The training train

Holidog Express train ride

It is training season here at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari: Foods training, Lifeguard drills,  Sweeper coaching, Admissions instruction … the list goes on and on. Come to think of it, there’s even train training. There’s also lots of Safety Training. Each department has its own, and there are additional company-wide sessions. This one is…

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Lip synch

Hard-hat stickers for Voyage work

Learned something new today: The top two layers of track on our wooden coasters are collectively referred to as The Lip. As a result, the term Lip Service takes on a whole new meaning around here. Why? Because the top two layers – the lip – is where the artistry takes place. Retracking a wooden coaster…

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Memories of coaster names

1995 Brochure cover

We call it The Name Game here. Whenever we have something new, it needs a name. Over the years, we’ve spent untold hours coming up with themed names for attractions, restaurants, shops, and games. When our friends at CoasterRadio podcast asked me to call in to talk about how we came up with our coaster…

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Happy Birthday, Santa Jim!

Santa Claus

He was born on February 18, 1894. Santa Jim. Countless children whispered in Santa’s ear over his decades wearing the red suit here at Santa Claus Land. The story of how Jim (a great grandfather of our fourth-generation park owners) became Santa will quite possibly bring a tear to your eye. And here he is…

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Drinking up the praise

FREE Unlimited Soft Drinks

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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#FlashbackFriday: 1955 Chrysler Commercial

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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A focus on snow

Holidog statue after an ice storm

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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#FlashbackFriday to 1984

Santa Claus Land logo

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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Sweepstakes: Play it Forward

Mammoth Boat Going Over Hill

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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Voyage track work, by the numbers

"Covered wagon" used for track replacement

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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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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Facebook rewind

The Legend | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

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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