Why You Need 2 Days to Visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure filled with thrilling rides and refreshing water attractions? Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari offers the best of both worlds with the combination of an amusement park and waterpark in one.

To be able to take full advantage of all that these parks have to offer, you will need two days.

Trust me on this.

For your two-day visit to be a success, follow this guide for the best time ever.

Why 2 Days?

You will not want to miss out on any of the rides, shows, or even sweet treats during your visit. When we visited the first time, we kept busy the entire time but missed so many attractions and shows on the first day.

We took note of what we missed and prioritized them for day two.

Here are a few reasons why you need to consider a two day visit.

  1. Size and Variety of Attractions: Both parks cover over 40 acres and are filled with numerous rides, water attractions, and shows. You will get your steps in for sure.
  2. Crowds and Lines: During peak seasons or busy weekends, the parks can get quite crowded, resulting in longer lines for the most popular attractions. When the weather is hot, crowds will gather in the waterpark too. By having two days, you can spread out your experiences and reduce the time spent waiting in lines.
  3. Relaxation: A two-day visit allows you to take a more leisurely approach to enjoying the park instead of stressing to try to get it all in. You can put away that clipboard and just go with the flow. Your family can spend one day exploring the water park and the next day focusing on the amusement park. Or you can split the days during warmer weather like we did, by going to the amusement park in the morning and late afternoon then spending the warmer part of the day in the water park.
  4. Weather: Let’s face it, mother nature can be unpredictable. It is Indiana after all. By having two days, you can pick the better day for the waterpark or be flexible with your day.
  5. Shows and Entertainment: In addition to rides and water attractions, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari often features shows, entertainment, and special events. Enjoy magic shows, juggling acts, and more at Hoosier Celebration Theater and pool dance parties in Splashin’ Safari. You won’t want to miss the drone and firework spectacular at night! It was my boys’ favorite part of the day. You can find the list of shows and the schedule of events during your visit by going to HolidayWorld.com/Today.

Pre-Planning tips

Research & Schedule

Before you embark on your vacation, take some time to review the Holiday World website and social media accounts for up-to-date information. Take note of any special events and show times.

Ticketing & Accommodation

To save time and avoid long lines, consider purchasing your tickets or season passes in advance. You may want to bundle your tickets with local accommodation options with Stay and Play packages. There are several options available nearby like Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph Campground or a short drive to Owensboro, KY or Jasper, IN.

Rent a Cabana or Cheetah Chaise Lounger

These go fast so reserve your Cabana or Cheetah Chaise Lounger early. You won’t regret this one.

2024 reservations should be available beginning in March.

Day 1: Flexibility

Early Arrival – Make the most of your first day by arriving at the park early. This not only ensures a better parking spot but also allows you to enjoy popular rides with shorter wait times at the start of the day.

Lockers and Sunscreen – Rent a locker first thing in Splashin’ Safari Plaza. Don’t forget to apply the free sunscreen and reapply in areas around the park.

Prioritize Rides & Attractions – With the park map in hand, identify the rides and attractions you absolutely must experience. Plan your route to hit these attractions first. Also, it is a good idea to start at the back of the park and work your way forward for shorter lines.

Split Your Day Up – Since most of the time you will be visiting in the warmer months, consider doing rides at Holiday World in the morning and then visiting the waterpark in the afternoon as the temperature rises.

Parent Swap and Single Rider Lines – Families with young children can make use of the Parent Swap system, allowing the parent in line to swap so both can enjoy the ride with small children. For solo riders or if you are willing to separate temporarily, take advantage of single-rider lines to reduce wait times.

Stay hydrated and Take Breaks – The excitement can be tiring, so remember to stay hydrated. There are plenty of FREE drink stations around the park. Take breaks in shaded areas to rest and recharge. Also, be sure to catch some of the amazing shows and grab a snack before it starts. Another great place to recharge is in a dining location (some are airconditioned).

Day 2: Maximizing Your Experience

Revisit Missed Rides or Favorite Rides – Make a plan to ride the attractions that you missed or favorites to repeat from the day before. Sometimes, rides break down, or weather conditions close rides temporarily. It may be a good idea to revisit those rides the next day.

Split Your Day – Splashin Safari opens one hour after the park opens and closes before the park. You may want to mix up your day to catch the drone shows at night too.

Take Time to Relax – Float in the lazy river, rest in the cabana, enjoy a show, or have a meal together.

Pick out a Souvenir – Visit one of the many gift shops to take a piece of the park home with you to remember the time you had.

Tips for Both Days

  • Flexibility is key – Keep in mind that ride availability and conditions can change. Stay flexible to unexpected situations like weather-related issues or temporary ride closures.
  • Take Advantage of the Park Website – Leverage the website for up-to-date information on hours, show times, daily deals, and more by going to HolidayWorld.com/Today.
  • Dress for the day – wear your swimsuit under your clothes and a quick dry shirt/ shorts so you are ready for whatever comes your way. We also recommend water shoes for the whole family.

For a complete list of over 40 tips to make the most out of your visit to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari then check out one of my other HoliBlog posts: Tips to Make the Most Out of Your First Visit to Holiday World.

Making the most out of your two-day visit to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is all about careful planning, flexibility, and ensuring every moment is experienced to the fullest.

Don’t forget about the FREE parking, drinks, and sunscreen. We hope your family enjoys it as much as we do.

It truly is a one-of-a-kind park and a must to add to your summer bucket list.

We can’t wait to hear about your visit so leave a comment below.

Hopefully, we will see you there!

 


Enter to Win A Pair of Tickets to Visit Holiday World in 2024!

Be sure to follow the adventures of the HoliBloggers. Each of their blog posts will have a giveaway where you can enter to win two tickets to visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

There are several ways you can be entered to win. Click any option below to get more details to gain those entries. You can enter to win through some options daily!

Entries are accepted through Friday, December 22 at 7 pm Central.

 

Reminder: Holiday World will never comment on a social media post telling you that you’ve won our giveaway. When our giveaway is over, the winner’s first name and last initial will be displayed in the giveaway above. Winners will be contacted at the email address they provided while signing in to earn entries. The winner for this giveaway will be notified in early January.

This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Trina H.

Trina Hopkins is a Midwest-based lifestyle blogger, content creator, and photographer behind Coffee and Confetti Mom. She aims to empower women and families to be intentional in creating memories and a home that they love.

As a mother of three boys, Trina created a blog in 2019 to share holiday traditions, home decor, party planning, and DIYs. She quickly realized she wasn’t the only one trying to create memories that last a lifetime. Through the years, she has also incorporated local family-friendly businesses and family travel destinations. Her goal is that you feel encouraged and confident to try new ideas and places too.

When she isn’t working or creating the next project, Trina enjoys the chance to get away for date nights with her hubby, long walks with her dog (or, let’s be real, snuggling on the couch), watching her boys play sports, and golf cart rides around the neighborhood visiting friends.

Whatever Happened to Santa Claus Land?

Many remember an amusement park in Indiana where it was Christmas every day. The famed Santa Claus Land was a magical place full of festive decorations, joyful attractions, and of course, Santa Claus!

The History Of Santa Claus Land

In the small town of Santa Claus, Indiana, a man named Louis J. Koch wanted a place where travelers could always visit Santa; thus, Santa Claus Land was opened in 1946. Small in stature but big on fun, this theme park opened without rides. The first ride was the Santa Claus Land Railroad, which retired in 2012.

Santa Claus Land Map

Santa Claus Land’s history is documented at the Santa Claus Museum and Village. It features vintage souvenirs, brochures, photographs, and newspaper articles.

From there, the park grew, adding animals, a Jeep-go-round, a Willie Bartley Water Ski Thrill Show, the Santa Claus Choir, and more reindeer-theme rides.

While amusement parks were already established, it was having all their attractions based around a central theme that made Santa Claus Land America’s First Theme Park.

So, What Happened To Santa Claus Land?

As the park’s success continued to grow, so did the park.

Knowing that they could celebrate more than the spirit of Christmas, the park expanded in 1984. Sections of the park opened for Halloween and 4th of July. With the new expansion came a new name, Holiday World.

Splashin’ Safari Water Park was opened in 1993. It has now grown to nearly 40 acres, featuring the World’s Longest Water Coaster, Mammoth. It’s also home to Wildebeest, the park’s first water coaster to open in 2010, earning the title of #1 Water Park Ride In The World for 12 years.

Santa Claus Land | Santa Statue Photo

Wait? Thanksgiving Was The Latest Addition?

That’s correct. The latest addition to the park was in 2006 when a new holiday was added, Thanksgiving. It’s stuffed with incredible attractions. Thousands flock to ride The Voyage each year, a record-breaking wooden roller coaster, while America’s only launched wing coaster, Thunderbird, continues to be a fan favorite.

In 2024, Thanksgiving will welcome its newest addition to the table, the Good Gravy! Family Coaster!

Christmas Today At Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Strolling into Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari today, guests are greeted by the sounds of Christmas Carols, festive shops, and cheery restaurants.

Christmas is the first section of the park that guests experience. Sip on a frozen hot chocolate from the Polar Expresso, and ride on Reindeer Games. Don’t forget to snap a selfie with the “Greetings from Santa Claus Land” mural near the theater.

As you venture into the 4th of July, pay tribute to the original 1946 Engine that was a part of the Santa Claus Railroad. A reminder of the decades of incredible memories that America’s first theme park, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, has brought to millions of families.

 


Enter to Win A Pair of Tickets to Visit Holiday World in 2024!

Be sure to follow the adventures of the HoliBloggers. Each of their blog posts will have a giveaway where you can enter to win two tickets to visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

There are several ways you can be entered to win. Click any option below to get more details to gain those entries. You can enter to win through some options daily!

Entries accepted through Wednesday, December 13 at 7pm Central.

 

Reminder: Holiday World will never comment on a social media post telling you that you’ve won our giveaway. When our giveaway is over, the winner’s first name and last initial will be displayed in the giveaway above. Winners will be contacted at the email address they provided while signing in to earn entries.

This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Stephanie T.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Stephanie has been a theme park enthusiast for as long as she can remember. She’s a family travel expert that seeks to inspire new and exciting adventures. As a travel writer, her blog, Consistently Curious, focuses on great weekend getaways, family-friendly destinations, and hidden gems off the beaten path.

After one visit, her family fell in love with Holiday World, and is now the birthday request of her daughter every year. When she is not planning their next outing, you’ll typically find her checking out the local food scene, making fail-worthy Pinterest crafts, and putting on yet another pot of coffee.

A Disney Lover’s Guide to Holiday World

My name is Alli and I am a Disney Fanatic.

I go multiple times a year to Disney World and we do at least one week-long trip as a family each year.

We love the rides. We love the food. We love the entertainment.

That being said, it isn’t always feasible to fly down to Florida to visit my buddy Mickey in a spur-of-the-moment decision.

Finding the Disney in Holiday World

So the best place for my family to get our theme park fix is Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

From the start of the day to the finish, I can find ways to experience some of my favorite Disney activities right at Holiday World.

The first theme park rush I get when I’m at Disney World is “rope dropping.” That’s when you get to a theme park as soon as it opens and making it as far into the park as you can before you are blocked by a rope. Once official “park open” happens, the rope “drops” and you can proceed straight to your favorite ride.

The benefit to this is likely experiencing a very low wait time for a ride, relative to what it would be later in the day. In the spirit of the holidays, imagine rope dropping as a Black Friday rush to your favorite ride, right when the park opens! Not only is it exciting, but it is a great way to get a ride done that may typically have an hour or more wait.

Character Meet & Greets

My son’s favorite thing to do at Disney World is meet the characters!

At Disney, we’ve waited literally hours to meet my son’s favorite characters, Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

Two times this year we walked into the park and were able to immediately meet all four Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari mascots. Whet it’s Holidog, George the Eagle, Kitty Claws, or my son’s personal favorite, Safari Sam. Both times we had very little, if any wait to see them!

Moving Between Parks

At Disney you usually pay extra for the Park Hopping option. This allows you to leave one theme park and go to another later in the day.

It involves leaving one park, getting some form of transportation, and going to the next park, going through security and park ticketing again.

One thing we LOVE about Holiday World is that we can “park hop” at no additional cost by simply walking into Splashin’ Safari. Once we are done at the water park, we can seamlessly go back to Holiday World.

It’s a Park Hopper’s dream!

Food & Snacks

My husband’s favorite thing at Disney is the snacks and treats.

His favorite treat at Disney is located in Adventure Land and is a Pineapple Dole Whip!

He was so happy to see that the same treat is available in the 4th of July area, by the outdoor theater, at Holiday World! It’s a fun, refreshing treat, and a nice way to beat the heat!

Entertainment

To end our evenings as Disney World, we gather by the castle and prepare for the fireworks.

At Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, they have a similar party going on for Holidays in the Sky Drone & Fireworks Spectacular.

Just like Disney World, this show celebrates all the theming enjoyed throughout the day at the park and is the perfect nightcap to a great day.

I love my trips to Disney World, but it is so great to have a theme park so close to home that provides great entertainment and enjoyment to my family.


Enter to Win A Pair of Tickets to Visit Holiday World in 2024!

Be sure to follow the adventures of the HoliBloggers. Each of their blog posts will have a giveaway where you can enter to win two tickets to visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

There are several ways you can be entered to win. Click any option below to get more details to gain those entries. You can enter to win through some options daily!

Entries accepted through Wednesday, December 6 at 7pm Central.

 

Reminder: Holiday World will never comment on a social media post telling you that you’ve won our giveaway. When our giveaway is over, the winner’s first name and last initial will be displayed in the giveaway above. Winners will be contacted at the email address they provided while signing in to earn entries.

This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Alli A.

Alli is a mother and a wife, a medical assistant, a traveler, and a lifelong Hoosier. She enjoys seeking out new experiences, spending quality time with her husband and toddler son, and using her platforms to share the adventures had. Her guilty pleasure is watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. However, she gets great satisfaction utilizing her Instagram to share tips and tricks of travelling with small children.

Three Ways to Skip the Season Pass Processing Line

Skip the Line! Process your Season Pass online now!

Are you a Season Passholder who is looking for ways to skip the early Season Pass processing lines? If so, you’re in luck! As soon as your passes are paid in full, we can process them!

If you’re a first-time Passholder, welcome! In order to make your voucher valid, you’ll need to have a Season Pass printed with your photo on it. You can have your Season Pass processed starting at 9:30 AM Central Time any day we’re open, but lines can form early in the season, so we provide several ways to process early and skip right to the fun!

To receive your Season Passes by Christmas, be sure to submit your information online here by December 8.

Here are three ways to help you get straight to the rides on your first visit to the park:

Reminder: In order to use any of our early processing options, your Season Passes must be paid in full. 

 

1. Mail Option – Online Only 

Easiest option for most Passholders

Between now and April 15, if you purchase your Season Pass in advance, you can upload your photo online and have your Pass mailed to you, and take your Pass straight to the front gate! Click here for the page to submit your photo. Please note the photo requirements above before uploading. 

Please note: Pre-K Passes cannot be processed via mail, as we will need to verify them with an age-confirming document (see below).

2. Pick-up Option – Online Only 

Easiest option for families with Pre-K Passes

If you prefer to pick up your Season Passes onsite, or if you missed the mail-in deadline, you can use our online processing form to submit your photos and we’ll have them ready for pickup onsite–just don’t forget to bring a photo ID. You can pick up your Passes during our Early Processing Dates (see Option 3), or pick them up in our designated ticket booths any day we’re open.

As we get closer to the start of the season, please allow 10 days for us to print and process your Season Pass before you expect to pick it up.  

Please note: Pre-K Passes can be processed for onsite pickup, just remember to bring an age-confirming document (see below) to pick up your Pass. 

3. Early Processing Dates

Easiest low-tech option

If you prefer a low-tech option, visit us before we open during our Early Processing Dates from April 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28 (4 pm – 6 pm CDT each day). Please bring your Season Pass email confirmation and a Photo ID, and we’ll take your photos and print your Passes. Those who selected “Online Pickup” on our Season Pass online processing form may also pick up their Season Passes during these times. 

Pre-K Passes
The newest member of our Season Pass family is just the right size for the preschoolers in your family. Our new FREE Pre-K Season Pass allows admission all season long for children born in 2019 and 2020. Getting ready for the 2023 season is as easy as learning your A-B-Cs:

  1. Add the Pre-K Pass to Your Online Cart*. You can add it while purchasing Season Passes for everyone else in your group. We’ll get a little information about the Passholder to help you with the next step. 2024 Pre-K Passes must be processed by September 2, 2024.
  2. Bring the Right Paperwork to Holiday World. You’ll need age-confirming documents to process your Pre-K Pass, such as a birth certificate, passport, or green card. Originals, copies, and digital versions are acceptable. Children born in 2019 or 2020 qualify to be Pre-K Passholders. The last day to process a Pre-K Pass for the 2024 Season is September 2, 2024.
  3. Carry Your Pre-K Pass at All Times! You never know when you’ll want to stop by Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. Visit HolidayWorld.com/Hours to see our full calendar!

* Note: Pre-K Season Passes are only available online. They must be added to your online shopping cart, registered with Passholder information, and then processed with age-confirming documents at Guest Relations on your first visit of the season. Pre-K Passes cannot be registered at the park or over the phone.

Plus, check out some Frequently Asked Questions about our Pre-K Season Passes.

Our team begins processing your pass as soon as it’s paid in full. No matter what you choose, you can upload your own photo to use for your Platinum Season Pass, Season Pass, Summer Fun Card, or Pre-K Pass right now and we’ll start getting it processed. Click here for the page to submit your photo: https://www.holidayworld.com/spinfo Please note the photo requirements above before uploading. 

By taking advantage of these tips, you can make your first visit to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari a breeze!

Three Chances to pack the sleigh with Holiday World Deals!

Light it Blue - Christmas Fountain

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Get ready for our sleigh-load of amazing deals this 2024 holiday season!
Holiday World has exciting promotions for the upcoming holiday season that you don’t want to miss, but even if you do, we still have you covered. 

Black Friday ONLY Deal

Starting with Black Friday, we’re bringing back our popular 2 Any Day Tickets for $75 deal.
You can get up to 8 Any Day Tickets at $37.50 each. This offer is only available on Black Friday, November 24 with the promo code: HOLIDAY75. Click here to type in the promo code. 

If you missed Black Friday, deals are still available!

Starting Saturday, November 25 and running through Cyber Monday on November 27, our Black Friday deal increases to two Any Day Tickets for $85. That’s only a $5 per ticket increase over Black Friday, and still a great discount! The promo code for this deal is GRAVY85

If you missed Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holiday promotions STILL don’t stop there!

From Nov. 28 through New Year’s Eve, you can take advantage of the SANTA100 Christmas promo. This deal offers a discounted Any Day ticket rate of $50 per ticket, with a minimum purchase of 2 tickets and a maximum of 8. This offer will run through December 31, and the promo code will be: SANTA100

Don’t miss out on these amazing holiday promotions from Holiday World. If you’re looking to treat your family or friends to a fun day out, these deals make it more affordable than ever. So mark your calendars for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the days in between, and get ready to have a blast at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari!

We’ve got the holiday spirit, and we want to share it with you. So, grab your loved ones and head over for an unforgettable time! Happy holidays!

As a reminder-NOW is always the best time to purchase a Season Pass! With three pass options and our Free Pre-K Pass, there’s a pass for everyone! Learn more at https://www.holidayworld.com/ticket-options/season-passes/ 

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Top 10 Best Souvenirs That Won’t Break the Bank

Looking for the best Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari souvenirs? We’ve got you covered.

Whether you have spent a thrilling day on heart-pounding rides or a relaxing day by the water, it’s time to take a piece of this holiday-themed wonderland home with you.

In this guide, we’ll share the best souvenirs that will let you keep the magic alive, from festive apparel to ride-specific memorabilia.

Why Souvenirs Matter

Souvenirs aren’t just keepsakes; they’re cherished memories captured in tangible form.

My kids jump at the chance to shop for them. There is just something about the feeling you get walking out with a little memory for the road. Souvenirs can also be used as gifts for family and friends or even collector’s items.

Top Souvenirs at Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari

After talking to the retail director for Holiday World and the staff at each retail location, we developed a top 10 list of the best souvenirs.

  1. Holiday World Shirts and Hoodies – Wear a T–shirt or sweatshirt to share with others where you visited. You may also need them to keep you warm at night. Nights in Indiana can get a little chilly and you might find yourself looking for a sweatshirt.
  2. Ride Specific Merchandise – Show your rollercoaster pride with t-shirts, posters, keychains, 3D models, and mugs. Check out the discontinued ride shirts for last chance merchandise. The new rollercoaster, Good Gravy, also has items available to purchase before it’s opening day in early 2024.
  3. Jewelry – Accessorize with jewelry. There are tons of cost-effective necklaces and bracelets for both girls and boys. Each of my boys got a shark tooth necklace on our last visit.
  4. Magnets – Purchase magnets of the park and individual rides. My teenager wants to collect magnets from each place that we go now and display them in his room.
  5. Bubble Wands – Catching bubbles might be the best past time. These bubble wands are a hit with the little kids. Besides the lights and bubbles, they also sync up with the drone shows at night.
  6. Splashin’ Safari Gear – Grab swim shirts, towels, and water toys to enjoy in the waterpark then bring them home.
  7. Souvenir Drink Cups – Invest in a refillable drink cup that you can use at home or school.
  8. Photo Memories – Display your captured photo memories in Holiday World frames. The photos taken with the Photo Pass during the rides make a great option to document memories.
  9. Ornaments – Collect ornaments for your tree that are Holiday World themed or ride specific. I know families that have a travel tree filled with ornaments from the places that they visited.
  10. Festive/Seasonal Accessories – Celebrate the holidays with festive merchandise. You can find pumpkin glow necklaces, Santa hats, headbands, plush stuffed animals, cups, and more.

Shopping Tips

It is inevitable that someone in your family will want to stop by a souvenir store and get something to take home.If your family is like ours, we have a budget, so we want to get the best souvenirs for our money. Here are some shopping and money-saving tips.

  • Budget Smart – Set a budget before you go to the park. Assign each kid an amount and if they want to spend more than they can bring allowance or earned extra money.
  • Hunt for Limited Editions – Keep an eye out for unique and limited-edition souvenirs. They add that exclusive touch to your collection.
  • Leverage Discounts – Look for extra discounts and deals. If you are a season pass holder, then you can get 10% – 20% off your purchase. Discount racks can also be located throughout the different stores.
  • Grab Bags – Grab up those mystery boxes. The boxes are wrapped items for boys, girls, and the young at heart (adults). These are a surprise and contain discounted items.
  • Transporting Items – Take advantage of Free Package Pick up. Shop throughout the park, then send to Holiday World Services to pick up on your way out of the park. It’s that easy! 

 

Places to Shop

Holiday World offers a variety of places to shop, each offering its own unique merchandise and souvenirs. Here are the top places to shop at Holiday World.

  • St. Nick’s Trading Company – Located just past the front gate to the right. This is the largest gift shop in the park. Stop back here at the end of the day to grab snacks for the drive home.
  • Liberty Bell Shoppe – Found in the Fourth of July section where you will find all the red, white, blue and more.
  • Voyage Photos & Gifts – While checking out your photos taken on the ride, shop ride specific merchandise.
  • Hevron’s Mercantile & Thunderbird Photos – View your photos from the ride, then pick out ride specific items along with some other general park merchandise.
  • Safari Outpost – Forget a towel? Grab a towel, swim shirt, water shoes, or anytime else you might need in the gift shop.
  • The HoliShop – Holiday World also offers an online store where you can purchase park merchandise and souvenirs from the comfort of your home. Bonus, these make great Christmas gifts, too. The staff has plans to widen the variety online so check back often.

As you leave the holiday spirit behind, remember that your visit to Holiday World lives on through these souvenirs. So go ahead and embark on your hunt for the best item and may the magic of your time at Holiday World stay with you, wherever you go!

Happy Souvenir Shopping!


Enter to Win A Pair of Tickets to Visit Holiday World in 2024!

Be sure to follow the adventures of the HoliBloggers. Each of their blog posts will have a giveaway where you can enter to win two tickets to visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

There are several ways you can be entered to win. Click any option below to get more details to gain those entries. You can enter to win through some options daily!

Entries accepted through Monday, November 27 at 7pm Central.

 

Reminder: Holiday World will never comment on a social media post telling you that you’ve won our giveaway. When our giveaway is over, the winner’s first name and last initial will be displayed in the giveaway above. Winners will be contacted at the email address they provided while signing in to earn entries.


This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Trina H.

Trina Hopkins is a Midwest-based lifestyle blogger, content creator, and photographer behind Coffee and Confetti Mom. She aims to empower women and families to be intentional in creating memories and a home that they love.

As a mother of three boys, Trina created a blog in 2019 to share holiday traditions, home decor, party planning, and DIYs. She quickly realized she wasn’t the only one trying to create memories that last a lifetime. Through the years, she has also incorporated local family-friendly businesses and family travel destinations. Her goal is that you feel encouraged and confident to try new ideas and places too.

When she isn’t working or creating the next project, Trina enjoys the chance to get away for date nights with her hubby, long walks with her dog (or, let’s be real, snuggling on the couch), watching her boys play sports, and golf cart rides around the neighborhood visiting friends.

A Message from the Capitol

HoliWood Nights Tickets Available at 11am Central.

To purchase tickets: https://www.holidayworld.com/tickets/buy-holiday-world-tickets-now/?keyword=HoliwoodNights24

 


If you find yourself in the category of, “people who don’t care about the theme and just want to know what’s new for HoliWood Nights 2024,” please click here to skip to the “Please don’t make me read that nonsense” version.

A Message from the Capitol

Dear Spectators Enthusiasts,

I am pleased to share that this year’s HoliWood Nights theme is The Gravy Games, and the event will be held the first weekend after Memorial Day, May 31 – June 1. This two-day event will hold all the splendor of the Capitol—from our finest fudge to luxurious night rides sans trims on The Voyage. From the charm of an adorable Grandma’am’s home, to the most decadent sauce-based boomerang the world has ever known. We hope you’re already hungry for this year’s event.

As you attend this premium event, please note that tickets are once again limited, and available on a first-come, first served basis. In order to attend, at least one member of every purchasing group must be a member in good standing with one of our partner clubs. A coaster club member may purchase up to four tickets (including tickets for oneself), which means a member may bring up to three Guests. Tickets will be available on Wednesday, November 29 at exactly 11:00 AM Central Time (though we prefer to call it Capitol Standard Time).

As with every year, significant improvements have been made to the games and the ticket purchasing experience, based on feedback from our beloved Capitol residents. Unlike last year, once you add tickets to your online “carriage,” they are secured for a maximum of 10 minutes. Unfortunately, our engineers are working on the games, and are not able to develop a countdown clock while your 10 minutes elapse, so time will be of the essence. Please make arrangements for your traveling party in advance and work swiftly to complete your purchase as soon as the tickets have been added. You may be put in a waiting room while others complete their purchases. Please do not be alarmed if this happens early on. You’ll get a chance as soon as others are done purchasing their tickets. Also, if you have the flexibility, we recommend finding a location with the highest speed of connectivity you can manage. This will only help shift the odds in your flavor.

Please remember that when you enter the Capitol, you are expected to behave in a certain manner. Interfering with ride restraints will result in immediate ejection from the Games, as well as Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. Please review our on-ride camera policy before attending. If you cannot avoid the temptation of riding with a camera attached to your hands, please reconsider spending your money on tickets. Finally, this event is sacred to many attendees—please do not participate in activities that may encroach upon another’s enjoyment of the event. If you find yourself in doubt of whether your conduct is encroaching upon someone else’s enjoyment, we suggest you ask a few of your fellow spectators. Please also note that our Team Members deserve to go home at a reasonably predictable time. If a particular line is long, we may close it early. And please leave the unpleasantries to the tributes. If you so choose to dress in accordance with our theme, please leave any weapons in your district.

We are thrilled to share our newest au-jus based coaster with you all. It should be splashing fun with a sweet side of cranberry chutney.

And of course, may the odds be ever in your flavor,

Effie Leah Koch-Blumhardt

 

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We’re excited to share our event this year is The Gravy Games. May the odds be ever in your flavor.

Expect a two-day event, with a full schedule to be announced later. Trimless rides on The Voyage are still a thing.

Tickets will be available Wednesday, November 29 at 11 AM CENTRAL time. One person in the group must be a partner coaster club member, and may purchase up to four tickets, meaning they may bring up to three Guests.

We’re still listening to the feedback we get from you, and we’ve made big improvements to our purchase process this year:

  • You will not need to enter Guest information until after you have added tickets to your cart.
  • When you have tickets in your cart, they are secured for you for 10 minutes.
    • Our ticketing partner does not have a fancy Ticketmaster countdown clock, so hurry up and enter your information. Do not wait until you have tickets in your cart to text your friends to see if they’re coming.
  • You may hit a waiting room—we’ve limited capacity in the store intentionally to make sure we have maximum processing power available.
  • If you have the flexibility and you really want to go, we recommend finding a location with lightning-fast internet.

Finally, the same rules as always apply:

  • If you interfere with a ride restraint, expect a lifetime ban
  • Read our on-ride camera policy. If you can’t follow it, maybe this event isn’t for you.
  • We love it when you have fun and get creative with the event. However, please be courteous to your fellow attendees, and make sure it’s not affecting their fun. Also, if you choose to dress up, again, we love it! Just don’t bring a harpoon gun or Katniss’s bow and arrow, or any other weapon-like toy.
  • Our ride lines may close before the E.R.T. officially ends. Our Team Members working the event are awesome and ask to get scheduled for HoliWood Nights… and they still deserve to go home at a reasonable time.

We’re excited to see you, and hope you’re excited for some awesome food, and cheesy as heck fun with Good Gravy! It’s going to be an amazing time. 

All About the Pre-K Pass

Do you have a child that was born in 2019 or 2020?

If so, parents rejoice, because they qualify for a FREE Pre-K Pass to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari!

This pass gives them endless visits for the 2024 season. Here’s everything you need to know about the Pre-K Pass and how to get one.

Where Do I Get I Pre-K Pass?

While browsing the online selection of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Season Passes, there is an option to select the Pre-K Pass. The pass is free and can be added to the online cart. Pre-K passes are available to register online only. They cannot be registered at the park or over the phone.

You can get multiple Pre-K passes at once as well. Just keep in mind that they will all need to be processed at the park before their first visit.

Do Parents Have To Be Passholders?

No, parents do not have to be passholders for their child to qualify for a Pre-K Pass. This allows parents or guardians to visit the park with Tickets or Season Passes.

Holiday World Insider Tip: Use the online processing form to submit your Pass photos when it’s available in the spring so they can be picked up on early processing days or from the designated ticket booths on normal operating days. Just don’t forget to bring your age-confirming documents!

What Do You Mean The Pre-K Passes Need Processed?

In order for your Pre-K pass to be processed, you will need to bring age-confirming documents to Guest Relations. These items could be one of the following documents:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Green Card

Originals, copies, and digital versions are acceptable, so long as they’re legible.

You will show your online order, show age-confirming documents, and be handed their official Pre-K Pass to get the fun started.

Holiday World Insider Tip: I recommend making a copy of the document you are bringing or having it digital. That way, there is no risk of losing the originals.

While kids 3 and under always receive free admission to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, the Pre-K pass is a wonderful opportunity for children 4-5 to experience the park free of charge.

Learn more about how to enroll your child in a Pre-K Season Pass!


This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Stephanie T.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Stephanie has been a theme park enthusiast for as long as she can remember. She’s a family travel expert that seeks to inspire new and exciting adventures. As a travel writer, her blog, Consistently Curious, focuses on great weekend getaways, family-friendly destinations, and hidden gems off the beaten path.

After one visit, her family fell in love with Holiday World, and is now the birthday request of her daughter every year. When she is not planning their next outing, you’ll typically find her checking out the local food scene, making fail-worthy Pinterest crafts, and putting on yet another pot of coffee.

All Treats, No Tricks: Kid-Friendly Halloween Fun

The temperatures might be cooling off, but the fun at Holiday World is warming up!

This past weekend, we visited Holiday World for their Happy Halloween Weekends and had a blast! Our toddler is 3 years old and loved the event and all it had to offer!

Fun Bonus: ages 3 and under are FREE!

Holidog’s 3D Halloween Adventure

Our first Halloween-themed stop was the spectacular Holidog’s 3D Halloween Adventure.

This funhouse was a blast for the entire family. My toddler loved the 3D effects and was mesmerized by the glow of the black lights.

This attraction was appropriate for the entire family. And toddler approved!

Trick-or-Treat Trail

There were so many fun and family friendly activities for us to enjoy, but I have to say getting to wear a princess dress and trick or treat at Holiday World was hands down my toddler’s favorite part of our visit for Happy Halloween Weekends!

Costumes were encouraged at the park and we saw countless adorable costumes worn by guests of all ages.

No need to worry toddler moms. Like always, Holiday World thought of everything and enforces a G-rated costume policy keeping the smallest of visitors comfortable and happy.

The trick or treating stops even offered non edible gifts keeping your child’s health and the potential for allergies at a top priority!

Food for the Whole Family

If you’re looking to stick with the fall holiday theme for your visit we highly suggest eating at the Plymouth Rock Café.

As a toddler mom, getting your kids to eat when you’re out of your normal routine can be tough. But at Plymouth Rock Café we had no issue finding Thanksgiving style foods for a hungry Dad, Toddler, and pregnant Mama.

Our toddler enjoyed the kid sized chicken and dumplings with corn, macaroni and cheese, and a roll. This pregnant Mama was craving soup and the tomato soup and grilled cheese combo crushed my soup craving and left me feeling very satisfied. Dad enjoyed a generous meal consisting of BBQ beef brisket, a roll, mashed potatoes, and stuffing with good old fashioned pecan pie for dessert.

These Thanksgiving comfort foods left the whole family feeling full and happy, but of course we made room for  a Midnight Cone – a batty chocolate ice cream to finish off the day!

Hayrides/Corn Mazes

We were thrilled when we found out there was not only a Corn Maze, but there was a Junior Corn Maze for the smaller kids to safely enjoy as part of Happy Halloween Weekends!

We had a blast navigating the Corn Maze and this mama heart was so impressed and reassured by the extensive safety measures the staff at Holiday World has implemented for this attraction.

The Junior Corn Maze received double thumbs up from our toddler.

The whole family enjoyed the Corn Maze, but this pregnant Mom loved being able to comfortably sit back, relax, and enjoy the hayride at no extra cost! Our little girl loves all things involving tractors so rest assured she LOVED the hayride so much we had to ride it multiple times which was no issue due to short lines.

Rides for the Littles

We always love all the rides Holiday World has to offer, even for toddlers.

Our little girl enjoyed the following toddler-friendly rides during our visit:

  • Dasher’s Seahorses
  • Comet’s Rockets
  • Dancer’s Fish
  • Holidog Express
  • Star Spangled Carousel
  • Tippecanoes
  • Prancer’s Merry-Go-Round
  • Reindeer Games

The lines were short and the crowd sizes were low. That allowed us to ride and visit tons of attractions in just a few hours!

Happy Halloween Weekend Extras

Between the photo opportunities, the fall inspired treats, and the Holiday decorations visiting for Happy Halloween Weekends is a blast and sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Holiday World has put in a great deal of time, effort, and thought in making the Happy Halloween Weekends fun for the ENTIRE family.

I would recommend taking children of all ages to visit for these fun weekend events and plan to visit again soon!

 


Enter to Win A Pair of Tickets to Holiday World!

Be sure to follow the adventures of the HoliBloggers. Each of their blog posts will have a giveaway where you can enter to win two tickets to visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

There are several ways you can be entered to win. Click any option below to get more details to gain those entries. You can enter to win through some options daily!

Entries accepted through Friday, October 20 at 8pm Central.

 

Reminder: Holiday World will never comment on a social media post telling you that you’ve won our giveaway. When our giveaway is over, the winner’s first name and last initial will be displayed in the giveaway above. Winners will be contacted at the email address they provided while signing in to earn entries.

This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Jackie J.

Hi, y’all! I’m a southern Indiana Momma named Jackie. I’m a toddler mom, full-time detective, and hobby farm owner. My husband and I have both been in law enforcement for almost a decade now. When we are off of work, our world revolves around our little girl and having fun experiences with her. When we aren’t tending to the chickens and horses this summer, we’ll be at Holiday World. You can follow her on Instagram at @Momma.On.Duty for all things farm, DIY, and summer time!

Everything You Need to Know About the Guide to Ride Guided Tour

Calling all ride enthusiasts! If you love the thrill of riding all the rollercoasters and rides but loathe the time waiting in lines, then you, my friend, are in the right spot.

What if I told you there was a way to jump to the front of the line for all your favorite rides. We have all heard of Fast Passes, but did you know Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari offer the Guide to Ride Tour that allows you to skip to the front of the line on your favorite rides?

Sharing all the details next so hang on tight!

What is Holiday World Guide to Ride Tour?

The Guide to Ride Tour is where a Holiday World staff member takes you to the front of every line for 4 hours. You can even pick your preferred seat!

My boys and I always choose seats at the very front. That’s how we roll!

The tour starts as the park opens for the day which is typically 10am. So, arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in. There is a minimum of 2 people per group and a maximum of 8 people (participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). The Holiday World staff member walks your group to the exit of each ride and signals to the operators how many riders will be going on the next turn. You choose the order of which you go on each ride.

The only stipulation is that you can’t ride the same ride twice in a row. You can visit another attraction or wait 15 minutes. We opted to jump to a nearby ride then come right back.

HoliBlogger Trina | Guide to Ride Guided Tour Lanyards

How do you sign up for the Guide to Ride Tour?

When purchasing tickets online, you will see a prompt with “Some other items that might interest you…”. Next select ‘more info’ and add the quantity of riders of your group. Finish by selecting the date that your group would like to go on the Guide to Ride Tour. There are limits to the number of groups each day.

What is included with the Guide to Ride Tour?

You get four hours of escorted front-of-the-line privileges at all attractions in Holiday World and the three water coasters in Splashin’ Safari – Mammoth, Wildebeest, and Cheetah Chase.

You also get a souvenir lanyard with a gift card loaded with $15 HoliCash and All-Day Digital Photo Pass. We each got a wristband with a QR code that the staff members scanned at the end of each ride to load photos. Once home, we just downloaded all our photos for free.

What are the tips to maximize your experience with Guide to Ride Tour?

Our family rode 22 rides in 4 hours! That is right, we were moving and loved every minute of it. To maximize your time, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Eat a good breakfast and maybe even a snack before 10am. You will not want to stop for lunch until after the 4 hours. We only stopped for drinks to stay hydrated and ate some ice cream between rides. Also, if you were to eat a heavy meal, it might not sit well during all the back-to-back rides.
  2. Pre-plan your itinerary with your favorite rides. We suggest riding all the rides in one section before moving onto the next section.
  3. Save Splashin’ Safari for last. We split our time up into 2.5 hours in Holiday World and 1.5 hours in Splashin’ Safari. It will likely be hotter later in the day so the water park will be perfect.
  4. Have your wristband for your Digital Photo Pass ready to go at the end of each ride.
  5. Travel light during the tour with just the minimum number of personal belongings. Each ride has a place to store your belongings, but you will be moving quickly from ride to ride, and items could be left behind accidentally.

Is the Guide to Ride Tour worth it?

Our answer is yes, ABSOLUTELY!

The park can get pretty busy especially during weekends and some lines can be an hour long or more. If you want to make sure you don’t miss out on any rides, then this is the way to go. This would be especially useful if you only had one day available to visit the park.

We realize that this may not be for everyone, but you do have a few options to help maximize your day on rides. One is to arrive early and start at the back of the park first. Also take advantage of the single rider lines and parent swap option if you have little ones.

A secret tip is that the Games Playbook contains one single-rider, single-use Quick Access Pass. It is presented at the ride exit to skip the line. The Games Playbook is $20 and comes with $25 Games Bucks. You can even play the game Pumpkin Planko to win up to four Quick Access Passes.

Be sure to check out the other EarlyBird Guided Tour too. During this tour, you can walk to the top of the Voyage and spend 2 hours behind the scenes with coaster technicians of both Voyage and Thunderbird. We highly recommend this Guided Tour too!

We hope you have a thrilling time at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari!


Enter to Win A Pair of Tickets to Holiday World!

Be sure to follow the adventures of the HoliBloggers. Each of their blog posts will have a giveaway where you can enter to win two tickets to visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

There are several ways you can be entered to win. Click any option below to get more details to gain those entries. You can enter to win through some options daily!

Entries accepted through Tuesday, October 10 at 8pm Central.

 

Reminder: Holiday World will never comment on a social media post telling you that you’ve won our giveaway. When our giveaway is over, the winner’s first name and last initial will be displayed in the giveaway above. Winners will be contacted at the email address they provided while signing in to earn entries.

This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Trina H.

Trina Hopkins is a Midwest-based lifestyle blogger, content creator, and photographer behind Coffee and Confetti Mom. She aims to empower women and families to be intentional in creating memories and a home that they love.

As a mother of three boys, Trina created a blog in 2019 to share holiday traditions, home decor, party planning, and DIYs. She quickly realized she wasn’t the only one trying to create memories that last a lifetime. Through the years, she has also incorporated local family-friendly businesses and family travel destinations. Her goal is that you feel encouraged and confident to try new ideas and places too.

When she isn’t working or creating the next project, Trina enjoys the chance to get away for date nights with her hubby, long walks with her dog (or, let’s be real, snuggling on the couch), watching her boys play sports, and golf cart rides around the neighborhood visiting friends.