No, drag them along. If any park caters to people with all tastes, it's Holiday World.
You can have fun on two world-class coasters, while they can relax in the water park's lazy river, watch the diving show (heck, you can watch too... from Raven's queue), eat really good food, shop in really nice shops that have more than cheap amusement park crap, and even look at antique toys and Lincoln memoribilia.
I say this to everyone: no matter what your situation, you WILL NOT regret going to Holiday World.
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I'll add to Den's post [even tho it will sound like commercial]:
The park also offers some great classic flat rides, like Flyers, an Octopus, Round-Up, Tilt-o-Whirl, Bumper Cars, and the best-run Falling Star I've ever ridden. They also have a great flume, rapids ride, and water bumper boats. And like Den said the water park is fun, too.
But Holiday World is not just about the rides. The employees are some of the nicest you'll ever see and you have all the free stuff: parking, soda, sun screen, inner tubes.
Its not a huge park and it won't have the number of rides your typical Six Flags or Cedar Fair park will have [nor the unruly crowds]. Trust me those are all GOOD things.
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This is a situation that requires some salesmanship on your part. But because you are selling to your family, I would suggest you are honest with them.
HolidayWorld is a great park but not for the reasons we normally call a park great. It is not overflowing with amazing thrill rides, instead it is a well-balanced park that has a few extraordinary rides, an amazing atmosphere, great employees and service, free drinks, reasonable prices, a nice water park and it is never overcrowded. An all-around nice park. If everyone knows what to expect then I am sure they will have a great time at the park. But if they arrive at the park expecting something different, that could prevent them from truly enjoying this treasure of a park.
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Last year when we went out east together (our first trip together in years!) I went into SFNE alone and then brought them to Lake Compounce with me...the Lake was right up their alley and we had a great time together at the park. If your parents like the larger parks something like Holiday World might not impress them though, it's all about correctly reading whether or not they'd enjoy it.
If you decide that they wouldn't care for it then don't pressure them on the matter, Holiday World does a meticulous maintenence job on their coasters and unlike most parks featuring wood you really don't have to worry about the rides becoming worse with age. Their crew is second to none and I can almost gurantee you that Legend & Raven will still be running as they are now 5, 10, and even 20 years from now.
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How can anyone improve on the comments posted above?
Holiday World is a great park. The Koch family really makes you feel like they really care about you, because they do. The staff actually thanks you for coming to the park.
Free parking and all the free Pepsi products you can drink. Two fabulous wood coasters and a world class water park. Not to mention the largest enclosed water slide in the world for 2002. The friendliest staff around. A "laid back" family atmosphere, unlike the "undesireable hooligans" found lurking around the bigger Mega Parks.
It's a 5 hour drive for me, but with two trips scheduled, including Stark Raven Mad I can hardly wait.
*** This post was edited by scooter on 4/8/2002. ***
I like the park not only because of the coasters and family rides but the fact that it is surrounded by trees and there are hardly any bugs! Plus, free soft drinks!
Brent, it's an easy sell for my family. Then again, I'm the dad in a family of coaster enthusiasts. But as much as my wife loves coasters, she is never completely happy until the trip serves a greater purpose. Why this particular park? What else is around there if we are driving out of our way?
I'm not sure which direction you are coming from, but I'm sure you can find some worthy stops along the way to help sell the trip as much as the destination. At the very least, you have Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home near the park. It's where his mother is buried. You have the unique charm of the town of Santa Claus itself.
If you're about to turn 16 next year and have your own car I think your parents would appreciate the roadtrip, this last summer where you are still dependent on them to get you to see places. Just note their interests. Realize that you're selling a family park. Sure, you have two great wood coasters, but it's not the kind of park where you kiss your parents goodbye at the gate and run off to hit a dozen different coasters on your own. The fact that it's quaint and friendly and clean are the reasons why you should all go.
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