A Chase of the Mondays

Kenny on Cheetah Chase

…get it? A “case” of the Mondays, but it’s for Cheetah Chase?

Sorry to kick things off with a bad pun. But I have to share what a Monday in the office can look like at a theme park. 

The crowd watching adam watching cheetah chase

I promise this will make sense if you keep reading

Today we had a town hall meeting

that involved our entire full-time staff.

Dave, our Director of Sales, has a shiny new VR headset to take with him to trade shows so he can brag about Cheetah Chase to anyone who might be interested in booking a company picnic for 2020. (Shameless product placement for Dave: Interested in a company picnic, a group outing, or a private party? Fill out this form)

We have a super cool 360 animation (we’re saving that to share in a few weeks) that goes perfectly with the headset and we let our full-time staff try it out first. 

We went back to work

That is, until our VP Eric got the Cheetah Chase boat out of his office and set it down in the hallway.

Adam, one of our Attractions Managers volunteered to take the boat in the attractions office. He said they’d inflate it and keep it there. 

Someone made a joke about inflating it and using the VR headset to simulate a real ride. 

Things LAUNCHED out of control from there 

Attractions came with the pump for the raft. Stephen–who helped edit those incredible Cheetah Chase animations you’ve seen so far–came upstairs with the VR headset ready to go with the 360 animation (those are his cables floating around the right side of the frame).

Also in case you’re wondering, the ridges in the sides of the boat are for catching water to power the first-ever flat launch on a water coaster (and the regular uphill parts like other water coasters have). 

Adam was our first brave contestant. Stephen set him up, and thus began the first official VR ride of Cheetah Chase.

Stephen setting Adam up with VR headset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam was the perfect first virtual rider–he was leaning into the turns…

Adam leaning in

…checking out the sights…

Adam looking around

…and generally a great sport about me taking his picture. 

Adam after the first true VR ride on Cheetah Chase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, President Matt took a turn:

 President Matt "riding" Cheetah Chase

He made sure to take his shoes off to make the experience more realistic. To add more realistic elements, someone grabbed a fan to help blast him with some air…

President Matt takes a ride

… he said it happened right as the boat launched in the video so it was perfect. 

Next Kenny from IT took a ride…

Kenny on Cheetah Chase

As did Alan (another of our attractions managers)…

Alan on boat

…IT Director Casey also helped spray him with a little water. So Alan gets credit for the first “ride” on Cheetah Chase with H2O. 

Finally our attractions management team got together for a team pic:

Attractions Management in the same boat

The moral of this story is: we’re really not sure what normal people do in offices on Mondays, but I’m pretty sure today we’ve got you beat. 

#OurOfficeIsBetterThanYours #BusinessAsUsual

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Your Guide to Kids World

Santa with Kids World Balloons
Santa with Kids World Balloons

Kids World balloons are all around the park

Holidog is excited for Kids World to kick off this weekend. He wanted me to share a few details about what you can expect from our new event – where Kids Rule the World!

Scavenger Hunt

Trek through Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari to locate balloons with special images on them to complete your quest. Place the sticker that matches what you see on the balloon on your map to mark your progress! You can purchase your Scavenger Hunt kit ($5.99 plus tax) – and pick up your prize – at St. Nick’s or Safari Outpost.

Holidog wants to remind you that maps don’t have to be completed to pick up your prize. Every map is a winner right from the start!

Percussion Zone near The Voyage

Percussion Zone in Pilgrims Plaza

Interactive Fun Zones

We’re sure your kiddos will bubble over with excitement for our Kids World Bubble Zone, located in Holidog’s FunTown. It’s non-stop fun.

Do your little ones love music? Be sure to check out our Percussion Zone in Pilgrims Plaza, just across from Mayflower. It’s a howling good time with tons instruments you can play!

Kids World Entertainment

Our in-park entertainment was put together with kids in mind.

Kick off the morning starting at 9:45am with jugglers, stilt walkers, and even balloon artists in Christmas Plaza. If you don’t catch them there, don’t worry – they’ll roam the park.

The Hoosier Celebration Theater stage will be alive all day too, with performances of the LOL Comedy Magic Show and KrAzY Kids World Variety Show. Visit holidayworld.com/today for show times on the day of your visit!

That’s not all. We’ll have Holidog’s Crazy Science in FunTown and Safari Sam’s Beach Bash at Bahari Wave.

Plus, don’t forget about Santa and Dive! You can see both through September 14!

Delicious New Treats

Unicorn Sundae from Udderly Blue

Unicorn Sundae at Udderly Blue

From Mermaid Sundaes to Unicorn Flurries, Wacky Worm Fudge to Sour Patch Kids Dippin’ Dots, our menus are overflowing with new options just for Kids World! Check out our online menus to see everything.

Kids World runs weekends through September 14

Both parks will be overflowing with bubbles and balloons over the next few weekends, but we’ll still have all your favorite rides and attractions. The party’s just getting started!

Let us know if you have any additional questions about Kids World.

 

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Sweepstakes: Bats and Labor Day Family Getaway!

We hope you’ll agree: the most perfect summer activities are watching baseball, camping, and visiting theme parks and water parks. 

Baseball season (and theme park season… and camping season) may be nearing an end, but there’s still plenty of time left for a few more games (and a few more Holiday World visits complete with Lake Rudolph stays).

Since we’ve been partnering with the Louisville Bats this summer, we’re excited to announce the prizes for our next sweepstakes involve a little of all of the best things about summer. And if you already can’t wait for summer next year, we’ve got the perfect answer: a Labor Day Weekend Family Getaway this year, and tickets to the Louisville Bats “Thunder Over Louisville” game next spring. 

Baseball Santa

Here’s the prize package

  • 4 one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
  • 4 Tickets to the Louisville Bats “Thunder Over Louisville” game on April 18, 2020, with access to the infield for fireworks
  • 1 Louisville Bats autographed team baseball
  • 2 Louisville Bats hats
  • 2 Nights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort VALID LABOR DAY WEEKEND ONLY

We’ll have one winner, chosen at random.

Before you enter, 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, Koch Development Corporation, the Louisville Bats organization, 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.)
  • Winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends.
  • Use the widget, below, to enter. There are several options, so you can earn extra entries. For the “Leave a blog post comment,” simply answer this question: If you had to pick just one, which would you choose: baseball, camping, or theme parks? (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). 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.
  • Must be at least 21 years old to call Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort to make reservation and present voucher upon check-in. TWO-NIGHT COTTAGE RESERVATIONS FOR WINNER ARE AVAILABLE BETWEEN AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 2 ONLY.
  •  Not eligible if you’ve won tickets from us in the past 12 months.

Ready to enter? Simply enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Monday, August 26, 2019, at 3:30pm CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

 
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Sweepstakes: Cheetah Chase Season Pass Giveaway

Cheetah Chase Overview 1

Congratulations to our winner: Sarah B. from Mt. Washington, Kentucky! Thanks to all who entered. More giveaways coming up soon!
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We hope you’re as excited as we are for Cheetah Chase in 2020!

Cheetah Chase Logo

Of course, there’s still plenty of time this season for a ton of fun, but since we’re switching to weekends-only now (2020 season passes are already on sale), 2020 is on our minds. We’re all looking forward to riding Cheetah Chase as soon as it’s possible, but we’re also looking forward to seeing what our food & beverage department will dream up for next year, and to what entertainment will be like and… we have a lot of excitement. 

In honor of all that excitement for next year AND in honor of Cheetah Chase, we’re hosting a super-fast sweepstakes:

You have just under a full week to enter daily to win two 2020 season passes! 

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 or 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).Cheetah Chase Orange Saucer Turn
  • 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 contest. You can also follow us on Pinterest, and visit us on our Facebook page. (We’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Recommendation while you’re there!)
  • 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). Tickets to Holiday World must be picked up at Holiday World.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us where in the park you’ll go first in 2020–will it be a food stand? Cheetah Chase? One of our coasters? We want to know! (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

Ready to enter?

Simply enter by using the widget, below. Be sure to enter daily through Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 1:00pm CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

 
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Good luck to all!

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