Unofficial Start of Summer

Memorial Day Weekend is a signal that summer has arrived at Holiday World.

It marks an important change in our park calendar. One that a lot of people ask questions about all year long. “Are you open every day?”

And now we can answer that we are.

Both parks are open every day starting Friday, May 26.

That’s right. You can hop on any of our world-class roller coasters any day of the week. You can decide what day to take a lap on one of our record-breaking water coasters by hanging up a calendar of June and throwing a dart at it. Any day that it lands on, we’ll be open!

And you can visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari with any type of ticket you’d like. Whether it’s a Pick Your Date ticket, an Any Day ticket, a 2-Day or 3-Day Flex Ticket, or even a Season Pass for those who know they’ll be visiting the park several times over the course of our season.

To celebrate being open daily, we’re giving away park tickets and overnights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph.

Don’t forget, Holidays in the Sky, our drone and firework spectacular, kicks off June 17 and runs nightly through July 30 (weather permitting). This year’s show features 400 drones taking to the sky in an all-new show. See our full calendar!

Enter to Win 4 Tickets & 2 Overnights!

We’re giving away four tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two nights in a Holiday Cottage at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph! Overnights at Lake Rudolph must be used before June 22.

There are several ways that you can enter to win our latest giveaway – including some options that you can choose to enter with daily. So be sure to enter through 8pm on Friday, June 2!

Reminder: Holiday World will never comment on a social media post telling you that you’ve won our giveaway. When our giveaway is over, the winner’s first name and last initial will be displayed in the giveaway details. Winners will be contacted at the email address they provided while signing in to earn entries.

Why You Should Visit in May!

The temperatures are rising, the rides are ready to go, and the pools have been filled with water.

And that can only mean one thing. Holiday World’s Opening Weekend is almost here.

While most Guests don’t start planning their visit until after Memorial Day Weekend, they’re missing out on some of our lowest ticket prices of the season and some of the shortest lines we’ll have all year. There are perks to being an early visitor!

So don’t delay in planning your first trip of the season. With our Pick Your Date calendar, you can save up to $30 on tickets to visit in May online at In fact, the SMALLEST amount you’ll save on tickets to visit this month is $20 per ticket. So what are you waiting for?

Start planning your first trip now!

To celebrate counting down those last few days until we open on Saturday, May 13, we’ve decided to start a new giveaway.

Enter to Win 4 Tickets & 2 Overnights!

We’re giving away four tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two overnights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph!

There are several ways that you can enter to win our latest giveaway – including some options that you can choose to enter with daily!

Holiday World opens for the season on Saturday, May 13. Splashin’ Safari opens Saturday, May 20. See our full calendar now!

Holiday World Announces New Attraction Names

2023 is the year of Operations

We’re laser-focused on delivering outstanding operations to our Guests in 2023. How? We’re recruiting more Team Members from around the country to our Team Member Housing, and the world. And, our cashless transactions will make transactions faster. 

PLUS Season Passholders have more options than ever to skip the processing lines on their first visit by submitting online or visiting one of our early processing days. 

But that’s just the start

We’re revolutionizing how we think about the Guest experience, and we’ve decided it’s time to move on from the names we assign to our attractions, shops, and restaurants. 

You see, we realize that navigating a park can be confusing. It’s 100+ acres and two parks’ worth of fun. PLUS we have free parking, sunscreen, and soft drinks, which can turn first-time visitors’ brains upside-down. 

And if that’s not enough, sometimes we change a ride’s name. Or we move the ride. Or we bring back a new ride and give it an old ride’s name (Firecracker, anyone?). Sometimes, we completely reinvent a restaurant and change its name (Kringle’s). 

So, for those of you who aren’t interested in keeping up with the name changes, we’re introducing our all-new map. Effective May 6, 2023, we’re calling things by the names our Guests actually use. 

Here’s the new map


Sure, our team gets a little frustrated when The Voyage is referred to as “The Voyager.” One letter turns it from an ocean journey to a space journey (Trekkies will get that and I pretend to do so as well). However, people add the “r,” so we will too.

Another example? Bakuli. It’s such a fun ride and the name means “bowl” in Swahili. Perfect, right? Yet our Guests insist on calling it the “toilet.” So…  we’ll support that as… nope still can’t do it. 

You’re looking for another? Ok. Funnel Cake Factory is a classic. It’s a small stand, so “factory” may not be the perfect name for it. We hear many Guests call it “Freedom Funnel Cakes,” so we’ll call it that as well. 

Why didn’t we do this sooner?

Well, we’re America’s First Theme Park. So theming and naming attractions is a big deal around here. We try to come up with names that are simple and easy to understand. For example, we considered naming our Digital Photo Pass plenty of cute names from HoliPics to Holiday Memories, but… we decided it might be easiest to name it what it is. 

But, we also have a lot of names that just make us happy. For example, The Legend references “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving. I literally named my dog “Ichabod” because The Legend is my favorite of our wooden coasters.

Wait. Was this a bad idea? No. Don’t look back, Leah. 

Names are important to us, so we’ve held onto them for a very long time, but improving our effectiveness at providing navigational assistance is worth it. 

Figure it out yet?

There’s no coincidence this announcement is happening on Saturday, April 1st. April fools! However… there is one name change that really will be happening! Comment on our blog to see if you’ve figured it out! 

HoliWood Nights 2023 Updates

Coaster Grease

Dear HoliWood Nights Attendees,

We appreciate your understanding and/or support of our 2022 HoliWood Nights experiment, “Honey, We Shrunk the Event.” It was a difficult decision to make, but we loved getting the chance to know some Guests a little better with our 2022 event and hope to do so again this year.

The experiment isn’t over, though.

This year’s event will be June 2 & 3, and the theme is Coaster Grease! We’re hopelessly devoted to our coaster enthusiasts, so we listened. And this event is undergoing some far-less-dramatic changes than Sandra Dee. Though, if you look at the countdown clock below and continue reading, you’ll notice at least one change is coming… keep reading…

HoliWood Nights Tickets go on sale in:


Good ole Sandra Dee… AKA “What’s staying the same”

  • Capacity is still limited so we can deliver the best possible experience (though we decided we could increase our capacity some from last year).
  • TWO FULL DAYS of ERT, walkbacks, fun, and food
  • At least one person in each purchase group must be a partner club member, but each member can bring three additional Guests. (That’s four total tickets per transaction)
  • Trimless rides on The Voyage
  • As Principal McGee said, “Anyone doing tasteless or vulgar movements will be immediately disqualified.” In other words, the rules of conduct still apply—we don’t tolerate rider misconduct.

Pink Ladies Sandy… AKA “What’s changing”

  • Goodbye form! Hello, greased lightning! We’re releasing tickets Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 11 am CENTRAL time. Tickets this year are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click the links below to save this date to your calendar.
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  • We have one event ticket price—the Season Passholder price will not be offered this year. The price for two days of ERT, walkbacks, fun, and food is now $140 per person (and if you’re planning ahead and want to split the processing fee, it’s $6.99).
  • Name changes must be made at the event, not over the phone or online. Some of you know our Call Center team by name after last year so we’re giving them a break.
  • We have more tickets available this year and a partner Coaster Club Member can now bring three additional Guests.

Other important information

  • We’re going cashless in 2023. Click here for more information.
  • We don’t offer refunds, so don’t wait until Tuesday at 10:59 am (central time) to text your friend to find out if they’re joining you. 
  • We’ve never done a first-come, first-served ticket release, so there are some things we don’t know. Depending on the popularity, you may be put in a “waiting room.” If that happens, please wait patiently, as you’ll be put in a queue to enter the store and you’ll be allowed in as soon as a purchase is complete, or someone exits the shop.

REMINDER: Click below to add this event to your calendar!

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We know this news won’t be peachy keen, jellybean with everyone, but we hope you understand that we’re doing our best to listen to every enthusiast. Changing the tickets to first-come, first-served, and increasing the number of tickets per transaction were the two most-requested changes.

Please look out for your members of the coaster community who may not be on Facebook and may not be part of this group and help us spread the word. We don’t want anyone to miss the Dec. 6 ticket drop.

We hope you understand the changes. After all, enthusiasts and HoliWood Nights go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong…

(Yes, I’m sticking all these songs in your head… maybe it’ll be a nice break from all of the Christmas music?)

-Leah Koch-Blumhardt

Fourth-Generation Owner & Director of Communications

Bring A Friend Free: Breaking Down A Lesser-Known Pass Perk

Quick Reference

  • If you are a first-time Passholder, jump to Option 1 Below to learn how to visit on Sundays this season
  • If you have a 2022 Season Pass or Platinum Season Pass and get a 2023 Platinum Pass that’s paid in full, jump to Option 2 to learn how to bring a friend for Free on Sundays this season


2023 Season Passes are on sale at the lowest price of the year now. And will be through October 12.

And we’ll let you in on a little secret about Season Pass prices. If you haven’t listened to our Podcast, that is.

Season Passes start at the lowest price of the year each fall and gradually work their way up toward full price the closer we get to Opening Day in May. There are no flash sales or holiday discounts that will make you regret buying early. The lowest price is always right now.

And the savings you can get before October 13 can add up. Here’s how:

  • You can get a Season Pass for $135 by Oct. 12, 2022. If you wait until Opening Day, that same Pass will cost you $175.
  • Lock in a Platinum Season Pass by Oct. 12, 2022 for $170. By comparison, if you wait until after May 6 a regular Season Pass is $175.

Purchase now and you get more perks and lower prices. What’s not to love?

Our Season Passes unlock tons of great perks to use all season long, like in-park savings, discounted locker rental prices, and, in 2023 a new calendar for discounted Bring A Friend tickets.

But let’s break down one of our Platinum Season Pass perks that often gets overlooked.

“Buy this Year, Visit this Year. Sundays during HHW (when paid in full)”

It’s only a few words on the benefits chart, but there’s a lot of unpacking needed to make sure you’re able to take full advantage of this perk.

The cast of the Monster Mash

This not-so-scary Pass perk can be used during Happy Halloween Weekends this season!

Option 1: Buy This Year, Visit This Year

Unlock By:

  1. Purchasing a 2023 Platinum Season Pass that’s paid in full (but you don’t have a 2022 Season Pass or Platinum Season Pass)

Everything you need to know:

This perk gives you the option to start using your Season Pass early. Instead of waiting for next May and kicking off the season with our Passholder Preview Weekend dates, you can get the fun started this fall and visit on Sundays during Happy Halloween Weekends.

How It Works:

We’ll process your 2023 Platinum Season Pass when you visit any Sunday this fall.

Just bring your printed voucher to Guest Relations and our Pass Photo Processing room to the left of the Front Gate. Then you’re free to visit any Sunday through the rest of the season.


Option 2: Bring A Friend FREE

Unlock By:

  1. Having a 2022 Season Pass or Platinum Season Pass AND
  2. Purchasing a 2023 Platinum Season Pass that’s paid in full

Everything you need to know about this perk: 

If you’re not able to take advantage of our Buy This Year, Visit This Year perk, that means you’re already a Passholder. Since you already have a 2022 Season Pass or Platinum Season Pass, you’re able to visit any day during Happy Halloween Weekends this season, not just Sundays.

If you purchase a 2023 Platinum Season Pass that’s paid in full, you can technically use BOTH of your Season Passes. But you just need one to get yourself into the park.

So you unlock the rarest type of Bring A Friend ticket we have: the FREE Bring A Friend ticket.

How It Works:

On Sundays during Happy Halloween Weekends, you’re able to use your 2022 Season Pass or Platinum Season Pass to visit and let a friend use your 2023 Platinum Season Pass that’s paid in full to get into the park with you.

Double the fun by visiting with a family member or friend any Sunday through the end of the season.

2023 Season Passes Now Available
So what are you waiting for? There’s no better time to get a 2023 Season Pass!

Don’t forget! 

If you’re a 2022 Season Passholder, you can bring a friend for $25 on Sundays during Happy Halloween Weekends. If you qualify for option 2, you can bring one friend for free and another for $25! 

Introducing the FREE Pre-K Season Pass for 4- & 5-Year-Olds

Each year when Season Passes go on sale, our fans who visit most frequently have a tough choice to make. They have to decide which Season Pass is best for the upcoming summer.

We offer three different Season Pass options. From Platinum Season Passes to Summer Fun Cards, each Pass comes loaded with a different level of perks.

Our Platinum Passes are loaded with the most perks while Summer Fun Cards are our most affordable Pass.

Once fans make their choice, their summer plans are put into motion and they unlock all the benefits that come with the Pass they chose.

But for 2023, there’s a new member of the Season Pass Family.

Enter the FREE Pre-K Season Pass.

Our new FREE Pre-K Season Pass is a Season Pass just for four- and five-year-olds. Our youngest fans clearly get our coolest new Season Pass!

It gets the Passholder into both parks for free all season long, including during Kids World and Happy Halloween Weekends.

Family members will just register their Pre-K Pass through our online store and provide a few details about the Passholder. After that, they just need to bring age-confirming documents – such as a birth certificate or Passport – to the park when the Pre-K Pass is processed. As long as a child is under five years old when their Pass is processed, they’re all set for the season. There are no upgrades needed when they hit their sixth birthday.

Children must not be 6 years old before May 6, 2023, and must be registered online by September 4, 2023.

Note: Pre-K Season Passes are only available online. They must be added to your online shopping cart, registered with Passholder information, and then processed with age-confirming documents at Guest Relations on your first visit of the season. Pre-K Passes cannot be registered at the park or over the phone. They must be processed at the park by September 4, 2023.

The Pre-K Season Pass doesn’t come loaded with any additional benefits, but Passholders are free to share food and merchandise discounts with their family members who have Season Passes or Platinum Season Passes.

Getting a Pre-K Pass is the easiest choice parents, grandparents, guardians, or any family member can make for the four- and five-year-olds in their life!

So what are you waiting for? Get your FREE Pre-K Season Passes now!

Enjoy a free Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Handwriting & Coloring Book by clicking the image below!

Have more questions? We’ve got you covered. We put together a list of FAQs that address topics like how many Pre-K Passes you can get, the last day to process Pre-K Passes for the 2023 season, and if you have to have a Season Pass to get your child a Pre-K Pass.

Click Here for a List of Frequently Asked Questions

2023 Pre-K Passes must be registered online by September 4, 2023.


Updated Pass Perks Include More Bring A Friend Tickets Than Ever!

When we ask our Platinum Season Passholders what their favorite pass benefit is, it’s almost always a unanimous answer. Discounted Bring A Friend tickets.

Our Passholders love sharing their visits.

Who can blame them? It’s more fun making memories here when you can share the day with family and friends!

In 2022, Platinum Passholders got six flexible discounted Bring A Friend tickets they could use any day of the week but Saturday. Season and Platinum Passholders also had a few select dates that they could purchase one discounted Bring A Friend ticket.

For 2023, we tried to simplify that perk, and expand it to have more Bring A Friend ticket options than ever before.

Bring A Friend Tickets Update

We started with giving Season Passholders a dozen discounted Bring A Friend tickets over the course of the season. With different monthly allotments as we progress from May to October.

Then we doubled that amount for Platinum Passholders. They get up to 24 discounted Bring A Friend tickets in 2023.

Bring A Friend tickets can be used any day of the week or Saturdays in July and August, but we lifted that requirement on any tickets purchased in May, June, September, and October. You can bring even more friends when you know lines at the park will be shorter.

Note: Our two Preview Passholder dates are still only for those Passholders. Discounted Bring A Friend tickets are available for purchase starting on Saturday, May 13.

Here’s the Season Passholder Discounted Bring A Friend Ticket calendar we put together for 2023. Click the image below for a downloadable and printable version.

All the other Passholder perks are back as well. Passholders will continue to enjoy discounts on food and gift shop purchases, discounted locker rental rates, and exclusive Passholder dates before we open for the season. To see the full benefits chart, click here.

If you haven’t heard, we also released a new type of Season Pass this season for our preschool fans!

Our new FREE Pre-K Season Pass is available for four- and five-year-olds to visit all season long for free. Including during Kids World and Happy Halloween Weekends. Just register the pass online and provide some Passholder information and then process it at the park with age-confirming documents. You can see a full blog post about it in the HoliBlog.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start deciding who you’re inviting to the park with you in 2023.

Sweepstakes: Happy Halloween Weekends Spooktacular

Raven During Happy Halloween Weekends

Happy Halloween Weekends are nearly here!

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

Raven During Happy Halloween Weekends

The end of our 2022 season is quickly approaching, but the fun is not over just yet.

We still have time for another 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 Any Day tickets and two overnights at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph. Plus, the next 25 fastest fans will win a pair of tickets that are valid through the end of our 2022 season. 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!

Happy Halloween Weekends run weekends from September 24 through Sunday, October 30. For full hours, see our calendar online.

Good luck to all who enter!

Equal Parts Holiday World and Santa Claus Land

Tin Smith sign reads Geo. Koch 1873

Today is our 76th Birthday! 

In finding the words to share about today, I started diving into all the things I’ve learned since we began working on our commemorative book: “Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari: 75 Years of America’s First Theme Park.” Shameless plug: buy your copy of our book here


The world was changing in 1946, and while we were the first theme park, we were barely the first. Many similar attractions were opening around the country, yet we were just shy of a decade before the opening of Disneyland. Coming out of the war, people just wanted to have fun, and amusement parks and the entertainment industry were booming. But I’m still amazed that my great-grandfather, Louis J. Koch, had the vision and drive to build Santa Claus Land. After all, his family business, George Koch & Sons had found great success making tin horns at his family’s tin shop during World War II, when toys couldn’t be imported.

Tin Smith sign reads Geo. Koch 1873

Boulder Canyon includes a tribute to my great-great grandfather, who started the tin shop. Louis J. Koch and his brothers named the business after their father passed.

And then I started thinking about the early 1980s, when my grandfather, Bill Koch, decided that Santa Claus Land was too limiting a concept. He decided we should become Holiday World. He smartly started easing the name in, adding “It’s a Holiday World of Fun!” to marketing materials for a few years before the name changed. 

And it hit me. The name change happened 38 years ago. And that name change occurred 38 years into Santa Claus Land’s story. 

We’ve been Holiday World as long as we were Santa Claus Land. 

And yet, there are so many people out there who tell me this place will always be Santa Claus Land to them. 

I love that. 

I’m forever grateful that my grandfather had the vision to expand our park beyond just one holiday. It opened up a world of theming for Frightful Falls, Raging Rapids, The Raven, The Legend, and so many more attractions. 

It’s also incredible to think about the way the industry started to explode in the late 80s and early 90s. 

In 1984, we built Frightful Falls. We added Banshee in 1986. And it was another four years until we added Raging Rapids. In 1993, we began Splashin’ Safari, added the Wave in 1994, and of course, added The Raven in 1995. From there, it kicked off years of new attractions every year. And the rest of the industry was doing the same. 

In 1993, our water park looked like this: 

By 2000, my dad was introducing Free Unlimited Soft Drinks, and building The Legend. Meanwhile, I was playing Roller Coaster Tycoon. And telling my dad about how free soft drinks flopped in “my parks.” He responded that a simple computer game, “doesn’t get what we’re doing here.” Of course, he was right. 


And here we are in 2022, and the original water park is now the plaza for our existing water park. 

It’s incredible to think that our footprint has increased faster in the last three decades than it did in the first four, but it couldn’t have happened without each generation moving the park forward. My great-grandfather had the vision. My grandfather lobbied to move Interstate 64 closer to us to drive traffic and expanded us beyond Christmas. It all set my dad up to grow the park with the best attractions in the world, but he still had the vision to build a specialty in wooden coasters, and build the best water park attraction in the world, Wildebeest. And that all set us up so that my siblings, my mom, and I can tell stories with our attractions. We can even complete the theming my dad wanted all along but had to cut from the budget to keep us competitive in the mega-park generation of the 1990s and 2000s. 

I love to take August 3 each year to remember the three generations who so wonderfully shaped the history of this park and appreciate how far we’ve come. As we move into a time where we’ve been Holiday World longer than Santa Claus Land, I hope people appreciate the way Santa Claus Land shaped who we are today. 

We believe in Santa Claus. And we always will. 

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Sweepstakes: National Water Coaster Day 2022

National Water Coaster Day

Last year, Wildebeest, our first water coaster that started us on a journey toward becoming the Water Coaster Capital of the World, hit 1 MILLION cycles on July 22. We celebrated by declaring our own holiday: National Water Coaster Day. After all, we’re Holiday World, and it was about time we created our own holidayNational Water Coaster Day

Our second-annual celebration of National Water Coaster Day is July 22, and we hope you’ll join us! 

In celebration, we’re giving away a Water Coaster Family Fun Package that includes: 

  • Six Tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari for the 2022 Season, and
  • Six single-use Quick Access Passes valid for up to four Guests each so each member of the family can skip the line at their favorite water coaster (and bring a few people along)! These aren’t available for sale in the park, so you don’t want to miss entering! 

Sweepstakes ends at 7 pm on National Water Coaster Day, July 22, 2022.

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 and Koch Development Corporation 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, including following us on different social media channels, and many more! 
  • 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.
  • View full rules through the widget below. 

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