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!

Top 10 reasons you’ll love Kids World

Kids World Balloons

Kids World is almost over already! There’s only two days left (and two days left of water park time if you’re counting), and if you haven’t visited yet you’re about to miss out. Here’s the Top 10 reasons you’ll love Kids World:

10. All the Rides & Slides you love at no extra cost

That’s right! Kids World is simply part of the ticket when you enter the park on an event date. There’s extra entertainment, food, and activities for little ones, but the park will still operate the same. 

Thunderbird and Crow's Nest   Splashin' Safari

9. Balloons!

We’ve decorated the whole park in balloons to make the whole park more festive!

Kids World Balloons

Santa with Kids World Balloons

 

8. Scavenger Hunt

Our scavenger hunt map is $5.99 and comes with a free prize–we won’t tell you what! 

If you want to know more about our scavenger hunt, check out this video!

Scavenger Hunt MapScavenger Hunt Stickers

7. Stilt Walkers 

We have stilt walkers wandering the park and making balloon animals!

Stilt Walkers  Stilt Walker 2

6. BUBBLES!

Our special bubbles Fun Zone has more bubbles than you can imagine. 

Nicki Fuhrman Bubbles2  Nicki Fuhrman Bubbles

5. LOUD NOISES! 

Our Fun Zone by Pilgrim’s Plaza has loads of percussion instruments including drums, cymbals, and more! 

4. Special Deals

We have special deals around the park such as $0.99 french fries, popcorn, and cotton candy. We also have $1.99 chicken nuggets (pictured below) and $1.99 hot dogs. You can’t beat these deals!

 Kids World 99cent Fries

3. Mermaids or Unicorns?

Our Mermaid Sundae is available at Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe and our Unicorn Sundae is available at Udderly Blue

 Unicorn Sundae from Udderly Blue

2. Magic

Our favorite comedy magician, Brandon Baggett is back with his LOL Comedy Magic Show (if you haven’t seen the motorcycle appear, you haven’t really seen the show yet)!

LOL Magic Motorcycle Appearing

1. Entertainment!

Our KrAzY Kids World Variety show features comedy juggler Matt Jergens, “Balloon Guy” Daniel Herron, and it’s hosted by Don Baggett! 

Unicycle Juggling Fire  Balloon Guy

 

There’s two Saturdays left of Kids World 2019 and then Happy Halloween Weekends start. Park hours are here

We can’t wait to see you there!

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The Ride that Got Away

(A note from your “Holiblog Editor,” Leah: Introducing Sabrina! She’s our new media relations manager and a long-time fan of Holiday World. We’re so excited to have her join the team, and she’s excited to share her stories of the park from years ago and today.)

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1997.

Hootie was still with the Blowfish.

George Clooney was Batman.

Our hearts did not go on like Celine Deon suggested (there was room on that door, Rose).

I was FINALLY tall enough to ride the Firecracker Roller Coaster.

The walkway leading to the Firecracker Roller Coaster in 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At that age my favorite attractions were: The Scarecrow Scrambler, The Wave Pool, and Raging Rapids.

Up to that point I’d never been tall enough to ride the Firecracker. My secret was that I wasn’t terribly heartbroken by the restriction.

I remember our last trip of the 1997 season. After a great day in both parks, we were leaving Splashin’ Safari and making our way to the Firecracker Roller Coaster.

(Not to be confused with the incredibly restored Firecracker calypso ride.)

Here’s a visual of us having fun in the 90’s: 

Harpenau family circa 1997.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The non-existent “after picture” would’ve looked much different.

All I saw was height, metal, and speed.

The Firecracker was in operation for 11 seasons at Holiday World.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a meltdown that rivaled the hoopla of Y2K madness.

Regardless of meeting the size requirement, I was not ready to ride the Firecracker.

I vividly recall vowing that 1998 would be the year I faced my fear as I watched my big sister ride (Did you know you can now “parent swap” on rides?)

1997 was the final season for the coaster to make way for Holidog’s FunTown.

As Summer begins to make way for Fall, the 1997 Sabrina would tell you to do it all!

Happy Halloween Weekends are six weekends packed of the very best in Fall foods, entertainment, and memories to be made for everyone.

Believe me, Winter is L O N G and you don’t want that kind of baggage to follow you!

In those 20 years I’ve developed a love for coasters and  I’m excited to work where families make memories they will treasure for a lifetime.

Regardless if you ride them all, we will be here to help you make new memories in the Spring of 2020.

The rides, slides, entertainment and treats you’ve always loved and new additions like Cheetah Chase will all be here.

Time heals all wounds, the world’s first launched water coaster sure speeds up the process! 

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Sweepstakes: Trick or Treat Yourself

2018 Costume Characters with Hay Bales

Gourdon the Talking Pumpkin

Happy Halloween Weekends are really sneaking up on us!

It’s scary how fast all our family-friendly fall activities will be here.

Almost as fast as you’ll need to be to win our latest sweepstakes.

The treat? There will be 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.

Visit the Hoosier Celebration Theater to catch The Monster Mash during Happy Halloween Weekends!

Visit the Hoosier Celebration Theater to catch The Monster Mash during Happy Halloween Weekends!

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!

Holiday World Mascots Celebrating Happy Halloween Weekends

Holiday World Mascots Celebrating Happy Halloween Weekends

Happy Halloween Weekends get underway on Saturday, September 21. You can see our full calendar here!

Good luck to all who enter!

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Sweepstakes: Kids Rule the World

Kids World Teaser Shot

If you’ve been to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari recently, you’ll notice that the park is a little more colorful than usual.

Balloons are all over both parks.

Kids have taken over Holiday World and we’re throwing a party.

Kids World is here!

Keep reading for your chance to enter to win four Holiday World tickets to visit for yourself.

All of your favorite rides and slides are still available, but our new event adds even more for the young and young at heart to enjoy!

We have stilt walkers, jugglers, fun zones, a Scavenger Hunt, tasty new treats, and so much more! Check out our Guide to Kids World now. You won’t want to miss a minute of it. 

Kids World runs on operating days through September 14, and we’d love if you could join us!

Here’s what you could win:

  • 4 one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
  • One Pizza Family Meal Deal

We’ll choose one winner at random.

Kids and Mascots Celebrating Kids World

Before you enter, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter. You must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months. Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, 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.)
  • Winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends.
  • Use the widget, below, to enter. There are several options, so you can earn extra entries. For the “Leave a blog post comment,” simply answer this question: What part of Kids World are your kids most excited about? New shows, new foods, fun zones, or the scavenger hunt? (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • Tickets 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). No purchase necessary.
  • Did you know you can subscribe to our HoliBlog so that you receive all of our posts (including contests) by email? If you’re using a desktop computer or tablet, look for the “Subscribe to Blog” sidebar at the top-right corner of this page. On a smartphone? Just scroll down a tiny bit more to find it.
  • Not eligible if you’ve won tickets from us in the past 12 months.

We hope to see you for the party soon! Don’t forget, Happy Halloween Weekends kick off on September 21 and run weekends through the end of October!

Ready to enter? Simply enter by using the widget below. You can enter daily through Monday, September 2, 2019, at 3:30pm CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

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A Chase of the Mondays

Kenny on Cheetah Chase

…get it? A “case” of the Mondays, but it’s for Cheetah Chase?

Sorry to kick things off with a bad pun. But I have to share what a Monday in the office can look like at a theme park. 

The crowd watching adam watching cheetah chase

I promise this will make sense if you keep reading

Today we had a town hall meeting

that involved our entire full-time staff.

Dave, our Director of Sales, has a shiny new VR headset to take with him to trade shows so he can brag about Cheetah Chase to anyone who might be interested in booking a company picnic for 2020. (Shameless product placement for Dave: Interested in a company picnic, a group outing, or a private party? Fill out this form)

We have a super cool 360 animation (we’re saving that to share in a few weeks) that goes perfectly with the headset and we let our full-time staff try it out first. 

We went back to work

That is, until our VP Eric got the Cheetah Chase boat out of his office and set it down in the hallway.

Adam, one of our Attractions Managers volunteered to take the boat in the attractions office. He said they’d inflate it and keep it there. 

Someone made a joke about inflating it and using the VR headset to simulate a real ride. 

Things LAUNCHED out of control from there 

Attractions came with the pump for the raft. Stephen–who helped edit those incredible Cheetah Chase animations you’ve seen so far–came upstairs with the VR headset ready to go with the 360 animation (those are his cables floating around the right side of the frame).

Also in case you’re wondering, the ridges in the sides of the boat are for catching water to power the first-ever flat launch on a water coaster (and the regular uphill parts like other water coasters have). 

Adam was our first brave contestant. Stephen set him up, and thus began the first official VR ride of Cheetah Chase.

Stephen setting Adam up with VR headset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam was the perfect first virtual rider–he was leaning into the turns…

Adam leaning in

…checking out the sights…

Adam looking around

…and generally a great sport about me taking his picture. 

Adam after the first true VR ride on Cheetah Chase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, President Matt took a turn:

 President Matt "riding" Cheetah Chase

He made sure to take his shoes off to make the experience more realistic. To add more realistic elements, someone grabbed a fan to help blast him with some air…

President Matt takes a ride

… he said it happened right as the boat launched in the video so it was perfect. 

Next Kenny from IT took a ride…

Kenny on Cheetah Chase

As did Alan (another of our attractions managers)…

Alan on boat

…IT Director Casey also helped spray him with a little water. So Alan gets credit for the first “ride” on Cheetah Chase with H2O. 

Finally our attractions management team got together for a team pic:

Attractions Management in the same boat

The moral of this story is: we’re really not sure what normal people do in offices on Mondays, but I’m pretty sure today we’ve got you beat. 

#OurOfficeIsBetterThanYours #BusinessAsUsual

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Your Guide to Kids World

Santa with Kids World Balloons
Santa with Kids World Balloons

Kids World balloons are all around the park

Holidog is excited for Kids World to kick off this weekend. He wanted me to share a few details about what you can expect from our new event – where Kids Rule the World!

Scavenger Hunt

Trek through Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari to locate balloons with special images on them to complete your quest. Place the sticker that matches what you see on the balloon on your map to mark your progress! You can purchase your Scavenger Hunt kit ($5.99 plus tax) – and pick up your prize – at St. Nick’s or Safari Outpost.

Holidog wants to remind you that maps don’t have to be completed to pick up your prize. Every map is a winner right from the start!

Percussion Zone near The Voyage

Percussion Zone in Pilgrims Plaza

Interactive Fun Zones

We’re sure your kiddos will bubble over with excitement for our Kids World Bubble Zone, located in Holidog’s FunTown. It’s non-stop fun.

Do your little ones love music? Be sure to check out our Percussion Zone in Pilgrims Plaza, just across from Mayflower. It’s a howling good time with tons instruments you can play!

Kids World Entertainment

Our in-park entertainment was put together with kids in mind.

Kick off the morning starting at 9:45am with jugglers, stilt walkers, and even balloon artists in Christmas Plaza. If you don’t catch them there, don’t worry – they’ll roam the park.

The Hoosier Celebration Theater stage will be alive all day too, with performances of the LOL Comedy Magic Show and KrAzY Kids World Variety Show. Visit holidayworld.com/today for show times on the day of your visit!

That’s not all. We’ll have Holidog’s Crazy Science in FunTown and Safari Sam’s Beach Bash at Bahari Wave.

Plus, don’t forget about Santa and Dive! You can see both through September 14!

Delicious New Treats

Unicorn Sundae from Udderly Blue

Unicorn Sundae at Udderly Blue

From Mermaid Sundaes to Unicorn Flurries, Wacky Worm Fudge to Sour Patch Kids Dippin’ Dots, our menus are overflowing with new options just for Kids World! Check out our online menus to see everything.

Kids World runs weekends through September 14

Both parks will be overflowing with bubbles and balloons over the next few weekends, but we’ll still have all your favorite rides and attractions. The party’s just getting started!

Let us know if you have any additional questions about Kids World.

 

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Sweepstakes: Bats and Labor Day Family Getaway!

We hope you’ll agree: the most perfect summer activities are watching baseball, camping, and visiting theme parks and water parks. 

Baseball season (and theme park season… and camping season) may be nearing an end, but there’s still plenty of time left for a few more games (and a few more Holiday World visits complete with Lake Rudolph stays).

Since we’ve been partnering with the Louisville Bats this summer, we’re excited to announce the prizes for our next sweepstakes involve a little of all of the best things about summer. And if you already can’t wait for summer next year, we’ve got the perfect answer: a Labor Day Weekend Family Getaway this year, and tickets to the Louisville Bats “Thunder Over Louisville” game next spring. 

Baseball Santa

Here’s the prize package

  • 4 one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
  • 4 Tickets to the Louisville Bats “Thunder Over Louisville” game on April 18, 2020, with access to the infield for fireworks
  • 1 Louisville Bats autographed team baseball
  • 2 Louisville Bats hats
  • 2 Nights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort VALID LABOR DAY WEEKEND ONLY

We’ll have one winner, chosen at random.

Before you enter, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter. You must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months. Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Koch Development Corporation, the Louisville Bats organization, 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.)
  • Winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends.
  • Use the widget, below, to enter. There are several options, so you can earn extra entries. For the “Leave a blog post comment,” simply answer this question: If you had to pick just one, which would you choose: baseball, camping, or theme parks? (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
  • Tickets 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). No purchase necessary.
  • Did you know you can subscribe to our HoliBlog so that you receive all of our posts (including contests) by email? If you’re using a desktop computer or tablet, look for the “Subscribe to Blog” sidebar at the top-right corner of this page. On a smartphone? Just scroll down a tiny bit more to find it.
  • Must be at least 21 years old to call Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort to make reservation and present voucher upon check-in. TWO-NIGHT COTTAGE RESERVATIONS FOR WINNER ARE AVAILABLE BETWEEN AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 2 ONLY.
  •  Not eligible if you’ve won tickets from us in the past 12 months.

Ready to enter? Simply enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Monday, August 26, 2019, at 3:30pm CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

 
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