7 Things to Know About the Games at Holiday World

We know the rides and slides at Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari are out of this world, but let’s not forget about the fun family games throughout the park. There are games perfect for everyone in the family.

To say my family is competitive is an understatement. When we took our extended family on our last visit to the park, the gameplay got very serious. Not just to win the biggest prizes but for bragging rights that we knew would last the rest of the family functions this year.

There are some almost secret (but not really) things you should know when it comes to the games at Holiday World to get the most out of them.

1. Purchase A Games Playbook for Savings & Perks

For $20, the Games Playbook comes with $25 in Games Bucks (redeemed on any of the games with the exception of Skeeball) plus $15 in additional coupons. Use the gaming coupons paired with the Games Bucks to maximize the benefits.

PLAYBOOK BONUS: The book also comes with one single-person, single-use Quick Access Pass! What is a Quick Access Pass, you ask? It is presented at the ride exit to skip the line! The pass is valid on any Holiday World ride or one of Splashin’ Safari’s water coasters.

Holiday World Games Playbook | 7 Things to Know About Games at Holiday World

2. Win A Quick Access Pass at Pumpkin Planko

Speaking of the Quick Access Pass, did you know you can win this pass in one of the games? Head to Halloween to play Pumpkin Planko for your chance to win up to four Quick Access Passes!

Pumpkin Planko | 7 Things to Know About Games at Holiday World

3. You May Not Have to Carry Your Big Wins All Day

If you are lucky enough to win one of those big prizes, ask the attendant if there is availability at the front of the park to store your prize for later pickup. There is no extra cost, and if you still have rides to go on, it is very convenient to store the big items at the front gate to grab when you are on the way out. Please note availability is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

4. Most Popular Game – The Raven’s Ring Toss

Right in the middle of Halloween, you will find the home of the most popular game in the park. Not only is it the most popular game, but it is also the toughest of them all. When you walk by, you will immediately know why. The huge stuffed prizes hanging above the hundreds of glass jars sure do draw in a crowd.

My kids were determined to win a huge snake. This meant each time we played, we got a Fedora filled with rings (bonus: you get to keep the hat). I am pretty sure we played at least fifteen times this season and still haven’t won. Hopefully, 2023 will be our year to take home the big prize.

Raven's Ring Toss | 7 Things to Know About Holiday World's Games

5. Basketball Games Are A Slam Dunk with Guests

Do you ever notice how many kids are walking around the park dribbling a basketball? Well, that’s because they are a desired prize to the other popular game. There are several different basketball shooting games around the park to win a basketball of your own in various sizes. Fun fact: The most popular basketballs that often go out-of-stock are designs that include Holiday World, money, and an eight ball.

Basketball Game | 7 Things to Know About Games at Holiday World

6. Automatic Win Games for Younger Children

If you have younger kids, you know how it can be when they don’t win a prize. Luckily, Holiday World has amazing games for younger children so they can be a winner every time. You can find them in 4th Of July (Duck Pond at Boston Tea Party and Holidog’s HammerTime) and in Halloween (Fried Frogs at Merlin’s Castle and Pumpkin Planko). The Duck Pond is one of the most popular games for the younger crowd, so be sure to give it a go with your little ones.

7. Game Perks for Season Passholders

Check to see if there are any perks with your Season Pass. In 2022, Passholders received three game deals: 10 Balls for $5 at Milk Cans, $5 “Fedora Full o’ Rings” at The Raven’s Ring Toss, and 5 Balls for $3 at Wacky Cats. To claim each deal, just mention it to the cashier and present your Season Pass to be scanned. Each deal was available once for each Passholder this year. *Item subject to change based on availability.

The game locations can be found on the park map. They are a great way for the family to take a break from the rides and win some souvenirs to take home from each visit to the park.

Do you have a favorite game or prize?

 


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HoliBlogger Samantha KThis blog post was written by HoliBlogger Samantha K.

Samantha is a self-proclaimed chaos coordinator from St. Louis, MO and runs NiftyMom.com. In her family of five, she is outnumbered by all boys (plus two male huskies).  She and her family love finding new places to explore, adventuring outdoors, and taking road trips throughout the Midwest. Fun fact: Year-round Samantha watches Christmas movies and sports her Christmas pajamas with no shame. 

Holiday World Attractions for All Ages

There are Holiday World attractions galore at everyone’s favorite Santa Claus land. So many different family rides that everyone can enjoy together. There is seriously something for everyone in the entire family.

And so many opportunities for the whole family to spend time together!

Holiday World Attractions for All Ages

As far as amusement parks go, not all are made the same. The amusement industry isn’t always designed for everyone. Some parks are lacking when it comes to attractions that are for everyone. We’ve had previous park battles on our family vacations.

Take it from me, as a mom of 4 we’ve been to parks where the youngest of the crew has absolutely nothing to do the entire day but hang out in a stroller. Holiday World, in the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, is not that type of park. It’s as if the goal is to make sure that all ages enjoy the park. Together.

This combination theme park (world’s first theme park that celebrates the various holidays and has an enormous water park) is all about families being able to have fun spending time together.

Who can ride which rides?

Almost immediately to the right after you enter the park (just beyond the Christmas shop) you’ll find a height measuring station. I recommend stopping off here when you arrive to see which rides all the members of your family can go on. Then you can plan accordingly and not be faced with finding out at the ride.

Visiting the Height Measurement Station | Attractions for All Ages

Holiblogger Mom Tip: This avoids a child being upset with being turned away at the entrance of a ride if the child isn’t tall enough. It’s best to check and know from the get-go. Less fuss and more time to focus on all the other fun rides that the child can go on!

But first… More than just rides!

When it comes to discussing attractions for everyone to enjoy together at Holiday World, I wanted to begin with the live entertainment options. These particular family attractions are perfect for everyone in the entire family.

A great way to spend time together and not have to separate on rides that aren’t inclusive of all ages.

There are various show times that take place throughout the park so be sure to check the schedule. My oldest child had a grand time over the summer being part of the ventriloquist show!

Rides for the entire family in each park section

There are several rides and attractions that families can all enjoy together all at the same time!

Christmas Section

In the Christmas section of the park you’ll find the perfect rides for the small children and toddlers in your family, but a couple of the rides will accommodate older children. Perfect for various ages to enjoy together!

Halloween Section

While some of the rides might be too intense for the littlest in your crew, the Halloween area of the park is filled with fun games to play.

Playing Games in Halloween | Attractions for All Ages

Thanksgiving Section

Everyone in the family can enjoy Gobbler Getaway. Compete against each other with calling the turkeys home to save Thanksgiving!

Fourth of July Section

There’s actually quite a bit in this section that the entire family can enjoy together. Everyone will have a great time taking a ride on the vintage cars on the Lewis & Clark Trail and the carousel.

Then at the back of the 4th of July section of the park there’s an entire play area with rides for young children to explore called Holidog’s FunTown. Older members of the family can go on all the rides, too. There’s even a little train ride!

Splashin’ Safari is the water coaster capital of the world!

Wave pools are always great places for families of all ages to congregate to cool off. In Splashin’ Safari Water Park there are two wave pools to explore: The Wave and Bahari Wave. Both have varying depths for different comfort levels depending on age of family member.

There are also numerous family raft rides to be found in this really big water park, including a relaxing lazy river.

The taller, older and more adventurous in the family will be drawn to the various water coasters. Particularly Cheetah Chase and Mammoth water coaster that has six-passenger boats so many family members can ride together.

While the little ones of the family won’t be able to take on the water rides with the steepest drops, there is an entire area with water activities for them to explore in. Toddlers can spend hours with water jets shooting out of the ground! There are also numerous family water slides that are perfect for all ages.

Splashing in Kima Bay | Attractions for All Ages

And of course the little ones floating around the lazy river with an adult is always a win for cooling off!

Rides for the bigger kids:

If the taller members of your crew are interested in more of the thrill rides (say while the little ones are napping), Holiday World has got ’em!  Wooden roller coasters, longest water coasters, wing roller coaster fun, and the above mentioned Mammoth water coaster just to name a few. You’ll find the majority of the rides for thrill seekers in Halloween, Thanksgiving and Splashin’ Safari.

There truly is something for everyone to enjoy at Holiday World! And you can really spend your vacation all together as a family.


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This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Tara S.

Tara Smith has a degree in psychology with emphasis in community health, but has been a mom blogger for over a decade and lives in St. Louis, MO. You can find her blog at SeeingDandy.com. As a busy mom of 4, she likes to do fun activities with her family and travel. She also likes to sew, craft, make recipes and inspire others in motherhood. Tara and her blog have been featured on News 4 Great Day, Show Me St. Louis and in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine.

Celebrate A Special Day at Holiday World

Did you know that Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari specializes in birthday parties, group outings, and special occasions? Not only are they a family-fun amusement and water park, but they are also a special events venue for small and large groups. Whether you are a group of 15 or 1,000+, there is a group discount, private party room or pavilion, and activities for your event!

Special occasion ideas:

  • Birthday parties
  • Company picnics
  • Class or family reunions
  • Church groups and youth groups
  • School groups and field trips

Have a pizza party!

This is a perfect option for birthday parties. But who am I kidding? A pizza party is always an excellent option for any occasion! We celebrated our son’s 13th birthday party at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in July with a Pizza Party in one of Santa’s Merry Marketplace’s Party Rooms. The party room is for groups of 15-49, so perfect if you have a smaller group. Prices start at $45.99 and vary based on the group size, package, and date selected.

Free Birthday Button | Celebrating A Special Occasion at Holiday World

The Party Rooms in Santa’s Merry Marketplace are air-conditioned and located towards the front of the park. They are easily accessible with access to restroom facilities. Pizza Party packages include a party attendant who helps to serve the all-you-can-eat pizza, buffet style. When you purchase a Pizza Party package, the Party Room is included for one hour!

Party Room | Celebrating A Special Occasion at Holiday World

The Pizza Party package includes unlimited pizza, breadsticks, dipping sauces, and cookies. It also includes plates, utensils, and unlimited free soda drinks. If you planning to feed a hungry group of kids (or adults) and have a group of 15+, this is an affordable option for lunch or dinner at the park. You will save money with a party package, plus have the planning work done for you!

The pizza at Holiday World is some of the best! It’s thick and cheesy. Options include cheese, pepperoni, and sausage.

Bonus, the Party Rooms are located in the same building as the Polar Expresso coffee bar. If you are a parent planning to shuffle around a bunch of kids for a birthday party all day, this little nugget of information may be helpful in your decision-making.

Birthday Party Group Photo | Celebrating A Special Occasion at Holiday World

Additional things you can add to your package include salad, cookie cake(s), face painting, and caricatures.

Picnic Group Outings

Group outings in a private outdoor pavilion are available for guests from 50 to 1,000+. These are ideal for company picnics, school groups, large family gatherings, and reunions. When you purchase a Picnic + Admission Group Outing package, the pavilion is free! The pavilions are also covered, so there is no need to worry about weather or finding shaded areas to dine in.

Pavilions must be reserved and paid for at least three weeks before your event date. This is the most affordable large group option, starting at $37.99, and varies based on the group size, package, and date selected.

A picnic package includes your choice of a buffet meal, discounted admission to the park, free inner tube usage, free sunscreen, parking, and unlimited soft drinks. The All-American Picnic Buffet option includes classics like hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ pork, and several sides.

Ask about extra and fun options to add to your group packages with booking your event. Some extras are available for an additional fee: caricatures and face painting.

Tips for Celebrating a Special Occasion at Holiday World:

  • Stop at Guest Relations for a birthday button if you are celebrating a birthday! 
  • Rent a Cabana or Cheetah Chaise Loungers for the day. When you aren’t eating pizza in the party rental or hanging out in the private pavilion, lounge in your Cabana or Cheetah Chaise Lounger at Splashin’ Safari. You deserve it on your special day.
  • To take advantage of group discounts on tickets, reserve your tickets at least 24 hours in advance.

To learn more about all the Group Discounts available, click here!

 


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This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Jamie W.

Jamie Ward is a travel writer and published author. She founded Cornfields & High Heels, a travel and lifestyle blog, over five years ago and travels throughout the Midwest sharing her travel stories and adventures. She wrote 100 Things To Do In Indiana Before You Die and co-authored Midwest Road Trip Adventures. Jamie resides in Central Indiana with her husband, Paul, and their four teenagers. She was born and raised in Indiana and enjoys road trips, coffee, thrifting, historic places, and spending time with her family.

The Best Rides When You’re Too Short for Coasters

Last year was an exciting one for my eight-year-old son. He finally reached a height of 48 inches and could ride roller coasters at Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari. He spent much of his summer on the Legend, the Voyage, the Raven, and Cheetah Chase. The smile never left his face.

My youngest son is still too short to ride the roller coasters. But that didn’t bring down the fun level this summer. Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari have over thirty rides and slides for your kids under 48 inches. There is something for children of all heights – from the tilt-a-whirl to the tea party!

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari measure height differently. All guests are carefully measured with shoes on in Holiday World and with shoes off in Splashin’ Safari. Height requirements are strictly enforced on all rides and attractions.

There is also a Height Measurement Station located in each park. In Holiday World, it is across from the Christmas Fountain. In Splashin’ Safari, it is next to Watubee. Your child will be measured at the station, and you can also get a height wristband for them to wear throughout the day.

Guests Under 36 Inches

What is available for the youngest Holiday World guests under 36 inches? I recommend visiting Rudolph’s Reindeer Ranch and Holidog’s Fun Town. The Reindeer Ranch has five different rides your little one can choose from. This includes the classic Dancer’s Fish, my favorite when I was a kid, and Prancer’s Merry-Go-Round, a junior-sized merry-go-round.

Holidog’s Fun Town includes plenty of playground fun with Holidog’s Treehouse and Just For Pups. You can also hop on the Holidog Express for a train ride through Mother Goose Land.

Just for Pups | Best Rides When You're Too Short for Coasters

Want to cool down at Splashin’ Safari? Try out the slides at Tembo Falls! This attraction, with eight junior water slides, keeps the kids happy and laughing. And don’t worry, these slides end with a “run out,” so there aren’t any splash pools.

Guests Over 36 Inches

So, what else is available for the little ones that are too short for the roller coasters? How about a junior roller coaster? Head over to Holidog’s Fun Town and get on the Howler! This coaster is fun for the entire family. And a definite favorite for my youngest. Of course, your child will require a riding companion if they aren’t 42 inches. Bonus – they can ride two times in a row!

Another favorite for the entire family is Frightful Falls. This classic log ride takes you on a graveyard tour before heading up a big hill that will surely make a big splash at the bottom. Make sure you check out the hilarious photos of your family when they get splashed!

Now that you’re already wet, it’s time to head to Splashin’ Safari to “Do the Watubee.” This is a fun water slide that everyone in the family will enjoy. After you walk up the steps to the top of the six-story tower, your family will get in a large raft and slide into exciting twists and turns. Six hundred and twenty-five feet later, you will land in the splash pool. Your little ones will surely want to ride this one over and over!

Watubee | The Best Rides When You're Too Short for Coasters

Make sure you go online to check out all the rides and attractions Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari offer. We can’t wait to see you next season!

 


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Entries accepted through Saturday, November 19 at 8pm CDT.


This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Jamie J.

Jamie Johnson is a blogger based in Owensboro, Kentucky. She has two sons, Henry and Simon, and a husband, Logan. Jamie works full-time as a business consultant. She loves her family, Holiday World, ham sandwiches, and Diet Mountain Dew. 

The Insider’s Guide to Holiday World Season Passes

It has been the summer of Holiday World for this little St. Louis family of mine!

After all we are only 3 hours away from Santa Claus, Indiana making it the perfect distance for a weekend getaway or even a quick day trip.

As a HoliBlogger my family and I received Holiday World Season Passes so we could go to the park any time we wanted, all season long. And the season isn’t over yet! Platinum Season Passes include extra savings that we’ve really been enjoying.

Read on to get all of the ins and outs of the exclusive deals you’ll get with your own Season Pass!

The Insider’s Guide to Holiday World Season Passes

My kids have really enjoyed having their very own Platinum Season Pass this year. They love to say that we have unlimited Holiday World tickets. Because in a sense we really do. We’ve enjoyed our time at both the Holiday World theme park and Splashin’ Safari water park. Like I said, it has been a Holiday World summer for us!

We are returning to the park that gives everyone free soft drinks, free sunscreen and free parking again on September 24th for the start of Happy Halloween Weekends! The kids cannot wait. (There’s one little blonde girl at our house who is ecstatic to take a spin again on all the thrill rides and roller coasters, particularly that Thunderbird wing coaster.)

Okay I cannot wait either. Holiday World is just so much fun.

Having a Season Pass really does make it that much more spectacular.

HoliBlogger Tara with her family, Insider's Guide to Season Passes

Great fun had by all!

How to get a Holiday World Season Pass

It’s really easy to purchase a Season Pass to Holiday World so that you can get all the great perks.

You can either purchase via an online order or in person at the park entrance. Either way you will purchase the Season Pass first and then on your first time visiting the park for the season you will process and receive the official card with your picture on it.

Where to get your Season Pass picture taken

Just at the front gate, to the left of the Guest Relations sales office area and the ticket booth, you will take your personal identifying information (driver’s license or state ID) to the Season Pass office. Then you’ll get your picture taken and receive your very own Season Pass.

Processing your Season Pass, Insider's Guide to Season Passes

What we’ve enjoyed most about our Platinum Season Passes

Season Passholders get access to special events and even monthly food deals. It really is the best choice for saving at the holiday themed park.

In addition to the unlimited visits, we’ve loved being able to bring a friend with discounted day tickets. In July we were able to experience Holiday World with my parents and niece.

We’ve also really enjoyed discounts on food and gift shop purchases. A few of our favorites eats and treats are the deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes and of course Dole Whip!

HoliBlogger Tara with Dole Whip, Insider's Guide to Season Passes

Holiday World Season Pass Types

See a full list of Passholder benefits and extra perks.

HoliBlogger tips and even more insider information!

Keep in mind that you can only enter with your Season Pass once a day. So be sure to get your hand stamped as you are exiting the park if you would like to return before the end of the day.

If you purchase a full-price general admission ticket, you can pay an additional amount on the day of your visit to upgrade to a Season Pass for the remainder of the year.

Get the deepest discounts on Holiday World Season Passes for the 2023 season when you purchase between September 14th and October 12th. This is when you will save $55 off your Season Pass!

During this time you can get a Season Pass for $135, a Platinum Season Pass for $170 and Summer Fun Cards for $100.

First responder discount! Nurse discount! Military discount! Oh my! Members of the Military, Veterans, First Responders and Nurses receive an additional $5 off the starting price of a Season Pass during that same time frame.

Kids posing with the Santa Claus Land Mural, Insider's Guide to Season Passes

New to 2023:

Both Season and Platinum Season Passholders can bring a friend for $29.99. Season Passholders will have 12 times in a season to bring a friend and Platinum Season Passholders will have 24. The sequence on how many at a time will vary by each month and bring a friend tickets can be used any day of the week except for Saturdays in July and August.

Purchase a Platinum Pass for 2023 that’s paid in full and you can visit for free the remainder of this year on Sundays during Happy Halloween Weekends.

New type of season pass! Park guests can get a FREE Pre-K Season Pass for 4 & 5-year-olds. This pass is good for entry all season long, but does not include any additional benefits besides getting into the park. Simply register your Pre-K age child online and then bring age confirming documents with you when you process the pass at the park on your first visit.

2023 is going to be another great year at Holiday World!

We are already talking about getting Season Passes for next year. Especially with that good deal that’s happening this fall.


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Entries for this Giveaway will be accepted through Friday, September 30 at 7pm CDT.


This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Tara S.

Tara Smith has a degree in psychology with emphasis in community health, but has been a mom blogger for over a decade and lives in St. Louis, MO. You can find her blog at SeeingDandy.com. As a busy mom of 4, she likes to do fun activities with her family and travel. She also likes to sew, craft, make recipes and inspire others in motherhood. Tara and her blog have been featured on News 4 Great Day, Show Me St. Louis and in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine.

In the Kitchen with the Foods Team at Holiday World

Blue ice cream and funnel cakes, pizza and turkey legs. Mocktails and nachos, pretzels and candy sweets. These are all a few of our favorite Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari eats!

Where do all these delicious wonders come from? It’s fun to picture Santa with a team of kitchen elves creating each morsel with holiday magic. While this fantastical picture is pure conjecture, there’s an element of truth.

It may not exactly be Santa and mythical elves delighting us with all the foods we’ve come to love at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, but there’s certainly a magical team behind the scenes. In fact, the Foods team has nearly as many staff members as the Attractions team at the park.

How does a theme park best plan food service for the enjoyment of park-goers? There’s certainly a lot of planning behind-the-scenes, but often, it’s more about flexibility and ability to adapt quickly to trends.

HoliBlogger Lexi, In the Kitchen with the Foods Team, Coffee

Planning the Perfect Theme Park Menu

Lexi Hartman, Director of Food & Beverage at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, oversees the food service throughout the park. Hartman says the first consideration for selecting food options is portability. All food choices are designed to be easy to eat and walk through the park with.

The goal is to not interrupt the theme park experience, it’s to enhance it in all ways. Guests can certainly opt for sit-down meals throughout the entire park, but the freedom for each person to have flexibility with food options is first and foremost.

Many of the food selections are based on the past year’s trends. For example, pizza is by far the most popular guest option. In the 2021 season, guests purchased a combined total 28,129 whole pizza and 139,621 individual slices of pizza (equivalent to 17,453 more whole pizzas)!

New ideas for future food offerings come from guest feedback, food conferences, market research, and insights from food vendors.

Despite the amazing efforts of the Foods team, trends and weather are not always predictable. Hartman says both can have a huge impact in trying to keep up with food production. Really great communication between team members is key.

And that’s where the magic of the Food service team comes in. There’s a lot of adaptation behind the scenes to ensure guests have all the favorites they crave!

HoliBlogger Lexi, In the Kitchen with the Foods Team, Sweet Treats

Considering Individual Dietary Needs

Keeping up with dietary needs and trends can be challenging for a theme park food crew, as well. From gluten-free to allergies and low-carb dieting, the Food service team takes it all into consideration when developing menu options.

Prior to visiting, guests can check out all dietary information on the “Food & Snacks” page of the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari website (https://www.holidayworld.com/park-tickets/food-snacks/). There you will find nutritional information, a gluten-free menu guide, a healthier options menu guide, an allergen-friendly food guide, and much more.

Each stand at the theme park also has nutritional guidelines for Guest. There’s a special gluten-free stand in the park – George’s Gluten-Free Pizza & Snacks in the 4th of July section. More allergy-free food options are also in the works as the food service team continues to increase options to meet all guest’s needs.

If you have food sensitivities, do ask staff members questions, and give the team feedback. All park members can help navigate you towards information on food options that suit your dietary needs.

Hartman encourages park visitors to reach out to Holiday World regarding feedback, special needs, and other dietary concerns prior to, during, or after visiting the park. They are always eager to help!

What’s New? What’s Next?

While it’s important to keep fan favorites like pizza, funnel cakes, and chicken tenders available, introducing fun new food options is an awesome treat for all park guests.

It’s exciting to see the new Goblin Portobella Burger at Goblin Burgers in the Halloween section. Guests love to discover the newest surprise drink option each year at the drink fountains. (Hint: this year it’s Mountain Dew Spark). And the ever-changing variety of handcrafted fudge options is a joy to discover.

HoliBlogger Lexi, In the Kitchen with the Foods Team, Portobello Burger

The upcoming Happy Halloween Weekends will include an awesome array including Halloween-themed cupcakes, Chicken Enchilada Soup, and a special Haystack Burger.

Another fun new fan-favorite, ThunderBIRD Bowl, can be found in the Thanksgiving section at The SnackHouse. This delectable bowl full of goodness includes chicken and fries with nacho cheese, bacon, ranch, and chives.

In addition to introducing new food options, Hartman shared that the park is dedicated to finding new ways to be more eco-friendly. The free drink program is part of this effort as it dramatically reduces plastic waste. This year new trays for pizza were introduced to help reduce paper waste.

The Foods team also loves to offer guests fun specials. Before your visit to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, be sure to check out the Daily Deals and Exclusive Platinum Season Passholder Perks. Both are great way to save a little money during your visit while enjoying a new treat.


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Be sure to follow the adventures of our HoliBloggers all year long. Each blog post from them will have sweepstakes where you can enter to win two tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.

Entries accepted through Thursday, September 22 at 7pm CDT.


 

HoliBlogger Barb WThis blog post was written by HoliBlogger Barb W.

Barb Webb is a sustainable living expert nesting just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living, artisan culture, and exploring the roads less traveled.

An award-winning author, Barb is also the Owner/Editor of the popular blog RuralMom.com 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.

Holiday World Reviewed by My Son, Henry

A few months ago, a publication I write for – Owensboro Parent – had a Kids Takeover edition. I decided to let my then seven-year-old son, Henry, write my column and he wrote the cutest and funniest article.

So, when I became a Holiblogger, I thought it would be fun to show a day at Holiday World through the eyes of Henry. I talked to him about writing a post and he was insistent on doing a ride review. So, we did!

We go to Holiday World multiple times a summer, but the visit he writes about below was exclusively for rating the rides. He also wanted me to let you all know that I typed the exact words he said and that I was not given editing powers.  

HoliBlogger Jamie J, Henry Reviews Holiday World

HoliBlogger Jamie J with her son, Henry

Henry’s Holiday World Review

Hi, my name is Henry Johnson. I went to Holiday World even though I live in Owensboro, Kentucky. It was still very close. I go to Sutton Elementary School, and I am in second grade. I like dogs and literally any other animal that exists except a cat. My favorite thing to do is play my Nintendo Switch and my favorite game is Plants vs. Zombies.

We went to Holiday World and did a Holiday World review with this article. Now let’s get started.

First, I want to rate the Liberty Launch. It didn’t look that tall, but it looked really high when you rode it. Even though it was fun it made me want to barf, but I recommend you going on it.

Next, we’re rating the Turkey Whirl. It was really fun, but it made me feel like I was going to barf. Again. It was really slow in circles at the beginning but at the end we were zooming in circles.

By the way we did not go to Splashin’ Safari this time, but we went earlier this year. It was amazing. Me and Dad rode the Zinga and we were thrilled. Me and mom rode the Cheetah Chase. It was really fast and the person in front crossed their legs. We had a stranger in our boat because we didn’t weigh enough. She was really nice.

The Rough Riders bumper cars were really fun, and it was really long. When I rode, I bumped a lot of people. Two thumbs up.

At first Frightful Falls was kind of like the lazy river, but when I got up up up up it was as high as an eighth of the Voyage. And then it went splashing down the hill. I didn’t get as wet for some reason even though I was in the front, but I loved it.

The Lewis and Clark Trail looked very very fun but it was very very very slow and it didn’t have a horn. My little brother liked it though. His name is Simon. He is five.

HoliBlogger Jamie J, Henry Reviews Holiday World

Little brother Simon (L) poses with Henry (R) at the Santa Statue

The Gobbler Getaway was really really cool and slow so you could aim at the turkey sensors. My little brother got zero points.

The Voyage was probably the most thrilling roller coaster of all time. When you went down the hill it’s like your hair will fly off.

The Raven’s hill wasn’t as high as the Voyage, but it was super thrilling and fast.

The free drinks were amazing. The first time I tried Mountain Dew was at the Oasis. It made me want to dance.

We ate at Goblin Burger after the spinning turkey ride, and it did fill me up. I still didn’t barf.

Holiday World is probably my favorite theme park. I really liked it and enjoyed the whole thing altogether. I feel like it should be one of the funnest theme parks of all time.

I hope you benefit from Henry’s ride review and enjoy his use of the word thrilling.

We love Holiday World and will be going back soon to review more rides!


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This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Jamie J.

Jamie Johnson is a blogger based in Owensboro, Kentucky. She has two sons, Henry and Simon, and a husband, Logan. Jamie works full-time as a business consultant. She loves her family, Holiday World, ham sandwiches, and Diet Mountain Dew. 

Our First Visit to Lake Rudolph

If you ask the locals and Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari regulars where to stay in Santa Claus, Indiana, one of the most popular responses is Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph. And after visiting for the first time, it’s easy to see why!

It’s conveniently located next to Holiday World and has comfortable lodging available for groups, families, and individuals. Plus, there are a variety of camping and cabin options to choose from.

HoliBlogger Jamie, First Visit to Lake Rudolph, Sitting by the Camp Fire

Lodging Options

As a family of six, we spent two nights in a Holiday Cottage while visiting Holiday World. Not only is this affordable for families, but it is also fun and filled with amenities that save us money. Typically we would have to get two hotel rooms, but a Holiday Cottage has two bedrooms plus a sofa sleeper, and sleeps up to seven people.

The Holiday Cottage has a kitchen, bathroom, and fire pit for s’mores and campfires. The screened-in front porch with rockers was perfect for lounging in the morning with coffee and relaxing at night. I appreciated the campground feel, with the luxury of cable, AC, and wifi. The security around the park is another perk to staying at Lake Rudolph.

Other lodging options include the Christmas, Family, and Legendary Cabins, which sleep up to eight people. RV rentals that sleep up to eight are also available. I thought this would be an excellent idea for our next visit, in lieu of a cabin but fancier than camping. More than 200 RV sites and 43 tent sites (with water and electricity) are available for camping options.

If you are staying in the cottages or cabins, there are a few essentials you’ll want to bring with you. We discovered a few of these needs on our first stay and with some tips from seasoned visitors. Don’t worry if you forget anything, the on-site Camping Stores are stocked with items (and firewood) for purchase. Keep these tips handy for your next stay!

Things to Bring With You to Lake Rudolph:

  • Your own top sheets, blankets, and towels – pillows, pillowcases, and fitted sheets are included
  • Bathmat – something to step on when you get out of the shower/tub
  • Hand soap – for the bathroom
  • Lighter and charcoal – for the campfire and lodging with charcoal grills
  • Tablecloth for the picnic table
  • Clothes dryer rack or line – you’ll want to have something to hang your towels and swimsuits on to dry (space is limited inside the cottages)
  • Aluminum foil – we lined pans with these for easier oven clean up
  • S’mores kit – items to make s’mores and sticks to roast marshmallows
  • Firewood – you can pick some up at the on-site Camping Store
  • Food – this may be obvious, but you’ll need to supply your own food and beverages
  • Golf cart decorating supplies – if you plan to rent a golf cart you’ll have the option of participating in the regular lighted Golf Cart Glow Parades
  • Bikes – the paved roads throughout Lake Rudolph are great for biking to and from activities!
  • Flashlights – walking to and from activities after dark on the Lake Rudolph campus
  • Bug spray – Lake Rudolph is in a wooded area where bugs are a natural part of life, you’ll want to bring some bug spray!
  • Fishing equipment – for fishing at Lake Rudolph
  • Dog leashes and supplies – for the canine companions
  • Volleyball and basketball – for the courts

The Amenities

We took advantage of using the free shuttle service to and from Holiday World. There are shuttle stations throughout Lake Rudolph for drop-off and pickup, which will transport you to the front of the theme park. We also enjoyed the miniature golf, Blitzen Bay pool, free evening outdoor movies, and Golf Cart Glow Parade.

The miniature golf course overlooks Lake Rudolph, which shows off Holiday World in the background. In fact, you can see The Raven roller coaster dipping just above the lake when it is operating.

HoliBlogger Jamie, First Visit to Lake Rudolph, Playing Mini Golf

Full list of amenities at Lake Rudolph:

  • Blitzen Bay pool, Blitzen Baby pool, and splash pad
  • Santa’s SplashDown WaterPark ($) and Cabana rentals ($)
  • Free shuttle service to and from Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (available every 30 minutes while the park is open)
  • Gem mining ($)
  • Miniature golf
  • Daily character visits with Rudy Rudolph
  • Snack bar ($)
  • Dog park and obstacle course
  • Sports courts, beach volleyball, horseshoes, and playgrounds
  • Fishing and paddle boating ($) on Lake Rudolph
  • Nature trails
  • Golf cart rentals ($) (highly suggested to get around the park) 
  • Laundry ($)
  • Game room ($)
  • Welcome Center and Camping Stores

Save Money at Lake Rudolph

You don’t have to be a member to stay here! There are no membership fees and you can usually save money by checking out the Specials page. Many guests of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are also Coaster Club Members. If you are one of them, you can get a 10% discount on Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph sites and lodging. Plus, all active military and veterans can take a 20% discount off their stay.

Check out a tour of our Holiday Cottage!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Jamie W.

Jamie Ward is a travel writer and published author. She founded Cornfields & High Heels, a travel and lifestyle blog, over five years ago and travels throughout the Midwest sharing her travel stories and adventures. She wrote 100 Things To Do In Indiana Before You Die and co-authored Midwest Road Trip Adventures. Jamie resides in Central Indiana with her husband, Paul, and their four teenagers. She was born and raised in Indiana and enjoys road trips, coffee, thrifting, historic places, and spending time with her family.

Secrets of Holiday World

As a travel writer, I love discovering secrets that make a destination even more special – and Holiday World is no exception! We’ve been visiting the park for over a decade now and most of the tips I give friends and readers are pretty obvious to anyone who’s visited Holiday World a time or two:

  • Take advantage of the free drinks, free sunscreen, and free parking.
  • Try to go midweek, when the lines are much shorter.
  • Crowds are lighter in May and June.
  • Park across the street in the Legend Lot and take the tunnel under the street to get to the gate. It’s often a much shorter walk!

But for this post, I wanted to go a little deeper. I wondered what kinds of secrets Holiday World employees and superfans had to offer.

So I asked them!

Here are their responses grouped into a few categories:

Secrets Outside the Front Gate

“If you’re approaching the park from the west (Coming from US-231) and think you’ve passed the parking lots, FEAR NOT! You can find the Legend Lot by turning right at the traffic light. No U-Turns necessary!” – Stephen R, Park Employee

“Park in the Legend lot on the bathroom side. Perfect for a bathroom stop before entering and just before starting that trip home.” Michaeline C, Season Passholder

“[The Legend lot is] also a great place to quickly change clothes before the drive home. My son and I pack light. We wear our swim trunks into the park, we leave dry clothes in the vehicle and do not change out of our water park clothes until we get to that restroom.” – Mark S, Season Passholder

Secrets on the Best Timing

Happy Halloween Weekends are the perfect time to visit with smaller crowds, cooler temperatures, and new attractions.” Ashley B, Park Employee

“Buy your meal for the day after 3pm. The lines are shorter.” – Susan M, Season Passholder

“Start your day in Splashin’ Safari as soon as the ropes drop, instead of starting in Holiday World. Most Guests start in Holiday World and then head to the water park. By doing Splashin’ Safari first, you beat the crowd and then you can do the dry park while everyone else is in Splashin’ Safari.” – Ashley B, Park Employee

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Food Secrets

“The Polar Expresso is a MUST. When they make it, they toot the choo choo whistle! Fun for everyone.” – Britney W, Season Passholder. (You’ll find the Polar Expresso inside Santa’s Merry Marketplace)

“You can bring in snacks. Our secret lunch spot is inside one of the buildings marked as a tornado shelter, in between Muziki Bay and Sam’s BBQ. It’s air-conditioned, has bathrooms, soda fountains, tables and chairs, and is always empty. It’s marked as a tornado shelter, but it’s always been indoor dining for the water park. You can use it anytime the water park is open.” – Valerey H, Season Passholder

“Best family dining deal – family pizza deal at Santa’s Merry Marketplace, located by the entrance fountain. Especially if you have a season pass discount!” – Tricia S, Season Passholder. (The meal consists of a 16″ pizza, eight breadsticks, and four dipping sauces. You can also find it at Safari Pizza in Splashin’ Safari)

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Best Value Secrets

Season Passes go on sale the year before. The cheapest prices are usually in September the year before.” – Ashley B, Park Employee

“If you are looking to save money, you can bring your own lunch and get your hand stamped and use one of our shelter houses in the parking lots to eat a meal. Then return to the park with your hand stamp.” – Ashley B, Park Employee

“Buy a mystery box! You can get shirts, beach towels, cups, magnets, kids toys, anything in the gift shops they have. They are definitely worth the value. And they are wrapped up like a Christmas present. My kids love it!” – Lara H, Season Passholder

“Buy the Games Playbook! You get a fast pass to one ride with it. It costs $20 but you get $15 in coupons, a $25 game voucher and 1 fast pass!” – Lara H, Season Passholder

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Secrets for Staying Comfortable

“If a family member has trouble walking, arrive early or bring their wheelchair or scooter if they have one. The scooter rentals go quickly.” – Brooklyn G, Season Passholder

“For nursing moms looking for an air conditioned and quiet place to feed, check out the nursing mother rooms! Near the park entrance, Santa’s Merry Marketplace has a room with a rocking chair, outlets, sink, and changing table. The second space is in First Aid at the entrance of Splashin’ Safari, it includes a refrigerator, outlets and lockers for pumps (at no additional cost!), rocking chairs, and fans. Moms can feed wherever they choose in the park, but sometimes I preferred to have a quiet place to feed an undistracted baby so we could both get back to the fun!” – Sabrina J, Park Employee

“Charge your phone in air conditioning at Santa’s Merry Marketplace or Plymouth Rock Café.” – Tammy J, Season Passholder

“There are dog kennels!” – Ashley B, Park Employee (The Holidog Inn is located just inside the Front Gate at Holiday World Services, and is first-come, first-served. Air-conditioned kennels are $20 for the day; outdoor kennels are $10 for the day in 2022)

Some secrets have been lightly edited for clarity.

Feel free to add your own secrets in the comments of this post!


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HoliBlogger Lindsay FThis 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!

Everything You Need to Know About Taking A Toddler to Holiday World

Having four kids with such a wide range of ages means that some travel destinations don’t work for us right now. It’s just one of the many reasons why we love Holiday World! Taking a toddler to the theme park is actually so easy to do and I’ve got some tips to make the trip even easier.

Everything You Need to Know About Taking A Toddler to Holiday World

Traveling as a family is something that we love to do together and we’ve been to quite a few theme parks together.  I’ll be the first to admit that some parks are not at all designed for the entire family. Dare I say, even, boring for toddlers.

Holiday World is not that type of park. Holiday World is about the entire family. So we can enjoy time together on our family vacation. Toddler and all!

Wagon and Stroller Rental

As soon as you enter the gates you know that you’ve arrived at a place that is toddler friendly. On the right you will see so many wagons and strollers that you can rent. These are available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis at St. Nick’s Rental Depot. The daily rates for 2022 are:

  • Double strollers: $17
  • Push wagon with shade: $12
  • Pull wagon: $8

You’re also free to bring your own stroller as long as it’s not self-propelled or self-steered.

Family Restrooms, First Aid, and Nursing Mothers

You’ll find tons of family restrooms throughout the park. There’s even a specially designed First Aid facility that also houses a nursing mothers’ room. You’ll find it as you enter Splashin’ Safari.

While mothers are welcome to breastfeed anywhere in the park, Holiday World knows that sometimes moms and babies want some quiet time away from the crowds. Holiday World has thought of everything for this space from rocking chairs to free lockers to hold mom’s breast pumps to electrical outlets to charge your phone or plug in the pump. There’s even a fridge for you to use!

Another smaller area is found near the restrooms in Santa’s Merry Marketplace. Both areas are air conditioned, clean and also the perfect spot to escape the heat with your toddler when needing a rest.

Things for a Toddler To Do: Rudolph’s Reindeer Ranch & Holidog’s FunTown

There are actually entire areas of the park that are designed specifically for the younger kids in mind and particularly toddlers! Rudolph’s Reindeer ranch has so many kiddie rides. It feels like a carnival within Christmasland.

Then over at the back of 4th of July, toddlers will enjoy running around on a ginormous playground in Holidog’s FunTown and experiencing more fun rides designed just for their size. 

Food for Toddlers

You’ll find lots of food options for toddlers to enjoy at Holiday World. Even delicious meals that are just the right size. Holidog’s FunTown has its own food station in Hot Diggity Dogs. Basically every food that a toddler loves to eat can be found here. Hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fries and more!

HoliBlogger Tips

I find that sometimes my toddler just needs a quiet and cool place to nap while everyone else is running around the park. Depending on the time of day (particularly non rush food hours) I like to head over to Plymouth Rock Cafe. It has a large air conditioned eating area and it’s the perfect place to park with a sleeping toddler in a stroller. I just sit down at a table with a soda and take a rest myself!

Many people don’t know this but “Parent Swap” is available for rides where one adult needs to stay behind with a small child. Simply stand together in line (or have the adult and smaller child wait at the exit gate) to then switch out. This way both adults can experience the ride and even take another guest on with them!

Holiday World is the perfect place for the entire family to have a fun vacation together.

There’s something for everyone. Toddlers, too!

 


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Entries for this Giveaway will be accepted through Tuesday, August 16 at 11pm CDT.


This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Tara S.

Tara Smith has a degree in psychology with emphasis in community health, but has been a mom blogger for over a decade and lives in St. Louis, MO. You can find her blog at SeeingDandy.com. As a busy mom of 4, she likes to do fun activities with her family and travel. She also likes to sew, craft, make recipes and inspire others in motherhood. Tara and her blog have been featured on News 4 Great Day, Show Me St. Louis and in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine.