Contest: Let’s Rock the World!

Thanks to all who entered! Here are our winners:

  • Ralph S. from Bethpage, Tennessee
  • Crystal N. from Washington, Indiana
  • Maggie N. from Evansville, Indiana

Each winner received two one-day tickets (all-day park admission plus the concert), two event shirts, and two Meet & Greet passes for Rock the World!

Didn’t win? Be sure to subscribe to the HoliBlog and watch our Facebook page for more opportunities to “enter to win.”


We’re just six weeks away from our “Rock the World” Christian Music Fest, so let’s see about giving away some prize packages, shall we?

We’ll have three winners who will each receive two tickets to Rock the World (including all-day admission to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari), two event shirts and two Meet & Greet Passes.

Rock the World

Why Rock the World? Here’s why:

  • TobyMac
  • Mandisa
  • Sanctus Real
  • 1 Girl Nation
  • A day filled with fun and fellowship, water slides and worship, coasters and rockin’ praise music!

How to enter? Let’s start with a few necessaries:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
  • Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari employees (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog, tweeting about Rock the World, and following us on our Rock the World Facebook page.
  • Three winners – chosen at random – will be emailed on July 28.

For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, just tell us which artist(s) you’re excited to see at Rock the World 2014 – and future Rock the Worlds! (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

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Ready to enter? Of course you are. Simply enter our sweepstakes here from a mobile device; or if you’re using an immobile device, enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Monday, July 28 at 10am CDT.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Premium Seating tickets (which include Meet & Greet and event shirt) are nearly sold out! Head over to our Rock the World page for all the details.

Good luck to all!

The World through Leah’s lens

I’ll never forget how much my siblings and I used to pester my father about what was coming.

I wish I could calculate just how many times we asked him, “C’mon, can you at least give us a hint?” He’d say something incredibly vague that gave absolutely nothing away like, “It’s big.” (Well, duh, everything we do here, we kind of “do big.”)

So I guess the reason I haven’t written anything in a while is that I’m not very good at dropping hints. And yes, I’m totally going to blame this one on my dad for never giving me any good hints (while we’re at it, I think I now blame him for how terrible I am at riddles, too).

Everything I think of seems to be way too obvious. I can’t just dive into this hinting thing.

Day 13 of 66 Days at SeaThe good news is: I haven’t had to do any hinting. We’ve got our “Head-Hinter Extraordinaire” Paula writing about the voyage to the New World at And she’s an expert (she still has people trying to figure out what’s in the mastiff’s jowls).

The mastiff sketch from 66 Days at SeaPaula’s hints are the mind-tricks. Some of them are so good, even I don’t catch them—and I know what the project is!

While you can sort through the 66 Days journal posts to the point of distraction, there’s another site that’s creating a lot of speculation: our construction site.

We’ve seen Guests taking pictures from our Hyena Falls tower to get a better look (goodness knows you can’t see much in the blur while riding The Voyage).

While we could do what other parks have done and put up a fence (which probably wouldn’t do much good anyway with that nice spectator tower), we’ve always been a little different.

Instead of making you work so hard for those hints out in our field, we’re going to make it just a bit easier. We’re setting up a webcam that’s going to provide a live stream of our construction site—24/7. (Keep in mind that some of those 24 hours are going to be at night – when it’s dark and all, so you’re probably not going to get much insight from 10pm to 6am.)

Here’s a bonus hint for you: We’re making the announcement on July 24 (Christmas Eve in July) because we have a delivery coming the very next day. Yes, our Christmas in July is going to be bigger than ever before!

But hey, there might be some things you can figure out ahead of time just from our footers.

Or not.

Several coaster enthusiasts think they’ve already found some answers from the Hyena Falls tower view.

Our ConstructionCam should go live this coming week, so the clues are going to keep on coming as we prepare the site for the delivery of our best Christmas gift ever.

I’ll be watching. Will you?

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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:


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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: