Park Celebrates 210 Years of Service

SANTA CLAUS, IN—–Fourteen employees at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were recently honored for their many 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,”…

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At Happy Halloween Weekends, the theme is ‘not so scary’

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–The four holiday-themed sections at Holiday World will present a single theme on Saturdays and Sundays starting this weekend, as the park premieres this year’s Happy Halloween Weekends on September 26. “Holiday World is all about family fun and making memories – even during the Halloween season,” says park president Matt Eckert. “We’re…

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MythBusters Stars ‘Test’ Thunderbird’s Thrill Factor in New Travel Channel Show

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–Holiday World’s new Thunderbird roller coaster will help launch a new Travel Channel show this week. Thrill Factor premieres Wednesday evening with former MythBusters stars Kari Byron and Tory Belleci each gathering a team of “lab rats” to test Thunderbird’s forces with them. Thunderbird is America’s first launched wing roller coaster, which takes…

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Newsboys at Rock the World 2015 | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

‘Rock the World’ Performers Hail from Near and Far

SANTA CLAUS, IND—–The Dove Award winning Christian pop-rock band Newsboys will headline Holiday World’s “Rock the World” on August 22. The Grammy-nominated group, which originated in Australia, includes guitarist Jody Davis, who grew up in Petersburg, Indiana. Other main-stage performers for Rock the World include: Crowder, from Texas Sidewalk Prophets, with ties to Terre Haute…

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Past Holiday World Performer & ‘American Idol’ Finalist to Visit Park

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–A former Holiday World performer who finished fourth in this year’s American Idol competition will be at the park Friday afternoon to meet fans and sign autographs. 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” is featured…

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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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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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