Howler roller coaster

Sweepstakes: Make Your Best Memories

Congratulations to our winner, Felicia M. from Columbia, Tennessee! Thanks to all who entered! ——- We’re just a handful of weeks away from Opening Day – let’s celebrate with a new sweepstakes! Would you like to help this year’s first-timers make great memories when they visit? Post a tip below and you could win a Family Getaway for…

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Will Koch & Rick Hunter

Podcast: ProSlide CEO

We crossed the border this episode. A quick call to Ottowa (Ontario, Canada) and the CEO of ProSlide joined us for a fun chat about snow skiing, water coasters, and the passion to create. Here’s that photo I took of Rick Hunter and Will Koch right after Wildebeest opened. Two brilliant businessmen who never lost…

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Riverside Retreats

Down by the Riverside

When we ask visitors what they enjoy the most during their day at Splashin’ Safari, not everyone says the water coasters. Hard to believe. I know. Wildebeest and Mammoth definitely top the list, but another favorite activity is floating lazily on the Bahari River. If that’s your favorite hangout, you might want to make your day extra…

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Podcast - Dole Whip

Podcast glossary

You’re expecting a new podcast episode today, right? Sorry, we’ve delayed #053 by a week. The good news, though, is that our guest will be Rick Hunter, the President & CEO of ProSlide Technology, Inc. Can’t wait! Meanwhile, we’ve been talking for a while about starting a HoWoPo Glossary of Terms. Because the inside jokes…

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Sweepstakes: Spring Cleaning

Congratulations to our winner, Teresa L. of Berea, Kentucky! Thanks to all who entered! —– Welcome to March! It’s time for spring cleaning and we’re out in full force getting the park ready for opening day. It’s also time for a new sweepstakes. And who knows how to make a “clean sweep” better than our…

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Thunderbird's Immelmann Loop

Hiccup Help

Now that my kiddos are older, I’m not as in touch with modern teaching methods as in the past. Reading my sons’ schoolwork – especially their writing assignments – was always interesting and often downright fun. Here’s a new twist … a proud uncle shared his niece’s “Hiccup Help” assignment on Twitter: @HolidayWorld My niece,…

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Tesla charging station

Do you have an EV? Charge it!

Does anyone else remember when the town of Santa Claus got its first traffic light? That was quite a day, back in August of 2008. We’re feeling a bit uptown once again … as we introduce our new Tesla Destination Charging Station! Here’s some information, which is also available on our Rules & Services page: A…

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Nick & Amanda

A love letter

Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you enjoy this guest post from a long-time seasonal employee.  My name is Amanda Claise and I recently married my high school sweetheart. I should start off by saying that my last name is pronounced like “class,” as in classroom! My husband’s name is Nick and although we recently moved to Bowling…

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Tembo Falls Being Assembled

Some assembly required

Think of Tembo Falls as a REALLY big toy construction set. First, pieces of fiberglass are delivered to us and then we assemble them on site. There’s still work to do before the slides are moved into place next to Kima Bay, but for now we’re combining the smaller pieces into larger pieces. I took a…

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Dippin' Dots for podcast

Podcast: Dippin’ Dots Gal

There’s a long-running joke among coaster enthusiasts that all worthwhile rumors about parks come from … The Dippin’ Dots Guy. Because nearly every park sells that beloved treat and nearly every park has secrets to keep. For today’s podcast episode, we got The Dippin’ Dots Gal – Billie Stuber – on the horn and learned all…

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We

Sweepstakes: We Love Dippin’ Dots!

Congratulations to our three winners – all chosen at random: Wendi S. of Alton, Illinois, Kristy C. of Stendal, Indiana. and Lauren S. of Fort Wayne. Thanks to all who entered! —– We’re excited to welcome Billie from Dippin’ Dots to our next podcast episode. … because everybody loves Dippin’ Dots, right? We’ve been serving…

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Soon, June, soon …

This video popped up on a local television station’s Facebook page today. It seems little June’s birthday surprise was met with a bit of resistance … Trust me, sweetie. Holiday World isn’t quite as much fun when it’s 20 degrees outside and all the rides are safely stored away. But don’t worry, we’re working hard to…

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The Striker coaster design (school project)

Coaster class

Were you lucky enough to have an incredible science teacher back in the day? You know, the kind who made science understandable, interesting and even fun. Even though it was decades ago, I remember mine like it was yesterday. Good ol’ Robbie Robertson, my Physics Teacher at Carmel High back in the mid-1970s, was an amazing…

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100 days

Just 100 days from today … we’ll be open for the season! At launch time (oops, lunchtime) today … … we captured Thunderbird’s first flight of the new year: As we explain in this Facebook Live video (un-mute it if you want to hear me mispronounce Immelmann), it’s time for our maintenance technicians to start off-season…

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