‘Happy Halloween Weekends’ Return Saturday

‘Lights Out!’ show features performers from Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana 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 23. “Holiday World is all about family fun and making memories – even during the Halloween season,”…

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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 2017 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held this weekend at Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, Connecticut. For the eighth year in a row, Holiday World’s Wildebeest water coaster was named the World’s…

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Parks closed Sept. 10 & 17 for ‘Buy-Outs’

COMPANIES PLAN HOLIDAY WORLD ‘BUY-OUTS’ SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–A pair of corporate “buy-outs” will close Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari to the public the next two Sundays. The companies participating in the buy-outs are: Sunday, September 10: Kimball International and Kimball Electronics Sunday, September 17: Toyota Close to 20,000 employees and family members from Kimball and…

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Water Coasters Featured on ‘Travel Channel’ Sunday

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–Holiday World’s two water coasters will be featured on the Travel Channel’s Xtreme Waterparks show this weekend. “The Travel Channel contacted us, wanting to explore the Linear Induction Motor technology used to propel boats up the hills on Mammoth and Wildebeest,” says the park’s president, Matt Eckert. “Mammoth is featured in the Guinness…

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Auditions set for Halloween Show

Park to Hire 200 More Seasonals for Fall SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Local auditions for Holiday World’s 2017 Halloween musical show are scheduled for Saturday morning at the theme park. The “Lights Out!” 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…

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Consumers Digest Names Holiday World ‘Top Value Park’

TripAdvisor Awards Park Certificate of Excellence SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–A leading consumer magazine has named Holiday World the Nation’s Top Value Park. In its June issue, Consumers Digest states Holiday World earned the top “bang for the buck” ranking with its “charming retro holiday theme” along with free soft drinks, free parking and free sunscreen. The…

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Splashin’ Safari is #1 Water Park, says USA Today poll

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…

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$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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