How Long to Stay at Holiday World

Tuesday, July 20, 2004 11:31 PM
Allright Im allready planning my big vacation trip for 2005 and I was wondering is 1 full (open to close) day enough to "do" Holiday World and Splashing Safari (I love waterparks) for the very first time or should I schedule more days?
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 11:37 PM
At least two days, I'd say. You can spend a day or two in Splashin' Safari by itself. Too bad those mudslides are gone. ;)
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 12:17 AM
To see and experience it all? I would have to conquer with joe.^
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 12:29 AM
I never need more than one day. They only have two coasters. Yeah it is a great park with two of the best woodies, but it is pretty small.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 12:33 AM
I'll have to disagree and say that you can definitely do Holiday World in one full day. The park is small enough where you should be able to do every ride -- spend a good 3-4 hours or so in the snazzy waterpark -- and still have time for some re-rides.

So, in the strictest sense, yes, one full day is more than enough.

But why? We rented one of the stationary RVs at Lake Rudolph and stretched our stay to two days two summers ago. While I think spending two full consecutive days at the park would have been overkill, this way we were able to duck back into the adjacent campground and make it more than just a theme park experience.

A lot of the park's charm -- the free sodas, the Frito Pies, the free sunscreen, the friendly staff, the good wood -- will ultimately have you missing the place the moment you leave anyway, whether it was a couple of hours or a couple of weeks. So can you do it all in a day? I would be shocked if anyone wasn't able to do it (from open to close). But would you rather stretch it out over two days and take a more leisurely approach? If you can, go for it.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 9:31 AM
You can do the park in one day...but as Paris said, "Why?"

If you've got the time to spare a second day there, do it! It's a great park with a super waterpark and unbelievable service...

My wife (who is _NOT_ a coaster or amusement park fan - right Chris and Liz??) LOVES Holiday World

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 9:32 AM
As long as possible...

2 days allows you to enjoy everything with plenty of time to do some side trips in the area or just relax.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 9:45 AM
I would say two, but thats my opinion. Possible in one, could be, but so much better in two! Heck, if I could I would stay a week or more there, but alas my work doesn't allow that! :)
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 9:50 AM
Do you have kids? If so, I could understand 2. If not, one full day is perfect.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 3:17 PM
We did about 3/4 of a day, so we could make the trip to PKI to catch night rides on the Beast. This included a trip to the waterpark, which was jammed with people. One of the advantages of so many people being in the waterpark, is that the two coasters have very short lines by the afternoon.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 3:19 PM
How long to stay at HW....4EVAH! :)
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 4:00 PM
Four hours...if that's all the time you're gonna have. Just get there.
TR waiting in line behind all the other unfinished (unstarted?) ones.


Wednesday, July 21, 2004 4:23 PM
It is about a 4.5 hr drive for us to HW so we usually leave early enough that we can get to the park an hour after opening, then we stay until about 6. If you go to SS first you will be able to get all the rides you need in at the waterpark, then say after 3 or so, go to the ridepark and that will give you more than enough time to finish the park. There is not really that many major rides over there, so if you are interested in rides only then one day is more then enough time. MiG crew usually likes to look at the atmosphere and take in shows as well as shop so that can eat some time. It all really depends on HOW you visit a park.


Friday, July 23, 2004 4:55 PM
Thanks for all of the advice guys, I decided on one day because in the end I couldnt make time for more then one. It is at the end of a really random and I think really cool trip. Starting out in Wisconsin Im going to head out to Yellowstone for a few days (stopping by Rapid City) then go down to Denver/Winter Park for a few days (hitting Water World and maybe SFEG). Then its down to Texas (SFFT and Schlitterbahn as well as Ft. Worth and Austin) then up to St. Louis (SFSL) and over to Holiday World.

All and all its a 2.5 week trip and covers some personal favorites I havent been to in a while (Yellowstone, everything in Texas, Denver/Winter Park) and some new sites (Water World, SFEG, SFSL, Holiday World). Most importantly its a western trip (after 3 straight summers of eastern trips) and a change of pace from this years Orlando trip.

Sunday, August 1, 2004 2:08 AM
i wanted to stay another day... :-(

-- alan "my first tr coming soon, because it deserves it" jacyszyn

Sunday, August 1, 2004 9:38 AM
My friends and I went there about a month ago and rode the raven and the legend several times, as well as many of the other rides there and by 3 PM we were gonna go to spashin' safari, but it rained. Needless to say, you only need one day unless it rains. lol

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