Sweepstakes: Platinum Season Pass Giveaway

Happy Halloween Weekends are kicking off September 25, and we’re so excited! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cakes, the pumpkin pie flurries, and… all the fall treats! 

But the start of Happy Halloween Weekends also means we’re starting to look forward to next year. We’ve already announced our plans for more work on The Legend this coming off-season, and Season Passes are on sale. Shameless plug: The best time to buy is always right now! We tend to offer Black Friday deals on Any Day tickets for the following year, not Season Passes, so don’t wait! Our deepest discounts are only available through October 14.

We’re so excited, we’re giving away a pair of Platinum Season Passes for the 2022 Season! Our winner will enjoy all the fun of summer 2022 AND Happy Halloween Weekends Sundays this year!Hotel plus Happy Halloween Weekends One-Day Ticket

Here’s what you’ll win:

  • Two Platinum Season Passes for the 2022 Season [ARV $ 320] and all the perks that come with a Platinum Season Pass:
    • Free entry for all days Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is open to the public
    • Free entry on Sundays of Happy Halloween Weekends during the 2021 Season
    • 20% Discount on food and merchandise
    • Six flexible Bring a Friend for $25 tickets that can be used on any non-Saturday we’re open to the public
    • Bonus Bring a Friend for $25 days 
    • Monthly $1 deal food specials 
    • PLUS access to Platinum Season Passholder Party and Season Passholder Preview Day in 2022! 

But first, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 21 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 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!) You can even claim a bonus entry once a day! You can also earn entries by commenting on our blog below. Just tell us which Platinum Season Pass perk you’d enjoy the most. 
  • All prizes are non-transferable and not for resale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Tickets to Holiday World must be picked up at Holiday World. 

Ready to enter?

Be sure to enter by Wednesday, October 6, at 10:00 am CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

Good luck to all!
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The Year of the Virtual Lucite

Wildebeest & Mammoth Water Coasters

We at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari look forward to the Golden Ticket Awards by Amusement Today every year. My dad used to call it “Bringing home the lucite.” 

Will Koch receives "World's Cleanest Park" award in 2007

Historically, the awards have been hosted by many parks through the years–including three times at Holiday World. It’s always been fun to spend time with colleagues and celebrate our collective successes of the year. We missed it a lot last year.  

This year, the Golden Ticket Awards were virtual. While we missed the excitement of some of the coolest minds of the industry in one room, it was great to see the familiar faces back on my screen to claim their awards. 

Also if you know me, then you know it was also great to celebrate our own awards this year:  

I’m thrilled to announce that this year Wildebeest won Best Water Park Attraction in the world, and Cheetah Chase won Best New Water Park Attraction of 2020/2021. 

We’re doing a happy dance, and I hope you could see it in our acceptance videos on Amusement Today’s Facebook Page

It’s cool to think that this is Wildebeest’s 11th award for Best Water Park Attraction, and 12th award total (it also received #1 New Water Park Attraction in 2010). I recently heard a story that after my dad rode Wildebeest for the first time, he came back to the office (I have to imagine still soaking wet), and told one of our accountants, “We knocked it out of the park with this one.”

Wildebeest Family

While he never got to see Wildebeest win an award, I know he would be proud to see that today we’re now the Water Coaster Capital of the World. I’m certain he would be even more proud to see the top five rankings of water coasters in 2021:

     1. Wildebeest, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana

     2. Krakatau, Universal’s Volcano Bay, Orlando, Florida

     3. Mammoth, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana

     4. Cheetah Chase, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana

     5. Master Blaster, Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels, Texas

It’s incredible to think that three of the four best water park attractions in the world are located right here in Santa Claus, Indiana!

And to see that Cheetah Chase took home the prize for best new Water Park Attraction of 2021. Cheetah Chase Water Coaster

As a bonus, it’s exciting that The Voyage is holding steady at #2 wooden roller coaster, and that we’re keeping all our wooden coasters in such great shape that they’re all still in the top 25 in the world. 

While the lucite may have been virtual, and the winners were farther apart than usual, it’s great to see the awards continue. Even if the lucite was virtual last week, the pride in our park and our excitement for the other parks was real. Congratulations to all the parks who were finalists and winners! It’s truly an honor. 

Thank you to the voters, Amusement Today, our Team Members who make the ride experience incredible from start to finish, our maintenance team who keeps them running smoothly, and to ProSlide, the designers of all three of our water coasters. 

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Another Legendary Coaster Project

The Legend Wooden Roller Coaster

In case you’re not a “read all the way through a blog” kind of person, please note that The Legend will close early for the season starting October 2 so we can get a jump start on our intensive off-season maintenance project. The last weekend to ride will be September 25-26. We’re excited to deliver an even more legendary experience than ever before in 2022. Now humor us and read more below. 

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If you’re a fan of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari–especially in recent years–you’ll know that we believe strongly in preserving the art of wooden coasters. Starting back in 2016, with The Legend: Reborn project, we started taking on bigger off-season projects than we had in a long time, and we’re hooked. 

In 2017-2019, we focused a lot of attention on The Voyage, and in 2020, we redid the “Lake Turn” on The Raven. 

This year, we’re going back to The Legend. As many of you may know, I’m very partial to The Legend–it is my “sister coaster” after all. And yet, many of our Guests have called my favorite coaster here their least favorite. 

And yes, it tends to be the lowest-ranked of our three wooden coasters, but it just moved up back into the top 25 yesterday in Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards rankings. 

The Legend Flag Set.

I get it though. The Legend was designed for lateral (side-to-side) G-forces. Laterals are often an acquired taste. Everyone loves airtime (that feeling of weightlessness caused by negative G-forces).  But you won’t overhear a ton of coaster nerds bragging about lateral G-forces. And that’s how this coaster has gone underappreciated for a while: just like it would be weird to compare Rembrandt to Warhol, or Mozart to Paul McCartney. It’s weird to me to judge an airtime machine against a lateral machine. 

Laterals are different. And I like that this coaster delivers an experience truly unlike any other. 

And yes, I’ll stop comparing roller coasters to great artists now and get on to the exciting work coming up. The Legend | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

We’ve been planning this project for a while. But it’s been officially on our docket since we finished up The Raven’s Lake Turn this past season, and we’re excited to be partnering with Gravity Group to work on the top two layers of track in the second half of the helix, the spiral, and more. That said, we weren’t sure how the off-season would look this year, but in order to build in time for weather and for our team of eight to take on this tremendous project in addition to the regular track repairs they need to make every season, it all stacked up (get it?) to too much for the regular November – April timeline, which means it’ll close early this year. 

The last weekend for The Legend in 2021 will be September 25-26. Don’t miss it. 

We’re sorry if you’re going to miss it this year, but the result will be a smoother-than-ever-before experience that will truly make this ride Legendary. It’ll be so great, you won’t want to look back. Woodn’t you know, a few adjustments will make this ride more comfortable and re-rideable than ever. 

Anyway, as my puns and I digress, I am genuinely so excited to see The Legend getting even more improvements headed its way, and I can’t wait to see what The Gravity Group and our talented shop of wooden coaster technicians can do. And don’t worry–those laterals won’t be going anywhere. 

I have a good feeling that after this project, you won’t want to look back.

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Happy Halloween Weekends Preview & Bat Marshmallow Pop Recipe!

Does the fall chill in the air have you ready for some thrills?

Happy Halloween Weekends are back from September 25 through October 31!

Click here to learn more about Happy Halloween Weekends, our family-friendly event
that includes the rides you love at Holiday World, plus lots of Halloween-themed shows and fun!

Check out this spooky sweet marshmallow pop treat recipe!
You’ll be able to find these at Candy Cane Confectionary during Happy Halloween Weekends!

 

Ingredients:

  • Edible Googly Eyes
  • Chocolate Cream Cookies
  • Marshmallows
  • Paper straws (cut in half)
  • Chocolate bark 

Instructions:

  1. Following the melting instructions on the package, melt chocolate bark.
    Warm it up slowly, if you overheat the bark it will become stiff. Times may vary by microwave.
  2. Poke paper straw in marshmallow.
  3. Dip in melting chocolate.
  4. Shake off excess chocolate.
  5. Break a single chocolate cream cookie into quarters.
  6. Stick cookie pieces to the back to make wings.
  7. Decorate with fun faces!
  8. Enjoy!

We hope to see you soon!!

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Halloween Tips & Treats

Trick or Treat Turtles

In the fall, we answer lots of questions about Happy Halloween Weekends:

Are the water rides open?
We plan to have Raging Rapids and Frightful Falls open since they’re located in Holiday World, weather permitting (if temps dip below 60 degrees, they’ll probably be closed, because … brrr!).
Splashin’ Safari closes for the season on September 19.

Family in Corn Maze

Does the corn maze cost extra?

Not a penny! All the mazes, hayrides, Trick or Treating for ages 12 and under, shows, and extra Halloween attractions are included in your admission. By the way, as always: parking, soft drinks, hand “Santa-tizer” and sunscreen are free!

Just how scary is this?
Happy Halloween Weekends provide a family-friendly, not-too-scary experience. In addition to your favorite Holiday World attractions, we open Holidog’s 3D Halloween Adventure, Scare BNB, and Carnival Chaos (the latter maze does have some “startles,” so if anyone in your party doesn’t like sudden surprises – or friendly clowns – you might want to avoid it). We also have a 12-acre corn maze – but don’t worry, we don’t hide scary creatures in the paths.

Trick or Treat TurtlesAre costumes permitted?
Yes, they are! In keeping with our G-rated park atmosphere, we do have a few rules for costume-wearers:

  • Family-friendly only, please – no blood, guts, gore, or revealing costumes
  • No weapons (real or fake)
  • When riding rides, you will need to remove any capes, hats, scarves, wigs, handheld props/accessories, and anything else that might change the shape of your body or height

How deep are those discounts?
Tickets are only available online:

  • Tickets for Saturdays during Happy Halloween Weekends are $39.99 with Guests-under-3 enter for free!
  • If you visit on a Saturday and want to return the next day, stop by Ghost Relations for Next Day tickets, just $20 each
  • Tickets for Sundays during Happy Halloween Weekends are $29.99 with Guests-under-3 enter for free.

What else do I need to know?
Here are a few more tricks …

  • We open at 11 am CDT during Happy Halloween Weekends
  • We’re part of the Teal Pumpkin Project and provide safe treats for children with food allergies
  • Don’t miss our popular Monster Mash show and Professor Holiday’s Wacky Workshop of Wonders at the Hoosier Celebration Theater
  • Check out the Happy Halloween Weekends webpage for even more, including a link to our park map

Click on the checklist below to make sure your day is a treat!

We hope to see you and your little punkins soon at Happy Halloween Weekends!

Happy Birthday to us… Part 2!

75th Dedication Plaque

We (I) recently discovered from IAAPA historian Jim Futrell (shameless plug listen to our interview with him here) that Santa Claus Land kind of has two opening days, so we get to celebrate 75 years twice! 

Just kidding, we’re an amusement park–everyone knows we celebrate our birthdays EVERY day of our birthday year, and some parks take several years to celebrate one birthday.  

There’s August 3, 1946, the one we celebrated our 75th Birthday with free reproduced park maps…

image of reproduced park maps handed out

…Recreated Santa Claus Land cookies…

Santa Claus Land Cookies Created for August 3

…and a new plaque for celebrating the past three generations? 

75th Dedication Plaque

You know. The day that one of our Fourth-Generation Owners got a little choked up at the sheer impressiveness of what the previous three generations had accomplished and how wonderful and overwhelming it was to be in the midst of a true community centered around this wonderful place that’s made happy memories for literally millions of families? 

 

Yes. That August 3. 

August 3 is the day we’ve always celebrated. That’s birthday #1. 

But we held a Grand Opening on September 1. 

Read about it here:

Grand OpeningGrand Opening 31 Aug 1946, Sat Princeton Daily Clarion (Princeton, Indiana) Newspapers.com

You know what? I like August 3, but I think we’ll keep celebrating today, and for the rest of the season. 

Happy 75 Years to every one of our team who has helped get us here. And thank you to the Guests who visit year after year.  And thank you to the three generations who have gone before. May we continue to bring happy memories to families for years to come. 

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Sweepstakes: Last Splash Family Getaway

As schools start back up, it may feel like summer is coming to an end, but we’re not finished yet! Splashin’ Safari’s last scheduled day for the season is September 19, and there’s still tons of fun waiting for families with Kids World weekends August 21-September 19 and Happy Halloween Weekends September 25-October 31. 

And next door to us, Lake Rudolph has a cabin ready for one lucky family during their first Halloween Weekend: September 17-18. 

Three young girls making silly faces on Liberty Launch

Here’s what you’ll win:

  • Four tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in 2021 [ARV $220]
  • Two overnights in a Holiday Cottage* at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort [ARV $428] Valid September 17-18 ONLY

But first, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 21 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, 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 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!)
  • If you win our Last Splash Sweepstakes, 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: September 17-18, 2021 ONLY.
  • 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. 

Ready to enter?

Be sure to enter by Friday September 3, at 10:00am CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

Good luck to all!
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Podcast: Season 3, Episode 15: The One With the Amusing Historian

Young girl posing while Kitty Claws is in the background

In honor of our 75th, it’s time for a REAL historian.

Enjoy our interview with IAAPA historian Jim Futrell about the early days of Santa Claus Land.

Stick around, because he answers who America’s First Theme Park really is,
and grab your calendar because we’ve got some holidays for you.

Do you have a favorite holiday this month?
Roller Coaster day and black cat appreciation rank pretty highly for us!

Young girl posing while Kitty Claws is in the background

 

 

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Kids World Sneak Peek with New Recipe!

Two young girls with happy, surprised faces

August marks the start of school for many, but we are excited about
the return of Kid’s World, Where Kids Rule the World!

Three young girls making silly faces on Liberty Launch

What is Kids World?

It’s everything you love about Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus a Magic Show, jugglers,
Fun Zones, Bubble show and more! 

All your favorite attractions will remain open, and we’ll have special food items chosen just for kids! 

Kids World Entertainment

The Hoosier Celebration Theater stage will be alive all day with performances of the
Wild & Wacky Magic Show and Jeff Boyer’s Big Bubble Bonanza.
Visit holidayworld.com/today for showtimes on the day of your visit!

Don’t miss Safari Sam’s Beach Bash at Muziki Bay!

Children walking through the park with a bubble blower

Themed Zones

Holidog’s Fun Town will be the home of the Bubble Zone with multiple bubble machines, large bubble wands,
and Holiday World Team Members will be there to help facilitate the fun!

Make some noise in the Percussion Zone in Pilgrims Plaza, just across from Mayflower.
It’s a howling good time with tons of instruments you can play!

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.

Maps don’t have to be completed to pick up your prize, every map is a winner right from the start!

Two young girls with happy, surprised faces

Kids World Treats

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 19!

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!

Now that you’re all set for Kids World, check out this finn-tastic marshmallow pop treat recipe!
You’ll be able to find these at Candy Cane Confectionary during Kids World!

Ingredients:

  • Rainbow Nerds
  • Aquarium Fish
  • Marshmallows
  • Paper straws (cut in half)
  • White chocolate bark
  • Blue food coloring 

Instructions:

  1. Following the melting instructions on the package, melt white chocolate bark.
    Warm it up slowly, if you overheat the bark it will become stiff. Times may vary by microwave.
  2. Add in blue food coloring.
  3. Stir them together.
  4. Poke paper straw in marshmallow.
  5. Dip in melting chocolate.
  6. Shake off excess chocolate.
  7. Sprinkle on rainbow nerds along the base of the marshmallow.
  8. Place on parchment paper.
  9. Let dry for one minute.
    They may need to dry longer depending on the consistency of your chocolate due to the weight of the fish. 
  10. Place three fish on each marshmallow.
    If chocolate over dries you can add chocolate to the back of your fish to help it stay.
  11. Enjoy!

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Podcast: Season 3, Episode 14: The One With 75 Years of Vision

How does a small, Christmas-themed park in
Santa Claus, Indiana become a viral sensation?

We’re diving deep into the vision of the first three generations of the Koch Family and how they shaped Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari into what we are today.

We kick off discussing a post that went viral!
Shoutout again to Natalie, the post is currently sitting at 73,000 shares and 18,000 comments!
Are you a trip planner or wing it?

Make plans to be in the park on our birthday, August 3, we’ll be celebrating all day long!
Leah drops hints during the podcast about what we have up our sleeve.

What do you think was Holiday World’s biggest move toward getting us where we are today?
Share in the comments!

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Be sure to tag Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube posts.

We LOVE to hear back from our podcast listeners, you can submit questions and feedback in the following ways:
Email us: podcast@holidayworld.com
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