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 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.

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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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Out with the Old, In with the Smooth

This week we set out to answer two of
your burning questions about the Voyage:

Why did we start track work early?
What are we doing to the track?

Initially we thought we would take some cellphone pictures to share progress on the Voyage.

Once we started working with the maintenance team and heard what they were up to,
we couldn’t resist turning it into a full morning of production.

Over 600 feet of the old track is being replaced to ensure smooth voyages in 2020
and our maintenance crew is already on track with the upgrades.
 

Here is where the track maintenance ends on the Voyage.

The end of the line! Here is where the track maintenance ends on the Voyage.

Once I started talking with the crew one thing became abundantly clear:
Our roller coaster technicians are passionate about our coasters and giving our guests the best experience.

Our three wooden coasters get ridden every morning by our roller coaster techs.

When the Voyage was due for maintenance, they knew exactly where they wanted to smooth out the ride in the off season.

These upgrades are going to make for a MUCH smoother ride!

In the photo above the rail is nailed to the middle to the hand rail.

In the photo above the rail is nailed to the middle to the hand rail.

First, our team  nails the rails to either the top or middle of the side rail.

Taking this step first ensures that each piece of rail goes back in the correct order when the track work is finished.

Here is the section of track where the rails and track have already been removed. The rails are nailed to the hand rail so the crew can easily put them back in order.

Here is the section of track where the rails and track have already been removed. The rails are nailed to the hand rail so the crew can easily put them back in order.

Why did we need the jump start to get the Voyage repairs done before 2020?

Through our annual maintenance rotation between our three wooden roller coasters, it was time to check up on the Voyage.

After an assessment, it was determined we would replace about 40 feet,
with the overlap that adds up to over 600 feet of track! 

Under the rails are EIGHT layers of staggered wood!

Under the rails are EIGHT layers of staggered wood!

When repairs are made to a wooden coaster, you can’t just remove the part you are focused on improving.

Once the rails are up there are EIGHT overlapped layers of wood that have to be removed!

So large sections of the coaster have to be removed to smooth out small portions of the ride.

Our team carefully removing a chunk of the Voyage!

Our team carefully removing a chunk of the Voyage!

Have you ever noticed that our coasters blend in with their scenic surroundings?

To not disturb the treeline or fencing in place, the telehandler has very little room to work and navigate.

As you can see in the picture above, the pieces are led by another team member to ensure the track doesn’t swing.

Once they have detached a section it gets added to the ever-growing discard pile.

Old track pieces laying in a pile.

Out with the old track, in with the smooth!

The wood seen above also can’t be picked up at your local department store.

We have found a specific type that is hardy enough to withstand  daily use and Indiana’s elements.

The Voyage improvements are evidence of Holiday World’s dedication to improving our guest’s experience.

Our team exceeds industry standards by not only maintaining our coasters but working to make them better.

Not only do we have exciting projects like Cheetah Chase, but we’re prioritizing the upkeep of the rides you love!

Fans of the Voyage will have a much smoother ride in 2020! Who’s counting down the days to May already?

Check out the latest installment of Hard Hat Chronicles to see upgrades from a birds-eye view with comments from Josh a Holiday World Roller Coaster Technician! 

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Walking in a Halloween Wonderland

Amanda and Alison

Each year for Happy Halloween Weekends, our seasonal Team Members transform the park to give it a festive Halloween Feeling. So our Communications team set out while the park was still being decorated. Since we’re still in Santa Claus, Indiana, it just makes sense to call it a walk in a “Halloween Wonderland.” I’m sorry.

Communications Team

Communications team from left to right: Josh, Sabrina, and myself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First we ran into Allison and Amanda from Entertainment and Events. They were hard at work spray-painting hay bales:

Amanda and Alison with "Frankenstraw" hay bale

Allison (left) and Amanda (right) posing with their work of art… we like to call him FrankenstrawHaybales in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t seen these (as well as our Kitty Claws hay bales painted by my talented sister Lauren), you’re missing out.

 Lauren Hay Kitties Snap

In case you haven’t visited before during our Happy Halloween Weekends, you should know the fun and festive decorations you’re missing out on…

There’s lovely fall decor:

 HHW Decor

And spooky additions like this giant Spider’s web over our Spider’s Web games:

Spiders WebSpider Shadow

And cute little monsters hiding in our landscaping:

Avenue of Flags EyesAlamo Eyes

We have new balloons:

    Balloons Walkway

And photo opportunities galore…

Kitty Pumpkin Chirstmas Plaza

The Kitty Claws Pumpkin

 

Haunted Houses

The Spooky Houses Hill

 

Josh posing with pumpkins photo opportunity

Josh was a good sport posing with the pumpkins here

 

Sabrina Scarecrow

Sabrina as a scarecrow (though after we took this picture they moved things around and now there’s a cute Halloween train there)

 

Leah posing in Kitty's trick or treat bag

…and if I forced Josh and Sabrina to take pictures I had to take one too…

Sabrina and I even stopped by the 4th of July wall (painted just this year by the way) for a quick photo shoot.  If you haven’t been there yet, it’s a great background for some excellent selfies. 

Sabrina 4th of July WallPatriotic Wall

 

And just to tie the title of this blog post back in from that tangent, I’ve re-written some lyrics from Walking in a Winter Wonderland: 

People scream, are you listening?

In the maze, voices whispering

A most frightful sight, 

It’s spooky tonight,

Walking in a Halloween Wonderland

 

Enjoy getting that tune unstuck from your head. I’ll be singing it for the next week…

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Sweepstakes: Happy Halloween Weekends Spooktacular

Raven During Happy Halloween Weekends

Happy Halloween Weekends are here!Raven During Happy Halloween Weekends

That means cooler weather, shorter lines, and all the family-friendly Halloween fun you can handle.

The end of our 2019 season is quickly approaching, but it’s not over just yet.

We still have time for one more sweepstakes.

The trick is that you’ll need to be quick to win.

The treat is that we’ll have dozens of winners!

The Grand Prize is a Family Getaway with four two-day tickets and two nights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort. Plus, the next 25 fastest fans will win a pair of tickets. Everyone else will receive an exclusive ticket discount.

Before entering, 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).
  • If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Holiday Cottage reservation at Lake Rudolph.
  • 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).

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

If you have questions about the sweepstakes, keep reading.

 

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 in this sweepstakes!

Kitty, Sam, George, and Holidog in their Halloween costumes!

Kitty, Sam, George, and Holidog in their Halloween costumes!

Happy Halloween Weekends run weekends through Sunday, October 27. For full hours, see our calendar here!

Good luck to all who enter!

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Splashin’ out of Summer

Adam Lori and James ready to jump into the Wave

Splashin’ Safari has officially closed for the season, and the only way to truly say goodbye is with a splash, right? 

We’re sad to see it close. We’re also excited that summer makes way for Happy Halloween Weekends which means pumpkin pie flurries (and hopefully some fall weather because my sweater collection needs some love). 

So to commemorate this bittersweet moment, our Attractions Management team did a celebratory leap. With our seasonal lifeguards and slide attendants cheering them on, VP James, Director Lori, and Water Park Manager Adam took a dip… in full uniform. 

Frankly, the video of them jumping in The Wave in full uniform was too good not to share…

 

That may be a wrap on the Splashin’ Safari season, but it’s not the end of the season for us. We’ve got pumpkin spice funnel cakes starting up this weekend plus two new shows for Happy Halloween Weekends. 

That said, our Splashin’ Safari employees worked hard this summer, and they deserve credit for it. To all our seasonal employees who have been out in the sun watching out for the safety of our Guests: thank you. We truly appreciate everything you do and how hard you’ve worked. 

Also, if you visit often and have favorite lifeguards, never fear–many of them continue working during Happy Halloween Weekends. You may just see a few in one of our walk-through attractions such as Holidog’s 3-D Adventure, Carnival Chaos, and ScareBNB. 

…And if you start feeling sad about Splashin’ Safari being closed, maybe play this video again. 

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Cheetah Chase Check In

Cheetah Chase Slide Pieces
First Bit of Concrete for Cheetah Chase

The first footer being poured. Cheetah Chase will have 56 total.

Ever since we announced that we’re building the World’s First Launched Water Coaster, we’ve received a lot of comments and questions about it.

One of the most-asked questions: “When are you going to start building Cheetah Chase?”

Well, that wait is over. 

We started just over a week ago when the first footers were poured in the area between Bahari River and Kima Bay.

At just before 9am, the first concrete truck pulled in and the slide’s foundation began to take shape!

But what about the slide pieces?

Cheetah Chase Slide Pieces

The first pieces of Cheetah Chase to arrive from Canada.

We got a special delivery this Thursday.

The first four truckloads of fiberglass were delivered from ProSlide.

The first pieces to arrive include sections of the slide’s “flying saucer” turns. Those are the turns that have an open section on the inside that you can look up into as you change directions.

You can get a closer view of these pieces if you visit during Happy Halloween Weekends.

If you take one of our Hay Rides to the Corn Mazes, you’ll pass by the pieces that have arrived.

It just so happens that the colors of the slides match the upcoming holiday perfectly!

Are you ready to ride?

Be sure to purchase your 2020 Season Pass by this Sunday, September 15 to save up to $51 per pass. You’ll be able to ride all season long next year.

The real Cheetah Chase may not be finished yet, but you can still take a virtual ride now!

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Caution: Corn Puns Ahead

In Indiana, we endure corn comments and jokes, but there is a kernel of truth to them.

We know corn and how to grow it, you could say we’ve cornered the market.

Our 2019 Happy Halloween Weekend corn maze is no exception,
it is A-MAIZE-ING!

Corn Maze Cutting

Each spring, a local farmer plants 12 acres of corn to prepare for Happy Halloween Weekends.

When the stalks are about knee high, we cut in that year’s design as seen below:

2019 Corn Maze Map

 

 Now that we’re done with the puns, here are a few other kernels of information:

  • Our corn maze and hay rides come at no extra cost!
  • We created this ‘Mazed & Cornfused Map. Simply pick one up as you enter the maze so you won’t have to play it by ear.
  • Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Stay on paths. (Creating your own shortcut will ruin the maze!)
  • No running or horseplay.
  • Leave no trace – Please do not touch, pick, or eat the corn.
  • Watch your step! Paths could be muddy.
  • Wheelchairs access in the maze may be rough or muddy.
  • Do not smoke or vape in the maze.
  • Dispose of trash in the trash cans by the maze entrance, please.
  • Lost or overwhelmed? Locate the nearest ‘Mazed & Cornfused station on the map and pull the rope to raise the flag – we’ll be right there!

Happy Halloween Weekends start Saturday, September 21 and run through October 27, 2019. Best discounts on tickets are available here on our website.

We can’t wait to meet you at the end of the maze and give you a big corngratulations!