"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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The Legend | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Facebook rewind

As another calendar year comes to a close, let’s reminisce about our top Facebook videos from 2018: A Pre-Season Flight With 100 days until opening, we launched Thunderbird and streamed the video live for fans. This pre-season launch served to swap the two trains, which were midway through off-season maintenance. Read more in this HoliBlog post. By…

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Mick Foley at Santa statue

“Yep, he’s real!”

“Yep, he’s real!” is a phrase we hear pretty often here in the town of Santa Claus. And today, hundreds of thousands of YouTubers are hearing it as well, from Rhett & Link. At the very end of this Good Mythical Morning episode, our very own Santa statue gets a cameo: The rest of the…

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PolarBears: Will, Lauren, Leah

Podcast: the Town named Santa Claus

For the last podcast episode of 2018, Lori Koch (Lauren and Leah’s mom) joined us as we delved into the history of the town of Santa Claus:     A visit from The Today Show last weekend resulted in a wonderful feature story that aired this week. Here’s that link to the Santa Claus Visitors Bureau,…

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One photo, three monitors

The other morning, when the frost was on the pumpkin-colored coaster, Stephen and Josh bundled up first thing and took some gorgeous photos. Including this panoramic view: I remember standing in the doorway that connects our three offices and asking: How can we possibly use this photo? It is so lovely. Breathtaking, even. But so ……

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2018 Ugly Sweaters at Christmas breakfast

Before we all roam … a Christmas poem

As Christmas fast approaches, we pause to celebrate the season of Claus. Last Friday’s full-time staff breakfast was the celebration of a job well done. Our HR Team even rewrote and recited this Christmas poem to those gathered:    ‘Twas the Night before break and all through the park    Our teams were scurrying, not losing their…

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Today Show Interview with Ashley

The Today Show comes to town!

It probably comes as no surprise to hear that our town gets a lot of attention this time of year. Over the weekend, a crew from The Today Show paid a visit. Their holly-jolly feature aired this morning: And yes, that’s our marketing director, Ashley, interviewed mid-way through: … plus a lovely scene with the Santa’s…

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A visit from Jack Frost

When Jack Frost visits, he doesn’t just decorate the windows. He goes a little crazy out in the park. We hope you enjoy these springlike photos, taken by Josh and Stephen on this chilly morn. Is that frost … or cotton candy? Mammoth seems to enjoy the return to the Ice Age. The sun soon…

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Mike and Joe

Podcast: The one with the Retiree

Mike Johannes has certainly never been thought of as a retiring sort of person. But after 26 years with us, it seems our Director of Sales is heading off to make some new adventures. We invited Mike to join us for this podcast episode, and he brought with him tales of golfing with Santa, chasing escaped…

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“Being of sound mind …”

Demolition work is underway in preparation for the new Santa’s Merry Marketplace. As fast-paced as this work is, we occasionally pause. That’s Tom, who’s our Carpenter & Facilities Manager, proudly holding a piece of wood. That’s a two-by-four, right? Whatever the measure, it’s a piece of history. #HoWoHistory Because, like all great artists, Tom likes…

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Santa SpongeBob

Treeboy meets SpongeBob

“Absorbant and yellow and porous is he” has to be one of the best cartoon theme-song lines ever written. It was so sad to hear that SpongeBob SquarePants’ creator passed away yesterday. Stephen Hillenburg was just 57. Thinking of SpongeBob took me back to the summer of 2002, when a plush version of the gap-toothed…

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Marcus Returning on Voyage

Warm memories

The first snowstorm of the season has come and gone – and it’s only November 15! Our pal Marcus Leshock found a way to warm our hearts, though, by posting this YouTube video. It’s from when he visited this summer on assignment with WGN-TV in Chicago: Be sure to un-mute the video … ’cause Marcus is a…

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