Advice for a Newbe going to Holiday World

Thursday, May 18, 2006 5:21 PM
I have never been able to head to this park for whatever reason. Now im going to be headed to the park with a friend for Holiwood Nights next week, What suggestions do you have for a newbe whose looking to enjoy this park?

Thursday, May 18, 2006 5:29 PM
Read the other HW post.
Thursday, May 18, 2006 5:30 PM
I don't have any real words of wisdom but be sure to take time to really look the place over, get a feel for the character of the park, enjoy the free soda and parking and the great customer service. You'll find the place is pretty unique.

As for the coasters, since you're there for Holliwood Nights, follow the crowd and by all means make sure you take full advantage of the night ERT. The coasters (including Voyage from early reports) are much faster at the end of the day. Couple that with the experience of flying through the woods in the dark and it can't be beat.I

It's very hard not to have fun at Holiday World.

"Heavily medicated for your safety!"

Thursday, May 18, 2006 6:09 PM
The other HW post is focused more on what there is to do outside HW.

Like Brad G said, take your time. Don't feel you have to rush from one ride to another. Poke around the museums. Enjoy the high divers. Watch the faces of the little ones in Holidog's Fun Town or Rudolph's Reindeer Ranch. Try to find some litter or a dirty bathroom. And be sure to pay attention to the blackboard in the Legend's station. Ask someone about its bell sometime.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 6:36 PM
Now the real question... how can I fit a 2-day Holiday World trip with ERT and a walkback, and convince Dannerman to go to Beech Bend, without going to Rumblefest (which we're using as the day to drive back)?
Thursday, May 18, 2006 6:39 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar Yes, slow down and have fun. If you quickly run to everything and ride it once you're going to be done with the park in about 3 hours. What I love about this park is that you can slow down and not feel forced to do everything all in one day.

Be sure to try the food! The fried Oreo's are terrible for you, but make sure you try them just to say you did. My favorite lunching place is the Alamo and get the Frito Pie (or whatever people call them in their region, I've seen 'walking tacos').

Don't feel embarrassed to play around in the Kiddy Area as well. The fountain is fun to play with in a group of friends, heck even taking a whirl on the train is a really neat thing as it is the oldest ride in the park (and I think the first!)

If you get a chance try out the waterpark because its included with your admission. When my wife and I went last year we spent one day at the park and one day at the water park and I'm sure that wasn't necessary to do so but you could probably do the park and the waterpark in one day.

Just because some of the rides you see there may not be the fastest, tallest, whatever, doesn't mean its the best, so try them all!

~Rob Willi

Friday, May 19, 2006 1:22 AM

Simple solution. Call out of work, and do Rumblefest.

My group of 4, and I had the advantage of attending both the Voyage, and Kentucky Rumbler media days. Holidayworld offered us return tickets to come back to the park for opening day, and that was our main plan all along. By 2pm on Saturday, all 5 of us couldn't imagine leaving Beech Bend. We were having way to much fun there.

So, it looks like we'll be using our Holidayworld tickets the next time we go back out, in August.

Saturday, May 20, 2006 11:58 PM
Enjoy Enjoy ENJOY! :)

Seriously, This is one of THE BEST Amusement Parks on the Planet, and it has Two of the Best Wooden Roller Coasters on this Ball of Rock we call "The Earth". (From all indications they now have THREE of the best Roller Coasters on the Globe! ;). Based on my Previous Experiences with this Park you'll be DRAGGING YOURSELF out of this park when it's time to leave!

Sunday, May 21, 2006 9:56 AM
Its amazing how on target Holiday World has been at building the best of everything. Don't miss their water park, it is one of the top in the country. It's a hike to the top of Zoombabwe, and worth every step. It didn't take long for waterparks to build their own versions of Zonga, but I think it showed up a Splashin Safari first.

How did such a little independent park get to be so good, and so big? In Santa Claus Indiana of all places?

I'm hittin' Holiday World myself this week to thank them personally for building the Voyage, and for being such an awsome, hospitible, independant destination. *** Edited 5/21/2006 1:57:14 PM UTC by rc-madness***

Sunday, May 21, 2006 11:02 AM
matt.'s avatar

rc-madness said:

How did such a little independent park get to be so good, and so big? In Santa Claus Indiana of all places?

You can say all you want about Holiday World, from the friendliness to the cleanliness and everything in between, but I think you partly answered your own question:

They build really really good rides. And they keep them that way.

At the end of the day the free drinks are nice, the free parking is nice, the entire atmosphere and attitude of the park is excellent. That being said, the park is what it is because their core list of attractions is balanced, and high quality from top to bottom.

I think sometimes the simplicity of this idea is somewhat lost on other parks in the industry. To make a new attraction, say, a roller coaster a really great investment, just building a really really good coaster will get you about 75% of the way there.

Of course, there's more to it than that (SFWOA anyone?) but at the heart of every truly great amusement park is truly great attractions.


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