Fatigued? Who ya gonna call…

…Track Busters!

Yesterday morning, members of our Coaster Maintenance Technicians crew detected some fatigue on a section of the top steel on The Voyage’s track.

The four of them (from left, Bryan, Arch, Tim, and Chad) hopped to it and replaced the steel in time for The Voyage to open right on time.

What’s your favorite element of The Voyage? Head over here vote in our poll and see what others have to say.

Tickets used by thankful family

I would like to share a few comments from a family from our church who were at the park last week.

I am a member of ACE and GOCC.  We received tickets to the park for the 2009 season.  I had double knee replacement surgery and was not able to use the tickets.  Thus the gift of tickets for a family of four from our church. They spent two days at the park and had a blast. 

We talked on Sunday at church.  They were so impressed with the park.  They went on and on about how clean the park was.  How friendly everyone at the park was.  They said the food was great and the value was out of this world.  They loved the shows.  They just went on and on to many people at church.  They were so thankful for us sharing our tickets. 

I had told them about the park before they went.  I am so glad they saw what I already knew. The family said it was one of the best places they had ever been too.

I wanted to share the words.  I was happy the tickets were able to be used.  I am glad a family saw first hand what I as a coaster fan know.

Thank you for what you do at Holiday World.  I look forward to returning and riding again soon. 

Keep up the great work. 

Susan S.
Fairview Park, Ohio

 

Look to the rainbow

It's a pretty difficult challenge choosing the winners of our Facebook Fan Page Photo Contest.

In just a few weeks, more than 500 wonderful photos have been uploaded. (May just have to extend the contest a few extra weeks…)

Our latest winning photo shows two children from Kokomo ending their day at Holiday World.

Seven-year old Alexis and her six-year-old brother Clayton were finishing their last day at the park when a light rain began, resulting in not one–but two–rainbows in the sky.

Do you have some special photos from a past visit to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari? Become a Fan on our Facebook page and upload them. Must be at least 13 years old and not a park employee or relative of one. And who knows? You just might win two tickets.

“Impressed with the family values”

MY FAMILY CAME TO HOLIDAY WORLD YESTERDAY; FIFTEEN OF US. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE WERE EXTREMELY HAPPY WITH EVERYTHING; THE CLEANLINESS, THE RIDES AND THE ATTENTION TO FAMILY.

 

WE SAW THE HOLIDAZZLES AND STORYTIME WITH SANTA, AND WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH THE FAMILY VALUES THAT WERE TAUGHT DURING THIS TIME.

 

THE FREE DRINKS WERE GREAT. 

 

WE ENJOYED THE SMALLNESS OF THE PARK AND THEY LAYOUT WAS GREAT.  EVERYTHING WAS EASY TO GET TO. 

 

FOR MYSELF, (THE COORDINATOR OF THE TRIP) I WAS ESPECIALLY HAPPY TO TAKE THIRTY MINUTES OF MY BUSY DAY TO SEE THE SING PRAISE SHOW.  THE GROUP WAS NOT JUST PERFORMERS BUT YOU COULD TELL THEY REALLY LOVED THE LORD.  I WAS SO GLAD TO SEE THAT GOD WAS REPRESENTED IN A FAMILY THEMED PARK.

 

WE WILL BE BACK AND WILL HIGHLY RECOMMEND HOLIDAY WORLD TO ANYONE WE MEET. 

 

GINA B. 

 

 

“Holiday World has spoiled us!”

A visit to Holiday World has been a tradition in our family since I was a little girl and it was Santa Claus Land. We have recently begun making our annual visit on Labor Day and it has always been great. The crowd seems smaller, wait times are less, etc. 
 
We recently took a vacation to Washington DC. While we were there we took our kids age’s 10 and 14 to Six Flags America. We visited there mid-week so the crowd size was small as was the wait time. It had both a theme park and a water park like Holiday World does. The theme park did offer a different experience with giant steel coasters, which our son had never experienced. However we noticed that the park was not nearly as clean and the staff was not nearly as professional and friendly. 
 
In the afternoon, we ventured to the water park. This is where we were all in agreement that there is no place like Splashin’ Safari! There were not nearly as many waterslides, especially the larger slides we could do as a family. It was very difficult to navigate through due to all of the game and merchandise booths. They had one wave pool and I think that the kids waited at least 20 minutes for 5 minutes of waves. The lazy river was simply a moving waterway…none of the attractive water features and fountains like you have at Splashin’ Safari. The bathrooms and changing rooms were not clean and had a horrible odor. What really got us was the large booth as you enter which rented inner tubes. It was very misleading…they did provide tubes…they just tried to get you think you needed to rent one.
 
In relationship to other costs, here are a few other ways that Holiday World tops other parks. The tickets for this park were $50 per person. No free sun screen.  The drinks were far from free. We were able to buy a reusable cup in which we could get free refills in for the day…for 13 dollars. However it was a chore to get someone to refill the cup. At 3 of the larger coasters, you had to rent a one time use locker for a dollar to store your belongings while you rode the coaster. The all day locker rental was $11 for a small locker and $15 for a family locker, with no deposit refunded.
 
Thank you so much for providing such a clean and family-friendly park that is so affordable and close to home.

We can’t wait to visit this year on Labor Day!
 
Kim L.
Fort Branch, Indiana
 

“Safety first”

I just wanted to let you know how wonderful your park is. My family goes to Holiday World at least once every summer. Any time we have family down from other states we always take them to Holiday World. Your park is the cleanest and has such polite workers. We have always enjoyed our trips there.

We recently went to a theme park this summer in Wisconsin and it makes us appreciate the theme park we have here at home. We have been to ones in Kentucky, Wisconsin and Minnesota and not a one of them has a home atmosphere like Holiday World.

We have also noticed that Holiday World puts safety first for all riders. If one of the rides is broken no one gets to ride it until its fixed. Some of the other parks do not care much for safety.

Just wanted to let you know what a great job I feel that the owners and workers of Holiday World are doing. Please keep up the good work. We will be back again next summer along with our family that’s coming down from Minnesota.
 
Have a Wonderful Summer,

Jeremiah, Tammy, Austin and Jaris H.

P.S. My kids are only 10 and 12 and they compare other parks to Holiday World too and notice the big differences. Great Job!!!
 

Nice kitty, kitty…

When we started our Facebook Fan Page Photo Contest, there were only 38 photos posted. Now there are 438!

The first week (last week), we actually had a tie. Coincidentally, both were photos taken of darling children on the Star Spangled Carousel.

It took a few extra days to contact Zachary’s mom, but Part 2 of our tie was well worth the wait.

Zachary is two years old and was born in Guatemala. His family lives in Terre Haute.

Do you have some great park photos, too? Please join our Fan Page and upload a few. We’re a week behind already and will announce another winner soon. Please remember you need to be at least 13 years old (and not a park employee or employee’s relative) to enter.

Will and the lucky quarter

Dear Pat:

It was nice to speak with you Wednesday afternoon. I think the kids are still a little awed that you (YOU!) would be walking around like a normal person.

We all appreciated the opportunity to tell you how nice your park is. After our chat, something happened that I just have to share it with you.

My 8-year-old son found a “lucky” quarter in the wave pool. Throughout the afternoon he talked about it, did tricks with it, and basically got way more that a quarter’s worth of enjoyment from it. Once the water park closed we headed over to the Thanksgiving part of the park. As we crossed the wooden bridge, he dropped it and we watched in dismay as it rolled to the edge and dropped into the grass near the service road below. Will was very sad. Way more than a quarter’s worth of sadness.

Like any mother desperate to keep this happy day as happy as possible, I headed back to Splashin’ Safari to try to get the coin back. There I found Ryan the Lifeguard and he quickly agreed to go get the quarter for me. In a minute or two he came back and handed it to me. I was delighted and ran back to my son. He was surprised and gave me a huge smile, but then pointed out that his lucky quarter was a 1998 “normal” one, but this one was a 2001 New York quarter. Either Ryan had found someone else’s quarter or he’d kindly given one of his own.

Isn’t that terrific? This would be a pretty good story, but it gets even better. Crossing the bridge again later, I saw three blue-shirted employees walking below. They happily retrieved Will’s quarter from the grass and tossed it back to me.

Will and his "lucky quarter"

And that’s just one more reason why our family loves Holiday World.

Thank you for all you and your staff do to make Holiday World the magical place it is. And if you can track down Ryan, please return this quarter to him. It just might be as lucky as Will’s has been.

Sincerely,
Marjorie H.
Noblesville, Indiana
(we received permission from both the sender and the recipient to post this)

“Very impressed with your park”

Just wanted to say we were in Santa Claus the weekend of July 10-13 for a softball tournament. I had never heard of Holiday World before even though I have a 13 yr old daughter. 

We loved it very much. It was very clean and very friendly. The rides were great. I think the Voyage is the best roller coaster I’ve ever been on. And I’ve ridden a few I’m 47!!

I was also very impressed with the message at the water park saying to wear decent clothing. It was not offensive and to the point. Also the guards in the water park were very attentive polite and well-trained. We noticed them being tested with a baby-sized dummy.

We were very impressed with your park and will be back next year. Keep up the good work.

We live 45 minutes from Six Flags in St. Louis but I would rather drive the 4 hours to visit your Park! Maybe you could give them some pointers!!!

Thank-you,

Kym Y.
Fults, Illinois

 

“Great job overall”

We just came back from our 2nd trip to your park. This time we brought guests (another family and their children) and camped at Lake Rudolph.  This allowed us to take advantage of the 2nd day pass for $20.00.

We all had a blast and loved the rides, hospitality, and inexpensive food. I also noticed that every employee at the park was genuinely friendly and doing their best at their job. That alone makes me want to come back again next year.

The only downside was lack of rides for my six year old.  He was a 1/4 inch shy of the mark to ride some of the thrill rides in Holiday World so he got left out.  I don’t know what the solution is (if any) but that was the only "bad" experience in the park.  He did, though, get to do quite a bit in Splashin’ Safari. 

Anyway, again, great job overall and we’ll definitely be back and most likely bring more people with us!

Warren B.