Mick Foley in Paula's office

“Have a nice ride”

Look who stopped by my office last week! No, it’s not John Goodman. It’s WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley! Mick likes theme parks. And Santa Claus. And he really likes roller coasters. But because he’s been, uh … active in his career, roller coasters have been out of the question for a number of…

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Splashin’ Safari surprised us all!

It’s Splashin’ Safari’s birthday! Our water park opened on May 29, 1993. It was much smaller back then. In fact, our news release announced it would be a five-year project, costing $3 million. Boy, were we wrong! Here’s an article from The Herald, from back on October 30, 1992: What? SplashWater Safari? Yes, that was…

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Mammoth drop

Sweepstakes: Splashin’ Family Getaway

Congratulations to Allison A. from Nashville, Tennessee, who is our winner! Thanks to all who entered – watch for another sweepstakes coming up soon! —– We all like to win, right? Here’s your opportunity to win four tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two overnights in a Holiday Cottage* at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV…

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48 Hours' correspondant Richard Schlesinger and park president Will Koch

The day CBS News came to town

What fun it is to revisit our past – with oh so many wonderful stories to tell from our 73 years! This includes a visit from CBS News! Here’s a share of a video our ACE friend Sean posted on YouTube. (ACE = American Coaster Enthusiasts. Yes, that’s a thing.) For the backstory about the day…

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Mom and Daughter in Bahari Wave

Sweepstakes: Who’s the Swiftest of them all?

Congratulations to our winner: Tracy S.! Thanks to all who entered. More giveaways coming up soon! —– Thunderbird launches from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. If you think you’re that swift, our latest sweepstakes is perfect for you. It’s all about speed. The best part? We’ll have dozens of winners!…

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Thunderbird and Voyage

Trees please

Today is National Love A Tree Day And we’ve got plenty of love to go around. Over the decades, we’ve bent over backwards to keep our parks filled with beautiful trees.   Did you know the acclaimed “S Curve” at the bottom of The Raven’s fifth drop was created to save a row of trees?…

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Candy Cornucopia

Candy Cornucopia

With all the fanfare involving our new Santa’s Merry Marketplace, we haven’t said much about Candy Cornucopia. It’s located in Thanksgiving, as you might have already guessed. Across from Turkey Whirl. Early this foggy morning, Jim from WFIE was here to talk to Matt about the new season … And since we were close by,…

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Turkey Whirl Assembly

Wattle we ride first?

Some may find this to be fowl, but if you take a look at turkey anatomy, you’ll know a wattle is that fleshy neck thingy (technically speaking, of course). The other weird turkey word? The snood of course. That’s the hangy thing over the turkey’s beak. Speaking of snood, did you know the farmer in Gobbler Getaway…

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Holiday World & Louisville City FC Prize Pack - web

Sweepstakes: Summer Kickoff

Congratulations to our winner: Brittany G. from White Lake, Michigan! Thanks to all who entered. More giveaways coming up soon! —– Click. Did you hear that? It was the sound of me moving the little switch on our thermostat from Heat to Cool. Because it’s starting to feel like summer! What better way to kick off…

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Santa murals

Whatever happened to the Santa murals?

They’re back! Sort of looks like a Santa Claus Art Gallery, doesn’t it? The murals, which originated in 1991, were carefully preserved over the winter months. It’s time, though, for them to claim their space in Santa’s Merry Marketplace. I’ve got to admit, we were stunned by the many accusations that we’d abandoned these works of…

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We tasted both General Tso's Chicken, as well as this delicious vegetarian version:

Top, Tour, Taste

Yesterday’s media event for the Tower Topping at Santa’s Merry Marketplace was a ho-ho-whole lot of fun! To begin with, the weather was just perfect and the trees were awakening. TV crews, newspaper reporters, radio personalities, and the HoliDrone were on hand to watch the topping of the six-story tower at Santa’s Merry Marketplace. Want…

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