Choose your chocolate

Cookies & Cream it is! Congratulations to Kelly P. from Shepherdsville, Kentucky, whose name was drawn at random from the many retweets. Kelly receives two free tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. Thanks to all who entered!
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Here’s another quickie ticket giveaway – help us choose a new Dippin’ Dots flavor (all the choices are chocolate) on Twitter and you could win a pair of tickets.

Our poll from Sunday was a landslide decision for Birthday Cake Dippin’ Dots – congrats to Shayna S. from Vincennes, Indiana, who won a pair of park tickets.

As always, please only enter if you haven’t won tickets from us in the past six months. Also, you must be at least 18 years old to enter. And finally, employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (and their immediate family members) are not eligible to win.

Vote and retweet our new poll today and you could win, too!

Vote for a new flavor – and enter to win tickets!

Congratulations to Shayna S. from Vincennes, Indiana! Her name was chosen at random from the many who voted in our poll and re-tweeted it; she receives two one-day tickets to Holiday World!

The winning new Dippin’ Dots flavor – in a landslide vote – is Birthday Cake. And that’s just in time to help celebrate our 70th Birthday this season!

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Our Food & Beverage team makes a lot of choices when they’re planning our menus each season.

But this time, they’re leaving one decision up to us.

In the next 24 hours, you can vote for your favorite new Dippin’ Dots flavor via Twitter, then re-tweet the poll, and you’re automatically entered to win a pair of park tickets!

As always, please only enter if you haven’t won tickets from us in the past six months. Also, you must be at least 18 years old to enter. And finally, employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (and their immediate family members) are not eligible to win.

Cool, huh? Good luck – and may the best flavor win!

Cabin Fever? Enter this Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to Casey J. from Breese, Illinios, who was chosen at random to win two nights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin, plus four tickets to Holiday World. Thanks to all who entered – and for all the great advice about how to conquer cabin fever!
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How’s the weather forecast looking in your neck of the woods?

We’re under a “winter storm warning” tonight, and although there’s nothing to show for it just yet, let’s honor Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday by showing you another storm’s “after” shot of the Raven station:

Edgar Allan Snow

If you don’t already have Cabin Fever, you just might catch it soon, so here’s a Cabin Fever Sweepstakes to enter, with a heart-warming prize of two nights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph plus four tickets for your visit to Holiday World.

Please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter. 
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Sun Communities, and Sun RV Resort (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list (you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email).
  • 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 this sweepstakes, and visiting us on our Facebook page. If you win (sorry, I know, everyone’s still #PowerballBitter), please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin reservation at Lake Rudolph; also, the dates the cabin may be reserved for are April 29 –  May 26 and May 30 – June 9, 2016.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us your best cure for Cabin Fever. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • 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 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 Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 1pm CST.

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Stay safe and warm – and remember, winter won’t last forever!

The Legend reborn

We’ve teased you long enough. Here’s what we’re working on for our 70th Birthday season:

We hope you’re as excited as we are to experience our wooden coasters again for the first time – especially The Legend! (Oh, and Thunderbird, too!) This snow won’t last forever …

Legend in snow

By the way, if you’ve been meaning to order your Season Passes, the best prices disappear at midnight on Friday (January 15). We’re seeing a lot of excitement about our new Platinum Season Passes (with double in-park discounts, exclusive bonus ride times, and more) and our monthly Easy Pay option. It’s going to be a great season – we hope you’ll celebrate with us!

Dress Up Your Pet Day

Here at Holiday World, we make merry on more holidays than just Christmas, Halloween, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving.

For example, today we paws to celebrate “Dress Up Your Pet Day”!

Those who have pets understand it when I say they are part of our families. They eat with us, travel with us, and are even dressed in clothes from their own wardrobe. The only difference is they have fur.

One thing I’ve learned from having pets of my own – those who have them love to talk about them!

Speaking from experience, I never hesitate at the chance to show off a photo of my dog, Dasher.

Here he is sporting his favorite Indiana Hoosiers shirt:

In celebration of Dress Up Your Pet Day, we invited our staff to share photos of their pets wearing their finest.

Meet VP Lori’s Elphie and Lauren from Entertainment/Event’s Edgar. (He is named after Edgar Allan Poe, author of “The Raven,” and the inspiration for the theme of Lauren’s “sister coaster,” The Raven.)

Elphie and Edgar are Christmas card-ready in their Santa and Mrs. Claus outfits.

This is Oscar – VP Eric’s beloved boxer. He’s ready to join our full-time staff in his yellow polo.

Molly – IT Casey’s precious pup – would make a great Holidog Innkeeper, don’t you think?

And here is Painter Tommy’s Bea, looking pawesome in her cozy sweater.

Bethany from Finance’s sweet Daisy Mae is pretty in pink polka dots.

Sweaters are the outfit of choice for Graphic Artist Kyle’s three pooches – Rooster, Wesson, and Luci.

VP Chris’s goldendoodle, Spencer, is thinking warm thoughts in his Splashin’ Safari t-shirt.

Sales Amanda’s Bella is a fur-shionista in her poofy pink tutu.

Cathy from Cleaning’s Ms. Athena is feeling groovy in her tie-dye top.

Retail Vanessa’s pups, Tater and Taz, are pawsitively adorable in their Minion costumes.

DeeAnn from Finance’s Samson is channeling his inner Safari Sam in this hat.

And here is IT Steven’s Marty McFly going “Back to the Future” in his denim shirt and orange vest.

Of course, we can’t forget about our pal Holidog! His favorite outfit to wear is his cape and hat.

Holidog @ Voyage1

From our well-dressed furry friend to yours, Happy Dress Up Your Pet Day!

Weigh to go, Shane!

This morning, this photo appeared in our Twitter feed and we were thrilled to see we were part of this gentleman’s incredible weight-loss story:

We got in touch with Shane and he was kind enough to send us his story. Prepare to be impressed:

My name is Shane. I live in Tell City and I am a Wal-Mart Associate at the Tell City Store. As a teen, I was always a “Thrill Seeker” and loved the adrenaline rush of jumping my bicycle on ramps, dried creek beds or where ever I could. The feeling of “weightlessness” at the peak of the jump was quite a rush. I would get the same feeling on roller coasters.

The first roller coaster type ride I rode at Holiday World was “The Firecracker.” I was so excited when “The Raven” was constructed. Me and my wife rode it after it debuted. Then came “The Legend”! My wife was too scared to ride it, so I took a solo ride and loved it! Unfortunately this was the last time I was able to ride any of the Holiday World coasters because my weight and size got out of control. I could still ride Frightful Falls which was still thrilling. Eventually I pretty much had to give up riding anything. One reason was the weight limits and another was I was too embarrassed of the thought, “What if I got to the ride and I couldn’t even fit?” This almost happened at the Eagle’s Flight. Fortunately, the ride attendant had belt extenders. You all always are always thinking of your patrons. Even with that, I really couldn’t even enjoy going to the park anymore because even walking became too hard. Despite that we would go every year with my wife’s work. After all, I had to have my Udderly Blue Ice Cream and Holiday World Pizza.

Fast Forward to June 10, 2015. I was 388 pounds (down from 394 at my heaviest in early 2014) and my weight was catching up with my body. My legs and knees were hurting so bad I was not sure if I could even continue working, as walking was an essential part of my job function.

That’s when I had to make a decision. Was it harder to be heavy and overweight or was it harder to try to lose the weight and live healthy?  I chose the latter. On June 11 I started to count my calories (limiting myself to 2000), gave up all the fast foods, over-processed food, limited sweet treats, started eating healthier in general, implementing portion control, and started walking every day, besides what I did at work. The next time we visited Holiday World on 7/26/15, I had lost 52 pounds. I was just able to squeeze into the tester seats of “The Legend.” (At 388 I couldn’t even do that. It wasn’t even close.) To me this was almost as exciting and thrilling as being able to ride the actual ride! I knew, at the moment, in 2016 I was going to be able to ride the coasters again! I still had my Udderly Blue Ice Cream, Pizza, and even a Hot Diggity Dog but I planned on what I was going to eat, got the nutritional values, and adjusted my meal and exercise plan to compensate.  I am excited to say, as of today 1/11/16 I have lost 153.2 pounds. I’m down to 234.8 pounds, less than 15 pounds to my target weight of 220 pounds.

Since the last coaster I rode was “The Legend” I’m most excited to ride “The Voyage” because it was the first coaster that I couldn’t ride. I then plan to ride “The Thunderbird” because I want to go in the order of construction. Then I hope to start over with “The Raven” and ride them all in order. I may even hop in “The Howler,” time permitting. After hitting all the rides I plan on hitting Splashin’ Safari and riding the slides! I will still have my Udderly Blue Ice Cream and Pizza, though. My visit would not be complete without having those. Needless to say 2016, is going to be an awesome year for me.

Congratulations, Shane – we’ll save you a back seat on The Voyage for your first ride this summer!

What’s at stake?

Do you like our color scheme?

Numbered Stake

Rose-colored ribbons are brightening up our wintery days.

Stakes by First Drop

What’s at stake? We’ll let you know soon.

Was Santa good to you?

Have you ever been so excited about Santa’s annual visit – and been so sure that you’re on the Good Boys & Girls List that you made special preparations for that certain something at the top of your list?

That’s exactly what our Coaster Cats did.

After texting their list to Santa early last month, they brought in a very tall crane and …

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… removed the track (all eight layers!) from several sections of one of our coasters.

Happily, Santa delivered:

Any guesses about what we’re up to? Post your thoughts below.

Seasonal jobs for 2016

Hard to believe, but it’s that time again – as expressed in this #ThrowbackThursday post:

It’s already time for the seasonal hiring process to begin! #tbt #lifeguards #holidayworld

We’re now accepting applications for our 2016 season, with 2,200 seasonal positions to fill, plus several full-time jobs.