Park awarded ‘Certificate of Excellence’

Park honored as a Top Performing Attraction as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site SANTA CLAUS, IND – The world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor, has granted its 2015 Certificate of Excellence to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding…

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$350,000 Raised During Park’s ‘Walk to Cure Diabetes’

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari hosted the park’s tenth annual “Walk to Cure Diabetes” 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 more than 1,300 individuals, families, and teams who raised donations for the Walk. Holiday…

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New ‘Thunderbird Ice Cream’ available in 27 States & Holiday World

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–With only two weeks remaining until the new Thunderbird roller coaster opens at Holiday World, an edible version is rolling into grocery stores in 27 states. “Thunderbird Ice Cream is a fun collaboration between Holiday World and Prairie Farms,” says Holiday World Vice President Eric Snow. “We sampled a lot of creative flavor…

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Thunderbird First Flight Auction

Thunderbird’s First Flight Auction to benefit ‘Give Kids The World’

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–With just over a month before the nation’s first launched wing roller coaster opens to the public, Holiday World officials launched a charity auction for the very first public rides. “For these historic first rides on our new roller coaster, we decided to auction the specific seats to the highest bidders,” says the…

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Thunderbird’s First Test Launch Deemed a Success

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Twenty water-filled test dummies got the ride of their lives today as they experienced the first flight of the nation’s only launched wing roller coaster. As this week’s snow thawed, Thunderbird roared to life this afternoon and launched its first train 14 stories into the cloudless sky at 2:03pm, completing a full ride…

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Holiday World alum on ‘American Idol’

SANTA CLAUS, IND. —– A past performer from Holiday World will appear on Wednesday’s “San Francisco Audition” episode of American Idol on Fox TV. Rayvon Owen performed in the park’s Rejoice! show as well as the Legacy acappella group in 2011. Also a songwriter, his “Brand New Day” was featured in last year’s EPIC Praise…

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Holiday World on Thursday’s ‘All-American Amusement Parks’

SANTA CLAUS, IND — Holiday World may be closed for the season, but fans can tune in to see the park featured in this week’s episode of “All-American Amusement Parks” on the Great American Country channel. This new travel show is hosted by J.D. Scott, one of the “Scott brothers” featured on several HGTV shows….

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Thunderbird’s highest track is in place

SANTA CLAUS, IND. — The nation’s first launched wing coaster hits a milestone today, as the highest piece of track is lifted into place by a 165-foot-tall crane. Thunderbird, Holiday World’s $22 million steel roller coaster, does not have a standard lift hill, but instead will launch winged trains full of riders into a 140-foot-tall…

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Zombies gather from ‘ghost to ghost’ for Graveyard Smash

SANTA CLAUS, IND. — As Holiday World prepares for its annual Happy Halloween Weekends to premiere this weekend, a gaggle of ghouls from six states rehearses for this season’s Graveyard Smash show. These singing and dancing zombies wail from near and far: • Nolan Baker, Waverly, Iowa • Polanco Jones, New Orleans, Louisiana • Kylee…

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Companies plan Holiday World ‘Buy-Outs’

SANTA CLAUS, IND. — Three corporate “buy-outs” will close Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari to the public for three days over the next two weekends. The companies participating in the buy-outs are: Saturday, September 6: Alliance Resource Partners Sunday, September 7: Kimball International Sunday, September 14: Toyota More than 25,000 employees and family members from…

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Labor Day Weekend: Red,White & Bluegrass Fest!

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–That “high lonesome sound” will fill the air at Holiday World during the upcoming Labor Day Weekend as the park hosts its first “Red, White & Bluegrass Festival.” Throughout the three-day holiday weekend, these nationally- and regionally-known bluegrass groups will perform in the park’s Hoosier Celebration Theater: Saturday, August 30 Special Consensus  11am-12:30pm…

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Holiday World Issues ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to Four Parks

SANTA CLAUS, IND—Joining the wave of fund-raising for ALS research, today the full-time staff of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari was drenched with ice and cold water after issuing a challenge to four other parks. “I was challenged personally on Facebook last week,” says Leah Koch, a fourth-generation owner and park director. “When I challenged…

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New for 2015: THUNDERBIRD, the nation’s first launched wing coaster

SANTA CLAUS, IND—The nation’s first launched wing coaster will take flight over Holiday World in 2015. Named Thunderbird, Holiday World’s first major steel roller coaster will feature a zero-to-60 miles-per-hour launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions – including a 14-story Immelmann loop, Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and a loop soaring 125 feet in…

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Regional Bands to Perform During Park’s Music Fest, Grammy Winners TobyMac and Mandisa to Headline

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–An eclectic collection of regional performers will join Grammy-winning performers TobyMac and Mandisa at Holiday World’s upcoming “Rock the World” Christian Music Fest. “The Lasting Hope” from Crothersville, Indiana, was selected from dozens of regional bands to open Rock the World’s main stage performances. Other regional bands selected to perform in Holiday World…

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