Is it national irony day yet?

National Water Coaster Day

Warning: This blog post contains some inside jokes from The Official Holiday World Podcast. I’ll do my best to explain, but I make no promises. 

Hi, I’m Director of Communications and Fourth-Generation Owner Leah Koch. I have previously taken strong stances on silly or made-up holidays, and I still stand by that. There are too many overly-specific days dedicated to cats and dogs. 

And I’m here to confess that I created a holiday.National Water Coaster Day

Actually technically I’ve done it twice before today. When “Make up Your Own Holiday Day” came up early in the podcast, I declared that my made-up holiday would be “National Remove a Holiday Day.” The year after, I declared it would be “National Consolidate Holidays Day.” 

But today isn’t “Make up Your Own Holiday Day” and I declared a silly holiday: National Water Coaster Day

Here’s the backstory: 

Right after we announced Cheetah Chase, and that adding the new attraction would make us the Water Coaster Capital of the World, I started trying to think of something fun we could do to celebrate that. 

When the idea of creating a holiday for water coasters hit me, I was filled with immediate joy and dread. I went to tell our creative team about the idea… praying they would tell me it wasn’t worth our time, or that it was just flat-out bad. 

Instead, they LOVED it. 

So it was determined that the first-ever National Water Coaster Day would be sometime in 2020. And those plans quickly changed last year, so I gleefully declared National Water Coaster Day wouldn’t happen last year.

But it came back up this spring. And I ran out of reasons not to declare it. And Wildebeest was going to hit 1,000,000 cycles. 

Look. Nobody dislikes me for creating this holiday more than I.

Today, we celebrated Wildebeest’s millionth boat, and I was there to announce National Water Coaster Day. 

And it was a little bit fun.

We took photos with the family on the millionth boat, gave them small signs to remember the day, and gave them Quick Access Passes to skip the line at more water coasters throughout the day. And it just so happened to be Carter’s birthday–which made it even more special. I had a GREAT TIME making a big event out of something small.

Maybe I’ll keep my mouth shut next year on “Make up Your Own Holiday Day.” 

In the meantime, Happy National Water Coaster Day!

Santa Claus Land Sunday – 1946 Newspaper Articles

Happy Fourth of July! In addition to celebrating our nation’s independence today, we’re kicking off Santa Claus Land Sundays. From now until our 75th Birthday on August 3, we’ll do our best to share another piece of Santa Claus Land history.

This week, we’re starting off with an early report of America’s First Theme Park from just two months after it opened.

04 Oct 1946, Fri The Times-Mail (Bedford, Indiana) Newspapers.com

It makes me smile to think of how expectations for theme parks and amusement parks have changed through the years. According to the article, Santa Claus Land consisted of a “Toy and gift shop and soda fountain,” along with a miniature train. The Mother Goose Land Trail and children’s park didn’t open until about a month after the park opened. The Santa Claus Land Railroad (also known as the “Mother Goose Land Train” or the “Freedom Train” was not quite ready for Guests yet but was in the works.  

In this article from the Indianapolis news from Christmas Day in 1946, the project was to be completed within the year. 

Toy Town growing full articleToy Town growing full article 25 Dec 1946, Wed The Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, Indiana) Newspapers.com 

If you look closely, the caption says that part of the picture on the right was completed–that building became what is now Santa’s Merry Marketplace and Kringle’s Banquet Hall, where group events are held. 

Today, we have the best-ranked trio of wooden coasters in the world. The Voyage is ranked #2 in the world. Thunderbird is America’s First Launched Wing Coaster. Splashin’ Safari is the Water Coaster Capital of the World with Wildebeest – the #1 water park ride in the world for more than a decade, Mammoth – which holds the Guinness World Record for longest water coaster, and Cheetah Chase – The World’s First Launched Water Coaster. 

But it warms my heart to think that while our town has grown, and the name of the park has changed, and 75 years of progress have made the park bigger and more important than ever, I like to think of what’s the same. The Koch family is still here, operating the park a little more behind-the-scenes than previous generations, but we’re still pouring our hearts and passion into this place. 

Santa is still here–he may be virtual this season, but he’s still here.

And the magic is still here. From the wonder of the small town that believed in Christmas 75 years ago to today. The magic may be bigger, and different, but it’s here. 

And that’s a reason to celebrate. 

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Sweepstakes: Memorial Day Getaway

The Voyage Flag Set

Our prize has been claimed! Congratulations to Crystal of Louisville, KY! 

 

Memorial Day is the official kick-off for summer for many, but it’s also a day to remember. To all individuals who serve this country, and their families who sacrifice and serve as well: thank you. We offer a Military Discount as a token of our enormous gratitude. 

It’s already time to kick off summer!

Still haven’t found your perfect Memorial Day Weekend plans yet? We’ve got just the short and sweet sweepstakes for you!

Here’s what you’ll win:The Voyage Flag Set

But first, please read through these instructions and rules:

  • You must be at least 21 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).
  • 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. (We’d love it if you’d leave us a Facebook Recommendation while you’re there!)
  • If you win our Family Getaway Screamstakes, 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: May 28 – May 31, 2021 ONLY. (MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND)
  • 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. 
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us your favorite way to kick off summer!  (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

Ready to enter?

Be sure to enter daily through Monday, May 24, at 9:00am CDT, when we’ll choose a winner at random.

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Good luck to all!
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2021 Extra Passholder Perks

Mammoth Boat Going Over Hill

Our 75th Celebration Season kicks off soon, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Guests back to make more memories with us!

Season Passholders get the first chance to visit this season, with exclusive time on the weekend before we open to everyone.

In addition to all the great perks that your Season Pass entitles you to, we’ve loaded a few extra perks onto your Pass that can be used once during the season.

Extra Passholder Perks Include:

  • Additional 20% Off Cheetah Chase Water Bottle*
  • $1 Off Deep Fried Oreos at Funnel Cake Factory or Christmas Cupboard
  • $1 Off a Float at Sweet Stuff
  • 10 Balls for $5 at Milk Cans
  • $5 “Fedora Full o’ Rings” at The Raven’s Ring Toss
  • 5 Balls for $3 at Wacky Cats
  • 4 Balls for $3 at Milk Cans

*Item subject to change based on availability.

Cheetah Chase races into its second season at the Water Coaster Capital of the World this year

Cheetah Chase, the World’s First Launched Water Coaster, races into its second season at the Water Coaster Capital of the World this year.

To claim each deal, just mention it to the cashier and present your Season Pass to be scanned. Each deal is available once for each Passholder this year.

And don’t forget about our Daily Deals that are available each day that we’re open during the season. The discounts on those apply automatically!

Still haven’t purchased your 2021 Season Pass yet? Check out the full list of Passholder benefits for each Pass type now to see which one is best for you. If you already have your Pass and want to upgrade, you can do so for $30 for each level it’s upgraded at the park or by calling 1-800-467-2682.

Plus, be sure to join the Holiday World Season Passholder Group on Facebook.

Subscribe to our Season Pass Insider Newsletter

And be sure to sign up for our Season Pass Insider Newsletter if you haven’t already:

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We look forward to seeing you all this year for our 75th Celebration Season!

These deals are available once per passholder per season and are subject to change. We’ll keep this post updated with any permanent changes to these offers.

Podcast Season 2 Episode 2: The One with Another Holiday-Feedback Combo

We jump right into the second episode of season three with feedback and holidays!
As a warning, this was the fifth of five episodes recorded that day so Josh, Leah, and
Sabrina was running on slap-happy fumes.

 

Since feedback is highly visual, we gathered the feedback we discussed in this episode:

The Pod Squad had a lot of questions for Hormel and their high-end bacon mask.

 

It was so great to have @HWSSSuperfan on-site to pick up his Thanksgiving to Go Meal!
He even dropped off snacks for our team because he is true to his Twitter handle!

We appreciate your dedication @1gretchen!

We are Holiday World and we don’t start Twitter battles, but our fans ensure we are well represented!

Although….we are very proud of this clap back.

It was so great to have Matt and Lauren with us for Episode 23!

We could totally get on board with using the term, Ravendary!

Do you think we got robbed in the Twitter poll below??
Tell us what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #HoWoPo ! 

You’ll have to listen to hear all about the holidays we discussed in our very first feedback episode of 2021!

Please be sure to send us your feedback and questions by calling us at 812-937-4401 then dial 8081, or by emailing us at podcast@holidayworld.com, or by reaching out to us on social media using the hashtag #HOWOPO.

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Sweepstakes: Kitty’s Digital Scavenger Hunt

Kitty’s hidden stickers

Kitty has been very busy lately.

Halloween is her favorite time of the year, and she’s put together all sorts of fun activities for her friends to celebrate Kitty’s Digital HoliWeen. It brings all of the magic of Halloween right to your house.

She can’t wait to see everyone back at Holiday World next year, so she’s created a game to give away two Season Passes for 2021. Plus, the prize includes two overnights in a Christmas Cabin next door at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.

Just solve her game and you’ll be given the option to enter to win.

Kitty will be hiding several stickers around our a few individual pages around our website between now and October 24. If you can solve any one of a series of riddles she gives you to help track them down, you just need to click on the sticker that you find and you can enter for a chance to win.

For Kitty’s younger fans, you will need a trusted grown-up to help finish your entry once you find a sticker.

Here’s Kitty’s full list of clues. We’ll update it with more clues through Saturday, October 24.

  • Clue 1: Here Kitty, kitty! But not too fast, you’ll spill the tea. To find my first sticker, just look for an attraction – it’s named after me!
  • Clue 2: Holiday World shows are magical, and best enjoyed with your friends. For this sticker, search for my friends and I before the Scavenger Hunt ends.
  • Clue 3: Start on this page and you can plan your stay. Using these instructions, you won’t lose your way!
  • Clue 4: Splashin’ Safari is packed with so many slides, it never ends. But this brand-new one lets you race against your family and friends!

Still stuck? Click here for Kitty to take you right to the page to enter the sweepstakes!

Be sure to follow along with Kitty’s Digital HoliWeen for tons of great fall fun!

Sweepstakes: Only Weekends Left in the 2020 Season!

Have you ridden Cheetah Chase yet?

With our schedule going to only weekends remaining in the 2020 Season, the time is now!

On Cheetah Chase, riders will experience a water-powered flat launch before racing against their families toward the finish line on the World’s First Launched Water Coaster!

If you love to race, you are going to love our newest sweepstakes! It’s all about speed.

The best part? We’ll have dozens of winners!

Our Grand Prize is a Family Getaway with four two-day tickets, two nights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort, and four beach bags. Plus, the next 25 fastest fans will win a pair of tickets.

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!

Firecracker Sweepstakes Photo
Good luck to all who enter!

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Podcast: The One with the Go-To Emcee

If you joined us for Episode 11, then you already know we were joined by the one and only Chad Benefield!
Episode 12 is now available for your listening pleasure:

As we all fully expected, we brought Chad into our “studio” and he stole the show.
Leah relinquished host duties and gave him an open mic to ask her and Prez. Matt anything.

You are going to love this episode if you’ve ever wanted to know more about our President Matt Eckert or our Communications director and fourth-generation owner, Leah Koch.

 

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Sweepstakes: Digital Opening Day!

Opening day has always brought joy to our guests and team.

Since we plan to open in early June this year, we are bringing our front gate to your front door with Digital Opening Day!

Holidog & Friends | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

New content will be available every hour on the Digital Opening Day page, Facebook page, and Twitter. Let’s kick off the fun early with a Merry Memories Giveaway! Enter to win by:

  • Leaving a Blog post comment below about your opening day traditions
  • Visit Holiday World on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Tweet a Message
  • Follow Holiday World on Pinterest

Our Merry Memories Giveaway ends tonight at 9 pm. Be sure you’ve entered to win:
4 Tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
2 Nights in a Holiday Cottage at Lake Rudolph
Holiday World 2020 Merchandise Bundle (Including “Good Vibes” T-shirt–size of your choosing, Santa Claus Land Mug, Skyline Snowglobe)

Prizes: T-Shirt, Mug, and snowglobe

 

Before you enter our Giveaway, 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, 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 Recommendation while you’re there!).
  • If you win, please note you must be at least 21 to phone in your two-night Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin reservation at Lake Rudolph. *Here are the dates the cabin will be available for reservation: June 1-August 31, 2020.
  • 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 what you can’t wait for on our real opening day. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)

Ready to get started? Entries are now being accepted and will be open through Saturday, May 2 at 9pm Central!

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Podcast: The One Where We Attempted to Crowdsource

I just wanted to remind our podcast faithful that with the new format, the PodSquad gathers and records our episodes in advance. Since recording this episode, Leah has released a COVID-19 statement that includes updates on the events referenced in this episode. We hope you enjoy this episode, we look forward to seeing you in June!

Episode TEN is available now!

As the title of this podcast implies, we switched up our feedback episode with some crowdsourced content from our Season Passholder Group.


Everyone wanted to know more about the Platinum Passholder Preview Party, also known as Camp Holidog, before this podcast released our seasoned passholders jumped in to answer questions.

You’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear all the details from Lauren, just keep in mind that details are still being reworked for 2020, but we will definitely have something special in store for our Platinum Passholders!

When it comes to feedback, our people on Twitter never disappoint.
Especially our good buddy Sabatka:

We don’t believe Kima got repainted, but possibly a really great powerwash.

We could see Matt B. masterminding Nic B. at CoasterOdyssey’s image above into a t-shirt concept!

Did you know we have a podcast email address where you can send your feedback and questions?

We got this email from Jeremie Kowalik:
Good afternoon,
My question is, have you guys ever thought about bringing back the walkback to the spaghetti bowl portion of Voyage? Maybe as an auctioned walkback tour? I didn’t start attending the even until after Thunderbird was built (which is when the walkback got trimmed a bit) but I’ve always been interested in going to the spaghetti bowl portion of Voyage on a talkback. 
Many thanks, can’t wait for May 29th!
 Jeremie Kowalik

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