By HoliBlogger Stephanie T.

Riding The Voyage and cooling off with water coasters are fun; however, waiting in long lines is not. Save precious time during your visit to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari by avoiding the crowds with these helpful tips!

The Best Days to Avoid Crowds

Wednesday is often the day that Guests can expect to see the lowest crowds and shortest ride queues. Tuesdays and Thursdays tend to pull smaller crowds as well, with weekends being the busiest time to visit.

The month matters as well; with July and August being the highest attendance months, Guests who plan their visits during May and June will see smaller crowds and more ride time!

Rainy Days Are Your Friend

Don’t let a little rain in the forecast prevent you from visiting the park. Unless a massive storm system is making its way through, rain can be a blessing in disguise. We witnessed it firsthand as a pop-up storm closed the park for an hour, and droves of people went home. After the storm passed, the sun came out, and there was barely anyone left in the park.

If you’re a Passholder, one of the best times to come up is during a chance of rain or after a rain shower.

If rain does happen during your visit and rides shut down for more than 90 minutes, the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee will be activated. The Worry-Free Weather Guarantee lets you use your ticket to visit on another day of this season. There’s no rain check needed or any extra work on your part.

Buy Your Tickets Online

Don’t start your day waiting in line to purchase tickets. That is time you could be using to get to your favorite ride! Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari offers easy online ticket purchasing. Download them to your wallet for quick and convenient scanning.

Time-Saving Tip: Look past the crowd to find a shorter queue for entering the park. When in doubt, go left, as studies show most people will follow their dominant hand, which for the majority, is right.

Rope Drop

“Rope Dropping” is a popular phrase that means arriving right before the park opens. Guests who arrive right when the park opens can quickly make their way to popular attractions to be one of the first riders.

I recommend heading directly to Thanksgiving to ride Thunderbird and The Voyage first. Thanksgiving is in the back of the park, meaning it will be relatively empty when you arrive.

After you have ridden the popular rides in the area, I would then Rope Drop Splashin’ Safari at 11am. Head to the top water coasters that you want to ride before the crowds hit during the heat of the day.

Hint: There is an entrance to Splashin’ Safari in Thanksgiving just past Plymouth Rock Cafe.

Visit In the Evening

A great time to visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is after 4pm. Many of the early birds have left, families with young children are starting to head home, and dinner is on the horizon. Look for closer parking spots, shorter lines, and plenty of loungers by the wave pools.

Dine Early

If food lines seem to be endless, consider changing your meal schedule by just an hour. Grabbing your lunch or dinner before the rush or dining during off times such as 3:30pm can save a good amount of time.

Implementing these helpful tips will help keep your wait times down and your ride time up!


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 Saturday, June 10 at 8pm Central.

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.

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106 Responses to “Avoiding Crowds at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari”

  1. Shawn Boswell

    I make the most of my day by being sure to head to the back of the Park at opening so I can get a Locker and then head to Thunderbird and The Voyage before the crowds make it back to Thanksgiving.

  2. Courtney Slaten

    HoWo is the best amusement park. We love going. All great tips for sure!

    • Melissa

      This is some great advice. We haven’t been in several years but we always started riding from the very beginning at the Raven and then the lines at the Voyage would be so long and it would be really hot.

  3. Melinda

    If you aren’t staying hydrated on the free drinks you’re not getting the most out of your day!

  4. Cindy McConnell

    Have loved this place since my kids was babies now they have babies who love it

    • Angelica Gramman

      I love the themes at the park. Definitely enjoy the rides!!!!! Haven’t been in 11 years looking to go again real soon

  5. Brittany Koke

    Free sunscreen is such a nice perk! The theme park is so clean!!

  6. Desiree defur

    Holiday world is one of the most fun things to do in the summer.

  7. Janet Brooks

    I want to win these tickets! I haven’t took the kids there in a couple years

    • Angela

      I love the water park the most and try and go there in the afternoon when people seem to be going back to the rides or heading home

  8. Sarah hedges

    My kids would love to go to holiday world because I did when I was a little kid and I love it when my parents took me there and I had a blast when we went

  9. Sarah Lewis

    We love Holiday World, the small crowds and getting gluten free food everytime we go.

  10. Brandon George

    We love holiday world and have never brought our daughter there before. We’re bringing her for the first time in June and would love free tickets!

  11. Lindsey

    I always go right at opening and go to the Thunderbird! Then if the Voyage isn’t too long we ride that, too!

  12. Nicole

    My family got a lot of health issues and this would be amazing place to visit it’s a best family park ever

  13. Shawn Boswell

    Best way to avoid crowds is to get a Platinum Season Pass and visit on Platinum Season Pass Day!

  14. Julie Bucci

    I have only been once and my daughter twice. Iqw went last year, and by far the friendliest and most fun and relaxing park I’ve ever been to! I’m 6 weeks post op surgery, so looking forward to enjoying rides I didn’t get to before, meaning more non coasters this year! Keep it up!! Y’all Re great!

  15. Brooke Moody

    Holiday World has become a family tradition for us! Starting from when I was a young child & now our children enjoy it just as much!

  16. Nis Castillo

    My family gets free tickets from my husbands work every year and this is something we look forward to doing. This year is going to be more exciting since we are inviting my sisters family of 6 coming from PA. We look forward to watch our 7 kids ranging from ages 14 all the way down to 4 enjoy ALL Holiday World has to offer. Thank you for a great place to take the family!