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.


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.


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!