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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FamilyFun Magazine Names Parks #2 in Midwest

A top family magazine—FamilyFun—has named Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari the No. 2 Amusement Park in the Midwest. “This is a huge honor,” says the parks’ president, Will Koch. “To be ranked among the top amusement parks for families in the Midwest is a goal we’ve been working toward for years.” Koch notes such efforts…

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Two New Trains for The Legend

The #5 Wooden Roller Coaster in the World will undergo a number of improvements before it opens for the 2002 season. “The Legend is getting two new trains for next year,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari president Will Koch. “This will greatly improve capacity on this very popular ride. As a result, we hope…

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Holiday World’s patriarch leaves a legacy

The man who developed the world’s first theme park and built the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, passed away at home this evening at the age of 86. William Albert Koch, Sr. will be remembered as a man of great vision. From the development of Santa Claus Land (now called Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari)…

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Holiday World’s ‘Free Drinks’ Wins International Award

The International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) honored Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari with the international association’s Best Promotion Award during the closing ceremony of its annual convention in Atlanta on Saturday, November 18. The Best Promotion Award honored Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari for the Free, Unlimited Soft Drinks program that was…

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Parks’ Admission includes unlimited soft drinks

The world’s first theme park now offers a one-of-a-kind perk to its visitors — every Guest at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari receives unlimited soft drinks throughout each visit. “This is a service we’ve offered to groups and company picnic customers for years and it’s been tremendously popular and appreciated,” says the parks’ president and…

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