Magazine names The Voyage #1 “Scare You Silly” coaster

A national magazine names The Voyage roller coaster at Holiday World the planet’s #1 “Roller Coaster That Will Scare You Absolutely Silly.” Real Simple magazine, which has a monthly circulation of nearly two million, lists the top coasters in April’s special travel issue. The listing, which is also available online at Real Simple’s website, declares…

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Consumer magazine names Holiday World ‘Top Value Park’

One of the nation’s leading consumer magazines names Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari the country’s “Top Value Park” in its current issue. Consumers Digest‘s March/April edition features an article titled “America’s Top Amusement Parks.” The six-page report names the Top Value Parks in North America, with Holiday World in the #1 spot. The article praises…

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Both Parks Smoke-Free

Holiday World is now a smoke-free park. “Our Splashin’ Safari water park has always been smoke-free,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s president, Will Koch. “Due to an incredible amount of comments from our guests in past years, we decided to require smokers to use designated smoking areas in Holiday World as well.” Koch says…

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Holiday World to be Question on Jeopardy!

One of the nation’s most popular and longest-running game shows will feature a question about Holiday World on Wednesday’s show. Or, rather, an answer. On Valentine’s Day, the syndicated quiz show Jeopardy! will include a category named “Theme Park Fun.” This is “Teen Week” on Jeopardy, which has a weekly viewership of 37 million. A…

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‘The Colbert Report’

Producers with cable’s popular The Colbert Report have invited Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s general manager Will Koch to appear on Wednesday night’s broadcast. Koch will be part of a five-minute segment about the connection Spencer County, Indiana, has to Abraham Lincoln. The nation’s 16th president lived in what is now Lincoln City, Indiana, from…

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Two new rides for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in 2007

A seven-story family water slide tops the list of $4.5 million in additions for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in 2007. “Our Zinga water slide is the most popular ride in Splashin’ Safari,” says the park’s president, Will Koch. “The new Bakuli will add a fun twist to that ride experience, as families will find…

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Holiday World receives “Best New Ride”

 Holiday World’s Voyage roller coaster is the Best New Ride of 2006. This top honor was announced this afternoon 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 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, hosted this year by Holiday World. A…

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New for ’06: The Voyage!

The world’s top “air-time” wooden coaster headlines the largest expansion in Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s 60-year history. “The Voyage is an air-time machine, with riders experiencing a feeling of weightlessness for a total of 24.2 seconds,” says Will Koch, the parks’ president. “We’ve taken the traditional out-and-back layout to the extreme, with one of…

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‘The Voyage’ Brings National Spotlight

Holiday World’s new 1.2-mile roller coaster, The Voyage, will be featured on Good Morning America, the Fox News Channel and the National Geographic Channel over the next few days. Producers from ABC’s Good Morning America confirmed this week they plan to include The Voyage in a segment about the nation’s “biggest and baddest” new coasters,…

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Discovery Channel to feature The Voyage in New Series

A crew from The Discovery Channel will visit Holiday World later this week to film construction of The Voyage wooden roller coaster. The four-day shoot will include a series of interviews about the design and construction of the park’s record-breaking coaster, which will open in May of 2006. The one-hour program will be part of…

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National Geographic Channel to visit Holiday World on Friday

A crew from the National Geographic Channel will visit Holiday World on Friday to film construction of The Voyage wooden roller coaster. The day-long shoot will include a series of interviews about the design and construction of the park’s record-breaking coaster, due to open in May of 2006. The two-hour documentary, Coasters: Riding Into the…

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Park to add huge coaster, new holiday

The world’s top “air-time” wooden coaster will headline the largest expansion in Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s 60-year history. “The Voyage is going to be an air-time machine, with riders experiencing a feeling of weightlessness for a total of 24.2 seconds,” says Will Koch, the parks’ president. “We’re taking the traditional out-and-back layout to the…

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Holiday World Launches First Theme Park ‘Blog’

With the advent of Weblogs sweeping the nation, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari today launch the industry’s first park-sponsored “blog.” Named “HoliBlog: A Walk in the Park,” the online journal will include stories about the park’s 59-year history, construction updates, hints about future projects, and day-to-day musings. “We got to thinking about all the little…

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Holiday World Wins Intl Applause Award

“This award is a reflection of the spirit of our staff” – Will Koch Exactly a year after becoming a finalist in the theme park industry’s coveted Applause Awards, Holiday World was named the 2004-2005 winner of the international award this morning in Orlando, Florida. “We are thrilled beyond words,” says Will Koch, president and…

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Koch Tops in Customer Service, Staff Friendliest, Park Cleanest

Holiday World’s Will Koch received the “Publisher’s Pick” Award for Outstanding Customer Service at the annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony. This top honor was announced today by Amusement Today publisher Gary Slade during a news conference at Ohio’s Cedar Point Amusement Park. “Under Will Koch’s guidance, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari have totally gone where…

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