March 29, 2008
Holiday World in Indiana adding rides
Holiday World will open two new rides aimed at children for the southern Indiana amusement park's 2008 season. One ride is a carousel with a patriotic theme. The Star Spangled Carousel will be part of the park's Fourth of July section. It will have 30 hor... Read More »
October 05, 2007
Holiday World amusement park to build monkey-themed water slides
The Holiday World amusement park in southern Indiana is planning $6 million in additions, including monkey-themed water slides. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari president Will Koch says the new Kimba Bay area will feature seven water slides, more than 125... Read More »
September 20, 2007
'Kima Bay' Headlines $6 Million Expansion
A monkey-themed family waterplay attraction tops the list of $6 million in additions for Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in 2008. Kima Bay, in Splashin' Safari, will feature seven water slides plus more than 100 water-play elements, including more than 1... Read More »
September 06, 2007
Voyage coaster rated No. 1 in world
Holiday World's Voyage roller coaster is the world's new No. 1 wooden coaster, according to Amusement Today, an international trade journal. The announcement came Wednesday during the amusement park industry's annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony at Dolly... Read More »
July 08, 2007
Woman dies of natural causes after collapsing in Holiday World amusement park pool
A woman who collapsed and fell into a shallow pool at the Holiday World Holiday World and Splashin' Safari theme park died of natural causes, a coroner said. Lifeguards pulled the 29-year-old Fort Wayne woman from the water about 11 a.m. Wednesday, shortl... Read More »
March 23, 2007
Consumers Digest names Holiday World 'Top Value' - Evansville Courier & Press (subscription)
Consumers Digest has named Holiday World & Splashin' Safari the nation’s top amusement park value.
In the magazine’s current edition, a feature titled America’s Top Amusement Parks names Holiday as the No. 1 Top Value Park.
“This designation validates all these crazy programs we’ve launched over the year,” says Holiday World & Splashin' Safari’s president, Will Koch. “Other parks told us we were crazy to give away soft drinks, but we’ve felt all along it was the right thing to do for our guests.”
The Consumers Digest report also includes a prediction that The Voyage, Holiday World’s record-breaking wooden coaster that opened in 2006, is “destined to become a classic.”
The Voyage was named one of the top five “Can’t Miss Attractions” in North America.
September 12, 2006
Holiday World's Will Koch to appear on 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 the age of seven until he was 21. The show's host, Steven Colbert, claims a strong affinity to Lincoln.
September 03, 2006
Santa Claus park gets honors - Indianapolis Star
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Ind., picked up four first-place honors at Amusement Today's awards ceremony, recently hosted by Holiday World.
The awards total was the highest among all parks in the 23 categories. The park received Golden Ticket Awards for:
Best new ride: The Voyage - Best new waterpark ride: Bahari River - Friendliest park (nine consecutive years) - Cleanest park (six consecutive years).
August 21, 2006
Holiday World to Host Awards For Amusement Park Industry - Inside INdiana Business (press release)
A “Who’s Who” of the amusement park industry will be on hand Sunday as Holiday World hosts the 9th Annual Golden Ticket Awards.
Nicknamed the “Academy Awards of the Amusement Park Industry,” the Golden Ticket Awards are presented annually by Amusement Today magazine. The winners are determined by the results of a survey conducted among hundreds of well-traveled park enthusiasts.
August 11, 2006
Voyage sails to top spot in coaster poll
In a wave of votes from fans, Holiday World's The Voyage has sailed to the top of Mitch Hawker's internet wooden roller coaster poll.
July 23, 2006
Indiana theme park gets high marks - Toledo Blade
It wouldn't be inaccurate to say that this town near the southern tip of Indiana is located pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Nearby hamlets have names like Tell City, Ferdinand, and Gentryville, and the closest city of any size is Evansville more than 55 miles to the west.
But this tiny community of barely 2,200 people has earned a reputation around the central United States and beyond, attracting close to a million visitors a year. As you might guess from the whimsical name of the town, it owes much of its notoriety to a certain jolly fat guy with a white beard and a twinkle in his eye.
April 15, 2006
Amusement park auctions tickets for first ride on new roller coaster
Roller coaster fans can bid for a chance to be the first riders on the new wooden roller coaster at Holiday World amusement park in Santa Claus, Indiana.
The coaster, called The Voyage, is set to debut next month, to mark the park's 60th anniversary.
January 29, 2006
Hold the Stuffing
Are you hoping to ride The Voyage, Holiday World's wild wood coaster that will be debuting in its new Thanksgiving section this coming season? Are you on the heavy side and planning to lose some weight, perhaps as part of...