Park Wins Record Six ‘Golden Ticket Awards’

The new Wildebeest water coaster at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari was named the Best New Ride in a Water Park and Best Overall Water Park Ride at Saturday evening’s Golden Ticket Awards, presented during an Academy Awards-style ceremony at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. In addition, Holiday World’s Voyage roller coaster was named the #1 Wooden…

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Park says good-bye to long-time employee, Joe Hevron

The Holiday World family is mourning the loss of long-time employee Joe Hevron, who passed away this evening at a Spencer County nursing home. Hevron, 81, began his park career in 1946, during Santa Claus Land’s first season. Over the years, Hevron served as Director of Cash Control, Warehouse and Flowers, among other departments. He…

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Lincoln Collection includes Rare Presidential Signatures

Holiday World may be the only theme park in the world with Abraham Lincoln’s signature on permanent display. The “O.V. Brown – Holiday World Lincoln Collection” contains a wide variety of artifacts from Abraham Lincoln’s life, particularly from the 14 years he spent growing up just a few miles away from what is now the…

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New award honors Will Koch, recognizes tourism leadership

 The Indiana Office of Tourism Development and the Koch family announce the creation of the Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award. Nominations are currently being sought through January 10, 2011. The new award is named for the late Will Koch, long-time owner and president of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and chief executive officer of…

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Will Koch joins Disney, Hershey, in Theme Park Hall of Fame

The visionary who introduced “free unlimited soft drinks,” an extreme emphasis on friendliness and cleanliness, plus the world’s most popular trio of wooden roller coasters was inducted into the amusement industry’s Hall of Fame this morning.       Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari owner and president Will Koch, who passed away unexpectedly in June at the age…

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National Geographic Channel to Feature Wildebeest, Voyage

A world-wide audience will be able to tune in to see behind-the-scenes construction and maintenance work at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari on the National Geographic Channel this week. A year in the making, the “Ultimate Water Ride” episode of “World’s Toughest Fixes” will focus on construction of Wildebeest water coaster, track work on The…

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World’s Longest Water Coaster Opens in Splashin’ Safari

The second-largest ride addition in Holiday World’s history is announced today: The World’s Longest Water Coaster will open in Splashin’ Safari next May. “Our huge new water coaster is called Wildebeest,” says park president Will Koch. “Wildebeest is a record one-third of a mile long. Riders get two-and-a-half minutes of very wet hills, drops, twists,…

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Park Adds to Special Diet Menus

Families visiting Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari this season will be able to enjoy meals together, even when one of the family members has severe food allergies or other strict dietary needs. Several of the park’s restaurants offer an expanded menu of pre-packaged food items which do not contain eight of the most common food…

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Funeral Arrangements Set for Holiday World’s Will Koch

Funeral arrangements have been set for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari owner and president, Will Koch, who passed away Sunday evening at his home. Visitation will be held at the Santa Claus United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 16, from 2:00 – 8:00 pm CDT. Koch’s funeral is set for Thursday at 10:30 am CDT…

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Holiday World First Park in Nation to Receive ‘SHARP’ Safety Award

Holiday World will be named the first theme park in the nation to achieve certification in the federally-recognized Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Thursday morning. Three staff members from the Indiana Department of Labor will visit the park Thursday morning to present the INSHARP award. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s full-time staff of…

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Holiday World Wins National Award for Food Allergen-Friendly Menu

The world leader in food-allergy awareness announced today that Holiday World is recipient of its national “Making a Difference” Award this year. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) announced the winners of the 13th annual Mariel C. Furlong Award for Making a Difference this morning. Holiday World is the only business to be honored…

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Voyage Named World’s #1 Wooden Coaster, Again

Holiday World’s Voyage roller coaster has been “re-elected” the #1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet. This top honor was announced by Amusement Today magazine, which presented the results of its annual survey of the “best of the best” in the amusement park industry during the annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony. “With so many amazing roller…

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Oprah Calls Holiday World ‘Wacky’

The popular website Oprah.com just released its list of “Wacky Family Attractions” in a feature designed to encourage families to vacation closer to home this year “when time and money are in short supply.” Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is one of the eight family attractions recommended in the list. “If Oprah wants to call…

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Holiday World to ‘Twitter’ this Season

Three years after Holiday World premiered the first theme park-sponsored blog, the park is now the first in the industry to launch its own micro-blog, using Twitter. “We’ve had so much success with our HoliBlog, this seemed like the next logical step,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s president, Will Koch. “We’re looking forward to…

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USA Today calls Holiday World “Cheap Trick”

With the summer vacation season fast approaching and gasoline prices reaching record highs, editors at USA Today sought money-savings advice from top travel experts for a feature in today’s edition. The article, called “Cheap Tricks for summer travel” includes advice to visit Holiday World, plus a photo of the park’s Raven roller coaster. “When we…

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