Park to hire 2,200 for 70th Season

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari officials expect to receive a record number of job applications as they prepare to fill 2,200 seasonal positions in the coming weeks. “We’re looking for friendly and energetic individuals who want to help families enjoy their vacations with us,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari President Matt Eckert. “We…

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Auditions set for Park’s 2016 Shows

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Auditions for Holiday World’s 2016 cast of entertainers will be held at the theme park later this month and in early March. This season’s musical entertainment lineup at Holiday World includes the following: Country: LIVE!: Contemporary and classic country hits performed by a live band EPIC Praise: Inspirational Contemporary Christian music WOW: World of…

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Park Celebrates 210 Years of Service

SANTA CLAUS, IN—–Fourteen 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,”…

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

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Wildebeest Named Top Waterpark Ride

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s Wildebeest water coaster took top honors during the 2015 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held this weekend at Coney Island in New York City. For the sixth year in a row, Holiday World’s Wildebeest water coaster was named the World’s #1 Waterpark Ride. This top honor was announced…

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Companies plan Holiday World ‘Buy-Outs’

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–A series of 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 12: Alliance Resource Partners Sunday, September 13: Kimball International Sunday, September 20: Toyota More than 28,000 employees and family members from the three…

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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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MythBusters Stars ‘Test’ Thunderbird’s Thrill Factor in New Travel Channel Show

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–Holiday World’s new Thunderbird roller coaster will help launch a new Travel Channel show this week. Thrill Factor premieres Wednesday evening with former MythBusters stars Kari Byron and Tory Belleci each gathering a team of “lab rats” to test Thunderbird’s forces with them. Thunderbird is America’s first launched wing roller coaster, which takes…

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Splashin' Safari

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’ Performers Hail from Near and Far

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–The Dove Award winning Christian pop-rock band Newsboys will headline Holiday World’s “Rock the World” on August 22. The Grammy-nominated group, which originated in Australia, includes guitarist Jody Davis, who grew up in Petersburg, Indiana. Other main-stage performers for Rock the World include: Crowder, from Texas Sidewalk Prophets, with ties to Terre Haute…

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Park Celebrates 4th with 3 Days of Fireworks

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–Visitors to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari this Friday through Sunday will end their day at the park with a patriotic fireworks celebration. The 15-minute 4th of July Fireworks show will begin shortly after Holiday World closes for the evening each night, at 9:00pm CDT (10:00pm EDT) on Friday and Sunday and at…

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Past Holiday World Performer & ‘American Idol’ Finalist to Visit Park

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–A former Holiday World performer who finished fourth in this year’s American Idol competition will be at the park Friday afternoon to meet fans and sign autographs. Rayvon Owen performed in the park’s Rejoice! show as well as the Legacy acappella group in 2011. Also a songwriter, his “Brand New Day” is featured…

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Park awarded ‘Certificate of Excellence’

Park honored as a Top Performing Attraction as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site SANTA CLAUS, IND – The world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor, has granted its 2015 Certificate of Excellence to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding…

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$350,000 Raised During Park’s ‘Walk to Cure Diabetes’

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari hosted the park’s tenth annual “Walk to Cure Diabetes” 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 more than 1,300 individuals, families, and teams who raised donations for the Walk. Holiday…

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