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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