Holiday World attendance up 10% over last year

Posted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 12:35 PM | Contributed by Jeff

This summer’s heat wave has meant sizzling business for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari whose water park, one of the five largest in the world, has been crowded. The park’s overall attendance is running more than 10 percent ahead of last year’s record pace of 1,039,000 customers, according to park general manager Matt Eckert.

Read more from The Courier & Press.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:03 PM
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Mamoosh said:
You should have that looked at by a doctor.

Nah, you only need to consult a doctor if The Chang is erected at Great Adventure for more than 4 years.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010 11:04 PM
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^That was good :)


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Friday, August 13, 2010 3:43 AM
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Any smaller park hitting the big time will inevitably suffer growing pains. Parks in the UK like Alton Towers, still are despite hitting the big time so long ago. The worst thing parks can do is just bask in the glory and watch the bottom line expand - but I really don't think HW will do this, I just don't see it.

Will be an interesting couple of years though. A steel coaster, a people eater so to speak would really help them out in terms of lines. That said, it sounds like the water park is busier than the theme park on alot of days?


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Friday, August 13, 2010 8:22 AM

Rick_UK said:


Will be an interesting couple of years though. A steel coaster, a people eater so to speak would really help them out in terms of lines. That said, it sounds like the water park is busier than the theme park on alot of days?

For the most part these days, it is. Adding Pilgrims Plunge was a great idea to tie the two parks together the way that it does and allows you to ride as well with your bathing suits on. Great little ride.

As for a steel coaster going in there, perhaps a Howler Sr? lol


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Friday, August 13, 2010 11:31 AM

Michigan's Adeventure should really take alot of examples from Holiday World in their business approach. Both parks are in that growth pattern and have similar markets i.e. (in the middle of nowhere, yet close enough to major cities to market) Unfortunately, Michigan's Adventure is tied to Cedar Fair, which seems to be holding them back.

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Friday, August 13, 2010 4:12 PM

CPcyclone said:
Michigan's Adeventure should really take alot of examples from Holiday World in their business approach. Both parks are in that growth pattern and have similar markets i.e. (in the middle of nowhere, yet close enough to major cities to market) Unfortunately, Michigan's Adventure is tied to Cedar Fair, which seems to be holding them back.

It is holding them back. That little park I'm afraid Cedar Fair has let go by the wayside. Quite a shame


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Friday, August 13, 2010 4:18 PM
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I disagree. I think MiA has just the selection of rides and water park attractions that it needs. In fact if the park needs anything it's a Camp/Planet Snoopy. It certainly doesn't need another new coaster so soon after the SLC.

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Friday, August 13, 2010 4:26 PM
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Yeah, I don't get the whole "MIA needs something new" deal. They got a rapids ride, a new coaster, and haven't they had some other minor attractions?

Heck, they have 7 coasters and went 9 years without adding one (after adding 2 in one year, and a large one a year before, so that's 4 coasters in 10 years). Six Flags America Lost a coaster to go down to 7 coasters, has went 9 years without a new coaster, and hasn't announced one for next year at this point. I think BatwingSFAFAN deserves a coaster before MiA does.


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Friday, August 13, 2010 4:27 PM

Mamoosh said:
I disagree. I think MiA has just the selection of rides and water park attractions that it needs. In fact if the park needs anything it's a Camp/Planet Snoopy. It certainly doesn't need another new coaster so soon after the SLC.

Potential of that place is so much higher though with it's location. I'd love to see them give more love to the waterpark that's for sure. If they bring it up to a level of a Splashing Safari, their attendance would skyrocket. While the temps overall are cooler there than in Southern Indiana, it still gets plenty hot and humid up there during the peak of the summer months.


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Friday, August 13, 2010 4:45 PM
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I think Michigan's Adventure has reached its potential. It doesn't need any new rides, and if the water park handles current attendance adequately, doesn't need more there either. I still can't believe they put the SLC there.


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Friday, August 13, 2010 4:49 PM

I'm happy for Holiday World, can't see why not there attendance isn't going up. Just about every year they add a new ride or water ride. Plus all the free stuff you get. :)

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