“You are by far the best park we have been to”

We have just arrived back in the UK after our two week rollercoaster tour of the USA taking in Cedar Point, SF Great Adventure, Dorney Park and Kings Island.

We would just like to say a big thank you and well done to each and every single person at Holiday World. Our two days were simply amazing. You may not be the biggest park or have the most rides of the parks that we have been to but you are by far the best park we have been to.

From amazing friendly staff, to sensational woodies, to a lovely clean park, to great value food and free drinks!! Even to seeing the park owner cutting pizza at dinner time. Also a huge well done for catering for vegetarians and vegans, not something that USA parks tend to do at all other than just fries.

In the Voyage you have the most stunning rollercoaster we have ever been on. I thought El Toro was great but The Voyage blows it away and pretty much any other ride. For sure our number 1 coaster now.

Whatever you are doing now, please don’t ever stop or what you are as you are the most perfect park I can imagine.

It was a long drive down to you from Sandusky but it was worth every single minute, we can’t wait to come and see you all again in the not too distant future.


Graham & Caroline W.

The Holiday World ‘cure

There's the manicure.

There's the pedicure.

And then there's Kim's…

Holiday World 'cure.


Greetings to the Military

This “American Adventure” segment was shot at Holiday World during the 2008 season for the Armed Forces Network; it is expected to air for four years.

Mrs. Koch’s description of The Voyage … sounds like she’s ridden it! (Or at least listened very carefully to a lot of comments from coaster enthusiasts).

Meanwhile, if you’re in the military (or know someone who is), check out our discounts. They’re available for Police, Fire, Corrections, and EMS as well!


Oops. Meant to post these photos weeks ago.

This is part of the shoot for one of this season's TV spots.

Starring … who else?

Somehow I pictured her in a pilgrim's hat.

You know … with the big buckle?

But apparently the props department was fresh out.

John says at first Mrs. Koch wasn't all the crazy about donning a skipper's hat. Squished hair and all.

He told me she later changed her mind…

…and kept it.

(Oh, and I don't know why she's standing on her tippy-toes in this photo. I'm guessing something needed adjusting and she tried to compensate by growing an inch.)

“Fantastic! Exceptional! and WOW!”

WOW! What else can one write to describe the wonderful inaugural experience the S. Family found at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Sunday, May 24, 2009?

Pros: Free parking, free drinks, free sunscreen, good food, great rides, genuinely pleasant and helpful staff and pristine grounds. Everything about our visit was spot-on including value for dollar. It was so refreshing to visit an amusement park where “self-respect” (for want of a better description) has not been traded for profit margins. Truly exceeded our expectations.

Cons: None! The only regret is that we had not visited HW/SS prior to this trip. We very much look forward to another satisfying visit later this season.

See y’all then.


John S.
Lexington, Kentucky

Twenty-eight years and counting

I just wanted to say that you guys at Holiday World do a great job.

My parents always took me there at least once a year. My mamaw and papaw always took me once a year as well. I have been coming there for the last 28 years, back when it was still called Santa Claus Land. We still call it that sometimes.

My family and I have had season passes now for the third year. It takes us a little over an hour to get to your park. We will just decide to come on a whims notice, even if it’s just for a couple hours of fun. Both my wife and I work only part-time so we come a lot.

The free soft drinks really make the world of difference, especially for the kids. On a hot day it could even be a matter of health.

Both of our children were always taller than most and where able to ride Frightful Falls (lovingly referred to as the “Log Ride”) and Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride (referred to as the “Octopus”), and then they would want to be swung like the “birds” even before they were 2 years old. They still love all of them.

For the last two seasons we have had a travel trailer camper making it even nicer to camp at Lake Rudolph. The kids can go back to the camper mid-day and take a nap and then go back to Holiday World for more fun. They talk about your park all fall and winter long awaiting the opening.

I can remember a lot of changes to your park, but a lot of the rides are still the same. Please keep it this way. Most of the changes were great, though I would like to see another wax museum like you had where the Liberty Launch is now. Although, that is a very fun ride.

Please, and I am sure that you will, keep up the good work.

Eric M.
Depauw, IN

Crazy like a Fox

Do you think Mrs. Koch is crazy to ride Pilgrims Plunge again–twice?

After all, she'd just gotten her hair done this morning.

Fox 41 rides Pilgrims Plunge with Mrs. Koch

Well, Keith and Eric from Fox 41 in Louisville were here. It would have been sort of rude to refuse.

Keith had special permission to ride with a video camera taped to his hand.

He and Eric were taking a look at the footage afterwards. Tiny Mrs. Koch nearly had to leap in the air to see, too.

A cake like none other

When I was a kid and my mom asked, "What kind of birthday cake do you want?" it meant chocolate or vanilla.

When Spencer was asked that question recently, just before he turned 8, he had a very different request.

His mom, Melissa, emailed this today:

Our family enjoyed opening day at the park this year. My oldest son was kind enough to ride Pilgrims Plunge twice (once with each parent). He then decided that is what he wanted for his birthday cake.

I have attached the pictures. 

Pilgrims Plunge Cake

How cool is this cake? (How cool is Spencer’s mom?!)

Here’s a close-up of the frosting splashdown:

Pilgrims Plunge Cake - Splashdown

Still have to wonder, though … chocolate or vanilla?

Closer to a Cure

In the four years we've hosted the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, we've seen a lot of walkers.

About 1,430 today.

Raised about $275,000 today. Thanks to all who helped make this possible.