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Tips for a Better Visit
We want you to have the best visit ever!
We have compiled some tips to help you plan a great trip to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari!
Best Months to Visit
We have smaller crowds and shorter waiting times on operating days in May, most of June, September, and October (please note that we are closed to the public September 7 and 8, 2013) than we do in July or August. (We're busier in July and early August, but we also have longer days of operation during that time.)
Best Day of the Week to Visit
In general, Mondays through Fridays are the least busy days to visit, with Tuesday through Thursdays a bit slower than Mondays and Fridays. Saturdays are nearly always the busiest day of the week, followed by Sunday.
Days We Expect to Be Exceptionally Busy
If you have flexibility in your travel plans, please try to avoid visiting on the following Saturdays in 2013: June 29, July 13, July 20, July 27 and August 3, as we expect those dates to be exceptionally busy (no particular reason, other than Saturdays in summer tend to be our busiest days). Please remember, we're on Central Daylight Time!
At Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, we take ride safety seriously. Violating ride safety rules, especially failing to remain safely seated with restraints in place at all times, may result in serious injury. If you violate ride safety rules, you will be ejected from our parks, and prohibited from returning for a period of time as determined by the nature of the violation.
We want you to have the best visit possible, and that means taking care of yourself before and during your trip. Please be sure to eat breakfast the morning of your visit and apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before arrival. Once you're here, reapply sunscreen often (every two hours) taking care to rub it in (not just "on"). Sunscreen is available free in both parks. Also, be sure to stay hydrated! Soft drinks are free in both parks and include iced tea, Gatorade, lemonade and water. Don't take a vacation from medication--if you're on medication, don't skip it the day of your visit unless advised to by your doctor. It's a great idea to wear a hat or cap plus sunglasses during your visit. Don't hesitate to keep your shoes, sandals, flip flops, etc., on in Splashin' Safari; it's okay to wear them in the water. Do you have food allergies? Be sure to check out our Allergen-Friendly Menu, Healthier Menu Options and Nutritional Information available on our Food & Restaurants page.
At Admissions, trained personnel will inspect all bags, backpacks, strollers and wagons. As always, absolutely no weapons, alcohol, food or beverages may be brought into the park. (The only exception is baby food.) Please do not bring any of these items to our Front Gate area, as you will be asked to either return them to your vehicle or throw them away before entering the park. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.
Have a Plan
Please discuss ahead of time what to do if your family becomes separated during your visit. Plan a meeting place, such as the fountain in the Christmas section or the Lost Parents station across from Monsoon Lagoon in Splashin' Safari. Be sure to note what your children are wearing, in case you need to describe your child to the Lost Parents attendant. Make sure your children can do the same about you. Children should know to ask a uniformed park employee for help if lost. If you are visiting with children too young to memorize your cell phone number, please be sure to get them Phone Find wristbands.
The wait times for Holiday World's major rides (especially The Raven, The Legend, and Frightful Falls) in the Halloween Section are the longest shortly after opening time. Usually, the waits for these rides are much shorter by mid-afternoon.
In the morning, the wait times for rides and attractions in the Fourth of July Section (especially Eagle's Flight, Revolution, and Holidog's FunTown) and in the Thanksgiving section are much shorter than elsewhere in Holiday World. Holidog's FunTown is a great spot for families with younger children. As it is located at the far end of the 4th of July Section, past the Holidog Express, and somewhat hidden by trees, many families miss it during their visit. It is relatively quiet both early and late in the day. Also, visit Splashin' Safari before lunch, when it's not as busy.
When is the best time to eat? Try eating a bit earlier than most: For shorter waits—try a meal between 10:00 and 11:30am CDT and then dinner between 4:00 and 6:00pm CDT. Snack locations (ice cream, pretzels, etc.) are least busy between 10:00 am and 2:00pm CDT (they are much busier in the evenings).
Next Day Ticket
Save time by buying your Next Day tickets when you purchase your first day's tickets, rather than waiting until just before you leave.
Games are the least busy before 3:00 pm CDT.
Schedule & Map
Be sure to pick up a Show Schedule and Park Map when you arrive. The shows performed earlier in the day are usually the least crowded.
One Last Ride?
Please don't wait until just before closing time to ride your favorite ride one last time. The lines at the more popular rides may close early so that everyone already in line gets to ride before (or shortly after) the park closes.
Bring an Extra Set of Keys!
Nobody wants to think about losing their car keys, but unfortunately, it happens. It's a great idea to bring an extra set of car keys and secure them in your locked vehicle. If you realize you've lost your keys during your visit (and you didn't bring a second set), please come to Guest Relations immediately so we can help you find them or help you make arrangements to get another set brought to you.
Review this list of Rules & Services before your visit.