Happy Halloween Weekends start Saturday

HALLOWEEN-THEMED SHOWS & ATTRACTIONS HIGHLIGHT NOT-SO-SCARY EVENT SANTA CLAUS, IND—– Holiday World’s four holiday-themed sections will merge into a single theme starting this weekend, as the park opens its Happy Halloween Weekends on September 24. “Holiday World is all about family fun and making memories – even during the Halloween season,” says park president Matt…

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2016 Golden Ticket Awards

WILDEBEEST NAMED TOP WATER PARK RIDE HOLIDAY WORLD VOTED CLEANEST PARK SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s Wildebeest water coaster took top honors once again during the 2016 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held this weekend at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. For the seventh year in a row, Holiday World’s Wildebeest water coaster…

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‘Bert the Conqueror’ to air Tuesday

TRAVEL CHANNEL TO FEATURE HOLIDAY WORLD’S THUNDERBIRD ON ‘BERT THE CONQUEROR’ TUESDAY SANTA CLAUS, IND —– The host of the popular reality show “Bert the Conqueror” will try to “conquer” Holiday World’s Thunderbird roller coaster and Mammoth water coaster this Tuesday on the Travel Channel. Comedian Bert Kreischer* is an “everyman” who travels the country conquering…

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Auditions set for Halloween show

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Local auditions for Holiday World’s 2016 Halloween musical show are scheduled for Monday evening at the theme park. The new musical show will be performed during Happy Halloween Weekends by family-friendly Halloween characters singing and dancing to popular hits, with lyrics altered to suit the spooky holiday. Performers interested in auditioning should bring…

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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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TripAdvisor: Splashin’ Safari #4 in Nation

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 #4 park in the nation and #13 in the world, following…

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Thunderbird’s millionth rider expected tomorrow

1,000,000th Thunderbird Ride Expected Wednesday during American Coaster Enthusiasts event World’s Largest Coaster Club’s convention includes ceremony to honor The Raven SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– Hundreds of roller coaster enthusiasts from around the world will flock to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari this Wednesday and Thursday as part of the American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Con XXXIX….

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Guinness World Records Certifies Mammoth

Also, park receives ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from TripAdvisor SANTA CLAUS, IND – Just in time for summer, Guinness World Records – the global authority on record-breaking – confirmed that the World’s Longest Water Coaster is Mammoth at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. One of two water coasters at Splashin’ Safari, Mammoth’s record-breaking length is 1,763…

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$350,000 raised during park’s ‘JDRF One Walk’

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari hosted the park’s 11th annual “JDRF One Walk” 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 individuals, families, and teams who raised donations for the Walk. Holiday World has helped raise $3.3…

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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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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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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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‘Rock the World’ artists announced

Dove Award Winners plus American Idol finalist to headline ‘Rock the World’ 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 includes a day at the park,…

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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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