Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe construction

Construction update

Are you familiar with the concept of parallel play? (It’s when children are playing together – yet individually. There’s peaceful coexistence as each one works on his or her own project.) That’s happening right now at Holiday World as we work together – yet separately – on Santa’s Merry Marketplace. First of all, our Food &…

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Irises in bloom at Thunderbird

Sweepstakes: What’s your cure for Cabin Fever?

Congratulations to our winner: Misty L. from Lawrenceville, Illinois. Thanks to all who entered! —– It’s that time of the winter when we’ve all just about had it, right? Whether it’s snow, ice, frigid temps, or our current monsoon, we’re all craving the first signs of spring. Dogwood trees blooming and roller coasters soaring ……

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Holidog and guitar

Color me Holidog

There are so many holidays each day that entire websites exist just to list them. Today, it’s Get Out Your Guitar Day. Presumably, this is to chide the majority of us whose guitars are gathering dust (now that adulthood has taken over). Happily, Holidog will never grow up! This rockin’ Holidog was so fun, we…

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Adam named Best Student

Safe to say: “He won!”

What do we do during the seemingly endless off-season? Well, we: Build things Hire our seasonal team Catch up on all the things we don’t get accomplished during the season And … take lots of off-season training Much of our off-season training involves keeping up to date on safety. That’s safety for our Guests and…

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FREE Unlimited Soft Drinks

Drinking up the praise

This was such a nice surprise! Business strategist and New York Times best-selling author Jay Baer is a fan. He chose our Free Unlimited Soft Drinks program as the topic of the first episode of his Talk Triggers Show: Free Unlimited Soft Drinks at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari began back in the year 2000. (Who remembers Y2K?)…

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Chrysler commercial

#FlashbackFriday: 1955 Chrysler Commercial

It’s #FlashbackFriday again and we found an amazing piece of Santa Claus Land history to share with you. This is the “Chrysler TV Caravan,” with a commercial touting their 1955 “hundred-million-dollar gift” – a new Chrysler! Don’t miss Santa Jim waving at the end. (He’s one of our 4th generation owners’ great-grandfathers.) Of course, this is…

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Snow globe model

Snow kidding?

Tell me the truth – if someone texted you this photo on a winter’s eve, would you know it showed the early stage of designing a snow globe? Yeah, me neither. But I did get an overwhelming desire to go heat up the waffle iron. The text came from VP Matt (not to be confused with…

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AIMS high

Don’t worry, I already gave Sean a hard time over those palm trees in the background. “Rub it in, will ya?!” He assured me it wasn’t all that warm in Texas last week. These members of our Maintenance Team just got back from a week at AIMS training and certification. AIMS stands for Amusement Industry Manufacturers…

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Holidog statue after an ice storm

A focus on snow

Are you a fan of snow? This drone footage was shot a year ago, when the park was under a blanket of the lovely stuff. Here in southern Indiana, we don’t usually get a lot of snow. And when we do, it doesn’t last long. But when we do … We take photos! Here are…

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Santa Claus Land logo

#FlashbackFriday to 1984

Does anyone scrapbook the old-fashioned way any more? It used to be such a thing that the noun became a verb. Nowadays, the digital form of scrapbooking is so handy, with the ability to share old photos with virtually anyone worldwide. Throughout our 73-year history, there’s always been someone taking photos. They’re tucked away in…

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Mammoth Boat Going Over Hill

Sweepstakes: Play it Forward

Congratulations to our winner: Melody H. of Union, Missouri! Thanks to everyone who entered – we’ll launch another sweepstakes soon! —– Planning for a getaway can be loads of fun. The anticipation just adds to the excitement. Because memories can last forever. Memories like this commercial which ran in 1977, during our Santa Claus Land…

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"Covered wagon" used for track replacement

Voyage track work, by the numbers

When we first started talking about adding a wooden roller coaster to our ride line up (this was waaaaay back in the early 1990s), we knew there was an important commitment we’d need to make. Off-season track work Because wooden coasters need lots of Tender Loving Care. Our trio of aggressive woodies has a special…

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Character Mugs

More Season Pass Perks

If you have a 2019 Season Pass or a Platinum Season Pass, we’ve got some extra perks for you! Your Pass will come loaded with the following deals, which can each be used once during the 2019 season: Merchandise* Additional 20% off Cotton Candy Tub at any shop Additional 20% off one Holidog, Safari Sam,…

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A 360 video tour of Santa’s Merry Marketplace

Having trouble getting your bearings when it comes to the transition of Kringle’s Kafe to Santa’s Merry Marketplace? Understandable! The “footprint” for Santa’s Merry Marketplace is nearly half again as big as Kringle’s. Lauren and Stephen put their hard hat-covered noggins together and created this 360 video for you to take a detailed look around: This is interactive,…

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The Wave Throwback Photo

The year in photos

As we look back at our five most-liked photos from Instagram this year, one thing becomes apparent: our fans enjoy #throwback photos. Just like last year, a HoliDrone shot makes an appearance on the list. Also, we celebrated Splashin’ Safari’s 25th season with both recent and archive pictures. Here’s the 2018 Countdown: Number 5: A…

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