Wildebeest & Mammoth Water Coasters

The Year of the Virtual Lucite

We at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari look forward to the Golden Ticket Awards by Amusement Today every year. My dad used to call it “Bringing home the lucite.”  Historically, the awards have been hosted by many parks through the years–including three times at Holiday World. It’s always been fun to spend time with colleagues…

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The Legend Wooden Roller Coaster

Another Legendary Coaster Project

In case you’re not a “read all the way through a blog” kind of person, please note that The Legend will close early for the season starting October 2 so we can get a jump start on our intensive off-season maintenance project. The last weekend to ride will be September 25-26. We’re excited to deliver…

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Happy Halloween Weekends Preview & Bat Marshmallow Pop Recipe!

Does the fall chill in the air have you ready for some thrills? Happy Halloween Weekends are back from September 24 through October 30! Click here to learn more about Happy Halloween Weekends, our family-friendly event that includes the rides you love at Holiday World, plus lots of Halloween-themed shows and fun! Check out this…

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Trick or Treat Turtles

Halloween Tips & Treats

In the fall, we answer lots of questions about Happy Halloween Weekends: Are the water rides open? We plan to have Raging Rapids and Frightful Falls open since they’re located in Holiday World, weather permitting (if temps dip below 60 degrees, they’ll probably be closed, because … brrr!). Splashin’ Safari closes for the season on September 18. Does the…

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75th Dedication Plaque

Happy Birthday to us… Part 2!

We (I) recently discovered from IAAPA historian Jim Futrell (shameless plug listen to our interview with him here) that Santa Claus Land kind of has two opening days, so we get to celebrate 75 years twice!  Just kidding, we’re an amusement park–everyone knows we celebrate our birthdays EVERY day of our birthday year, and some…

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Sweepstakes: Last Splash Family Getaway

As schools start back up, it may feel like summer is coming to an end, but we’re not finished yet! Splashin’ Safari’s last scheduled day for the season is September 19, and there’s still tons of fun waiting for families with Kids World weekends August 21-September 19 and Happy Halloween Weekends September 25-October 31.  And…

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Young girl posing while Kitty Claws is in the background

Podcast: Season 3, Episode 15: The One With the Amusing Historian

In honor of our 75th, it’s time for a REAL historian. Enjoy our interview with IAAPA historian Jim Futrell about the early days of Santa Claus Land. Stick around, because he answers who America’s First Theme Park really is, and grab your calendar because we’ve got some holidays for you. Do you have a favorite…

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Two young girls with happy, surprised faces

Kids World Sneak Peek with New Recipe!

August marks the start of school for many, but we are excited about the return of Kid’s World, Where Kids Rule the World! What is Kids World? It’s everything you love about Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus a Magic Show, jugglers, Fun Zones, Bubble show and more!  All your favorite attractions will remain open,…

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Podcast: Season 3, Episode 14: The One With 75 Years of Vision

How does a small, Christmas-themed park in Santa Claus, Indiana become a viral sensation? We’re diving deep into the vision of the first three generations of the Koch Family and how they shaped Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari into what we are today. We kick off discussing a post that went viral! Shoutout again to Natalie,…

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National Water Coaster Day

Is it national irony day yet?

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…

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Podcast Season 3, Episode 13: The One with the Historical Feedback

Squad reassembled for Season 3, Episode 13! Leah, Lauren, Nell, Matt and Sabrina talk about the early years of Santa Claus Land, feedback, and holidays!   Ever wonder how Santa Claus Land morphed from a retirement project to the park we love today? For example, did you know the park went up for sale once? …

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Podcast: Season 3, Episode 12: The One With Tips for a Better Visit

The PodSquad reassembled for Season 3, Episode 12! It’s a tough task during daily operations, but Leah, Lauren, Nell, and Sabrina were back in the studio to dish out their favorite tips and tricks to get the most out of your day! But first, they turn on Momma Lauren with rapid-fire questions about the newest…

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Podcast: Season 3, Episode 11: The One Where There’s No Place Like the Stage

Season 3, Episode 6 is brought to you live from inside the park! Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are now open for daily operations! Sabrina hit the midway to capture interviews in the park!  Go over the rainbow with a sneak peek at HoliWood Nights 2021, learn more about the live entertainment returning to the…

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The Voyage Flag Set

Sweepstakes: Memorial Day Getaway

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…

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