Sweepstakes: Who’s your Season Pass Pal?

Thunderbird, Diving out of Immelmann

Congratulations to our winner: Chelsea D. from Indianapolis – and thanks to all who entered!
Do you have a pal with whom you love to go on adventures?

Maybe it’s a grandchild …

Lewis & Clark car

Or a cousin …

Otorongo boys

Or a fellow thrill seeker.

Thunderbird launch

We want to give you a chance to visit all season long – with your Season Pass Pal – just by entering our Who’s Your Season Pass Pal Sweepstakes!

Because Season Passes are amazing:

Deepest discounts for Season Passes are available for just a few more weeks – through November 15 – plus we have an Easy Pay plan if you’d prefer monthly installments.

The list of different types of passes available – and all the associated benefits – are outlined here in a handy-dandy chart.

But first, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter. 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 who your Season Pass Pal will be if you win and why – first names only, please. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • Season Passes 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? Just use the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 11am CST, when we’ll choose one winner at random.

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Good luck to all!

Today, we’re Wally World

Today is the first day we are closed for the season – and of course, the Walley World jokes abound.

Did you know we have a Wally who works here?

He has for 20 seasons

Cathy is Wally’s department head. She says he’s got quite the sweet tooth.

She also shared this story: Right now what comes to mind and makes me giggle is that I purchased a special hose for his area which is lighter weight than all the others and he has his favorite hoses throughout the park. If you use one of his hoses you better finish with it before he gets there or he will take it away from you.

Celebrating Wally with cake

We’re so fortunate to have long-time employees like Wally and all the folks you see in the above photo.

They work in all sorts of weather to keep our grounds looking beautiful throughout the year.

… at least that’s what the dog out front should have told you!

Sorry Folks, we're closed



Podcast: The One with Spoopy

Holly the Elf

That’s right, Spoopy!

Leah feels so strongly about this word that she wants a new holiday declared – nay, an entire month:



Amanda (aka Genesis: The Creature in our Come Alive! show) joins us this episode.

Genesis from Come Alive! is spoopy

Amanda swaps show stories from over the years with Lauren and Leah.

… including how she played Holly the Elf on her day off a decade ago:

Holly the Elf

That’s right – Amanda was a HoliDazzle

Next, we hear from 74-year-old Judy, to hear about her first coaster ride in 50 years.

She chose The Voyage. (We had so much fun with Judy, we’ll blog about her next week.)

Want to see what else The Guardian considers kitschy here in the Colonies? Here’s their article.

Today is National Frankenstein Day.

Frankenstein at SCAREbnb

Frank is all stretched out and spoopy in his room at our new SCAREbnb funhouse. He’ll be all rested up for your visit this weekend!

Here’s that Eagle-costume tweet:

And here’s the “mean hugged” tweet:


Can you figure out Where’s Foot-o?

The Coaster Crew makes the most of World Pizza Makers Day:



Thanks again for joining us! And if you’re intrigued about our reprint of the 1950s-era Santa Claus Land catalog, be sure to order online soon.

Santa Claus Land Catalog (Cover) Santa Claus Land Catalog (Listings)

Podcast: Making Merry

Lauren Wand

It’s the aftermath of announcing Santa’s Merry Marketplace and our podsquad is still a bit giddy for today’s podcast episode:



We talk a lot about producing the announcement video for Santa’s Merry Marketplace.

And here it is:

Lauren’s wand-choreography rehearsal

Lauren Wand

The glitter went … everywhere.


Matt was in Indianapolis yesterday morning for an interview with Inside Indiana Business.

What do you think: Good bone structure? Properly applied translucent make-up?


Here are the design graphics:

Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe

Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe in Santa’s Merry Marketplace


Candy Cane Confectionary & Polar Expresso at Santa's Merry Marketplace

Candy Cane Confectionary & Polar Expresso at Santa’s Merry Marketplace


Santa's Merry Marketplace, side view

Side view of Santa’s Merry Marketplace


Santa's Merry Marketplace, interior

Santa’s Merry Marketplace, interior


Santa's Merry Marketplace & Christmas Plaza

Christmas Plaza & Santa’s Merry Marketplace   

Just three more weekends for Happy Halloween Weekends.

What could be better than Make Your Own S’mores?

Make Your Own S'mores

How about a S’mores Funnel Cake?

S'mores Funnel Cake

And yes, those are Teddy Grahams sprinkled on top. S’mores Funnel Cakes are available at Santa’s Snacks.

This poignant post from #NonStopNorah’s mom brought tears to all of our eyes:

In our Holidays segment – we all but drooled over Pulled Pork Day.

Celebrate tomorrow with a Walkin’ Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese at SnackHouse (across from Thunderbird).

Walkin' Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

Happy Birthday to “That Harper Valley PTA Girl”!

Jeanie C. Riley ad

For the upcoming World Pasta Day, we learned that Lauren and Leah’s grandfather Bill Koch met the original Alfredo back in 1955.

Bill Koch meeting the creator of Fettuccine Alfredo

In #HoWoPo Feedback, there was no shortage of puns:




Loved the email from Sean (some Wild Irish Prose?), our old pal from ACE.

Sean Flaharty

Lauren met a sloth one year at the IAAPA Expo:


Here’s that incredible “Spoopy” sketch from Devon:


We’re so pleased our new signage has made such a difference:

The Coaster Crew does it again.

… and again:

Thanks, as always, for listening! We’ll be back again in two weeks with another episode.

Meanwhile, here’s where to check out all the 2019 Season Pass Perks available to you – with the best discounts available right now.