‘Daily Deals’ are back!

Daily Deals are back for the 2019 season. … including the ever-popular Dole Whip Wednesday. You remember Dole Whip, right? You don’t need a coupon to get your Daily Deals – in fact, you don’t even need to ask for the discount, it’s automatic! The Turkey Bowl deal for Thanksgiving Thursday was a hit last…

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Joe and Moose

It’s Love Your Pet Day

We have some very recognizable and lovable faces here at Holiday World. No, I’m not just talking about our staff – I’m talking about our mascots! Safari Sam, Holidog, Kitty Claws, and George the Eagle pose for a lot of pictures every day. But our mascots aren’t the only important animals in the lives of…

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Eagles Flight face

The Eagles have sanded

Every decade or so, our Eagles Flight ride gets a serious makeover. Those birds get plucked. Sanded down, actually. You know, like those high-priced treatments at a fancy spa. Here’s Joe in the Paint Shop, assuring the eagles that he’s a professional. He knows what he’s doing. He won’t wing it Let’s start with a sunny…

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Santa Claus

Happy Birthday, Santa Jim!

He was born on February 18, 1894. Santa Jim. Countless children whispered in Santa’s ear over his decades wearing the red suit here at Santa Claus Land. The story of how Jim (a great grandfather of our fourth-generation park owners) became Santa will quite possibly bring a tear to your eye. And here he is…

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Top of the … mushroom?

It’s not close enough to Saint Patrick’s Day for us to be greeting each other with Top of the mornin’! just yet … … so “Top of the mushroom” definitely needs an explanation. This, as you probably know, is our Revolution ride. It’s a classic Round Up ride. That piece in the center is called the mushroom….

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Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe construction

Construction update

Are you familiar with the concept of parallel play? (It’s when children are playing together – yet individually. There’s peaceful coexistence as each one works on his or her own project.) That’s happening right now at Holiday World as we work together – yet separately – on Santa’s Merry Marketplace. First of all, our Food &…

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Gobbler Getaway exterior

Sweepstakes: What’s your cure for Cabin Fever?

It’s that time of the winter when we’ve all just about had it, right? Whether it’s snow, ice, frigid temps, or our current monsoon, we’re all craving the first signs of spring. Dogwood trees blooming and roller coasters soaring … Let’s lift our spirits a bit with our annual Cabin Fever Sweepstakes. What is your best cure…

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Holidog and guitar

Color me Holidog

There are so many holidays each day that entire websites exist just to list them. Today, it’s Get Out Your Guitar Day. Presumably, this is to chide the majority of us whose guitars are gathering dust (now that adulthood has taken over). Happily, Holidog will never grow up! This rockin’ Holidog was so fun, we…

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Adam named Best Student

Safe to say: “He won!”

What do we do during the seemingly endless off-season? Well, we: Build things Hire our seasonal team Catch up on all the things we don’t get accomplished during the season And … take lots of off-season training Much of our off-season training involves keeping up to date on safety. That’s safety for our Guests and…

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FREE Unlimited Soft Drinks

Drinking up the praise

This was such a nice surprise! Business strategist and New York Times best-selling author Jay Baer is a fan. He chose our Free Unlimited Soft Drinks program as the topic of the first episode of his Talk Triggers Show: Free Unlimited Soft Drinks at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari began back in the year 2000. (Who remembers Y2K?)…

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Chrysler commercial

#FlashbackFriday: 1955 Chrysler Commercial

It’s #FlashbackFriday again and we found an amazing piece of Santa Claus Land history to share with you. This is the “Chrysler TV Caravan,” with a commercial touting their 1955 “hundred-million-dollar gift” – a new Chrysler! Don’t miss Santa Jim waving at the end. (He’s one of our 4th generation owners’ great-grandfathers.) Of course, this is…

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Snow globe model

Snow kidding?

Tell me the truth – if someone texted you this photo on a winter’s eve, would you know it showed the early stage of designing a snow globe? Yeah, me neither. But I did get an overwhelming desire to go heat up the waffle iron. The text came from VP Matt (not to be confused with…

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AIMS high

Don’t worry, I already gave Sean a hard time over those palm trees in the background. “Rub it in, will ya?!” He assured me it wasn’t all that warm in Texas last week. These members of our Maintenance Team just got back from a week at AIMS training and certification. AIMS stands for Amusement Industry Manufacturers…

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Holidog statue after an ice storm

A focus on snow

Are you a fan of snow? This drone footage was shot a year ago, when the park was under a blanket of the lovely stuff. Here in southern Indiana, we don’t usually get a lot of snow. And when we do, it doesn’t last long. But when we do … We take photos! Here are…

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