Santa’s Sweepstakes

Congratulations to our two winners, chosen at random: Brenda S. of Roanoke, Indiana, and Elizabeth H. of Effingham, Illinois. Thanks to all who entered!
Santa is in high demand this time of year, so we’ll get right down to business …

Santa Looking Over his Glasses

Santa says we should give away a pair of tickets to a lucky (chosen at random) winner. Wait! Make that two lucky winners!

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 and Koch Development Corporation  (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 contest, and visiting us on our Facebook page. No purchase necessary.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us about the best gift you ever received from Santa. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • We’ll choose two winners at random.
  • Tickets are for 2018 only; they’re 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).
  • 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 go? Enter our sweepstakes here from a mobile device; if you’re on a desktop, enter by using the widget below. You can enter daily through December 11 at 2:30pm CST, when we’ll email our two winners.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Meanwhile, be sure to check out all the great stocking stuffers in our online HoliShop, including $7 grab-bag shirts! Also, we have Easy Pay monthly payments available again for Season Passes, plus Pick Your Price ticket deals are already available for next year!

Good luck to all!

Color me Tembo

Tembo illustration

It’s such a relief to announce “what’s new” each year!

At last, we can recognize the elephant in the room (ba-da-bum), and we can talk about Tembo.

Tembo times two, that is. We’re adding Tembo Falls and Tembo Tides.

Tembo Falls | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Tembo Tides | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

“Tembo” is the Swahili word for elephant (but I bet you already figured that out).

Where will we build this new elephant-themed area? Between Kima Bay and Wildebeestro.

We thought this would be a trunk-load of fun: Download this Tembo coloring page for your kiddos to color.

Tembo coloring page

Here’s a look at our illustrator’s version, if your little artist would like to compare colors and shades:

Tembo illustration

We’d love to see your child’s results! Please be sure to tag @HolidayWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest when you post, so we can share the artwork!

Service: more than a cornerstone

2017 Veterans

At Holiday World, we have four cornerstones: Safety, Service, Cleanliness, and Friendliness.

Today, we’re thinking about one of those cornerstones just a bit differently.


More specifically, we wanted to take a moment to honor those on our staff who have served in the military.

Continuing with a tradition here at the park, it was time to get a photo of our veterans to share. This year, I got to take that picture.

When I asked them to put their hands at their sides for the photo, at least one started searching for the seam on his jeans to properly stand at attention.

The Armed Forces are well-represented here. Our veterans have 35 years of service between them.

2017 Veterans

2017 Veterans

Our veterans from left to right:

  • Elmer, one of our Maintenance Technicians, served 3 years in the Army
  • Korey, one of our Painters, served 4 years in the Navy
  • Josh, one of our Roller Coaster Maintenance Technicians, served 4 years in the Marine Corp
  • John, our Director of Safety & Security, served 16 years in the Coast Guard
  • Billy (not pictured), one of our Maintenance Technicians, served 8 years in the Army.

Thank you to these – and all other veterans – for their service to our country.

Postcast: The one with the Coastershack

So the cat’s out of the bag.

Or perhaps I should say … gopher.

During today’s podcast, we reveal the 2018 theme for our HoliWood Nights event for coaster enthusiasts.

No, it’s not Yellow Submarine, but this photo from our HoliWood Nights Facebook Group is too cool not to post:

Groom's Cake

Our theme is … Coastershack!

Be sure to enter our Season Pass Sweepstakes daily before November 14!

And the very next day – night, actually – is the deadline to catch our best discounts for 2018 Season Passes.

Want to be among the first to receive notification of What’s News for 2018? Subscribe to the HoliBlog and you’ll receive our News Releases, too. How? 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? Simply head over to our Connect page to sign up.

That recipe for Voyage Extreme Brownies? You’re welcome.

In our #HoWoPo Feedback section, we learned videos help some make it through the long, cold winter:

And we were delighted to see these then-and-now photos of little Kevin:

Oo-la-la! Coaster Crew made a trip to France!

…and now they’re home, already writing to Santa:


Well, I was hoping to end this post with a photo of Frieda and her cat, but I don’t seem to have one.

However, here she is – back in 1984 – with a macaw. (Yes, we used to have a Macaw Show, long ago.)

Frieda & Macaw, 1984

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We’ll be back with another podcast episode on December 1.