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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Holiday World wins two Golden Tickets

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s Wildebeest water coaster took top honors during the 2013 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held this weekend at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California. For the fourth year in a row, Holiday World’s Wildebeest water coaster was named the World’s #1 Waterpark Ride. This top honor was announced by Amusement Today…

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Holiday World sets sail with $8 million expansion

By next May, officials at Holiday World will be able to say their “ship has come in.” “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 Matt Eckert. “We chose the anniversary…

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‘USA Today’ names Splashin’ Safari top water park

According to USA Today, the best water park in the nation is located in Indiana. Holiday World’s Splashin’ Safari took top honors in the newspaper’s month-long online voting, which challenged fans to vote for their favorite water park from among 20 nominated for America’s “10 Best” Water Parks. The newspaper reports tens of thousands of…

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‘TwinkieMania’ contest at Holiday World Monday

As “the golden sponge cake with the creamy filling” returns to store shelves on Monday, a deep-fried version will be added to the dessert menu at Holiday World theme park. After scrambling to find a Twinkie supplier, park staffers spent the last few days taste-testing the deep-fried confection, which is topped off with powdered sugar…

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TripAdvisor awards ‘Certificate of Excellence’ to Holiday World

For the third year in a row, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari have received a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor.com. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. It is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed…

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The British are Coming – to Holiday World!

Close to 75 members of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain will visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari tomorrow, as part of their tour of the United States’ best roller coasters. “We host quite a few coaster enthusiast clubs each year,” says the park’s spokesperson, Paula Werne, “and none is more fun than this…

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