$350,000 raised during park’s ‘JDRF One Walk’

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari hosted the park’s 12th annual “JDRF One Walk” today, raising more than $350,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Holiday World donated tickets to JDRF for today’s event; those tickets were “earned” by individuals, families, and teams who raised donations for the Walk. Holiday World has helped raise $3.6…

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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, Santa…

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Park Opens Season with new Firecracker ride

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World opens for its 71st season on Saturday, with a new (to the park) family ride. Last fall, park officials decided to restore a classic Calypso ride that delighted riders at another park long ago. “There are only a handful of these rides left in North America,” says park president Matt Eckert….

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Lifeguards win top Safety Award

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–The team of lifeguards at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari received official notice this week that they earned a Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award in 2016. The crew of 150 lifeguards received “exceeds” scores in all categories of their third-party safety audits last season. “Only ten percent of the aquatic teams who underwent…

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Park announces ‘Rock the World’ lineup

Dove Award Winner ‘Skillet’ to headline ‘Rock the World’ E-Auditions underway for Regional Bands SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–The Dove Award-winning Christian rock band Skillet will headline Holiday World’s “Rock the World” concert in August. This is the sixth year for Holiday World’s Christian music fest, which includes a day at the park, plus an evening concert. In…

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Park Hiring 2,200 for 71st Season

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 vacations with us,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari President Matt Eckert….

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Auditions Set for Holiday World Shows

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Local auditions for Holiday World’s 2017 cast of entertainers will be held at the theme park later this month and in March. This season’s entertainment lineup at Holiday World includes the following: Country: LIVE!: Contemporary and classic country hits performed by a live band WOW: World of Wonder: Singers, dancers and specialty acts…

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Park celebrates 80 years of service

SANTA CLAUS, IN—–Seven employees at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were recently honored for their years of service with 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 Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari president Matt Eckert. “It’s this…

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Mannequin video reveals 2017 plans

SANTA CLAUS, IND — Full-time staff from Holiday World froze in place this morning for a mannequin video designed to drop dozens of hints about the 2017 season. “Hints and ‘Easter eggs’ are everywhere in the video,” says park president Matt Eckert. “By carefully watching the video, viewers will learn that we plan to restore…

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Happy Halloween Weekends start Saturday

HALLOWEEN-THEMED SHOWS & ATTRACTIONS HIGHLIGHT NOT-SO-SCARY EVENT SANTA CLAUS, IND—– Holiday World’s four holiday-themed sections will merge into a single theme starting this weekend, as the park opens its Happy Halloween Weekends on September 24. “Holiday World is all about family fun and making memories – even during the Halloween season,” says park president Matt…

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2016 Golden Ticket Awards

WILDEBEEST NAMED TOP WATER PARK RIDE HOLIDAY WORLD VOTED CLEANEST PARK SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s Wildebeest water coaster took top honors once again during the 2016 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held this weekend at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. For the seventh year in a row, Holiday World’s Wildebeest water coaster…

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‘Bert the Conqueror’ to air Tuesday

TRAVEL CHANNEL TO FEATURE HOLIDAY WORLD’S THUNDERBIRD ON ‘BERT THE CONQUEROR’ TUESDAY SANTA CLAUS, IND —– The host of the popular reality show “Bert the Conqueror” will try to “conquer” Holiday World’s Thunderbird roller coaster and Mammoth water coaster this Tuesday on the Travel Channel. Comedian Bert Kreischer* is an “everyman” who travels the country conquering…

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Auditions set for Halloween show

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Local auditions for Holiday World’s 2016 Halloween musical show are scheduled for Monday evening at the theme park. The new musical show will be performed during Happy Halloween Weekends by family-friendly Halloween characters singing and dancing to popular hits, with lyrics altered to suit the spooky holiday. Performers interested in auditioning should bring…

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Park History: From Santa Claus Land to Holiday World

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–The history of the nation’s first theme park is the story of a family which has, for seven decades, dedicated itself to providing millions of guests with good, old-fashioned family fun. Evansville, Ind., industrialist Louis J. Koch created the world’s first theme park as a retirement project. He was troubled that the tiny…

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TripAdvisor: Splashin’ Safari #4 in Nation

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–The world’s largest travel site – TripAdvisor.com – just announced the nation’s top water parks, with Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari very close to the top of that list. The 40-acre water park, among the largest in the world, was named the #4 park in the nation and #13 in the world, following…

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