Christmas in July Sweepstakes!

Santa Outside of Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen

Congratulations to Melinda P. from Bloomington, Indiana, who was selected at random to be our winner. Thanks to all who entered!
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Is there anyone else out there who’ll admit to leaving just a few Christmas decorations up year ’round – just because you can’t quite let go of the holiday spirit?

I know you’re out there …

Let’s join together and celebrate a little Christmas in July with a new sweepstakes!

What’s the prize? Four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, plus two nights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort!

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 12 months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Koch Development Corporation, 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 pages. If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin reservation at Lake Rudolph. Here are the dates the cabin will be available for reservation: Sunday nights through Thursday nights only, from July 9 through August 10, 2017.
  • All prizes are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Each sponsor will distribute respective prizes.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us your best-ever Christmas surprise. (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 Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 2:30pm CDT, when we’ll choose one winner at random.

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Merry Christmas in July to All! And good luck, too!

Podcast: The newlywed

The #PodSquad started off this episode welcoming guest Andy Imlay – the park’s first IT intern and current Easterseals Adult Ambassador.


… and newlywed.

Andy and Megan got married during Metropolis, Illinois’ annual Superman Celebration.

I can just picture Andy sweet-talking the mayor out of a prime hour of Superman statue time for the nuptials.

He’s a charmer.

Here are Andy and his groomsmen, revealing their true identities: 

After the wedding we revealed our true identities #supermancelebration #superwedding #justice A post shared by Andy Imlay (@palsypositive) on

And later, with wife, Megan, and actor Dean Cain:

Got to meet Dean Cain with my beautiful bride #supermancelebration #deancain #metropolis #wheelchairlife #superman

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We got way off topic talking about Santa’s wardrobe during our Batter Up! Sweepstakes segment.

But, all you want is the link to the sweepstakes, right?

Still – you’ve got to admit – Santa is pretty handy with a needle and thread!

Our visit with the Koaster Kids was pretty special. Logan’s story is remarkable.  

Here he is, riding with Matt.

Next, we minimally taste-tested these bacon treats. (Thanks, Nathan – you know we love you!)

Santa got some stern feedback following his fun with one of those new-fangled fidget spinners:

And, finally, every day is Groundhog Day for Foster the Intern.

Here’s the Theme Park Family Podcast crew with identically named Ride Ops:

And the Coaster Crew does is again:

Thanks for listening! We hope to see you around the park soon!

A drone’s-eye view

Everyone should see an empty wave pool in action at least once.

Because it’s just so pretty.

The sun sparkling off the crystal-clear waves … it’s incredibly peaceful.

And so, courtesy of our drone (and Stephen, our pilot), here’s the view from way up high:

Wave pools are pretty cool from the inside, too, of course. Here’s hoping – now that summer’s officially here – you can come enjoy some time in both of our wave pools.

Podcast: Cliff diving champ

Vegetarian options

Technically, we named this episode The one with the Jurclassic Park two weeks ago. And we do talk about HoliWood Nights in this episode.

But … at sort of the last minute, we invited Cesilie Carlton from our high-dive team to stop by to talk about the upcoming Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

 

Cesilie is heading to Ireland in another week (don’t worry, she’ll be back!) to compete.

Yesterday, she was interviewed by ABC News (yes, the network).

 

Cesilie’s stories are amazing. What a fascinating life! Let’s give you some links to follow up on some of our topics:

    Matt was interviewed for an INCPAS video yesterday. Poor #FosterTheIntern nearly blew away!

 

Here’s that photo of Santa we used in the Dole Whip Twitter conversation:

Don’t miss American Eagle Day on June 20!

 

A blast from the past: Discovery Channel’s “Building the Biggest Roller Coasters”:

 

Our new friends from New York:

Snarky Idol? #SaveRentz:

The Coaster Crew outdid themselves with The Big Green Foot during HoliWood Nights:

Here’s that photo of our Herbivores table:

Matt was proud to share that he took this photo.

… but I don’t think he realized the trompe l’oeil effect. Doesn’t it look like there’s a man stuffed into the foot?

And we’ll end this post with the best Facebook mistake-message ever:

 

 

 

Batter up!

Congratulations to our winners: Melissa H, from Charlestown, Indiana, and Destini S. from O’Fallon, Illinois. Thank you to all who entered!

When Santa heard we were partnering with the Louisville Bats this summer, he stepped right up to the plate.

Starting this month, Bats’ home games on Sundays will feature fun ways for you to win tickets to Holiday World, Bats games, and more!

Here’s the prize package you could win:

  • 4 one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
  • 1 Louisville Bats autographed team baseball
  • 1 Louisville Bats hat
  • 4 VIP Tickets to an upcoming Louisville Bats game

We’ll have two winners, chosen at random.

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 12 months. Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Koch Development Corporation, and the Louisville Bats organization  (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 several options, so you can earn extra entries.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). No purchase necessary.
  • 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 by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Monday, July 17, 2017, at 10:30am CDT, when we’ll choose two winners at random.

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Good luck to all!

Opening a can of worms

How often have you been out in public and heard a child who’s just not in a good mood?

Most of us would continue on our way.

Not Henry.

His story was told on Facebook yesterday by the little boy’s mother: So thankful for a sweet guy named Henry who noticed my son had a broken leg and was having a rough time! With his own money he bought Sulley some gummy worms and turned his frown upside down!!!!

As endearing as that story was, the additional tales – posted about Henry and about other Hosts and Hostesses here at the park – continued to warm our hearts throughout the evening and all of today.

Thanks to all of our Hosts and Hostesses for embracing our cornerstones – Safety, Service, Friendliness & Cleanliness – and taking it one step further when a little boy with his leg in a cast needs an understanding smile and a cup of gummies.

Celebration Sweepstakes!

Congratulations to our winner, Brooke M. from Henderson, Kentucky! And thanks to all who entered!
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Did you hear the news? USA Today just named our Splashin’ Safari the #1 Water Park in the Nation!

Let’s celebrate with a sweepstakes!

Who wants to win four one-day park tickets plus two overnights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort during July?

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 year.
  • 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).
  • Tickets are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s).
  • 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 pages. If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your Holiday Cottage reservation at Lake Rudolph. Here are the dates the cottage will be available for reservation: July 1-31, 2017.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us what you’d like to celebrate during your Holiday World Getaway. (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 Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 2:30pm CDT, when we’ll choose one winner at random.

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Good luck to everyone! Remember, using our new Pick Your Price online ticket deals, you can save up to $16 on weekdays through June 8!