Tips for Toes

I love shoes – always have.

As a child, there were two times out of the year – back to school and the beginning of summer – I especially looked forward to because it meant – new shoes!

Since we had Season Passes to the park, we spent a lot of our time in Splashin’ Safari. In order to protect my tootsies from the hot pavement, I got to pick out a new pair of water shoes each year.

And – of course – they had to match my swimsuit for the summer.

As I got older, I continued the tradition of donning footwear when visiting the water park, and I encouraged friends who were visiting with me to do the same.

They always seemed surprised when I’d tell them they could wear their flip flops or sandals and would respond with, “What about when I get on rides?”

My answer: “You can leave them on!”

Yes, that’s right, it’s okay to wear water shoes, sandals, and flip flops in Splashin’ Safari – and not just while walking through the park – on slides, in our wave pools, and lazy river too!

Just like these folks:

Mom Wearing Water Shoes on Otorongo with Son

In fact – we recommend it – especially the little ones.

Moms and Dads – before sliding your kiddos’ water shoes on – we suggest visiting one of our two Height Measurement Stations (located across from Monsoon Lagoon in Splashin’ Safari and across from the Applause Fountain in Holiday World) to have them measured for a wristband with shoes off.

Then – like her – they can splash, swim and slide while protecting those tiny feet.

Girl with Pink Water Shoes Sliding in SplashLand

For those of you who prefer not to wear your sandals, etc., on our water park attractions, shoe cubbies are available at the entrances to all of our slides plus Bahari River.

Couple on Bahari River in Shoes

So whether it’s a thrilling ride on Mammoth or a leisurely lap around the river, feel free to keep your footwear on and protect your feet from the summer heat.

Tubes of fun

Visiting Splashin’ Safari with my family during my childhood, one of our favorite things to do together was float around the lazy river. My favorite part about the river – blue tubes!

Boy with New Green Inner Tube

I still remember the excitement of stepping into the river for the first time and discovering there was a tube that was just my size.

It didn’t get much cooler than that at age five.

Flashing forward to today, we have added a new addition to the fleet of free inner tubes – and they’re green!

We had our smaller swimmers in mind when adding these tubes, which are 24 inches in diameter.

And don’t worry, Moms and Dads – we still have sizes for the rest of the family, too! Check out the entire selection here:

Inner tubes

If you have toddlers who aren’t quite ready for their own tube – don’t fret – they can sit on your lap and ride with you.

We hope your family enjoys these “tubes of fun” and making memories together while relaxing on our Bahari River.

A dilly of a treat

Pickle Juice Pops

Growing up playing sports, I was encouraged to drink pickle juice during summer practices to help prevent muscle cramping. (Yes, you read that correctly!)

Pickle Pops… so the idea of adding pickle juice pops to the menu at Bahari Snacks this season didn’t sound too strange to me.

I love pickles. Always have.

When the opportunity came to taste-test a pickle pop, I gave it a try.

Turns out it tastes exactly like a pickle – only in frozen form.

There are even bits of pickle slices suspended in the frosty goodness.

That’s not to say they’re meant for everyone’s palate.

Recently, we set out to take an entirely non-scientific Pickle Pop Poll in Splashin’ Safari.

Here are the results:

Guests Trying Pickle Juice Pops | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

The next time you’re marathoning here on a toasty day, consider a Pickle Pop for cooling off your insides.

Our Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’ve spent much time on Facebook recently, you’ve seen all sorts of crazy videos involving people dumping buckets of ice on themselves.

Gasping for air, the thoroughly chilled subject then shouts out a challenge for others to do the same.

All in the name of ALS Research.

Although the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started out as a donate-big-and-escape-the-ice fundraiser, it seems most give what they can and still make a challenge video to help keep up the momentum.

And so, when Leah was challenged recently, she made her own video and came to work the next day to issue an even bigger challenge:

In case you missed it in the video, take a look at this photo – even Holidog got in on the fun!

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Holiday World

Since the 1,200-gallon bucket at Kima Bay would be filled with water (and no ice), we individually added ice (mostly packed into hard hats) just as the water cascaded from above.

Our monetary donation is three-fold; individual staff-member donations will be matched by the park, plus the Koch family is contributing on behalf of the staff.

We thank everyone who has responded enthusiastically to our video and to those who are now committed to make a donation, too.

Many families have been touched by ALS – or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, as it’s more commonly known. If you’d like to help raise money for research or make a donation, please learn more at

A guy with a plan

How many of us were in college and still didn’t know what we wanted to be when we grew up?

Not this guy!

I shared this tweet with our management team and everyone wanted to know which department our young friend was considering. According to his mom, he wants to be the the “Ready, Set, Go!” guy at Jungle Racer.

Eat like a ’beest

When you picture a herd of wildebeest, don’t you think of them being in stampede mode? They like to move. They migrate at a fast pace.

And so our new Wildebeestro restaurant follows their lead, with a light and fast Grab & Go menu.

Wildebeestro at Splashin' Safari

Tabnie from Eyewitness News stopped by for a behind-the-scenes look.

In keeping with the Wildebeest theme – since they’re herbivores and all – one of our vegetarian menu items is a Red Pepper Hummus Wrap. (Oh, you’re a carnivore? We also have Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps, Roast Beef and Blue Cheese Wraps, and Buffalo Chicken Sandwichs, to name just a few.)

Making hummus wraps at Wildebeestro in Splashin' Safari.

In the news segment, we also see Olivia make a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich:

Philly Cheese Steak preparation at Splashin' Safari's Wildebeestro

Let’s head over to the kitchen with Tabnie, Foods Director Jason, and all the food-prep folks:

What else is on the menu at Wildebeestro? Head over to our Food & Snacks page for all the details.


Friday: Both parks open daily

All the scrubbing and filling and training is just about complete, as Splashin’ Safari opens for the season on Friday!

The wisdom of Sir Isaac

Sir IsaacSir Isaac Newton said it first: “What goes up must come down.”

Centuries later, Blood, Sweat & Tears set the phrase to music.

Whether you prefer physics or ’60s pop-culture references, it’s time for us to let you know that Giraffica, the ride formerly known as Pilgrims Plunge, is no more. The tower is being removed this week.

If you’re one of our super-fans, you’re probably not surprised. You’ve noticed the ride has not been open as often as we all would have liked. We sincerely apologize for the disappointment.

In researching the story of the Mayflower, we learned that there was originally a second ship filled with Pilgrims. It was called the Speedwell. In 1620, the two ships set sail for the New World but they were forced to turn back not once, but twice. It seems Speedwell was simply not up to the voyage that was to come.

And so the Pilgrims from both ships set sail that September on board the Mayflower, heading toward freedom. They took along what they could from Speedwell, but were forced to leave behind that which could no longer serve them well.

Sir Isaac also said, “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This action we just took? It isn’t the end of our Thanksgiving feast.

We hope you’ll join us this season as the Mayflower sails merrily in our Thanksgiving section. And like the good sailors on board the original ship, be sure to keep a steady watch on the horizon.