FamilyFun Magazine grants Holiday World travel award

Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2002 3:50 AM | Contributed by Raven Maven

[Ed note: This is the press release as submitted by the park. -J]

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 as Hospitality Training, a focus on safety and cleanliness, plus the popular Free Unlimited Soft Drinks program have a special appeal to families.

“Whenever we have a choice to make, we ask ourselves, ‘Will this enhance a family’s visit?’” says Koch. “It makes the decision easy.” Recent family-friendly additions to the parks’ lineup include Holidog’s FunTown, Monsoon Lagoon, the comedic science show Discovery Institute, and this season’s ZOOMbabwe, a huge water slide with rafts—so that families can ride together.

The national magazine FamilyFun, with a national circulation of nearly 1.5 million, announces its annual “Family-Friendly Travel Awards” in its April issue. Nearly 4,000 subscribers across America were included in the survey, with residents in eight Midwestern states ranking 100 attractions and destinations located in their geographic region. The only park ranked higher than Holiday World & Splashin' Safari is Ohio’s Cedar Point.

Holiday World will open it 57th season on May 4. Splashin’ Safari will open for the season on May 18, with the premiere of ZOOMbabwe, the World’s Largest Enclosed Water Slide. For more information, call 1-877-Go-FAMILY, or visit the parks’ website at

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 5:40 AM
Congrats to Holiday World! It's a really special place and deserves it!

- Peabody

Tuesday, April 2, 2002 6:56 AM
I also send my congrats to Holiday World. Employees are so nice there.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2002 12:23 PM
Actually, they weren't voted the number two park in the midwest. I have the article right here and it clearly says "in no particular order" even though they are in alphabetical order. The top 5 parks in the midwest in the magazine are: CP, HW, PKI, SDC, and SFGAm. They did this for every region and here's the section where's its from on the net. Click the region for the lists. I don't want to steal HW's thunder, but it looks like they're wrong here from what I see. It doesn't mean any less though as its still a top honor to be in the top 5.

Now, if someone could find for me where they were number 2, I'll gladly put my foot in my mouth. And Cedar Point wasn't number one either.

Walt Disney World was of course, number one family destination overall. *** This post was edited by Koaster King on 4/2/2002. ***

Wednesday, April 3, 2002 2:34 AM

Hey Koaster w-i-d-e! :)

If you look in the April issue of Family Fun Magazine Page 66) you will see the results of the annual readers survey. It gives far more information than they put on their website.

For all the winners, they are listed as "first," "second," "third," etc., plus the total number of points each winner received. It is very clear that the attractions and destinations are ranked. It is a coincident that amusement parks in the Midwest are in alphabetical order.

I looked online and FamilyFun lists the winners, but not the point totals used to rank those winners. I could not find any mention of "in no particular order" anywhere.

For the record, I would *never* stretch the truth or make something up. Integrity is very important to me personally as well as professionally.

And yes, Cedar Point *is* #1 in the Midwest (according to FamilyFun readers). Congratulations, Janice!


Paula Werne
Director of Public Relations
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa Claus, Ind.

Wednesday, April 3, 2002 4:08 AM

Koaster King:

I do not have the FamilyFun article in front of me, so I would like to ask you a few questions.

Are the parks given scores/rankings in different areas? Are these scores added together to get an overall score? Are these scores published in the report? From what I understand the magazine did assign a scoring system which compared different areas of each park and then that score was published. The parks may or may not be alphabetized, but that would not change the outcome of the total scores which would afford an actual ranking.

The other question would be: Why did you feel the need to post the type of message that you did? You attempted to cover all bases by telling everybody that Holiday World was wrong, but didn't want to steal their thunder. In a private setting discussing this the way you are with others is one thing, but taking your subjective views to the net and telling all that Holiday World is wrong and basically saying they don't know what they are talking about should have been thought-out first.

Wednesday, April 3, 2002 5:08 AM
LOL, Paula. I was just testing you. I knew you were right! ;)

Sorry about that. I really should have plainly asked first instead of just going with my assumptions from the website. I really did try to look all over the site to make sure I wasn't wrong, lol. I figured they did post everything there. It's not that I thought the park didn't deserve it. I think it deserves the number one spot for being a family park, because the way you treat people is outstanding. But, I still find it hard to believe that CP would be the number one "family" park, but ok. Even SFWoA got higher votes from AT I think for best kids area.

It wasn't that I thought you stretched the truth, but that you assumed it was number 2. I was clearly wrong and my first sentence was a lot more harsh than I meant for it to be.

carpedium: Sorry, I jumped to fast. I usually don't do that, but I was in a hurry and say things I don't mean sometimes. If you reread my post, I was thinking as bad as the first sentence might sound. I also said it "looks like" they're wrong, so they could have been and gave the disclaimer that I would put my foot in my mouth, which I have.

Sorry again. My foot is way in my mouth. It will take weeks to dislodge it. :)

Lucky for me, Paula has an outstanding sense of humor and class or I might have been in for a real beating. ;)

Thanks again Paula and congrats to the park!


Wednesday, April 3, 2002 6:38 AM

To his credit, Koaster King is as quick to say "D'oh!" as he is to make an assertion of some sort.

Just imagine if he were one of many club-card carrying, patch and button infested, heavy-bellied, obscure t-shirt wearing, non-stop gum flapping knowitalls I've had to endure overhearing during ERT sessions. He'd still be trying to argue away the obvious. *cringe*

BTW, I know there's plenty of nice club folk (and families) present too. They might even be the majority....but I just wind up hearing the hot-air balloons so much more.

End of rant. Koaster King's okay by me.


Wednesday, April 3, 2002 8:21 AM
Thanks CoastaPlaya. I have learned and continue to learn from my mistakes, which I think is better to do on something simple like the boards than get myself in a real mess in something bigger in normal life(not that CB is a game or a figment of my imagination of some sorts ;)). Today I learned to ask before making any "assertions" and if I do make those assertions not to be rude about it. Also, you're right about some of the actions enthusiasts and some people in general make. Honestly, I used to do that. Hopefully, I won't catch myself doing it anymore and haven't for a long time. If someone is acting like that to me, I know to just smile and nod my head, lol.

Thanks again for the nice words though.

"And that's your problem. Not mine."


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