Contest: Show us your #HoliSmile!

Thanks to all who entered our Show Us Your #HoliSmile Contest! Here are our winners:

  • Miranda T. from Moro, Illinois, is our Grand Prize Winner
  • Desiree T. from Clarksville, Indiana, is our Second Place Winner
  • Jessica S. from Clinton, Indiana, is our Third Place Winner
  • Kyla M. from Benton, Illinois, is our Fourth Place Winner

Congratulations to all!


Are you familiar with our newly coined term, the HoliSmile?

Holiday World's 2014 brochure cover

If you look at our Holiday World logo here on our brochure, you’ll see we took the rainbow from the design and turned it upside down – into a smile.

And then we put that smile on a stick.

… and we called it a HoliSmile.

We hope to make lots of folks smile their very own HoliSmile with this new contest.

We’re calling it: Show us your #HoliSmile!

In a nutshell, we’d like you to make a HoliSmile, take your photo with it, and send it to us. We’ll post all those HoliSmile photos on our Facebook page (in a HoliSmile album) and at the end of a week, the photo with the most “shares” wins a prize.

And we’ll have four winners:

Grand Prize: Four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari for 2014, plus two nights in a King Size Rental RV at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort (RV must be used during July, 2014; Sundays through Thursdays only; must be at least 21 years old to make reservation).

First Runner Up: Two one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus a $50 HoliCash gift card

Second Runner Up: $50 HoliCash gift card

Third Runner Up: $25 HoliCash gift card

We’re even handing out HoliSmiles in the park this summer!

Isn’t she adorable?

HoliSmile at Holiday World

You’re welcome to make your own HoliSmile. Or, you can download a HoliSmile already colored in for you. Or download a line-art version and color it in yourself. We’re not fussy – we just want to see you smile!

Even Holidog has a HoliSmile (and has free HoliSmiles to hand out at his shows).

HoliSmiles with Holidog at Holiday World

We even have edible HoliSmiles! Our HoliSmile Krispie Pops are available with all the other sweet treats in Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen.

HoliSmile Krispie Pops at Holiday World

Ready to enter?

Here are the instructions and rules:

1. Download and print this HoliSmile Coloring Page and pick out a HoliSmile. (Or you’re welcome to draw your own HoliSmile, freehand.) Color it however you like or use the pre-colored one. Have fun with this!

2. Take a photo (a selfie is fine, if you prefer) using at least one HoliSmile.

3. Email us your photo (no larger than 1MB, please) and include your name and the names of anyone else in the photo, plus your hometown. Here’s the email address to use:

4. By entering your photo, you are giving Holiday World permission to post it on our Facebook page, website and other social media. We will post it in our HoliSmile photo album on Facebook by the next day (with the exception of Sunday). Limit: one entry per email address.

HoliSmile Krispie Pops at Holiday World5. We will email you notification that your photo is part of our Facebook HoliSmile album. Then it’s up to you to get all your friends and family to “share” your photo. The photo with the most “shares” by 3pm CDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, will be our Grand Prize Winner!

6. You must be at least 18 years old to enter (or have someone 18 or older enter on your behalf).

7. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari employees and Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort employees (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.

So there you have it, our “Show us your #HoliSmile Contest”! We can’t wait to see your cute, clever, sweet and silly photos (here’s the link to the Facebook album with the entries we’ve already received)! Remember, the sooner you send us your HoliSmile photo, the sooner you can start getting those “shares”!

Good luck to all!


Are you on Twitter? If so, you’ve probably noticed we do a lot of re-tweeting when it comes to TV and radio stations holding contests with our tickets as prizes.

We’ve embedded a bunch of them for a bit of one-stop shopping (the links are live).

Some of the contests are limited to specific areas, so please check the fine print.

And good luck!

Here’s a contest in Indianapolis …

… and Muncie:

… here’s one in St. Louis:

… and this one’s from a magazine in Nashville:

… and here’s Louisville:


Did you know you can subscribe to our HoliBlog so that you receive all of our posts (including contests) by email? If you’re using a desktop computer or tablet, look for the “Subscribe to Blog” sidebar at the top-right corner of this page. On a smartphone? Just scroll down a tiny bit more to find it.

Meanwhile, we have our own “What’s up for 2015?” contest here on the HoliBlog, with another one starting later today.

Looking for discount tickets? Click on that big orange ticket here on our website and your tickets will be automatically discounted. Hope to see you soon!

Someone’s in the kitchen with Santa

Have you checked out the new Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen yet?

Holidog at Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen

Holidog is a big fan.

Holidog loves a treat!

… and so is Tabnie from Eyewitness News.

Tabnie and Tammy at Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen

Foods Manager Tammy was happy for the help on a recent morning and gleefully instructed Tabnie in the fine art of “freestyling” dough.

Tammy and Tabnie in Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen

After proofing the dough, it was time to add dots of raspberry and cream-cheese “ornaments” to the pastries.

Tabnie decorating pastries in Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen

Here’s their story, which ran this week on Eyewitness News:

Video contest: What’s up for 2015?

Congratulations to Lisa Cook, from Georgetown, Kentucky – she entered a video of her son, Christian, presenting his best guess. That video ended the contest with the most thumbs-up votes. Thanks to all who entered!


Yesterday, we blogged about these two fine gentleman, who made a video with their analysis of our 66 Days At Sea journal. They promised us more video guesses … er, analyses, and we can’t wait!

And today we found this second video on YouTube:

And a third

Have you been following our daily 66 Days at Sea journal entries? Then we have a feeling you have a feeling …

So, it’s time to have a video contest so you can tell us!

Here are the instructions and  rules:

  • Review our 66 Days At Sea journal (or not) and make a YouTube video telling the world what you think we’re up to for 2015;
  • Your YouTube video must include “Holiday World” and “2015” in the title and must be no longer than three minutes in length (that’s 180 seconds – not a second longer);
  • Remember to keep your message HoliFriendly (no naughty words or gestures; oh, and no gross sounds);
  • By entering your video, you are giving Holiday World permission to post it on our HoliBlog and other social media;
  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter (or have someone 18 or older enter on your behalf);
  • Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari employees (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.

Be clever, be sassy, be earnest, be funny – just tell us what is your interpretation of our tortuous and torturous hints!

Here’s a video from Tiffani and Chelsi (don’t miss the HoliBloopers at the end):

And Gracie made a video, too:

Here’s Jarrett from Dayton‘s guess:

And Kylie checks in with her guesses:

Who will judge? The millions of people on YouTube and Google+! It will be up to you to get the word out about your masterpiece – and ultimately get more “thumbs up” like votes on your video than anyone else in this contest.

Can you enter more than once? Sure – but let’s not get too ridiculous, okay? Three’s the limit per person. And three minutes in length per video.

Okay, so once you’ve made your video and uploaded it to YouTube, grab the URL and send it to us (along with your name, age and hometown) at our email address to enter. As long as your video is HoliFriendly and is no longer than three minutes in length, we’ll embed it (just like Cordero’s, above) in a HoliBlog post to get you started on the road to fame.

Whoever posts the most popular video as of 12 noon CDT on Saturday, July 12, 2014, will win four one-day tickets to join us on July 24* for our big announcement. Who knows, we might even give you some VIP treatment. I’ll need to think about that for a while, though …

Did you know you can subscribe to our HoliBlog so that you receive all of our posts (including contests) by email? If you’re using a desktop computer or tablet, look for the “Subscribe to Blog” sidebar at the top-right corner of this page. On a smartphone? Just scroll down a tiny bit more to find it.

Ready? Get out your cameras and make us some great videos!

Good luck to all!

* or the prize tickets may be be used any other day this season that we’re open to the public

Get smarter

Cone of Silence meme

“Weh-woe? Weh-woe?”

When I heard my toddler grandson “answering” the phone this morning in the next room, I grinned. Then I looked to see what household item served as his toy phone this time. Two-year-old Cameron has been known to “answer” a calculator, empty cup, and TV remote control.


This time it was his shoe!

I couldn’t wait to call my 84-year-old dad in Connecticut. He would be thrilled to know his great-grandson was another Maxwell Smart in the making.

Dad was tickled.

And so when I got to work and was summoned to a meeting to bring Lauren R. into the “cone of silence” about our 2015 expansion, I knew it was a really good day.

And what exactly is the Cone of Silence? If you’ve never watched reruns of the old Get Smart TV series from the 1960s, here’s a meme:

Cone of Silence meme

Agent Maxwell Smart, left, loved spy gadgets. But they never quite worked.

Whenever “Chief” had sensitive information to pass on to Max, Agent 86 (as he was also called) would demand the Cone of Silence. It would descend noisily from the ceiling and – go figure – echo to the point that the secret-keepers were forced to yell to each other to be heard.

One hopes that half a century later we’re in better shape technologically. Will Koch was a big Get Smart fan and started the “cone of silence” routine around here about a dozen years ago.

After the first time he brought me into the cone of silence, I sent him a “cone” photo I’d found online. It remained as his desktop wallpaper for years.

And so, in that grand tradition, we brought Lauren from our Communications Department into the “cone” this afternoon.

She didn’t know I was snapping photos of her reaction – and was kind enough to grant me permission to tweet one of them:

Our cone for 2015 isn’t exactly crowded yet

This is a true need-to-know situation as we count down our 66 Days at Sea to July 24.

By the way, don’t even try to get the facts out of us. We’ve all been threatened that if we breathe a word about next year, we’ll have to trade in our cells for shoe phones!

A professional analysis of 66 Days

… on YouTube. In vertical format.

Watch and wonder:

Oh, and no offense taken, guys. We know we’re being trolls.

“Sluuuuurp – oh, excuse me!”

Lauren cracks me up. In a conference-room meeting about an hour ago, she was finishing up her beverage, and suddenly realized her efforts to enjoy every last drop were, well, a bit noisy.

“Oh, excuse me!” she piped up.

The “I need to tweet this” buzzer suddenly went off in my head:

That’s VP Eric in the photo, too. He was concentrating on the animation we’d spent the last hour reviewing. We’re getting closer and closer to our 66 Days At Sea announcement. We hope you’ll join us on July 24, when we party like it’s 1620!