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.

OR

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 but 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.

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.

The lowest Season Pass prices for 2023 are available for the next month. Buy your Season Passes before October 12 to lock in the savings!

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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Sweepstakes: #HOWOGLOW Getaway

Holidays in the Sky is in full swing, and we’ve loved seeing your photos and videos. And we want to see more!

We’re giving away a #HOWOGLOW Family Getaway which includes:

  • Four Tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari for the 2022 Season,
  • Four Tickets to our Elevated Experience, where you can enjoy premium seating and snacks during Holidays in the Sky
  • AND two overnights in a Holiday Cottage at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph, (valid through August 4, 2022 ONLY). There are a few ways to gain entries, but the best one is to post a photo using #HOWOGLOW on Instagram and share the link in the widget below. 

Sweepstakes is open until 7 pm Central Time on Monday, July 18, 2022.

But first, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • HAVE FUN! Your photo or video submission gains you extra entries, but this is not a contest. We just want to see you share the fun you had!  
  • 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, Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph, 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, but the best way to enter is to share a photo daily using the hashtag #HOWOGLOW (don’t forget to submit that photo through the widget, or else it won’t count)! You can even claim bonus entries every day, or refer a friend via Facebook or Twitter. False or “dummy” submissions will be disqualified. 
  • 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.
  • If you win our #HOWOGLOW Getaway Sweepstakes, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Holiday Cottage reservation at Lake Rudolph. *The cottage will be available through August 4, 2022 ONLY. 
  • Please make sure you check your email on July 18, as you don’t want to miss precious planning hours before Holidays in the Sky ends on July 31! 
  • View full rules through the widget below. 

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Contest: Fun Takes Flight

Holidays in the Sky, our new drone and firework spectacular, takes flight this Saturday, June 18!

A swarm of 300 drones will light the night sky every evening through July 31 with a show you have to see to believe.

The party kicks off each evening in the German American Bank Party Plaza with a DJ-led dance party before taking to the sky with holiday designs up to 700 feet wide.

And we want you to see the show!

Sweepstakes: Enter to Win A Family Vacation Package

To celebrate, we’re giving away some great prizes, including a Family Vacation Package with 4 two-day tickets to Holiday World and two nights at Santa’s Lodge!

Dozens will win a pair of free tickets.

And thousands will receive an exclusive ticket discount.

Only the fastest will win the top prizes! The only catch is that we won’t say when these prizes will be up for grabs.

So be sure to sign up now!

If you’d like to be one of the earliest to know when the prizes will be available, be sure to share with your friends and family, and get them to participate. We’ll give you a heads-up so you’ll know ahead of time when these prizes go live.

Have any questions about the sweepstakes? Keep reading.

Sweepstakes: Enter to Win A Family Vacation Package

How do these 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!

Sweepstakes: Enter to Win A Family Vacation Package

Good luck to all who enter!

Sweepstakes: Beat the Heat of Summer!

This sweepstakes has now concluded!

Are you ready to make a splash this summer?

Splashin’ Safari is the Water Coaster Capital of the World, and we’ve got you covered!

In fact, if you visit within the next few weeks, you can enjoy some of the smallest crowds and shortest lines of the season. So what are you waiting for? Come on in, the water’s fine!

That’s why we think it’s the perfect time to give away six tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two overnights in a Holiday Cottage at Sun Outdoor Lake Rudolph (valid through June 23, 2022 ONLY).

Keep scrolling to enter. Our latest sweepstakes is open until 9pm Central Time on Monday, June 13, 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, Koch Development Corporation, Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph, 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.
  • 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.
  • If you win our Beat the Heat of Summer 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: April 29 – June 23, 2022 ONLY.

 

$1,000 Lifeguard, Rides & Slides Team Member Bonus

Lifeguards

We’ve introduced a special program where Lifeguards, can earn up to $1,000 in bonuses in 2022. If you’ve made up your mind and you’re ready to apply,  Lifeguards, click here.  Ride Operators and Slide Attendants, click here

If you’ve ever considered applying to work as a seasonal Team Member at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, you probably have heard of some of our perks: Free Season Pass, Discounts on Food & Merch, 2 free uniforms… there’s a ton! 

This year, we decided to add a special perk just for our Lifeguards. After all, our Lifeguards are some of the best in the industry, and their focus and diligence mean families can splash safely. So this year, as a thank you…

Lifeguards can earn up to $1,000 in bonuses in 2022 

Here’s how: 

  • Get the first $250 after you work 80 hours as a Lifeguard, Slide Attendant, or Ride Operator
  • Get the second $250 after you work 300 hours as a Lifeguard, Slide Attendant, or Ride Operator
  • Get the final $500 if you stay actively employed with us through Labor Day Weekend and have three or fewer absences (that doesn’t mean you have to work on Labor Day, you just still need to be regularly working a shift or two by that weekend)

*New & Returning Lifeguards, Slide Attendants, and Ride Operators are eligible; Team Members must meet the standards for the first $250 bonuses in order to be eligible for the last $500 bonus. The ride operator helps a little boy start his ride on Tippecanoes

Not a certified lifeguard? Not a problem! 

We provide American Red Cross Lifeguard Training courses for you. If you’re already Red Cross Certified, just take our facilities course and you’re all set.  

MORE PERKS

Team Members 18 years or older start at $13/hr, and during select weekends, $15/hr. ALL of our seasonal Team Members gain access to awesome perks: 

  • Free Personal Season Pass to enjoy the parks when you’re not working
  • Tuition Discounts to Western Kentucky University, Hanover College, Sullivan University, and Indiana Tech
  • FREE access to over 30 Amusement Parks, zoos, aquariums, and more!
  • HoliPoints are earned for every hour worked, and can be redeemed for extra uniforms, HoliCash, gift cards to Amazon or other retailers, or FitBits and iPads
  • 50% Discount on Food
  • 20% Discount on Merchandise 
  • Access to affordable Transportation
  • Referral Program: Double your HoliPoints potential by referring a friend to work at Holiday World 
  • Teacher Program: Teachers earn gift cards for their classrooms 

What are you waiting for? Click here to apply now!

Ready to claim your $1,000 Bonus?Lifeguards

Apply & Interview

Apply here to be a Lifeguard.  Apply here to be a Slide Attendant or Ride Operator. We’ll reach out to you soon for a short phone interview, and if you’re selected, we’ll send you an official offer email soon after. Click “accept” and start your onboarding.

Onboarding

We can take some documents online, but some we still have to see in person. To make sure your onboarding trip is a one-stop success, please check our Onboarding page to make sure you have everything you need, including a document that establishes identity–must be a photo ID and meet requirements here, a document that establishes eligibility to work in the United States, and a voided check so we can set up direct deposit.

Training

We’ll get your orientation and training scheduled as soon as possible and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to earning that $1,000 bonus. Once again, you don’t have to be a certified Lifeguard–we’ll train you. 

Start your summer adventure. Click to apply now!

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