Sweepstakes: Ticket giveaway

Mammoth drop

Congratulations to our three winners: Amanda M. from Christiana, Tennessee, Jaclynn S. from Sorento, Illinois, and Michelle W. from Indianapolis, Indiana! And thanks to everyone who entered!

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We all like to win, right?

Here’s your opportunity to win a pair of tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (we’ll pick three winners at random).

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Guess what?

We like to win, too.

Over the next several weeks, USA Today is running an online poll asking to name the Best Water Park in the nation.

We’d love it if you could spare two clicks and vote daily!

For our contest, you may also enter daily…

But first, 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.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us which you like best – water coasters or wave pools. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • 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).
  • 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 Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 2:30pm CDT, when we’ll choose three winners at random.

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Guess what? USA Today nominated us in two additional categories:

Best Roller Coaster

Best Amusement Park 

Again, voting doesn’t impact your chance of winning tickets (winners are chosen at random), but we sure appreciate your support!

Play Day announcement

PlayDay - teacher

What is Play Day? It’s a special day when we’re open only for the guests of the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center of Evansville.

Schoolchildren – like Lance, 15 – look forward to it all year.

Lance is from Utica, Kentucky; he’s an 8th grader at Burns Middle School.

Play Day - Lance

Play Day is also a day for announcements.

That’s Pam from Easterseals talking to Matt, our park president, about plans for the donation.

Play Day - Matt & Pam

You see, we donate all the ticket proceeds from Play Day and it’s enough each year for a new project.

This year, the donation topped $36,000, which will be used to add another playground – this time over at the Milestones Children’s Center in Evansville.

Here’s a look at Phase 1:

Will's Way 2

Will’s Way 2 is named for Will Koch, our late owner and president, who started Play Day back in 1993. Since then, Play Day has raised nearly a half million dollars to support projects for area children with disabilities.

The first Will’s Way playground was dedicated in 2016.

We’re excited to see where Will’s Way (to-the-second-power) will take us!

PlayDay - teacher

Each year, it seems there’s a teacher who has to be talked into going on camera (she did GREAT!) along with a student who doesn’t need any convincing (what a charming young man!).

The smiles. The laughter. The caring. We love every second!

If you have sharp eyes, you noticed a blue inner tube next to our Santa statue in the photo of Matt and Pam (second photo from the top of this blog post).

It’s for use on Bahari River.

Inner tube with insert

The blue inner tube includes an insert, so that riders who need extra support to sit comfortably and float on our river will be able to do just that.

Inner tube with insert

Looks wonderful, doesn’t it?

If you or someone in your group or family would like to try using a tube with an insert, just ask the lifeguard at the entrance to Bahari River and we’ll be sure to get you one.

Meanwhile, here’s a reminder that we have a Guide to Ride available with lots of information about abilities needed to ride each ride and slide.

We also provide information on that page about our Calming Room, ride restraints, family restaurants, and even a list of locations for standard-flush toilets around the park.

Another Play Day is over, but we know these thousands of youngsters are already looking forward to the next one.

And so are we.

 

Win a Family Getaway!

Safari Sam with Bahari and Wildebeest

Congratulations to our winner: Hannah B. from Evansville, Indiana! And thanks to everyone who entered!
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Did you know two of our mascots have their own food outlets?

First. there’s George the Eagle (who’s a gluten-free guy):

Guests Enjoying Gluten-Free Dining

George serves up gluten-free pizza and breadsticks, and even our own recipe for gluten-free funnel cakes at George’s Gluten-Free Pizza & Snacks.

Gluten-Free Funnel Cake

… and Safari Sam, who’s pretty excited about his new “Sam’s BBQ” in Splashin’ Safari!

What’s on the menu at Sam’s BBQ?

Sausage on a Stick, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Turkey Legs, Roasted Corn, and more!

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Let’s celebrate all this yumminess with a sweepstakes!

What’s the prize?

You could win a family getaway! The prize includes four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. The winner, chosen at random, will also receive two overnights in a Holiday Cottage 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. Also, 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 and tweeting about this sweepstakes. Earn even more entries by following us on Pinterest, and visiting our Facebook pages (we’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Review while you’re there!).
  • If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Holiday Cottage reservation at Lake Rudolph. Here are the dates the cottage will be available for reservation: May 28 – June 21, 2018.
  • 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 which menu item you’re excited to try this season. (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, May 28, 2018, at 2:30pm CDT, when we’ll email our winner, chosen at random.

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Good luck to all! We hope to see you having fun with us soon!

Season Passholders: And look – there’s more!

Cotton Candy buckets

Season Passholders: If you have a 2018 Season Pass or a Platinum Season Pass …

Here’s a little some extra

Your Season Pass and Platinum Season Pass will come loaded with the following deals, which can each be used once during the 2018 season:

Sausage on a Stick
  • Food 
    • Sausage On A Stick Combo Meal at SnackHouse for $5.99 plus tax ($2 savings)
    • A la carte Turkey Leg at Plymouth Rock Cafe for $5.99 plus tax ($2 savings)
    • These two food offers are subject to availability and menu substitutions
  •  Games
    • 10 Balls for $5 at Milk Cans
    • $1 off a play at Headless Horseman
  • Merchandise*
    • Additional 20% off Cotton Candy Tub at any shop
    • Additional 20% off Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari porcelain ornament

*The Merchandise discount is in addition to your regular Season Pass or Platinum Season Pass discounts.

Season Passholders save on Cotton Candy bucketsTo collect each deal, be sure to mention it to the cashier and present your Season Pass or Platinum Season Pass to be scanned.

 

Podcast: Welcome Matt

Matt & Doogie

Today, we’re a day early and a Lauren short.

While Lauren prepares to celebrate her sister Leah’s MBA achievement, our #podsquad consisted of two Matts and me.

VP Matt with fudge
VP Matt has been in our industry for a while, so he knew to bring fudge.

He filled us in on new roller coaster merchandise (some of which is already available here on the HoliShop), Santa Claus Land shirts, plus our new Daily Deals.

And that Daily Deals Sweepstakes? Be sure to enter daily through May 7.

Congrats to everyone at the Tony-nominated Mean Girls Broadway, including our show alum Chris Medlin.

And if you want to catch Josh’s cameo in Miss America’s vlog, it’s at four minutes and 20 seconds (4:20) in …

Josh's cameo

May the 4th be with you …

Will Koch - May the 4th

… you’ve gotta admit, that was a pretty good gift. Apparently “May the fourth” was on a Tuesday that year, if you check out the sticker on Will’s shirt.

Our 66 Days at Sea campaign was a fun way for us to tease our Thunderbird announcement for two months (and change) back in 2014.

Some of these uses for bacon just blew our minds!

And The Coaster Crew does it again.

Twice:

Yes. He. Did.

Matt & Doogie

Thanks for joining us! We’ll be back with our next episode in three weeks.

Meanwhile, Opening Weekend is just hours away – be sure to use our podcast promo code and save up to $21 on Pick Your Price tickets.

In the pink with Mean Girls

Chris Medlin

Did you visit us back in 2013?

In that case, you might recognize this talented fellow from one of our musical shows, ’80s Rewind:

Chris Medlin

Chris is now in the new Mean Girls musical on Broadway, which received 12 Tony nominations this morning!

Here’s a look at Chris in ’13

Good luck to Chris and all the cast on Tony night!

Post-Tony Awards Update: Snapped this photo of Chris (far right) off my TV while watching the awards show:

2018 Tony Awards show

Meanwhile, this season’s live shows will soon be in rehearsal, with plans to premiere over the Memorial Day Weekend!