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Holiday World donates over $74,000 to local CASA Chapters – back to full operation

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World kicked off Happy Halloween Weekends in a way that would make even a goblin grin. After technical difficulties threatened to interfere with normal operations, Holiday World Staff knew closing wasn’t the only response. Holiday World chose to open with limited operations with a $10 gate admission to be donated to local charities. Over $74,000 was generated…

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Editors: Wildebeest b-roll available here:!AqYTo-G_TJPsylItYhb-_DwMuMH5?e=78tFaf —– WILDEBEEST NAMED TOP WATER PARK RIDE 10th YEAR IN A ROW SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s Wildebeest water coaster took top honors once again during the 2019 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held this weekend at Silverwood Theme Park in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.       …

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Kids World event begins at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

‘Kids World’ event begins at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari SANTA CLAUS, IND—– Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is now hosting Kids World–an event designed especially for kids that features “Fun Zones,” special kid-friendly food, and entertainment created just for families.  “Kids World is all the rides and slides you love about our parks, plus extra…

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Cheetah Chase Logo


HOLIDAY WORLD ANNOUNCES ‘CHEETAH CHASE’ WORLD’S FIRST LAUNCHED WATER COASTER    06 August, 2019    SANTA CLAUS, IND— Named Cheetah Chase, Holiday World’s third water coaster will feature two ProSlide rocketBLAST®-powered racing slides totaling more than 1700 feet of track. Riders will experience a water-powered flat launch before racing against their families toward the finish line….

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USA Today names Splashin’ Safari #1 water park

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–According to USA Today, the best water park in the nation is located in Indiana. Holiday World’s Splashin’ Safari took top honors in the newspaper’s month-long online voting, which challenged fans to vote for their favorite water park from among 20 nominated for America’s “10 Best” Outdoor Water Parks. The newspaper reports votes “poured…

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Park Named to TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

Also, Voyage picked as Indiana’s Top Coaster SANTA CLAUS, IND—–As the summer vacation season kicks off, the world’s largest travel site – – welcomes Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari into its new Hall of Fame. “TripAdvisor just notified us that our long history of receiving positive reviews has earned us an inaugural spot in…

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Park’s fundraising for Juvenile Diabetes Research tops $4.3 million

Turn Type One into Type None SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari hosted the park’s 14th annual “JDRF One Walk” today. More than $280,000 was raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Holiday World donated tickets to JDRF for today’s event. The tickets were “earned” by individuals, families, and teams who raised hundreds of thousands…

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Timeline: Santa Claus Land, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Timeline: from Santa Claus Land to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari   1941 Louis J. Koch visits the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, and begins plans to open what is to become the world’s first theme park. 1945 Construction of Santa Claus Land begins (August 4). 1946 Opening day of the world’s first theme park,…

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Pam and Lauren on Play Day, 2019

Play Day donation tops $500,000

SANTA CLAUS, IN—–More than $30,000 was donated to the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center today, during Holiday World’s “Play Day.” The annual event is open to the Tri-State’s children with mental and physical disabilities. “Today, we opened the park for the invited guests of the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center,” says Holiday World’s Lauren Crosby, a fourth-generation owner. “This…

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Park named “Midwest’s Most Affordable”

Holiday World Named ‘Midwest’s Most Affordable’ Park Free Soft Drinks for All Enters 20th Season SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World launches its 73rd season this Saturday with a new award: the Midwest’s Most Affordable Park., the world’s largest vacation rental search engine, released its annual Theme Park Price Index, a study of the affordability of…

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Santa's Merry Marketplace Topping

Park “Tops” Santa’s Merry Marketplace 

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– The tower at Holiday World’s new Santa’s Merry Marketplace is now complete. This morning, in a “topping ceremony,” a 10-story crane lifted the top half of the nearly six-story tower into place. “In the theme-park industry, we like to celebrate placing the highest piece of a new ride or building into place,”…

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Attractions Management with Safety Award

Park’s Attractions Team Wins Safety Award

Ride Operators Win Award for Excellence in Safety SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– For the second year in a row, Holiday World’s team of ride operators has received the industry’s top award in Ride Operations Excellence. The award, presented by International Ride Training (IRT) of Nashville, Tennessee, is the result of scores earned during an unannounced safety…

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Jobs at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Holiday World to Fill 2,200 Jobs

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari officials expect to receive a record number of job applications as they prepare to fill 2,200 seasonal positions in the coming weeks. “We’re looking for friendly and energetic individuals who want to help families enjoy their getaways with us,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari President Matt Eckert….

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Park celebrates 100+ years of service

Longtime employees honored SANTA CLAUS, IN—–Eight employees at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were recently honored for their years of service at the world’s first theme park. “Each year, we present Service Awards to employees who have been with our park family for multiples of five years,” says park president Matt Eckert. “It’s this core…

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Santa’s Merry Marketplace to open in 2019

Park invests $5.5 million in 2019 SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World’s iconic Kringle’s Kafe will serve its final customers on October 28, as construction of the new Santa’s Merry Marketplace begins in November. “We’re ramping up the theming and the menus for next season,” says park president Matt Eckert. “Santa’s Merry Marketplace is nearly 50 percent…

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