featured in this week’s episode of “All-American Amusement Parks” on the Great American Country channel. This new travel show is hosted by J.D. Scott, one of the “Scott brothers” featured on several HGTV shows….

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Thunderbird’s highest track is in place

SANTA CLAUS, IND. — The nation’s first launched wing coaster hits a milestone today, as the highest piece of track is lifted into place by a 165-foot-tall crane. Thunderbird, Holiday World’s $22 million steel roller coaster, does not have a standard lift hill, but instead will launch winged trains full of riders into a 140-foot-tall…

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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 20. “Holiday World is all about family fun and making memories – even during the Halloween season,” says park president Matt…

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Zombies gather from ‘ghost to ghost’ for Graveyard Smash

SANTA CLAUS, IND. — As Holiday World prepares for its annual Happy Halloween Weekends to premiere this weekend, a gaggle of ghouls from six states rehearses for this season’s Graveyard Smash show. These singing and dancing zombies wail from near and far: • Nolan Baker, Waverly, Iowa • Polanco Jones, New Orleans, Louisiana • Kylee…

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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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