Holiday World...A Flawless Park?

Monday, July 1, 2002 5:42 PM
This park seems to be overwhelmingly popular. Since I'll be there this weekend I was just curious to see if there are any critics of the park. Thanks.

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Monday, July 1, 2002 5:48 PM
No complaints here. Build another woodie. :)

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Formally Known as Ozzyhead.

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Monday, July 1, 2002 6:22 PM
I think they should add a few flat rides. It seems like you go through all the rides pretty fast. But they lack nothing in the roller coaster department. Flawless park however, there is no such thing, but it is a very good park no less.

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You can hear the laughter, you can hear the mighty roar. From the brickyard down in Indy to the white Chicago shore. It's a rollin', twistin', turnin' and might we both suggest. You get you fanny ridin' on the Cornball Express!

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Monday, July 1, 2002 6:23 PM

Great park but I am a critic. It is lacking in a lot of things. I could only spend a couple of hours there, that other CCI filled park in Indiana, I could spend all day there.

HW is a different kind of park though, it has it's own charm but in my opinion here are a few things I think it needs.

Ferris Wheel

Small Steel Looper like Tennesee Tornado

Dark Ride

More Flats

Drop Ride

Get even one or two things and it would be a half again better park.

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The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Monday, July 1, 2002 6:33 PM

Holiday World has a huge flaw... it's too damn far away to visit more than once a year!

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"We used to hate people, now we just make fun of them. It's more effective that way." - KMFDM, "Dogma"

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Monday, July 1, 2002 6:38 PM

I was going to say it's as close as they come, but Jeff thought of a good flaw.

I have another one: They don't buy out other parks and make 'em good! I'll be happy when instead of "Six Flags _____", most parks are "Holiday World ______" :) Imagine, world class woodies kept in mint condition, free parking and drinks, and the best employees at parks in every state!

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- Peabody

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Monday, July 1, 2002 6:46 PM

Well, Paula says the only fly THREE flags at HW.....

HW, Splashin' Safari, and the US Flag....I think maybe the "flaw" is at those other parks with too many flags.....;). Really, the thing that still surprises me when I'm there is how I feel like a GUEST.....hard to explain....esp. coming from an East-Coast kid like me.....

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Monday, July 1, 2002 6:48 PM
The overwhelming customer relations, charming appearance, and two great coasters tend to obscure the fact that HW is a park still in the early stages of development. And since it is a small, independent family owned park it does not have the unlimited financial resources the big corporate parks can access. This means expansion comes slowly. A major carousel, Ferris Wheel, mine train ride, wild mouse, dark ride and maybe even a Saturator would be nice. But many of the big parks are seeing a 20% drop in attendance this summer, and HW must watch its pennies more closely than its bigger rivals. So enjoy HW for what it is.
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Monday, July 1, 2002 7:51 PM
I can't agree more with Jeff's flaw. I was just there last week for the first time and 6 hours is a long drive, but well worth it.

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Monday, July 1, 2002 7:56 PM

What does HW need? Simply speed up the Flyers!!!

But If you dont do water parks, it is too small for more than a few hours. Its great for a Sunday drive from Indy, Leave at 10:00 get there at 1:00 stay till five and be back home by 9:00

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Whats life if you never get to the Po!nt?

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Monday, July 1, 2002 8:01 PM

MagnumForce said:

Great park but I am a critic. It is lacking in a lot of things. I could only spend a couple of hours there, that other CCI filled park in Indiana, I could spend all day there.

HW is a different kind of park though, it has it's own charm but in my opinion here are a few things I think it needs.

Ferris Wheel

Small Steel Looper like Tennesee Tornado

Dark Ride

More Flats

Drop Ride

Get even one or two things and it would be a half again better park.

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The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly



Exactly my thought, you run out of stuff to do much faster than other parks. I spent 5 hours there and I was ready to go back without much to do. Even IB surpassed that, where I stayed for 2 whole days and wanted to stay longer. HW could definately use a ferris wheel, a grand carousel, a dark ride, a wild mouse type coaster (wooden or steel), more flats, but a drop ride and a steel looper do not fit the park.

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HuKeD oNN fonickS dusinT wOrK"[;.

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Monday, July 1, 2002 8:19 PM

I could spend all my time at Holiday World. I love the Raven. I rode it for 2 1/2 hours straight at SRM on Saturday, and didnt even realize I was late to meet my friend. And now with the PTC's, I could ride Legend all day. But I dont think a steel looper would go good at Holiday World at all.

To answer the question, no its not flawless. There will never be a flawless coaster of park. But it is about as close as you can get.

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Holiday World, it's impossible not to have a good time

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Monday, July 1, 2002 8:22 PM

It's got it's flaws!

1. The Raven and Legend are just too good! No park should have two top tier woodies while many others are doing without!

2. I can't stand to walk through a clean park, Throw some trash on the ground and let me mash it a bit.

3. Free Soda! Why did I bring this $20 for drinks then?

4. I prefer to burn than use free sunscreen!

5. I demand to pay for parking!

6. To many families in the park and not enough goons!

7. Why do they have to be so nice? I am used to being on the defensive!

8. Ravens station substitutes as a disco at night! Woohoo, woohoo!

9, Zoombabwe, which way?

10. They run at capasity on busy days! Take that train off and make me wait a extra 45 minutes!

Chuck, who really suggest everyone who hasn't gone check it out for themselves. :)

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Charles Nungester
Lesourdsville Lake, The great American amusement park opens the season June 6th Thurs-Sun every week. Park phone is (513)539-2193

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Monday, July 1, 2002 8:35 PM
Nice Charles :)

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- Peabody

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Tuesday, July 2, 2002 6:58 AM

I don't know but a small steel looper back through the woods, brown in color. Say 2000-3000 feet long 3 or 4 inversions would go great there in my mind. Out of site except for one loop and the station, you get the idea.

Or how bout a small double shot in the 4th of July area themed as the firecracker or the bottle rocket.

I am not talking about huge scream machines like bigger parks have but small, unobtrusive rides that fit into things very well. Heck Legend would probably be more of an intense ride then the steel looper I describe.

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The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Tuesday, July 2, 2002 9:41 AM
I don't know about "flawless," but I do know that I had more fun during my one trip to HW than I've ever had at an amusement park.

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He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2002 9:46 AM
You know what park is flawless, Children's Fairyland. everytime I go there all three rides are running at capacity and the talking boxes always work. They also got a cool coaster in 1999 called Dragon Wagon. ;)

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Lake Compounce-So Fresh and So Clean Clean

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Tuesday, July 2, 2002 9:46 AM

Trekker Park said:
But many of the big parks are seeing a 20% drop in attendance this summer, and HW must watch its pennies more closely than its bigger rivals. So enjoy HW for what it is.


Ummmm...we're *up* 22% this season. We're still watching our pennies, but we're doing it with great big grins on our faces! :)

Paula

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

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Tuesday, July 2, 2002 9:50 AM

so what you're telling us Paula is that there's always room in the marketplace for a business that does things the RIGHT WAY....hope SF doesn't find out, lol.... and even though the "flaw" is the distance from my house, I'll still find my way back, again and again....

bill, so happy that HW is still privately owned I could just throw my arms in the air....

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 7/2/2002. ***

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Tuesday, July 2, 2002 10:36 AM

22%? Wow, I had made it my personal vendetta to tell as many as I can about HW and get the attendance over

1 Million.

22% so far, Thats going to be close.

Guess I'll have to tell more people about HW and visit a couple more times this year :)

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
Lesourdsville Lake, The great American amusement park opens the season June 6th Thurs-Sun every week. Park phone is (513)539-2193

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