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

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.

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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.

Gifting a Holiday World Ticket or Season Pass

Completed Pillow Box

With Christmas fast approaching and tons of great sales underway, we’ve had a couple fans reach out to us and ask for a special or unique way of gifting a ticket or Season Pass they purchased.

Some Season Passholders in our Facebook Passholder Group started chatting about the best or most creative ways they came up with as early as September, shortly after our 2020 Passes went on sale.

We thought we should help out!

Pillow Box Preview

After mulling over a couple options, we decided that we could design a Pillow Box gift card holder. The best part? You don’t have to buy anything to be able to use it.

So Stephen designed one for us. It can be printed and used to give a friend or loved one a Ticket or Season Pass to Holiday World. No wrapping paper needed. You can download it here to print and get started.

The download includes a gift card to be used as a token for a Ticket or Season Pass purchase, depending on which one you’re gifting. Just cut out the appropriate gift card to put inside the Pillow Box and discard the other.

We recommend printing on cardstock for the sturdiest gift box possible and adding the “To” and “From” names before you get to folding.

Your Pillow Box should look something like this once it’s finished.

Pillow Box for Gifting A Ticket or Season Pass

Do you have any other creative ways to give someone a ticket or Season Pass? Maybe a request for another design for next year? Let us know in the comments below!

Save $5 on AnyDay tickets to visit us in 2020 with the promo code HOLIDAY, or click here to get your tickets at sale price. This discount is only available through Tuesday, December 31.

We hope you have a Merry Christmas, and we’ll see you back in Santa Claus, Indiana next season!


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HoWoHacks: Kid Safety

If your goal is to leave Holiday World with the same number of kids you came with, these are the hacks for you! Read on to learn safety tips to keep your trip fun and memorable! For this post, I’ll be using a picture from our last trip of the 2018 Season.

HoWoHack #1: Take a group photo before you enter the park.

In the event someone gets separated from the group, you can show a member of our team a photo of what your child is wearing.  If I’m stressed my recall of what my kid is wearing is going to be hazy. Having a photo to share with a Holiday World staff member gives us an idea of what your child looks like to help us find them faster.
Jones girls ready for Holiday World in 2018

Jones girls ready for Holiday World in 2018

HoWoHack #2: Pick up a FREE Phone Find wristband!

Phone Find wrist bands have a space to write your cell-phone number and name on the wristband.  If your child is wearing the Phone Find wrist band, we will call you to reunite you with your child. These can be picked up at the Wagon Rental, Holiday World’s Height Station, Holiday World Services, and Splashin’ Safari Services.  
Madeline with her FREE Phone Find Bracelet

Madeline with her FREE Phone Find Bracelet

Have a conversation with your kids before you enter the park about what to do if you get separated. When we turn on the Santa Claus exit we discuss what color polos the “Holiday World Helpers” wear: Red, Yellow, Blue, and Grey. Let them know a uniformed park employee can help them if they get lost. If your children are older, plan a meeting place like the fountain in the Christmas section or the Lost Parents station next to Watubee in Splashin’ Safari.  Here are all of our park uniforms in one great photo!
A picture with all Holiday World Uniforms represented.

A picture with all Holiday World Uniforms represented.

HoWoHack #3: Bring your stroller.

You are welcome to bring a standard-size stroller or wagon at no additional cost. Utilizing a stroller or wagon helps us keep our group together, especially in congested areas. Strollers and wagons are also available to be rented for the duration of your visit. More details about renting strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, and scooters can be found on our Rules & Services page.

We love our double stroller!

HoWoHack #4: Take a photo to remember where you parked your car.

You can see it happening at the end of every trip to Holiday World: People using their car remotes to find their vehicle. This is a great idea until several people are doing it at the same time! All the great memories you just made pushed out your memory of your parking spot. Do yourself a favor a take a picture of the row or tram stop nearest your car.  
Take a picture of the signage where you are parked!

We were way out in the Legend lot!

HoWoHack #5: If you have a runner, stick to the park areas with one exit and entrance.

Did you know that the sections focused on our tiniest guests have one entrance and exit? The following areas are laid out with parents with small (and fast!) children in mind: Rudolph’s Reindeer Ranch, Holidog’s Fun Town, Safari Sam’s SplashLand, and the section with Tembo Tides, Tembo Falls, and Kima Bay. Be sure to subscribe to the HoliBlog for more HoWoHacks and updates on Cheetah Chase!
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All They Can Be

This year we honor four Army veterans, one Marine, and one Coast Guard. So we’ll add as an extension of the title: Semper Fidelus | Semper Paratus 

Today, we thank the men and women of the United States armed forces who have served to protect our country and defend our freedom. 

In a single trip to Holiday World, you can experience the traditions of Christmas, Halloween, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving.  Our grounds play host to birthday parties, engagements, family reunions and more. Every year, we take the time to acknowledge one more very special holiday: Veteran’s Day. Because of service members like those on our team, we are able to enjoy this great country. 
2019 Holiday World Full Time Staff Veterans

2019 Holiday World Full Time Staff Veterans

Our veterans from left to right:

  • Elmer, Holiday World Maintenance Technician, United States Army
  • Ethan, Holiday World Maintenance Technician, United States Army
  • John, Holiday World Director of Safety & Security, United States Coast Guard
  • Billy, Holiday World Maintenance Technician, United States Army.
  • Hayley, Holiday World Human Resources Administrator, United States Army
  • Josh (not pictured), Holiday World Roller Coaster Maintenance Technician, United States Marine Corp
Thank you to these – and all other veterans – for their service to our country.
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Halloween Done Right

Casey-CheetahChased When you’re the only park that celebrates Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and Halloween every day, you learn a thing or two about those holidays. So, while I don’t want to brag… I have to say that Holiday World knows how to have a Happy Halloween done right.  This morning our full-time staff all piled into our training room for one of our monthly meetings.  Except today was different. Today was Halloween.  So HR decided to hold a costume contest. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that this group knows how to Halloween.  Full-time employees dressed up for Halloween Our attractions team dressed up as the cast of Wreck-It Ralph
Attractions Wrecking It (Dressed as Wreck-It Ralph characters)

Attractions (from left to right): Adam as Fix-It Felix, Lori as Vanellope von Schweetz, and Alan as Wreck-It Ralph

                      Lisa from our Food & Beverage department dressed up as Dippin’ Dots (and won, might I add).  Lisa dressed as Dippin' Dots    Lisa as Dippin' Dots full picture (It took her a while to get a hand out to accept her award) Casey, our I.T. Director dressed as “Cheetah Chased.” I’ll let the .gif here speak for itself…  
Casey-Cheetah Chased

Run, Casey, Run!!!

We all had fun, but it was time to get back to work.  Our newest member of I.T. (and second-place winner) Kenny got back to his “lab.” (Get it?) KennyStein in the Lab From all of us here at Holiday World, we wish you a safe and happy Halloween! 
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Who Gets the Last Ride?

Sabrina and Shelby

If you look front left, there’s Sabrina (from Communications) and her sister Shelby (from Attractions–you may have seen her operating some of our slides or The Raven or Frightful Falls this summer).

Have you ever wondered who gets the last ride of the season?  After a million guests come through our gates each year, who gets to be the very last rider of the season?  I mean, at HoliWood Nights, people buy the right to be the last rider of the night. Wouldn’t the last ride of the season be just as coveted? We don’t know. And we don’t want to know.

We reserve that spot for our hard-working Team Members.

One of the last rides of the night So Sunday after the last 2019 Guests left the park, our Team Members finished their work and went to ride Thunderbird.  And I snapped a few pictures of the trains.  What’s pictured: trains with our seasonal Team Members riding Thunderbird at night for the last time of the season.  What’s not pictured: the hugs and tears of the last day of the season. 

Working here isn’t about the paycheck. 

It’s about the family you build during a summer of sweating while working hard. And worrying about whether a Guest understood your lame jokes (or wait, was that just me?).  It’s about the memories of goofing off during break with your friends.  It’s about meeting people in one summer who will change your lives forever. 

I’m putting on my owner hat now:

To every Team Member from the 2019 season: thank you from the bottom of my heart. On behalf of the rest
Luke and Austin on Thunderbird

Luke and Austin from Entertainment on Thunderbird

of my family: Thank you. It’s been an incredible season, and it’s been a pleasure getting to know some of you and to help tell just a part of the stories of your summers. If you were there on Sunday, I want to add a special thanks for sticking around to end the season. Even if you didn’t make it to the end of the season, thank you.  That last ride of every season belongs to all of you.  Thank you. 
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