One thing we love most about Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is that there’s something new and exciting to look forward to every year.
This year, it’s the “Holidays in the Sky” Drone and Fireworks Show.
From now through July 31st, you can top off your Holiday World experience by heading to the German American Bank Party Plaza at dusk for a dance party followed by a spectacular light show powered by 300 illuminated drones. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before, and it’s already getting a lot of buzz across the region.
Our Time at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph
Since we were traveling to Holiday World from Nashville to see the show, we decided to turn the experience into a mini-vacation and book two nights in a Holiday Cottage at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph, a sprawling and very active campground right beside the park offering cabins, cottages, and RVs for rent, as well as full hook-up RV sites and tent sites.
After driving straight to Holiday World from Nashville and spending most of the day in Splashin’ Safari, we loved being able to head straight to our cottage for showers and a chance to kick back and relax on our screened-in porch.
Our cottage was very clean, comfortable, and had everything we could possibly need. Most of the cottages and RV sites were occupied during our stay and most vacationers had rented (and decorated!) golf carts to get around the resort. The resort has tons of family-friendly amenities, including a bustling swimming pool, splash pad, and water park, mini golf, paddleboats and kayaks, playgrounds, and tons of planned activities for kids and families throughout the day and evening.
Seeing Holidays in the Sky
At the end of our second action-packed day experiencing the rides and slides at Holiday World, we decided to make the Drone Show extra special by booking an Elevated Experience for our family. We got to enjoy special seating beside the DJ during the dance party and for the drone show itself, as well as bottled water and snacks.
You will have a great time at the Drone Show with or without the Elevated Experience, but I would recommend it if you’re celebrating a special occasion or perhaps if you have older people in your party who’d appreciate comfortable seating for the show.
We especially loved the dance party before the drone show started. The DJ and his dance crew were high energy and used props, lights, and more to get the crowd excited. Since the crowd consisted mainly of kids, that wasn’t hard to do!
By the time the drones took to the sky, we were all danced out and ready to settle down and enjoy the show. Although I did my best to capture what we saw with my camera, this is an experience you really have to see in person.
I knew the drones would create magnificent images in the sky, but I didn’t realize they’d be able to animate them in a 3D effect, so that, for example, the snowman took off his hat and the Christmas tree actually rotated over the horizon. The 15-minute show was capped off by fireworks and I truly felt like I had seen the cutting edge future of family light shows.
We went back to our cottage tired and happy and slept like babies before heading home to Nashville the next day. Another fabulous Holiday World vacation was in the books!
Have you seen Holidays in the Sky? What did you think?
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This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Lindsay F.
Lindsay Ferrier is a travel writer who lives with her husband and two teenagers in Nashville, TN. Before starting her popular lifestyle blog, Suburban Turmoil, she was an Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor and reporter in Nashville and Columbia, S.C. She’s been coming to Holiday World for 20 years and consider herself to be Nashville’s number one Holiday World fan!