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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Mammoth & Wildebeest Named Top Rides

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s two water coasters took top honors during this weekend’s Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held at Dollywood theme park. For the third year in a row, Holiday World’s Wildebeest water coaster was named the World’s #1 Waterpark Ride. This top honor was announced by Amusement Today magazine, which presented the results…

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Holiday World named ‘Top Value Park’

SANTA CLAUS, IND. — One of the nation’s leading consumer magazines names Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari the country’s “Top Value Park” in its latest issue. Consumers Digest’s July/August edition features a section titled “Best-Value Amusement Parks.” The article, which includes a photo of the new Mammoth water coaster, called Holiday World’s roller coasters “world…

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Travel Channel Features ‘Voyage’ on New Coaster Show

For the second time this week, a ride at Holiday World will be featured on a new show on the Travel Channel. The Voyage will be among four wooden roller coasters on Sunday’s episode of “Insane Coaster Wars.” A production crew from Travel Channel visited Holiday World for two days in early May to shoot…

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TripAdvisor.com names Holiday World #1

According to the world’s largest travel website, the nation’s top water park is Holiday World’s Splashin’ Safari. TripAdvisor.com released their “Top 10 Water Parks in the U.S.” list, with the Santa Claus, Indiana, park in the number-one spot. In a news release, TripAdvisor.com lauded Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari for “aquatic delights” such as Wildebeest…

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Travel Channel selects Paducah family for water park special

Producers for the Travel Channel will travel to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari this weekend to shoot an episode of their upcoming series, “Extreme Water Parks.” “We’re told Mammoth – our new water coaster – was top on their list for this new show,” says park president Dan Koch. “We’re held a video contest to…

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Football’s Jay Cutler Comes Home to Help Diabetes Research Fundraiser

The sixth annual “Holiday World Walk to Cure Diabetes” will be a homecoming of sorts, as Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returns to his hometown of Santa Claus to serve as the walk’s grand marshal.  Cutler, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 21, will join in the walk’s opening ceremonies on Saturday,…

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Travel Channel’s ‘Bert the Conqueror’ to visit Holiday World

The host of the wildly popular Travel Channel reality show, “Bert the Conqueror” will travel to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari next month to “conquer” two of the world’s top-ranked rides. “We hear that Bert hollers like a little girl on roller coasters,” says park president Dan Koch. “I hope that means he’ll drown out…

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Wildebeest Takes Top Spot in About.com Poll

The world’s longest water coaster, Wildebeest, is the “landslide winner” in the Best New Water Park Ride category of a recent poll conducted by About.com. “Even back when it was just a design on paper, we had a really good feeling that Wildebeest would be a hit,” says Dan Koch, president of Holiday World &…

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