A Correspondence for the [k]Nights who say ‘Wheeee’

The HoliWood kNights who say Whee!

Dearest [k]Nights,

There were days when we thought this event might be impossible, but we’re so excited that the most fun weekend of the year will soon be upon us! The HoliWood kNights who say Whee!

Since many of you are coming from around the country, we want to make sure everyone understands the guidelines that we have set forth in light of COVID-19. If you haven’t already, please check out our 2020 visit page for more information. We have some specific guidelines we’d like to ask of you as well:

    • RUN AWAY! If you’re not feeling well. Seriously, before you hop in your car, set foot on a plane, mount up on horseback (come along, Patsy!) take a second. Are you feeling off? Did someone just tell you that you’ve been exposed to COVID-19? Are you living in a COVID-19 hot spot and are unable to quarantine? Call us! We’ll move your tickets to next year or refund them. Our event is good, but it will still be here next year. Please don’t risk exposing other Guests and our Team Members by coming. (Also we have a Digital HoliWood Nights page from May if you’re not able to make it this year… it’s like Diet Pepsi… not really desirable, but it gets you by).
    • If ye weigh less than a duck… or less than a large yellow boat would require… we will not accuse you of being a witch, but we won’t be able to help you find a friend to join either. Assemble your [k]Nights of the round table before you enter the queue, and you shall pass. (Translation: we do not have a single rider line and if your group doesn’t hit the right weight, we will not mix parties together—if you’d like to ride, you’ll need to join together and work out your ideal riding arrangement. If you aren’t comfortable riding with another group, you may need to sit this year out, but just on the water coasters! Please make smart choices and stick to the same party as much as possible.)
    • You are not to leave this spot for any reason… from time to time. We’re going to do our best to help you get the seats you want, but we can’t have a ton of people clogging the queue waiting on the back seat. Trust that we’ll let you have your seat at some point, but please know that we’re grouping to try to maintain social distancing. So please go to the row we ask you to take. If you’re about to take a milestone ride, let the grouper know and they’ll allow you to wait for the seat you want. Otherwise, please be patient with us. 
    • Slot 1, Slot 2, Slot 5… Slot 3 Mylord… If  you haven’t heard, you’ll need to reserve a spot for our walkback this year. We’re trying to avoid the overwhelming crowd at Plymouth Rock Cafe this year.  There are still spots available, but if those fill up we’ll add more so please stay calm. Please wear your face covering during walkbacks because social distancing isn’t always possible at the perfect photo spot. 
    • None Shall Pass! One more thing about the walkback: we’re only doing The Voyage/Thunderbird walkback this year, and the additional part we’ve added recently in the Thunderbird enclosure will not be a part of the walkback. You’ll still be able to walk that full path along The Voyage and hang out under the last barrel roll, but you won’t be allowed in the section that takes you under the Zero-G Roll. We hope to bring that back next year, but we want to make sure the crowds keep moving during that time. 
    • Prefer to accelerate your check-in velocity? It’s easy! Make sure you have your valid Coaster Club Membership Card ready along with your voucher (we will accept cards that expired after May 29 & 30, because that’s when the event was supposed to be). Reminder: we only need one valid membership per reservation… everyone in your group doesn’t need to have a card out. If you really want to speed up your processing time and save on unnecessary contact, please print out your voucher before you arrive (if you have the voucher on your phone, our Team Members will need to borrow your phone for a second to get the information they need, and in light of COVID-19, we’d rather not have that happen if we can avoid it). Also, we’re not going to put wristbands on for you this year, but our Admissions team would like to remind you to leave about two finger-widths of space as you put the wristband on–we only have so many replacement bands this year. Due to the expected rainy weather, we have moved our traditional Bahari Beach hors d’oeuvres to Santa’s Merry Marketplace from 3PM- 5PM. Yes, you may check in starting at exactly 3PM CENTRAL TIME. If you come earlier we’ll be impressed, but we won’t be able to let you in. 

 A final reminder–we know our HoliWood Nights crew is full of theme park experts, so we hope you’ll model your expert COVID-19 behavior both during ERT and during regular park hours. We expect to see our HoliWood Nights crew wearing masks indoors and where distancing isn’t possible, and we expect to see exemplary social distancing from you. We also hope you’ll consider wearing masks on the coasters–while it’s not a requirement, we hope you’ll consider the people around you on the train, and the Team Members checking your restraints. They’ll have more contact with you than the average Guests, after all. 

We hope you’ll agree that this will still be a fantastic event if we all work together in an autonomous collective. 

If you think this all sounds really weird… watch the movie already. If you’re offended by all the mixed quotes and bits from the movie… so are we. We just had to make it fit the message. 

Good Morrow,

Leah Koch

Lord of the Messengers, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Happy Halloween Weekends Update

Kitty Pumpkin

Kitty PumpkinDear Guests,

As we finish up with daily operations for the 2020 season, I just want to stop and say thank you to everyone who has supported us this season. Thank you to everyone who was patient and understanding, and thanks to everyone who followed our rules and guidelines–even when they were imperfect. 

No one was prepared for a summer like this, but I’m proud of our Holiday World team and how we came together to give families a much-needed break from reality. 

We’re coming into our weekends-only operations, and some of you may just now be noticing that Happy Halloween Weekends was removed from the calendar this summer, and I want to address that directly. 

To put it simply, our event just wasn’t going to be Happy Halloween Weekends. We weren’t going to be able to open our signature walk-through attractions like Holidog’s 3D Halloween Adventure or ScareBNB. We weren’t going to be able to operate our hayride or any of our other special activities. Our traditional Halloween song-and-dance show wasn’t going to happen, and our decorations were even going to be reduced dramatically. 

We decided that all of these elements together were too important to our Happy Halloween Weekends, and decided not to move forward with the event. 

It broke our hearts. We dreaded making any announcements because if we didn’t announce it, maybe it wouldn’t be real. But it was real, so we did announce the shortened hours and the shortened season. If you’re a Season Passholder, you probably already saw our update in the middle of the summer with your updated perks. 

To be frank, this might have been the worst of all of the difficult choices we’ve had to make this season. And there have been a lot. 

But we’re hopeful that this fall and off-season are going to bring the world a little closer to right-side-up and we’re hopeful that our 2021 season can feel like any other season here at Holiday World. We hope that next year brings the return of Happy Halloween Weekends along with our other exciting events. 

The only thing I can say for certain is that our team will be ready to adapt to anything once again next year, and we’re excited to continue being a place where you can leave the outside world behind.

It’s what my family has been doing for 74 years, and we’re gearing up for year 75.

Sincerely, 

Leah Koch

Director of Communications and Fourth-Generation Owner, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

One Year Later: Cheetah Chase Announcement Memories

Just one year ago today, we were having the time of our lives. We had just announced Cheetah Chase, and were celebrating a very successful announcement. As we looked back, we realized there are so many untold stories from that time, we just needed to share a few: 

The Backstory

When we announce a big attraction like Thunderbird or Cheetah Chase, we keep the group of people “in the know” as small as possible. We only announced Cheetah Chase to our full-time staff the morning of the announcement. And we used that time to practice our official announcement (sans Chad Benefield of course). 

Speaking of Chad, we invited WBKR Owensboro’s Chad Benefield to hype up the crowd before the announcement began, and he had no idea what was about to be announced. He did the same thing for Thunderbird.  

Long story short: those who were “in the know” had a huge secret to keep. Those who didn’t know were dying to find out. We had given the project a code name internally: Purple Elephant. It originated from a marketing firm that years ago told us we needed a “Purple Cow” every so often to catch people’s attention. Somehow the cow became an elephant. Don’t ask me.

Also if you never got to watch the announcement I’ll share it here and only here because there’s a lot of time spent zoomed in on myself, Lauren and Matt and I certainly don’t need that in my life:

 

The Accounts, in order of enthusiasm (AKA how quickly people responded to me)

Lisa Beers – Food and Beverage Manager

I actually had a team member Brennan Franklin who guessed it correctly.  He watched all the blogs, read the clues and researched it.  He always reminds me that he guessed it correctly. 

Bryan McBride – Regional Sales Rep

As a member of the sales team, I frequently update our business leaders and groups with emails and social media posts.  I figured that the ride announcement would be big, so I kept hyping it up even though I didn’t know any specifics.  It was a blast and I only discovered the answers when they were revealed on stage!

Lori Cotton – Director of Attractions 

Oh, that day!  I do remember several things:

I recall hustling through Splashin’ Safari with a giant tilt lifeguard umbrella because the audio/visual equipment was overheating in the sun (and for a 5’3” person, that was a struggle!)

I also remember stepping away for the energetic crowd, just after the name appeared on the screen, to radio the news to all my Safari Management Staff – because they ALL wanted to be at the announcement and I was the “mean boss” who made them stay where they could hear whistles. I don’t like being “mean,” so I had to redeem myself!

I also greatly enjoy watching the faces of those around me watch the video – the excitement in their faces never disappoints! (This was also true for me during the Thunderbird announcement.)

And, most of all, I remember being proud – so very incredibly proud – because this was the very first attraction that I had a hand in from the earlier stages.  This was a lot of secretly learning and researching, waking up with ideas and jotting them down at 3am, creative energy moments come to life.  This was the moment it all became completely REAL!

Eric Snow – Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Entertainment

The running Mammoth gif and the procurement and counting of all the Cheetah Chase socks from J Crew (RIP) were quite memorable.  “How many would you like?” asks the Jcrew Outlet phone salesperson.

“All of them.”

Cheetah Socks

 

Stephen Rutherford – Creative Manager

About one day after moving into my new position in the marketing department on July 1, 2019, Eric and Ashley met with me to clue me in on “Purple Elephant.” I was so excited to be part of it and be “in the know” – then they told me about putting together the Announcement video and other teaser/announcement materials… in just over a month. I was then more terrified than excited. 

I was able to work with two talented artists that made the animations and then edited the video with the music and sound effects. It was an amazing experience and I honestly can’t wait to do it again!

This is the video Stephen helped pull together: 

 

Matt Eckert – President

Leah Paraphrasing here: I just remember how much fun it was to watch everyone’s faces as we played the videos. You could just feel the energy and it was amazing. 

Anthony Vancamp – Maintenance Manager,  North Shop (the shop the handles water park maintenance)

I was in on it from the beginning planning.  Purple elephant.  I remember doing all sorts of jobs and tasks that I could not share.  Utility tracing to clearing out the area of trees and getting soil samples!  Was so hard not to slip up to anyone who would ask what was going on!  Was a great experience going from, is this attraction going to fit here to it’s there and functioning!

I’m sure I have more memories, these just came to mind first.

Josh Moore – Digital Communications Strategist 

About two weeks before we announced Cheetah Chase, I was brought into the “Cone of Silence” to join the other small group of people who knew about the ride before it was announced.

I was a little intimidated. I had to design the email introducing a first-of-its-kind water coaster to the world!

My workspace is an open-air cubicle that has constant foot traffic nearby during the operating season. A quick glance in my general direction and you can see whatever is on my computer screen.

Leah’s note here: Every time I talked to Josh out at his cubicle after he was told, I swear I shouted Cheetah Chase at least once. 

To help keep everything under wraps, I emptied out several three-ring binders and built walls around my computer and angled my computer monitors away from the walkway so I could continue to design the email in private. I didn’t want to be responsible for someone seeing Cheetah Chase early and spoiling the surprise!

Once that was finished and the email was scheduled to send out to everyone on our email list moments after we announced it in the park, I got to relax and enjoy the announcement ceremony beside Wildebeestro. My favorite memory is seeing all the Guests waiting in line for Bakuli drop everything and completely forget about their upcoming ride to watch the Cheetah Chase announcement video!

Me – Sorry I’m long-winded…

I just remember taking over Communications at the beginning of June and feeling like this announcement would be the make-or-break moment for me and would set the tone for how I was going to run this department (you know, no pressure or anything). As the marketing and Communications team planned the tease campaign, I started to feel like I was hitting my stride. Things were going unbelievably well…

…Then I sent an email out to all the full-time staff (a week before we planned to tell them) with a 2-page document with the words “Cheetah Chase” at the very end. I panicked and recalled it, but some people saw it. 

It wasn’t even the first time. Everyone in the offices probably thought the name of the new ride was “Cheetah… CRAP!” because I kept forgetting.

The thrill of the chase… AKA our “Tease Campaign”

We made a strategic choice early to signal to our fans that it wasn’t going to be some monstrous coaster, but it was going to be exciting and we pointed everyone in the direction of the water park fairly early.

We started by dropping a single date on our social media accounts to announce the date of the first clue and the start of the tease campaign. Note to self: don’t do that again. Everyone thought we were Beyonce trying to drop a ride the very next day. We disappointed a lot of people with that one. 

But we took it in stride and decided to have some random fun along the way. The perfect example? The cheetah socks. We ordered those from J. Crew Factory (see Eric Snow’s post for how that conversation went) on sale for $3 apiece. We dove in. And we recorded a video of Santa giving Safari Sam lots and lots of socks for Christmas in July. Honestly, it confused people exactly the right amount. 

We also introduced some loaded fries with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos (credit for the socks and thinking to incorporate Cheetos into a lot of our campaign goes to our Director of Sales, Dave Hedge by the way). Which may have been my favorite new food ever at the park. 

One of my favorite memories was having Bobby and Liberty from MY WJLT come to the park while we were teasing the attraction, and Liberty grilling myself, Lauren, and Matt Eckert. Matt Eckert certainly fared the best, somehow turning questions back around on them. They were there the day we released the Safari Sam socks video, and I just remember Liberty being dumbfounded by what she had just seen (she watched right before going back on-air). It’s always kind of fun to watch someone else try to decode your mostly-nonsense clues. 🙂 Sorry Liberty. 

Here’s the video that had two important clues: This, in fact, was a water park attraction, and it was going to involve a Cheetah. 

CNN, BABY!

After the announcement, I remember sitting down to finally eat lunch after sending most of the reporters out, when I got a text that CNN was trying to get ahold of me. I stood up in the middle of Subway and started pacing and making phone calls immediately and firing off emails in between bites of my sandwich. We got ProSlide, the manufacturer of Cheetah Chase, to be a source for the article as well and by the next day, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari was on CNN! And Cheetah Chase made the home page of CNN! (We even took a video screenshot to save!) I couldn’t believe it. I just remember feeling electricity in my veins as I chased down reporters for the rest of the day and relished in the success of a new ride and the announcement that had gone off perfectly.

 

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When You’re Made to Thrill

The Backstory

A friend of mine who works in Florida has these posters hanging in his loft.

I’ve been obsessed with them since the first time I visited his house.

They’re posters of rides and coasters, but they’re stinking cool. They’re stylish and artistic. Each poster shows the essence of a roller coaster (or ride), but at the bottom it simply states the year in which the attraction was built, and the city. 

It took me a couple of visits to this friend’s house, but I finally remembered to ask my friend where he got these amazing posters.  As it turns out, they were from a company called Made to Thrill.

They take your classic theme park merchandise and make it stylish. This is not intended to offend lovers and buyers of classic theme park merch–I still love to pick up that stuff too, I just don’t wear it every day and put it on display. For reference: please see my entire collection of old theme park merch, old maps, and enamel pins. 

Made to Thrill is the stuff I’ll wear any day. I visited the website and instantly purchased a poster of a favorite ride of mine that has been replaced, a t-shirt, and a B&M patch (if you don’t know B&M, first I want to thank you for reading so far into a post that goes deep into coaster fandom, second: it’s the manufacturer of Thunderbird). 

The same friend (you know… the one with the posters) told me to reach out and make a request that they create posters for our four coasters.

The Beginning

In January, 2019, I go up the courage and sent the most unashamed fangirl email I’ve ever sent. If you don’t believe me… check out this actual excerpt from the email. 

Shameless, right? And like that, I got to e-meet the brilliant artist and entrepreneur Josh (who, by the way, just started this as a hobby and still does this AS A HOBBY) and the first-ever Made to Thrill partnership with a park was born. In no time, Josh had developed this design which made me angry that I had never thought of “Land, Sea, Airtime” before:

The shirt sold out before I ever got one. 

The 2020 collection

We’ve done a few sneak peeks, and if you know Made to Thrill, you’ve already seen this collection, but I wanted to do an official blog post to talk about the 2020 Holiday World x Made to Thrill collection.

And I just want to add how much I LOVE seeing this logo. 

To begin, I’m excited to share that Holiday World has its own set of posters. 

Lauren, my sister, had to point out to me that the posters blend together (note the tree in The Raven and The Legend, and the sun in The Voyage and Thunderbird). But I’m obsessed now because they’re stunning! Since all four show up a little small next to each other, here are the individual posters:

 

The Raven

The Legend

The Voyage

Thunderbird

And a bonus vintage Santa Claus Land Poster

 

Josh used inspiration from old brochures, maps, etc. and created this masterpiece.

We even have stickers that are baby versions of the posters. 

…For scale…

Sticker available for purchase at Holiday World



This isn’t just theme park merch, this is art! 

I officially purchased the entire collection before anyone ever arrived at the park this season, but hurry up and get here, because I learned my lesson the hard way. It does sell out. 

 

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Sweepstakes: Chasing Fun Family Getaway

The Chase is on!

Cheetah Chase is officially open and thrilling riders this year and we want to give one lucky family the chance to ride it in 2020! 

We are officially the Water Coaster Capital of the World now, after all. 

Ready to dip your toe in that refreshing, cool water? Here’s your opportunity to launch into family fun and win four tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two overnights in a Holiday Cottage* at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.

We’d love your vote!

We’ve been hard at work building the Water Coaster Capital of the World, and we’d love your support. USA Today is running an online poll asking to name the Best Water Park in the nation. You don’t have to enter to win, but we’d really appreciate it if you could spare two clicks and vote daily! 

For our contest, you may also Tweet daily…

But first, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter and you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Koch Development Corporation, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Sun Communities, and Sun RV Resort (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list (you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email).
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog and tweeting about this contest. You can also follow us on Pinterest, and visit us on our Facebook page. (We’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Recommendation while you’re there!)
  • If you win our Splashin’ Family Getaway, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Holiday Cottage reservation at Lake Rudolph. *Here are the dates the cottage will be available: August 2 – September 3, 2020.
  • All prizes are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Tickets to Holiday World must be picked up at Holiday World.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us which you like best – Wildebeest, Mammoth, or Cheetah Chase–or if you haven’t ridden, which you’d like to ride first–or which water park attraction you like most (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

Ready to enter?

Simply enter by using the widget, below. Be sure to enter daily through Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 3:00pm CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

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Guess what? USA Today also nominated The Voyage for Best Roller Coaster!Voyage and Thunderbird

Again, voting doesn’t impact your chance of winning, but we sure appreciate your support!

Good luck to all!
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Season Pass – First Splash

Dear 2020 Season Passholders, 

Thank you for being such strong supporters of us during one of the most difficult seasons we’ve ever had to face. We’ve been so happy to see you so far this summer, and we can’t wait to let you have the first access to Splashin’ Safari! 

We’ve been planning a Cheetah Chase preview event for you since we announced it back in August 2019. It’s just a little later than we thought it would be.  We hope you’ll join us for a sneak peek of our coolest new addition to our tremendous trio of water coasters. 

These days (in addition to those early days before we opened) are dedicated to you.

Platinum Season Passholder Day – Thursday, July 2: 2 PM- 7 PM Central Time

This event will be for Platinum Season Passholders only. 

Passholder Preview Day – Friday, July 3: 11 AM – 7 PM Central Time

This event is for Platinum Season Passholders, Season Passholders, and Summer Fun Card holders only.  

We’ll have the same attractions, restaurants, and services available: 

Attractions

We’ll have Cheetah Chase, Mammoth, Wildebeest, Tembo Falls, Tembo Tides, and Bahari Wave available. 

Restaurants

We’ll have Wildebeestro and Bahari Snacks available. 

Services

You’ll be able to rent lockers, use the restrooms and changing areas, grab a free soft drink, and of course, help yourself to free unlimited sunscreen! 

inLine Reservation System will not be used for this event ONLY. 

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Sweepstakes: Splashin’ to Summer Getaway

Cheetah Chase | The World's First Launched Water Coaster

Congratulations our our winner Tonie W. from Vincennes, Indiana. 

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We can’t wait for Cheetah Chase to open along with the rest of Splashin’ Safari on July 4.

Cheetah Chase | The World's First Launched Water Coaster

To celebrate our the Grand Opening of Cheetah Chase and Splashin’ Safari this year, here’s your opportunity to win four tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two overnights in a Holiday Cottage* at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.

Guess what?

We like to win, too.

Over the next several weeks, USA Today is running an online poll asking to name the Best Water Park in the nation.

We’d love it if you could spare two clicks and vote daily!

For our contest, you may also enter daily…

But first, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter and you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Koch Development Corporation, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Sun Communities, and Sun RV Resort (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list (you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email).
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog and tweeting about this contest. You can also follow us on Pinterest, and visit us on our Facebook page. (We’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Recommendation while you’re there!)
  • If you win our Splashin’ Family Getaway, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Holiday Cottage reservation at Lake Rudolph. *Here are the dates the cottage will be available: SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY ONLY July 9 – July 30, 2020.
  • All prizes are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Tickets to Holiday World must be picked up at Holiday World.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us which you like best – water coasters or wave pools. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

Ready to enter?

Simply enter by using the widget, below. Be sure to enter daily through Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 3:15 pm CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

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View from the Top of Voyage

Guess what? USA Today also nominated The Voyage for Best Roller Coaster!

Again, voting doesn’t impact your chance of winning, but we sure appreciate your support!

Good luck to all!
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Sweepstakes: Countdown to Summer Family Getaway

Lake Rudolph

We just wrapped up our Digital Opening Day–thanks to all of you who participated! 

Now that our scheduled opening day has passed, we’re ready to set our sights on June 14–when we hope to be able to reopen to the public after an extra-long winter. In the meantime, we’re still updating our Digital FunTown to help hold you over until you can visit!

Share what you’re doing until we reopen below and you could win four free tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two overnights in a Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort!

And that winner will be chosen at random.

Lake Rudolph Christmas Cabin Prize

Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph

Before you enter, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Also, you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Koch Development Corporation, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Sun Communities, and Sun RV Resort (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list (you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email).
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog and tweeting about this sweepstakes. Earn even more entries by following us on Pinterest, and visiting our Facebook pages (we’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Recommendation while you’re there!).
  • If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin reservation at Lake Rudolph. *Here are the dates the cabin will be available for reservation: June 1 – August 30, 2020. All prizes are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Each sponsor will distribute respective prizes.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us either your favorite part of our Digital FunTown, or tell us how you’re managing to wait until our gates are open once again.   (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

Ready to enter?

Simply enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Monday, May 18 at 4:00PM CST, when we’ll email our winner, chosen at random.
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Good luck to all!
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Sweepstakes: We Love Dippin’ Dots!

Congratulations to our winner, Tina from Louisville, Kentucky!

Dippin’ Dots can be found all over Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. They joined us on the Official Holiday World Podast in 2018, and we even opened a Dippin’ Dots Sundae Shop in 2019.

Needless to say, we LOVE the remarkably fresh and flavorful beaded ice cream!

We love them so much that we want to share some with you.

Enter our latest sweet sweepstakes for your chance to win:

• Four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
• Two overnights in Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort!
• a certificate from Dippin’ Dots for one free Dippin’ Dots home delivery (includes one gallon of Dippin’ Dots and ground shipping)

Before you enter our Giveaway, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Also, you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Koch Development Corporation, Dippin’ Dots LLC employees and family members, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Sun Communities, and Sun RV Resort (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list (you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email).
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog and tweeting about this sweepstakes. Earn even more entries by following us on Pinterest, and visiting our Facebook pages (we’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Recommendation while you’re there!).
  • If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin reservation at Lake Rudolph. *Here are the dates the cabin will be available for reservation: May 1-June 11, 2020.
  • All prizes are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Each sponsor will distribute respective prizes.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell what your favorite Dippin’ Dots flavor is. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

Ready to get started?

Simply enter our sweepstakes here from a mobile device …

… or if you’re on a desktop, enter by using the widget, below.

And not just today – enter daily through Friday, February 21, 2020, at 1:00 pm CST. Then we’ll choose one winner at random.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sweet Deal on Tickets

As an extra bonus, we’re offering a sweet deal for Valentine’s Day. Save $5 on Anyday tickets through Friday, February 21 using promo code HOLIDAY. Click here to purchase tickets with the promo code automatically applied.

Good luck to all!
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Extra Season Passholder Perks

Cheetah Chase Head-to-Head

We’re racing toward the 2020 season and are eager to debut Cheetah Chase, the World’s First Launched Water Coaster.

Our Season Passholders will have the the most opportunities to ride this splashy new attraction this year, but that’s not the only benefit to having a Season Pass with us.

Passholders get tons of great perks to use all season long, like discounts on food, merchandise, and discounted Bring A Friend tickets on select dates.

In addition to your normal perks, we’ve loaded a few extra perks onto your Pass that can be used once during the 2020 season. Here they are:

Merchandise*

  • Additional 20% off Cheetah Chase Water Bottle
  • Item subject to change based on availability and this discount can be used in addition to your regular Season Pass discount.
Cheetah Chase | The World's First Launched Water Coaster

Food

  • Additional $1 off Smoothie at Bahari Wave Shaved Ice
  • Additional $1 off Fully Loaded Snacks at Santa’s Merry Marketplace
  • These food offers are subject to availability and menu substitutions

Games

  • 10 Balls for $5 at Milk Cans
  • $5 “Fedora Full o’ Rings” at The Raven’s Ring Toss
  • 5 Balls for $3 at Wacky Cats

To claim each deal, please mention it to the cashier and present your Season Pass to be scanned.

Still haven’t purchased your 2020 Season Pass yet? Take a look at the full list of perks for each Pass type now! If you already have your Pass and want to upgrade, you can do so for $30 for each level it’s upgraded at the park or by calling 1-800-467-2682.

These deals are available once per passholder per season and are subject to change. We’ll keep this post updated with any permanent changes to these offers.