Sweepstakes: Splashin’ Family Getaway

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We all like to win, right?

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.

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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…

Bahari Wave PoolBut 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: June 21 – August 1, 2019.
  • 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 Monday, June 17, 2019, at 11am 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!

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

Good luck to all!
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The day CBS News came to town

48 Hours' correspondant Richard Schlesinger and park president Will Koch
48 Hours' correspondant Richard Schlesinger and park president Will Koch

48 Hours correspondant Richard Schlesinger and park president Will Koch

What fun it is to revisit our past – with oh so many wonderful stories to tell from our 73 years! This includes a visit from CBS News!

Here’s a share of a video our ACE friend Sean posted on YouTube. (ACE = American Coaster Enthusiasts. Yes, that’s a thing.)

For the backstory about the day CBS’s 48 Hours came to town to ride The Raven back in 1995, check out this HoliBlog post.

The day was May 19, 1995. (I now know May 19 was also the day Raging Rapids debuted – five years earlier) and CBS correspondent Richard Schlesinger wanted to learn why thrill seekers seek thrills (say that one five times fast!).

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Sweepstakes: Who’s the Swiftest of them all?

Mom and Daughter in Bahari Wave

Thunderbird launches from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds.

If you think you’re that swift, our latest sweepstakes is perfect for you. It’s all about speed.

The best part? We’ll have dozens of winners!

Our Grand Prize is a Family Getaway with four two-day tickets, two nights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort, and Pepsi swag. Plus, the next 25 fastest fans will win a pair of tickets.

Are you ready to enter? You can sign up to get started.

If you have questions about the sweepstakes, keep reading.

Mom and Daughter in Bahari Wave

How does this sweepstakes work?

Sign up to enter and start sharing the sweepstakes! The more your friends and family enter, the earlier you’ll find out what time our grand prize will be up for grabs!

The fastest to click once the Grand Prize is live will win. The next 25 will win a pair of Holiday World tickets. Thousands more will receive a promo code for an exclusive ticket discount.

What does a “heads up” mean?

Your “heads up” is how early you’ll be notified that our top prize is about to be available. You can build your “heads up” by getting friends and family to share the sweepstakes.

What time will the top prize be available to win?

That’s the secret. We can’t say.

Build your “heads up” to be one of the first to know when you can claim the Grand Prize. You can choose to be notified by text or email when you sign up.

Be the fastest and win the biggest prize!

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Good luck to all who enter!

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Trees please

Thunderbird and Voyage

Today is National Love A Tree Day

And we’ve got plenty of love to go around.

Thunderbird and Voyage

Over the decades, we’ve bent over backwards to keep our parks filled with beautiful trees.

 

We tell that “S Curve” story about The Raven in greater detail on this HoliBlog post from 14 years ago. That was back when our blog was in its infancy, as we teased about a big project for the 2006 season.

You remember back then, right? It’s when we announced The Voyage!

Here’s a photo of another particularly lush area of the park.

Tom the Piper's Son with Train

This is the Holidog Express choo-chooing through Mother Goose Land. No doubt you recognize Tom Tom the Piper’s Son, clinging to an ill-gotten bit of livestock.

As an aside, research suggests that the nursery rhyme (from the late 1700s) doesn’t reference an actual pig, but a small pastry with apple filling. I sort of love that piggy, though.

Decades ago, the travel editor of the Indianapolis Star rode this train’s predecessor, The Freedom Train, with me. (If memory serves, it was the only ride he agreed to try.) As we passed ol’ Tom, the editor suddenly pointed and proclaimed,

He looks like a young Ronald Reagan!

I think of that utterance every time I ride the train, long ago with my sons and now with my grandson. Did a future president (who visited us in 1955) pose for our Tom Tom the Piper’s Son character statue? Stranger things have happened, right?
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Long may he wave

Santa Waving from Marketplace Balcony

What’s that? High atop the tower at the new Santa’s Merry Marketplace?

It’s Santa Claus! #VolumeUp

The tower itself is nearly six stories tall.

Each morning, Santa and his helper will welcome Guests as they enter the park.

This harkens back to our Santa Claus Land days when Santa would appear “up on a rooftop” to wave at Guests.

Santa Jim's rooftop sleigh

And speaking of Santa Claus Land, we have some fun retro shirts and souvenirs available now at St. Nick’s in Christmas Plaza.

From mugs for your favorite hot beverage to ornaments, to a Santa-statue snow globe, there’s a festive selection.

Santa Claus Land merchandise

Here’s something else you may want to take ho-ho-home

 

Santa Claus Land shirt

Although we were Santa Claus Land from 1946 to 1983, these fun shirts just may be the wave of the future!
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Candy Cornucopia

Candy Cornucopia

With all the fanfare involving our new Santa’s Merry Marketplace, we haven’t said much about Candy Cornucopia.

It’s located in Thanksgiving, as you might have already guessed. Across from Turkey Whirl.

Early this foggy morning, Jim from WFIE was here to talk to Matt about the new season …

Matt and Jim from 14 News

And since we were close by, I took a peek in Candy Cornucopia’s window and captured this:

Candy Cornucopia

Those barrels in the middle of the photo? Salt Water Taffy!

Here is a list of just some of the flavors:

  • Blue Raspberry
  • Bubble Gum
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Cookie Dough
  • Cotton Candy
  • Neapolitan
  • Banana
  • Candy Corn
  • Cinnamon
  • Peach
  • Peppermint
  • Watermelon
  • Cherry
  • Key Lime
  • Strawberry & Cream
  • Tropical Vanilla
  • Raspberry Peach
  • Egg Nog
  • Orange Vanilla
  • Root Beer Float
  • Assorted Sugar-Free

Salt Water Taffy will also be available at the new Candy Cane Confectionary in Santa’s Merry Marketplace.

Looking for sugar-free candy? It will be available in Candy Cane Confectionary, along with chocolates, fudge, dipped apples, and more.

Looks like we’ve got a sweet season ahead of us!
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Ornamental fountain

Ornaments fountain

Here’s something you don’t exactly see every day …

Ornaments fountain

… not even in the town of Santa Claus!

It arrived first thing this morning: Our shiny new ornamental fountain (get it?).

Ornamental fountain

Take a look at the fun

And so, you may ask, what happened to that perfectly good other fountain statue?

No worries! The Applause Fountain statue is safe!

The story behind those hands is that the statue was made after we won the International Applause Award in 2004.

Park President Will Koch was over the moon to win. We were the smallest park ever to be named the best in the industry.

Will holding the Applause Award

He’d promised the staff if we won, we’d have a huge version made for the fountain.

So where are the hands going?

New Applause Hands location

They’re going down to our employee entrance area. (This is a rendering; we’ll get this park setting finished up later this spring.)

Let’s crop in so you can read the sign, with its message from Will, who passed away suddenly in 2010.

Applause Award sign

We hope you’ll agree Will’s message will inspire our Team Members for years to come as they arrive to start another day of fun.
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The scoop about Waffle Cone Lights

Rick making Waffle Cone Lights

This time of the year (gulp – we’re just two weeks from Opening Day!), changes happen so quickly that it’s a challenge to catch them all for you to see. So we were delighted to hear from Rick, our Graphic Artist, that he was working on creating the Waffle Cone Lights for the new Sugarplum Scoop Shop.

Stephen grabbed the video cam and captured the DIY

There’s something new to see each day in Santa’s Merry Marketplace – the elves (in hard hats) are hard at work!

Among the elves is fourth-generation owner Lauren, who’s very involved in the park’s theming.

Lauren with Fireplace Decor

Here she is taking a look at some of the finishing touches for Candy Cane Confectionary, which is part of Santa’s Merry Marketplace.

Lauren with Candy Cane Confectionary Decor

Both the Candy Cane Confectionary and Candy Cornucopia (a new candy shop in Thanksgiving) will stock Salt Water Taffy.

Judging from the response on Facebook, this was a very good decision.

Ready for a look around?

Here’s a 360-degree look at Santa’s Merry Marketplace from what will be the seating area.

And just because it’s an irresistible option, here’s the Tiny Planet version of the above 360:

Tiny Planet look at Santa's Merry Marketplace

Lest there be another second wasted worrying about our iconic Santa Murals (Rick created them, too, back in 1991), here’s proof positive that they’re a jolly part of Santa’s Merry Marketplace.

Lauren with Santa Mural

Would you like to be among the first to experience Santa’s Merry Marketplace? We have a sneak preview planned for Platinum Season Passholders on May 3. The deepest discounts for Season Passes are available until that date.
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Wattle we ride first?

Turkey Whirl Assembly

Some may find this to be fowl, but if you take a look at turkey anatomy, you’ll know a wattle is that fleshy neck thingy (technically speaking, of course).

The other weird turkey word? The snood of course. That’s the hangy thing over the turkey’s beak.

Turkey Whirl logo

That red thingy flying up right under the turkey’s eye? That’s the snood.




Speaking of snood, did you know the farmer in Gobbler Getaway has a name?

It’s Farmer Van Snoodle

Farmer Van Snoodle

This all makes sense now, right?

Now that we’re all settled into Turkey Land, let’s catch up!

Here’s a look at the putting-back-together of Turkey Whirl. (This is definitely a #VolumeUp video.)

Turkey Whirl is right across from Gobbler Getaway, where we’ll now offer on-ride photos.

Here’s the sign, with an interesting reflection in the window.

Gobbler Getaway Photos Sign

Right by Gobbler Getaway Photos, you’ll see a few yummy additions.

A Dippin’ Dots Sundae Shop and Candy Cornucopia!

Candy Cornucopia Sign

We’ll show you more about Candy Cornucopia in the weeks to come.

But for now, suffice it to say …

Salt. Water. Taffy.

Salt Water Taffy

No doubt lots of our visitors will gobble down these flavors – 18 in all!
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Sweepstakes: Summer Kickoff

Holiday World & Louisville City FC Prize Pack - web

Congratulations to our winner: Brittany G. from White Lake, Michigan! Thanks to all who entered. More giveaways coming up soon!
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Did you hear that? It was the sound of me moving the little switch on our thermostat from Heat to Cool.

Because it’s starting to feel like summer!

Mammoth Water Coaster | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Mammoth – the world’s longest water coaster (certified by Guinness World Records)

What better way to kick off summer than a sweepstakes? And what better way to kick off a kickoff than soccer?

That’s right, the winner of this sweepstakes will not only win tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and two nights over Memorial Day Weekend in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, but also season tickets for all the Louisville City FC home games starting May 18!

So let’s get started!

Our Summer Kickoff Sweepstakes winner will receive:

  • Four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
  • Two nights in a Holiday Cottage during Memorial Day Weekend
  • Four tickets for each Louisville City FC home game starting May 18
  • Four “Season Ticket Member” scarves from Louisville City FC
Holiday World & Louisville City FC Prize Pack

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, Sun RV Resort, and Louisville City FC (plus 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 our Summer Kickoff Sweepstakes, 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 for reservation: May 24 – 27, 2019.
  • 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 and Louisville City FC must be picked up at Holiday World.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us how you want to kick off summer this year. (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 Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 2:30pm CDT, when we’ll email our winner, chosen at random.

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Good luck to all!
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