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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The scoop about Waffle Cone Lights

Rick making Waffle Cone Lights

This time of the year (gulp – we’re just two weeks from Opening Day!), changes happen so quickly that it’s a challenge to catch them all for you to see. So we were delighted to hear from Rick, our Graphic Artist, that he was working on creating the Waffle Cone Lights for the new Sugarplum…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Santa's Merry Marketplace Decorations

I’ll plead guilty to any accusation of a cheesy Christmas-lyric subject line, but … Come on! Decor and more for Santa’s Merry Marketplace! The chandeliers (all 23 of them) are hung by the chimney with care. Hold on – what chimney? This chimney! Love these rustic doors for our Party Rooms. These private rooms are…

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Whatever happened to the Santa murals?

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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Top, Tour, Taste

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

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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Mermaid mystery

Mermaid ICEE

Did you know there’s a new ICEE flavor called Mermaid? Well, there is: When we put together our ICEE Mix It Up Sweepstakes, we wanted to include a list of the 12 flavors we’ll offer this season. The three new flavors are Warheads Strawberry Grape Smashup, Strawberry Lemonade, and … Mermaid. Mermaid? A quick check around…

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Sweepstakes: ICEE Mix It Up

ICEE Bubble Yards

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner: Debbie G. from Georgetown, Indiana! Our runner-up winner is Sandra S. from Fulton, Mississippi;  Jennifer W. from O’Fallon, Missouri; and Stefany D. from Terre Haute, Indiana. Thanks to all who entered! —– Our ICEE Mix It Up stand was a big hit last season. Small wonder – all that cold, bubbly,…

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Minding the mint

Dippin' Dots sundaes

Is it the mint? Or maybe the crunch? Or the Oreos? Something about this new Dippin’ Dots flavor got People magazine so excited they posted an enthusiastic article about it. So we tweeted it: A culinary announcement so important it was featured in @People magazine! And yes, we’ll serve Cool Mint Crunch here – in…

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‘Daily Deals’ are back!

Daily Deals are back for the 2019 season. … including the ever-popular Dole Whip Wednesday. You remember Dole Whip, right? You don’t need a coupon to get your Daily Deals – in fact, you don’t even need to ask for the discount, it’s automatic! The Turkey Bowl deal for Thanksgiving Thursday was a hit last…

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Construction update

Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe construction

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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More Season Pass Perks

Character Mugs

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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“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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