Coaster News Network

Have you seen the news?

… that article detailing a study that indicates riding a roller coaster could help you with the dreadful task of passing a kidney stone?

CNN picked up the story and posted it last night – using a picture of Thunderbird as the featured photo.

We’re delighted, of course, but given that the article’s prescription is for a roller coaster that does not surpass 40 miles per hour and does not include inversions, Thunderbird is not what the doctor ordered!

CNN tweet

If you believe the old saw that laughter is the best medicine, then that article most certainly served its purpose, given all the silly “for medicinal purposes” jokes that have since been posted.

Thunderbird and all three wooden coasters are open weekends through October 30 as part of our Happy Halloween Weekends, along with lots of other fun rides, Halloween-themed attractions and shows, and just about every pumpkin-spice treat you could imagine.



Putting the ‘fun’ in funnel cake

What puts the “fun” in funnel cake? That question gets more complicated during Happy Halloween Weekends, as our Foods team goes a little crazy.

Take this, for instance …

Reese's Pieces Funnel Cake

… our new Reese’s Pieces Funnel Cake.

It’s really good.

But that’s not the only new funnel cake we’re trying out.

Which is best? We asked our Twitter followers …

By the way, if you eat gluten-free, your vote – hands down – would certainly be for the Gluten-Free Funnel Cake we offer all season at George’s Gluten-Free Pizza & Snacks.

E-ticket prices for Happy Halloween Weekends drop to $30.99 for General Admission and $22.99 for Guests-under-54″ and Seniors (60+) when you use a promo code. Where to get a promo code? Here are two ways: Head over to our Connect with Us page and subscribe to our e-newsletter or listen to a recent podcast episode. Then drop the promo code here so you can get those great ticket prices online.

Happy Halloween Weekends run every Saturday and Sunday now through October 30.

A-maze-ing fun!

It takes heading up in an airplane to create the big “reveal” each fall, as we show you our latest corn-maze design for Happy Halloween Weekends:

Our 12-acres corn maze – and everything else – opens tomorrow, September 24, at 11am CDT.

Did you know using a promo code can take your tickets as low as $30.00 for General Admission and $22.99 for Guests-under-54″ and Seniors (60+)?

Finding a promo code isn’t nearly as challenging as that corn maze! Just head over to our “Connect With Us” page and either sign up for our e-newsletter or listen to our podcast. Then use the promo code here for your savings on e-tickets.

Looks like a boo-tiful weekend up ahead – enjoy every minute!

Podcast: The One with Mankind

Today was a podcast day like none other.

Mick Foley on Podcast

Our guest today was Mick Foley, who used our podcast to make a really exciting announcement about his next project.

Michael Francis Foley is one heck of a storyteller. If you’re a wrestling fan, you already know that. But even if you’ve never tuned in to an evening of Raw (where he’s now general manager), I truly believe you’ll enjoy every second of this, our longest, episode.

As you’ll learn, Mick is a huge fan of Santa Jim Yellig, who was Santa here throughout our Santa Claus Land years (we also remember him as one of our fourth-generation owners’ great-grandfathers). While telling the story of his first experience as Santa, I wasn’t sure of the exact year. But now we know – it was on board the USS New York nearly a century ago!

USS New York Christmas

Santa Day for 100 New York City orphans, on board USS New York, BB-34, on December 25, 1916

Thank you for joining us for this fun episode. And thanks so much to Mick for the excellent stories and great friendship.

Hoosier Birthday

Two-hundred candles on that cake – no wonder we need a torch!

A reminder that we’re closed to the public this weekend (for private events). Both parks reopen on September 17 for the final Splashin’ Safari weekend of the season. And starting September 24 – Happy Halloween Weekends!

Podcast: IT Guy

It’s podcast day again and this time we welcomed Matt Taylor to the table – he’s our IT Director.

We hope you enjoy this episode:

Here are some illustrations for this latest episode along with some reminders:

IT Matt gives us an interesting overview of how he and his team outfitted the park for our free Wi-Fi.

He also reveals how many miles of fiber are out there.

And what does he fear most?

Heights …

Lightning …

… or bees?

Also, Matt tells the story of the discovery of a long-lost Santa Claus Land mural from the 1950s.

You’ll never guess where it was found!


We learn about “the squirrel issue” at Wildebeest (an occasionally recurring “issue,” apparently).

Don’t forget to enter our “Last Chance to Splash” Sweepstakes by Monday, September 12.

Please also remember that we’re closed to the public this weekend (September 10 & 11) and both parks will reopen on September 17. Here’s our calendar, if you’d like to check specific hours.

Sunday’s visit from WWE Hall of Famer and all-around-good-guy Mick Foley was a delight.

Here’s that “Facebook LIVE” video with Mick on the carousel:

A reminder that the very best prices for 2017 Season Passes ($17 a month on Easy Pay) run through September 15, 2016.

Will receiving award

Our 70th Birthday look-back takes us to the mid-1990s, and the start of the Golden Ticket Awards (this year’s ceremony is on Saturday, September 10).

Here’s a favorite photo of the late Will Koch, accepting the Golden Ticket Award for Cleanest Park back in 2007.

Will loved “bringing home the Lucite,” as he called it.

This year’s event is at Cedar Point.

The ceremony will be streamed live on their website, starting at 8pm EDT on Saturday.

We plan to tune in – and hope you will, too.

We have a few tweets to share during our #HoWoPo Feedback segment.

First, the YouTube review of Thunderbird:


A chew toy for Nathan’s cat:

A little trumpet solo:

And, of course, the latest from The Coaster Crew:

And now it’s time for the Podcast Contest:

Read the rules and enter!

      • You must be at least 18 years old to enter this giveaway.
      • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (and our immediate family members) are not eligible to enter.
      • During this podcast episode (#016), you will hear a question toward the end. There are two ways to enter: Private Message our Facebook page and also Direct Message on our Twitter page (you may enter once in each place) by 2:30pm CDT on September 21. We’ll announce the winner – chosen at random – during our next available podcast episode. (There is no “right” answer, we’re just nosy.)
      • 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.

We’re so excited to welcome Mick Foley to the PodSquad next time – we hope you’ll join us again then, too!

“Have a nice day”

If you’re a wrestling fan, you recognize the above phrase as sort of “belonging” to Mick Foley.

You know, the WWE Hall of Famer, aka Mankind, Dude Love and Cactus Jack.

But maybe this is something you didn’t know …


It’s always a nice day when Mick is around. We spent a fun afternoon in the park with him today and can’t wait to have him back to be on our podcast soon.

Best Season Pass discounts

It’s that confusing time of year when I seem to type 2017 as much as 2016.

But there’s nothing confusing about this: 2017 Season Passes are on sale at their deepest discounts until September 15, 2016.

Season Pass DiscountsBefore talking about the perks, let’s make sure you know about our popular monthly payment plan. It’s called Easy Pay. If you sign up by September 15, you can get a Platinum Season Pass for just $21 a month or a Season Pass for $17 a month.

Here’s a rundown of all the benefits:

Platinum Season Passes

  • Admission every day we’re open to the public in 2017
  • 20% discount on food purchases
  • 20% discount on gift shop purchases
  • Bring A Friend for $25 on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, plus Sundays during Happy Halloween Weekends
  • Bring A Friend for $25 up to six times (Sundays through Fridays)
  • Free Souvenir Cup
  • Monthly 99-cent offer for a special treat
  • “Buy This Year, Visit This Year” on Sundays during Happy Halloween Weekends (when paid in full)
  • Easy Pay option

Season Passes

  • Admission every day we’re open to the public in 2017
  • 10% discount on food purchases
  • 10% discount on gift shop purchases
  • Bring A Friend for $25 on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, plus Sundays during Happy Halloween Weekends
  • Easy Pay option

Summer Fun Cards

  • Admission on non-Saturdays from April 30 through September 4, 2017

Please share this with any friends who might be interested – especially with the current Easy Pay offer‘s deadline of September 15.

We hope you can join us again and again next season as you enjoy loads of family fun!

‘Last Chance to Splash’ Sweepstakes

Lake Rudolph King RVCongratulations to our winner: Peggy W. of Lexington, Ky., who was chosen at random to win a getaway weekend at Holiday World, with overnights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. Thanks to all who entered!
Are you in shock that it’s September already? Did summer fly by without a family getaway?

We’ve partnered with our friends next door at Lake Rudolph for one last sweepstakes of the season – so your family can get one “Last Chance to Splash” before we shutter the water park until next year.

Here’s our sweepstakes: One person – selected at random – will win four one-day 2016 admission tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and two nights (September 16 and 17 only) next door at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, in one of their King RVs.

Before you enter, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter and you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past six months.
  • 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, following us on Pinterest, and visiting us on our Facebook page. If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your King RV reservation at Lake Rudolph; remember, the King RV is only available on September 16 and 17, 2016.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us your favorite Splashin’ Safari water ride or attraction. (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? Simply enter our sweepstakes here from a mobile device; or if you’re on a desktop, enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Monday, September 12, 2016, at 2:30pm CDT. (One more reminder: the winners will receive reservations for a King RV at Lake Rudolph only for these dates: September 16 and 17, 2016; the four Holiday World tickets may be used any remaining operating day in 2016.)

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Good luck to all!