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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The Voyage at Holiday World is ‘TIME’ Magazine’s Top-Ranked Wooden Coaster

According to a just-released article on TIME magazine’s website, The Voyage at Holiday World is the nation’s best wooden roller coaster. “TIME’s list is pretty impressive – and we’re honored to see our Voyage is the top-ranked wooden coaster,” says Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “Looking through the top-ten list, we couldn’t help but notice…

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‘USA Today’ names Splashin’ Safari top water park

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” Water Parks. The newspaper reports tens of thousands of…

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‘TwinkieMania’ contest at Holiday World Monday

As “the golden sponge cake with the creamy filling” returns to store shelves on Monday, a deep-fried version will be added to the dessert menu at Holiday World theme park. After scrambling to find a Twinkie supplier, park staffers spent the last few days taste-testing the deep-fried confection, which is topped off with powdered sugar…

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TripAdvisor awards ‘Certificate of Excellence’ to Holiday World

For the third year in a row, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari have received a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor.com. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. It is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed…

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The British are Coming – to Holiday World!

Close to 75 members of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain will visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari tomorrow, as part of their tour of the United States’ best roller coasters. “We host quite a few coaster enthusiast clubs each year,” says the park’s spokesperson, Paula Werne, “and none is more fun than this…

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Park invests $6.5 million for 2013 season

Following one of the hottest summers on record, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are creating more ways for families to stay cool in 2013. That’s according to park president Matt Eckert, who says the investment of $6.5 million provides everything from a new water-slide complex to misters throughout both parks. “We’re adding four new in-the-dark…

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$360,000+ Raised for JDRF in 8th annual ‘Walk to Cure’

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari hosted its eighth annual “Walk to Cure Diabetes” today, raising more than $360,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Holiday World donated close to 1,300 tickets to JDRF for today’s event; those tickets were “earned” by individuals, families, and teams who raised donations for the Walk. Shelley Kirk from Fifth…

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Holiday World Hosts 2,500 Children with Disabilities

More than $25,000 will be donated to the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center of Evansville this morning, during Holiday World’s 21st Annual “Play Day” for the Tri-State’s children with mental and physical disabilities. “Today, we open the park for the invited guests of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center,” says Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “This is…

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Two national honors for Holiday World

According to thousands of parents polled by the national magazine FamilyFun, Holiday World is second only to Disney when it comes to amusement parks. The April edition of FamilyFun magazine announces its 2013 Travel Awards, which include categories for destinations, resorts, zoos and amusement parks. The awards are the result of a nation-wide survey of…

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Holiday World names Vice Presidents

As the opening of Holiday World’s 67th season approaches, the park’s president, Matt Eckert, announces the promotion of three members of the staff to the position of vice president. “As we continue to grow, it’s important that we have a strong, experienced management team in place,” says Eckert. “Our three new vice presidents have proven…

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Matt Eckert named President/CEO

The Board of Directors for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari has named Matt Eckert the park’s new president and CEO. “Matt was hand-picked by my late husband, Will, to be in a leadership role at the park; I know he would be pleased with our choice,” says park vice president Lori Koch. “As president and…

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