SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World opens for its 71st season on Saturday, with a new (to the park) family ride. Last fall, park officials decided to restore a classic Calypso ride that delighted riders at another park long ago.

“There are only a handful of these rides left in North America,” says park president Matt Eckert. “Restoring this ride for future generation to enjoy took a lot of research and months of work, but it was a labor of love. We just know families will add Firecracker to their ‘must ride’ list for each visit.”

Visitors this season will also notice:

  • New Holidog’s Treehouse play structure for children of all abilities
  • New Pick Your Price online ticket discounts, with savings up to $20 per ticket
  • International high-dive champion Cesilie Carlton will return to perform in the Dive! show
  • Additional free soft drink stations
  • New menu and “watch us make your meal” service at the Alamo
  • New slide tower for Watubee family water attraction

Both Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari are in the running for Best Park status in a current USA Today poll, which runs through May 22. (Links to vote: and

Holiday World begins its 71st season on April 29; Splashin’ Safari’s opening day is May 11. For more information, visit or call 1-877-463-2645.

Released: April 28, 2017
Media Contact: Paula Werne,

Firecracker at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari