Three Ways to Skip the Season Pass Processing Line

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!

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’d prefer a low-tech option, visit us before we open during our Early Processing Dates from April 1, 2, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 (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 four- and five-year-olds. 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. 2023 Pre-K Passes will be available through September 4, 2023.
  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. Pre-K Passholders must be four or five years old when their Passes are picked up or processed and must have a date of birth on or after May 6, 2017. The last day to process a Pre-K Pass for the 2023 season is September 4, 2023.
  3. Carry Your Pre-K Pass at All Times! You never know when you’ll want to stop by Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. Visit 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: 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!

Romantic Date Day Ideas to Make Your Visit Unforgettable

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, is the perfect destination for couples looking for a fun and romantic getaway. With its combination of holiday-themed attractions and thrilling rides, the park offers something for everyone, making it the perfect place to spend a day with your special someone.

Posing with the Santa Statue | Plan A Date Day at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

While you’re visiting, use these romantic date ideas to make your day at Holiday World unforgettable:

Add a Dash of Excitement

If you and your partner are adrenaline junkies, you’ll love the Thunderbird, a steel roller coaster that’s sure to get your hearts racing. Or, try the Liberty Launch, a tower ride that will have you holding on tight to each other.

Find Time to Relax

Take a break from the excitement and enjoy a relaxing ride on the Carousel. Float on a raft on Bahari River in Splashin’ Safari and soak up the sun together. Later, cuddle up as you spin on the Turkey Whirl.

Embrace the Holiday Spirit

You can also explore the park’s holiday-themed shops. To add a romantic element, purchase matching hats, keychains, or t-shirts. These souvenirs will remind you later of the fun experience you shared.

Seek Out a New Adventure

Participate in a holiday-themed scavenger hunt together. Work together to complete a park-wide hunt, searching for specific landmarks and attractions. Add in a little extra fun by having whoever wins get to select a sweet treat from the Candy Cane Confectionary.

Play a round of games in Merlin’s Castle. Try your luck at carnival games and see who can win the biggest prize.

Ride every water coaster in Splashin’ Safari and then compare your ranking of favorites. There’s so many ways to incorporate a fun new element into your date day.

Enjoy the Entertainment

Hold hands while watching the “High Dive Theater” show or share a popcorn at the Hoosier Celebration Theater. You’ll find a variety of shows throughout the day to enjoy. It’s a great way to cool down or take a break, too, when you need a moment to rest.

End your day with a bang by watching Holidays in the Sky featuring drones and a fireworks display. It’s a magical show that will wrap up your date day!

Refresh and Refuel

Share a picnic lunch in the park’s lush green spaces, or enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the park’s restaurants. You can also visit Polar Espresso for a specialty drink and a cozy atmosphere.

Plymouth Rock Café offers a delicious sit-down traditional Thanksgiving dinner for you to enjoy in an inside dining area.

Posing with the Christmas Fountain | Plan A Date Day at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Record Your Moments

Take a selfie in front of the park’s giant holiday-themed statues, or snap a photo of your experience on the rides.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari also helps you capture and share memories from your visit with the Digital Photo Pass. On-ride photo locations include many of the rollercoasters and fan favorite Gobbler Getaway. Specialty photo opps include the giant Adirondack chair near the beach at Bahari Wave, and Santa in St. Nick’s Trading Company.

Sneak in a few Quiet Moments

Take a walk through the park’s and enjoy all the beautiful landscaping, including vibrant flower patches. Enjoy a peaceful moment together under the shade while you share a milkshake from Udderly Blue Ice Cream.

Or rent a Cabana for the day so that you have your own little cozy spot to retreat to throughout the day. You can even order food to your cabana to share a special date day lunch or dinner moment.

With so many romantic date ideas, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is the perfect place to create lasting memories with your special someone.

Relaxing in the Christmas Section | Plan A Date Day at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Stay Awhile Longer

If you want to extend your date day experience, consider a stay at nearby specialty locations like Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph.

As it’s adjacent to the park, you won’t have far to travel to have a cozy night in a tent or one of campground’s many RV or cabin rentals available. Couple up under the stars after your adventurous day while you sip hot cocoa and roast marshmallows by the fire pit.


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 in 2023.

Increase your chances of winning by visiting the Holiday World or Rural Mom website or check out our social media platforms through the options listed below. Click each option to get more details on how to gain those extra entries. You can enter to win through some options daily!

Entries accepted through Friday, February 24 at 6pm Central.

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An award-winning author, Barb is also the Owner/Editor of the popular blog where she shares her love of all things green and empowers others to live country life to the fullest. Her newest books “GETTING BAKED” and “GETTING LAID” are cheeky guides offering a fun, in-depth journey into sustainable living topics including traditional and medicinal gardening.

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to take our survey!

We already implemented some of the great feedback by sharing interviews from our team. 
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First, we had Andrew B. our Director of Projects and Planning and Lauren C. who makes 
many of the design and color choices for our buildings and are part of the “Pretty Committee”. 

They share about their new process of how they worked together to create a building that is both functional and
welcoming for our Team Members to call home for the summer. 

Here are some updated photos of their progress:

Next up we had Shelley B. our Director of Human Resources chat with Leah about the operational impact
that Compass Commons will have on our company, upcoming hiring events, and what’s new for our 
Team Members in 2023!

Here is our beautiful new hiring website where you can learn about seasonal and full-time opportunities:
Those who’ve applied may be part of our virtual hiring events on Friday, February 24, 3:30-7:30 pm and Saturday,  February 25, 8am-4 pm. 

Below we have Cooper celebrating his second birthday, notice that Matt E. didn’t jump
in the birthday boy’s photo!

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5 Reasons to Get A Season Pass

As parents, we often try to find the best ways to maximize our family’s fun while also maximizing our money! Maybe you go to the same museum, zoo, or theme park every year. Maybe you’re looking to try something new.

Since my girls were little, I’ve tried to pick the most fun places, even on a budget, and make a huge day of it. To be honest, so many of the places that offer annual or Season Passes offer so much fun, you can’t possibly squeeze it all into one day.

This is why I’m sharing with you 5 reasons to get a Season Pass… not just anywhere, but at one of my favorite places ever – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, of course!

Reason #1 – The Value

Just like many other places, you might be hesitant to go all in on a Season Pass without ever visiting before. Take it from me, you don’t need to hesitate about getting a Holiday World Season Pass. Here’s reason number one – THE VALUE!

One lovely thing about Holiday World is that they will credit the cost of your one-day ticket towards a Season Pass if you do it before you leave the park that day. If you only go one day, with regular admission, you’re paying around $70 per person ages 4 and up (3 and under are always free). Get any level of Season Pass, and it pays for itself in just 2-3 visits!

Plus, there’s a NEW FREE Pre-K Pass for 4 and 5 year olds in 2023 that sweetens the deal even more (available only online). If you get your Season Pass by February 15, 2023, you get $25 off!

Pre-K Season Pass | 5 Reasons to Get A Season Pass

February 15th is also the last day you can purchase your 2023 Season Pass on Easy Pay.

Reason #2 – The Discounts

Discounts vary based on pass level, but they’re all great!

My personal recommendation is to go with the Platinum Season Pass. The food and souvenirs are so reasonably priced as it is, the 10% discount with a Season Pass or 20% discount with a Platinum Season Pass makes it feel like you’re not even in a fabulous theme park!

I’ve written several other posts as a HoliBlogger, and you’ll read about some of our favorite finds (like my teen daughter’s squid hat) and the best gluten-free funnel cake EVER (I would be there weekly to use my Season Pass JUST for that if we lived closer… Who am I kidding?! I’d probably eat it every day and then walk it off every day at the park).

Other Season Pass discounts include:

  • Discounts on locker rentals (a must when visiting Splashin’ Safari)
  • Discounts on food and beverage purchases
  • Discounts off gift shop purchases
  • Extra deals and discounts for pass holders throughout the season


Plymouth Rock Cafe Plate | 5 Reasons to Get A Season Pass

Platinum Passholders save 20% on food and beverage purchases. Season Passholders save 10%.

Reason #3 – The Perks

There are a ton of other perks. Check out the Pass Benefits Chart for more details and to compare the perks for each Season Pass.

Platinum-exclusive perk highlights for 2022 included:

  • Admission to Preview Night for Holidays in the Sky
  • Monthly $1 food specials
  • Platinum-Passholder Preview Day

Reason #4 – The Ease

Holiday World lets you purchase your Season Passes online, send in your photos ahead of time, and cut WAY down on your wait time at the park – what parent doesn’t love that?!

The deadline for online pass processing is March 15, 2023.

I have never had somewhere let you send in your pictures to get your passes printed ahead of time. It’s genius! You can upload a photo and have them either mail your Pass to you or hold it at Guest Relations to pick up on your first visit. We opted to pick ours up on our first visit. It was a breeze.

I also loved the fact that I could choose GOOD pictures of us and not have to worry about sweaty and disheveled snapshots at the gate (okay, maybe it was just my teen and I that cared about that). 😉

Reason #5 – The Bring A Friend Tickets!

After seeing all of our fun on our first visit this past season, my teen started begging us to let her bring a couple of friends with her when we came back next. In 2023, Platinum Season Passholders and Season Passholders have bring-a-friend tickets where you get half off extra tickets when you visit.

Having somewhere so affordable – and so fun – to take the whole family (and lots of friends) is incredible.

If there’s anywhere I’d recommend getting Season Passes to this year, let it be Holiday World! You won’t regret it. We don’t!

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Interested in getting a Season Pass for 2023? Check out all 3 Season Pass options now!


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 in 2023.

Increase your chances of winning by visiting the Holiday World or Cincinnati Mom Collective website or check out our social media platforms through the options listed below. Click each option to get more details on how to gain those extra entries. You can enter to win through some options daily!

Entries accepted through Monday, February 13 at 8pm Central.

This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Courtney S.

A Cincinnati mom that spent my teen years in Indianapolis, I remember Summers at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari fondly. My family and I love travel and theme parks. I own the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Louisville Mom Collectives where we provide the best in trusted recommendations, tips, tricks, and resources to families in our communities. In my rare free moments, I like to write, read, draw, paint, game, go to the park, go to art museums, and try new foods.