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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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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Holiday World begins Countdown to 2015

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Even though Holiday World’s 2014 season is only a few weeks underway, the park today begins its countdown to 2015. “As we continue to expand our Thanksgiving section, we look for ways to tie into that theme,” says Matt Eckert, president of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. “Knowing the Mayflower was at sea…

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Holiday World sets sail for 68th season

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Holiday World theme park opens for its 68th season this Saturday with the first sailing of the Mayflower swinging ship ride. “Since 2006, when we expanded Holiday World to include a Thanksgiving-themed section, we’ve received hundreds of suggestions to add a classic swinging ship ride and name it the Mayflower,” says park president…

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Park Names New Agency of Record

Television Commercials Released Early SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–When television viewers see Santa Claus chairing a meeting in Holiday World’s headquarters this spring, they’ll be watching the first in a series of commercials produced by the park’s new agency of record, Williams Randall Marketing. “The search for our agency of record was the search for a talented…

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Grammy Winners TobyMac, Mandisa to Headline Fest

Grammy Award winning performers TobyMac and Mandisa will headline Holiday World’s “Rock the World” in August. This is the third year for Holiday World’s Christian music fest.  The four main-stage acts will be: TobyMac, a Christian recording artist with two Grammy Awards and 18 Dove Awards to his credit. American Idol Season 5 finalist Mandisa,…

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Nat’l magazine names Voyage in ‘best coasters’ list

Calling it “as American as apple pie,” Men’s Journal magazine has named The Voyage wooden roller coaster at Holiday World one of America’s Best Roller Coasters. The just-released list includes only two wooden roller coasters plus seven steel coasters. Holiday World is the only family-owned park included on the list. Men’s Journal praised Voyage’s extreme…

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Park Celebrates 85 Years of Service

Nine 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,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari president Matt Eckert. “This year’s honorees…

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