The Today Show comes to town!

Today Show Interview with Ashley

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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“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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Treeboy meets SpongeBob

Santa 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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Warm memories

Marcus Returning on Voyage

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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Sweepstakes: Who’s your Season Pass Pal?

Thunderbird, Diving out of Immelmann

Congratulations to our winner: Chelsea D. from Indianapolis – and thanks to all who entered! —– Do you have a pal with whom you love to go on adventures? Maybe it’s a grandchild … Or a cousin … Or a fellow thrill seeker. We want to give you a chance to visit all season long –…

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Podcast: Making Merry

Lauren Wand

It’s the aftermath of announcing Santa’s Merry Marketplace and our podsquad is still a bit giddy for today’s podcast episode:     We talk a lot about producing the announcement video for Santa’s Merry Marketplace. And here it is: Lauren’s wand-choreography rehearsal The glitter went … everywhere. Hrm, this doesn’t look like the Baconland announcement. Maybe…

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Cornfused?

2018 corn maze

We’re no stranger to puns here at Holiday World. (You’ve been warned.) … and so when we’re told we’re outstanding in our field, we take that seriously. A corn field, that is Twelve acres. Out by Thunderbird: Each spring, a local farmer plants the cornfield. When the stalks are knee-high to a fairly tall human,…

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An answer to our most-asked question

Platinum Season Pass

“When can I catch the best discounts for Season Passes?” We get asked this question year-round. Because everyone likes a good deal, right? Here’s the answer: The deepest discounts are available toward the end of the previous season. As in … right now! Technically, the deepest discounts will expire at midnight Friday. And what we mean…

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Podcast: … with the other Podcasters

Theme Park Families Podcast at Holiday World

After shaking our heads in disbelief that September starts tomorrow, we put in a call to these fellows: Well, not everyone … just Andrew (front left) and his dad, Adam. They’re the hosts of the Theme Park Families Podcast! Season Passes for 2019 are on sale – with deepest discounts available through September 14. Here’s…

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Sweepstakes: Win Season Passes!

Thunderbird's Immelmann Loop

Congratulations to our winner: Tasha B. from Mount Vernon, Illinois! —– Can you believe it? Season Passes for the 2019 season are now on sale! Deepest discounts for Season Passes are available for just a few weeks – through September 14. The list of different types of passes available – and all the associated benefits…

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The next generation

Sawyer's First Ride

Today is our 72nd birthday. Pictures of our past swirl in our memories: As do snapshots of the future In celebration of the 72nd birthday of his family’s theme park, young Sawyer took his first rides today. #NextGeneration #HoWoHistory pic.twitter.com/OQdtWHDVOG — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) August 3, 2018 Sawyer took his first ride on Holidog Express,…

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Podcast: Weather Warrior

Ron Rhodes holding a photo of Marcia Yockey

We had an early morning, with Eyewitness News Meteorologist Ron Rhodes alternately presenting a fantastic forecast and challenging Matt to silly competitions. You know, like this: Afterwards, we asked Ron to join us on our podcast: Ron’s a local guy and grew up watching the late Marcia Yockey forecast the weather. We had a surprise…

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