Mermaid mystery

Mermaid ICEE

Did you know there’s a new ICEE flavor called Mermaid?

Well, there is:

Mermaid ICEE

When we put together our ICEE Mix It Up Sweepstakes, we wanted to include a list of the 12 flavors we’ll offer this season. The three new flavors are Warheads Strawberry Grape Smashup, Strawberry Lemonade, and … Mermaid.

Mermaid?

A quick check around the office resulted in a list of (mostly unhelpful) ideas:

  • Fishstick
  • Sardine
  • Seaweed
  • Cotton candy (already exists)
  • Bubblegum, but green
  • Pineapple and blue raspberry

Thankfully, the cavalry crested the hillside in the form of an email from our ICEE Guy (yes, we have an ICEE Guy) moments later, revealing the true flavor profile:

Mermaid ICEESo now we know it’s a lovely teal color.

And the taste?

It’s “mixed berry,” meaning a combination of Strawberry, Raspberry, and Blueberry.

It’s been interesting to note that quite a few of the people who’ve entered our sweepstakes are eager to try Mermaid. A few asked, “What flavor is Mermaid?” but most didn’t.

Our sweepstakes runs through Tuesday, April 9 at 2:30pm CDT. You’re welcome to enter daily. Good luck to all!
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Snow on the first day of spring?

Snow Globe, featuring Wildebeest

Snow? No, thank goodness, we’re talking about the arrival of snow globes on the first day of spring.

The Vernal Equinox, if you will. One of only two days each year when day and night are equal. Tomorrow, the days grow just a little bit longer.

We’ll have two new snow globes in the shops this season.

Here’s the Santa Statue Snow Globe:

Santa Statue Snow Globe

Our second design is a swirling blizzard of iconic Holiday World rides and symbols.

You may remember this photo from Social media a few months ago:

We were really tickled with all the comments that it looked good enough to eat! From waffles to peanut butter to brown sugar, that tweet set off some powerful cravings.

Here, at last, is the final look (front and back):

Snow Globe, featuring Mammoth

This side of the snow globe features Mammoth, Thunderbird, and our water tower, with Voyage in the background

Snow Globe, featuring Wildebeest

This side of the snow globe features Wildebeest, The Voyage and Thunderbird, plus our iconic water tower

Watch for these snow globes in our shops when we open in May.
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Flex Tickets get even Flexier

Raging Rapids

A few years back, we introduced Pick Your Price ticket discounts, which give you the opportunity to shop around for the day and price that suits you best.

Last year, we add another option, called 2 Day Flex Tickets.

Now we also offer 3 Day Flex Tickets

Raging Rapids Here are some details:

  • The 2 Day Flex Tickets provide you with park admission on two separate days within one week’s time
  • The 3 Day Flex Tickets provide you with park admission on three separate days within one week’s time
  • The “clock” starts the first day you use the ticket; after that day, you must use the rest of your multi-day ticket within the next six calendar days
  • 2 Day and 3 Day Flex Tickets will be available online only through September 1 (for 2 Day) and August 4 (for 3 Day)

Another ticket option

If you’re planning to visit two days in a row, your best bet is still to purchase your Day 1 tickets online. Then during your visit, buy Next Day Tickets at the park for $30 each.

We sure hope this additional option will help you plan your best visit ever to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari!
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Sweepstakes: ICEE Mix It Up

ICEE Bubble Yards

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner: Debbie G. from Georgetown, Indiana! Our runner-up winner is Sandra S. from Fulton, Mississippi;  Jennifer W. from O’Fallon, Missouri; and Stefany D. from Terre Haute, Indiana. Thanks to all who entered!
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Our ICEE Mix It Up stand was a big hit last season.

Small wonder – all that cold, bubbly, deliciousness is a great way to cool off on a hot day.

ICEE will be back this year, as we mix up some of the flavors from last season.

We’ll continue to offer 12 ICEE flavors at our ICEE Mix It Up stand in Splashin’ Safari Plaza. Here’s the list, with the three new flavors in bold:

  • Blue Raspberry
  • Red Cherry
  • Mermaid
  • Grape
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Green Apple
  • Pepsi Cola
  • Blue Cotton Candy
  • Warheads Strawberry Grape Smashup
  • Orange Cream
  • Mountain Dew
  • Watermelon

Let’s have an ICEE Sweepstakes to celebrate! We’ll choose – at random – one grand-prize winner and three runners-up.

What’s the prize?

You could win a family getaway! The grand prize includes four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. The winner, chosen at random, will also receive two overnights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.

And look – there’s more! Our friends at ICEE want the winner to also receive this bag-o-swag:

ICEE Sweepstakes swag

We start off with an ICEE duffel bag. It’s stuffed with:

  • Colorful ICEE beach towel
  • Large ICEE t-shirt
  • ICEE Popsocket
  • Small plush bear drinking ICEE
  • ICEE Frisbee, Sticker, Pen, and Keychain

We’ll also choose – at random – three runners-up, who will each receive two one-day park tickets, plus and ICEE swag bag (pictured above) and two refillable Holiday World Souvenir Bubble Yard cups (pictured below).

ICEE Bubble Yards

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

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Also, you must not have won tickets from Holiday World in the past 12 months.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Koch Development Corporation, ICEE, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Sun Communities, and Sun RV Resort (and the immediate family members of employees) are not eligible to enter.
  • By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list. You may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email.
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog and tweeting about this sweepstakes. Earn even more entries by following us on Pinterest, and visiting our Facebook pages (we’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Review while you’re there!).
  • If you win the grand prize, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Christmas Cabin reservation at Lake Rudolph. Cabin stay is for two nights during this time: May 1-23 or May 28-June 6, 2019 only.
  • All prizes are non-transferable and not for re-sale. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Each sponsor will distribute respective prizes.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us which ICEE flavors you want to mix. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
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Ready to enter?

Simply enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 2:30pm CDT, when we’ll email our winners, chosen at random.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Remember, we open for the season on May 4. Good luck to all!

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Lip synch

Hard-hat stickers for Voyage work

Learned something new today: The top two layers of track on our wooden coasters are collectively referred to as The Lip.

As a result, the term Lip Service takes on a whole new meaning around here.

Why? Because the top two layers – the lip – is where the artistry takes place.

Retracking a wooden coaster is not simply a matter of measure, cut, hammer. It takes skilled carpentry work.

It takes an artistic eye

Josh Cutting the Lip

Here’s Josh, cutting the top two layers – the lip – of new track for The Voyage

The late Will Koch (who designed The Voyage with The Gravity Group) used to say there should be theater in a roller coaster. It should tell a story and provide drama.

On stage, you need lighting, sound, staging.

For a wooden roller coaster, you need incredible designers and a crew of highly skilled technicians.

Let’s take an even closer look:

Cutting the "lip" for Voyage's retracking

Once our crew cuts the wood for the lip, they secure it in place.

The next step is a layer of steel.

Attaching Steel, Drilling the IPE wood

Justin and Eddie add the steel to the track

Let’s back up a week or so, so we can show you some of the earlier layers going in (remember, it takes eight layers of wood on our coaster tracks).

This next photo shows a fantastic achievement

Where are we? Inside the Voyage tunnel that’s underneath the pedestrian bridge into the Thanksgiving section of Holiday World.

This spot is where the track of The Voyage became a circuit again. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel, if you will, that the 720 feet of track replacement is making tremendous progress.

Voyage track is a full circuit again

The circuit is complete!

Our crew is sure to offset each layer from the previous one.

Remember, not all the track is flat. The Voyage has some extreme banking, including three stretches of 90-degree banked turns.

Coaster Techs Lining Up new layers of track

From left, Eddie, Kyle, Justin, and Josh

That ain’t no game of peekaboo – the coaster techs are checking their work. Thanks to them, your Voyage ride will be smoother this season.

Coaster Techs Checking the new layers of track

And who’s on this crew? Here they are, a combination of Holiday World’s team plus a handful of local contractors.

Voyage Retrack Crew

Front row, from left: Tyler, Darryl, Kyle, Eddie, Justin, Jacob and Josh; back row: Cody, Paul, Steven, Dale, Chris, David, and Justin

Following tradition, the crew members each received a hard-hat sticker to commemorate their role in our Relentless Return Retracked project.

Hard-hat stickers for Voyage work

The Voyage – and the rest of Holiday World – will open for the season on May 4 – that’s just 50 days away.

Can’t wait that long? Take this 360-ride:

We hope you’ll join us in person this season to ride this amazing work of art!

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A 360 construction update of Santa’s Merry Marketplace

Tiny Planet view of Santa's Merry Marketplace construction

Santa’s Merry Marketplace opens May 4 (if you’re a Platinum Season Passholder, you get to explore on May 3).

We won’t refer to our construction crews as elves, but suffice it to say:

    Santa would be proud

Here’s a 360 construction update for you to take a look around:

The big wide spot (above) is the seating area. Looking forward is the serving area for the five stations, serving Pizza & Pasta, American Grill, Asian Cuisine, Kids Favorites, and Deli Sandwiches.

Here’s the Tiny Planet view:

Tiny Planet view of Santa's Merry Marketplace construction

Cool, huh?

And what’s the opposite of a Tiny Planet view?

Rabbit Hole, of course!

Rabbit Hole view of Santa's Merry Marketplace construction

Okay, that was just showing off.

Here’s a 360 view of the under-construction Party Rooms in Santa’s Merry Marketplace:

We’ll have three reservable Party Rooms for Groups of 15 and more.

Here are a few other rooms that will be sure to please many:

Those are Family Restroom on either side. And in the middle, a Mother’s Nursing Room.

We’ll have standard restrooms as well. Double the (ahem!) seating capacity of what was available in Kringle’s Kafe.

Here’s the last 360 for now:

Candy Cane Confectionary and Polar Expresso to the right, with the Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe to the left.

We’ll be back with another 360 construction update soon – the countdown clock to Opening Day is ticking!

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A boo-tiful award

A text buzzed in on my phone the other evening, with this photo:

Tourism Award

VP Eric was in Indianapolis, attending the annual State Tourism Conference. Tuesday evening, Indiana Tourism Association officials announced eight “Best of” marketing awards.

The award for Best Event/Festival went to …

… Happy Halloween Weekends!

Happy Halloween Weekends shirt design

In announcing our award, the emcee sharing some of the notes provided by the judges, all from out of state. The comments referenced our Happy Halloween Weekends marketing as “smart and well-executed.”

Frank can barely contain his delight.

Frankenstein at SCAREbnb

Eric is pleased as well.

Eric holds Tourism Award

The award itself is pretty cool. It probably comes as no surprise that it’s made in Indiana. (Handmade, actually.) The company, Kokomo Opalescent Glass, has been around since 1888.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

·       Visitors Guide – Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors Bureau

·       Cooperative Partnership (Marketing Budgets under $300,000) – Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission

·       Cooperative Partnership (Marketing Budgets over $300,000) – Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau

·       Digital Marketing Campaign (Marketing Budgets under $300,000) – French Lick Resort

·       Digital Marketing Campaign (Marketing Budgets over $300,000) – Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau

·       Tourism Website – Visit Wabash County

·       Event/Festival – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

·       Leisure Marketing Campaign – Hamilton County Tourism, Inc.

Congrats to our fellow award recipients from around the state!

Our Happy Halloween Weekends event may be half a year away, but it’s not too soon to plan witch weekend you’d like to visit!
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Minding the mint

Dippin' Dots sundaes

Is it the mint? Or maybe the crunch?

Or the Oreos?

Something about this new Dippin’ Dots flavor got People magazine so excited they posted an enthusiastic article about it.

So we tweeted it:

We haven’t talked much about our new Dippin’ Dots Sundae Shop yet, but as we get closer to Opening Day, we’ll bring you all the details.

Just in case your imagination needs a nudge, here’s a photo we recently shared with our full-time staff:

Dippin' Dots sundaes

Can’t get enough of those Dots?

We learned all about their history – and future – in this podcast episode a year ago:

Our Dippin’ Dots Sundae Shop, by the way, will be located next to Gobbler Getaway in our Thanksgiving section.

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Memories of coaster names

1995 Brochure cover

We call it The Name Game here.

Whenever we have something new, it needs a name.

Over the years, we’ve spent untold hours coming up with themed names for attractions, restaurants, shops, and games.

When our friends at CoasterRadio podcast asked me to call in to talk about how we came up with our coaster names, the memories started swirling. (Please keep in mind these are my memories; other memories’ mileage may vary.)

To illustrate a few of my stories, let’s start off with the ride simply called Roller Coaster:

Children's Roller Coaster

When I shared this photo with Duane from RCDB.com (check out the site if you don’t already have this great roller-coaster resource bookmarked), he determined it was a Little Dipper coaster made by the Allan Herschell Company.

By the way, that was a posed photo with Santa Claus while the coaster was not in operation.

Someday I’ll take the time to figure out when that coaster graced the grounds at Santa Claus Land and for how long.

Here are a few seconds of the coaster from a film shot in the late 1960s:

While talking about naming The Raven, we discussed our 1995 brochure cover photo.

Notice anything different about the train?

1995 Brochure cover

When we chatted about naming Thunderbird, our 66 Days at Sea teaser campaign was mentioned.

More memories …

66 Days at Sea

Before we finish up here, I’d like to share the link to CoasterRadio’s “The Greatest Roller Coaster Name of All Time” poll. There are some outstanding names in the running (including our Raven and Voyage). Please take a look!
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‘Daily Deals’ are back!

Daily Deals are back for the 2019 season.

… including the ever-popular Dole Whip Wednesday.

You remember Dole Whip, right?

You don’t need a coupon to get your Daily Deals – in fact, you don’t even need to ask for the discount, it’s automatic!

The Turkey Bowl deal for Thanksgiving Thursday was a hit last year:

Turkey Bowl

Here’s the full list of our Daily Deals (click here for all the details):

  • Meal Deal Monday*
  • $2 Tuesday Games
  • Dole Whip Wednesday
  • Thanksgiving Thursday
  • Float Friday
  • Spooky Saturday*
  • Sweet Sunday*

*Season Passholders can combine their regular discount with the Daily Deals discounts on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. 

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