Sweepstakes: Family Getaway Screamstakes

The Legend | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

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Ok. If you’ve never been to Holiday World, there’s a thing you should know: we LOVE our coaster spiel poems. For example, in the station of The Legend, you might hear the following: 

“Scream your head off but don’t ask why

Or the Headless Horseman might pass you byThe Legend Wooden Roller Coaster

And as you race ’round the twisted track

Whatever you do, don’t look back”

Today we hit 50 days until we officially open, and we can’t wait to hear laughter and screams filling the park again. 

So we decided to host a sweepstake of a different kind–we’re calling it our first-ever SCREAMstakes. We have more ways to enter THAN EVER BEFORE. Best of all, you can enter by posting your best scream on TikTok (Pssst… we’re officially on TikTok… you can enter by following us), Twitter, Instagram, Facebook–wherever we are–and use #Screamstakes. 

Here’s what you’ll win:

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, 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 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 Family Getaway Screamstakes, 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: April 30-June 10, 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.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us which of our rides makes you scream the most!  (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

Ready to enter?

Be sure to enter daily through Sunday, April 4, at 4:00pm CDT (yes… that is 4:00 on 4/4), when we’ll choose a winner at random.

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Good luck to all!
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Meet Laura S!

Next up in our staff introductions, we wanted you to meet our Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Laura S.!
Laura is a leader and supervisor for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s financial, information and technology, and supply chain functions.  You would be correct if guessed she is VERY busy this time of year and we’re grateful she shared some of it to share with us!

What do you do at Holiday World?

I lead the teams that are responsible for accounting, IT systems/support, project planning, and purchasing.
We work behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly for our Guests and Team Members, and we get to be involved in every aspect of the business.

What do you love most about your role?

The people that I get to work with.
We have a team of extremely talented and passionate people that are dedicated to the success of our company and the happiness of our Guests.

Did you always want to work in the amusement/theme park industry?

My first job was here at Holiday World. I was a ride operator for several years through high school and college, and it taught me about leadership, working with a team, and providing excellent service. When I had the opportunity to come back in a full-time role many years later, I couldn’t pass it up. I feel lucky to work for a park that is a leader in the industry and has such a positive impact on the local community.

What are you most looking forward to in our upcoming 75th Anniversary season?

This past year has been extremely challenging for everyone, so I am looking forward to families being able to spend time together again. Our parks have been such a big part of so many family traditions and memories over the past 75 years, and I am ready to see all those families back in our parks making new memories.

International Women’s Day

We are Holiday World and we love holidays. 

And International Women’s Day might just be my favorite one.

I love to take the day to think of the women who we think of traditionally: Frieda Kahlo, Susan B. Anthony, Katherine Johnson. 

But this year I’m especially grateful for Madam CJ Walker or Sarah Breedlove.

She’s famous as America’s first self-made female millionaire, for her hair care business founded in 1910. She was a tenacious entrepreneur and philanthropist. 

Because of her and women like her, I could picture myself eventually running Holiday World when I was young. Because of her, it’s not weird that my sister Lauren and I make big-picture decisions. Because of her, I’m respected for my thoughts and ideas.

I’m lucky. I was born into the coolest and most special industry ever. Three generations of this business have put men at the helm, but there were equally savvy women behind those men. We’ve finally hit a generation where women get to take the lead and my sister and I get to make decisions that matter. I don’t take that lightly. I’m grateful every day for my mom, my aunts, my grandmother, and my great-grandmothers who made sure we were here to celebrate 75 years. 

Want to know why I’m even luckier? I get to work alongside a team jam-packed with smart, strong, savvy women. And they come from past legions of the same. 

I’m honored and humbled by the legacy of empowered women who came before me and the ones I am lucky to work with today. Today I celebrate them. 

Happy International Women’s Day everybody!



75th Anniversary Themed Zoom Backgrounds

Our team recently shared our calendar for our 2021 Calendar and we are excited to be
celebrating 75 years of family fun all season long!

We’ve started talking about our history as America’s first theme park, sharing commemorative merchandise,  collecting your Holiday World memories and now we’re sharing fresh Zoom backgrounds!

Just click on the image to see the full-sized version and download it for use!
If you’ve never changed your Zoom background here are some helpful links for adding them to your computer or iPhone

Fun Fact: Frightful Falls opened in 1984, the same year Santa Claus Land became Holiday World.
You can find more dates and facts like this on our Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari timeline.

Do you remember this Santa Claus Land front gate?

We can’t wait for guests to see how the Raven Evermore Project has elevated the look and feel of our first wooden coaster! USA Today nominated Cheetah Chase as one of the “10Best” New Amusement Park Attractions in 2020!

Due to Opening Day being later in 2020 we had time to give our water tower a fresh coat of paint!

Click here for even more Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari ZOOM backgrounds.


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Podcast Season 2 Episode 5: The One with Five Feedbacks

As you may know, we are Holiday World and we love holidays!

In observance of Procrastination Week, we released Season 2 Episode 5 a few days late.
Join the #PodSquad for another round of feedback, holidays, and… the Lollipop Guild?
Matt E., Lauren C., and Leah K. were joined by Sabrina J. and Matt B. via Zoom phone call on January 29.

If you have a question or feedback to share you can email us at podcast@holidayworld.com, leave a voice mail [(812)-937-4401 Ext. 8081], or reach out on social media by using #HoWoPo
Here is our final feedback of 2020!

It was so great to see HWSSSuperfan’s smiling face AND he brought the HoWoPo treats! 

Thank you for listening bob05! It was really great to catch up with our performer family!

We can’t wait to see you @CardiacKempa!

The podsquad discusses in-depth, but comment below if you have strong feelings about Alex’s sweet treat ideas!

If you know, you know like AlexChubokas.
We love your Christmas setup bob05!

You’ll have to listen in to how Leah responded to this request:

All of these HoliWood Night shoutouts are a good opportunity to remind you that HoliWood Nights 2021 is  The Wizard of Ahhh…hs! is June 4 &5!

Check out HolidayWorld.com/Clubs for the details and to get your tickets!

We sincerely apologize, Lindsay T!!

Here are more links mentioned in this podcast:

2021 Season Passes are now on sale! Head to HolidayWorld.com/Passes for all the details.

Pick Your Date and save up to $30 off gate prices at HolidayWorld.com/Tickets

Looking for a flexible Summer job? We are hiring now at HolidayWorld.com/Jobs 


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Meet Matt B!

If you’ve visited our parks recently, there is a very good chance that you’ve seen Matt B. walking around the park to make sure everything is running smoothly. As Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Matt stays busy overseeing Attractions, Maintenance & Development, Food & Beverage, Retail, Games, Admissions, Auxiliary Revenue, Park Services, & Grounds Departments. Matt took some of that valuable time to let us ask him a few questions.

What do you do at Holiday World?

Matt BI’m responsible for all operating functions of the business like anything the Guest sees in Attractions, Maintenance, and any opportunity there is to spend money like Retail or Games.

What do you love most about your role?

Walking into the park and seeing our team members serve the guests. There’s a routine to my day, I start by driving around the park to make sure our key attractions open on time and I head to the front gate to observe as the Guests enter the park. I love being in the park because there is an energy you can feel. The energy carries through the entire day from the busyness at the front gate, seeing people in the wave pools, to the lunch rush where we need to feed thousands of people. There are lots of moving parts to get right and we try to make the first impression a good one.

Did you always want to work in the amusement/theme park industry?

I definitely did, since I was very young. The first park I visited was Michigan’s Adventure, one of my groomsmen’s family members started the park and operated it until they sold it to Cedar Point. I was probably 6 or 7 years old and I just remember thinking, “Wow, this is something else.” [When I got my first job at Cedar Point,] I was too young to work in rides as I wanted, but my cousin worked in merchandise, so that’s where I started and worked seasonally for 4 years. From there I interned in Marketing and when I graduated I took a full-time role in Games. When an opportunity became available in Kansas City at Worlds of Fun, my role shifted back to where I started in Merchandise, but as a Director.

What move/choice do you feel made the biggest impact on getting you to your current role?

Being willing to move parks. It was hard to leave Cedar Point when the general manager shared there was an opening at Worlds of Fun (Kansas City, MO), but being willing to move within the Cedar Fair organization gave me career experience at a new park. When I saw the Holiday World opportunity I was open to moving and trying new things.


What are you most looking forward to in our upcoming 75th Anniversary season?

The past year has been so hard for everyone, but there’s a lot of optimism and people are ready to have fun. We are approachable and a great value for families to come to enjoy themselves. I’m looking forward to seeing a steady return of Guests and I’m going to be standing at the front gate ready to greet them.

As an industry, we have experienced a major crisis. We have been through so much as a team and opening day is the start of a new era for Holiday World. We’ve stood the test of time through wars, natural disasters, recessions, and countless world events since 1946.  We’re resilient. Not many can say they’ve been around for three-quarters of a century. Opening day is going to be a special day, it’s going to be an inflection point, where we can start to put the struggles of 2020 behind us and look forward to the next 75 years.