Does anybody else have some local hotels they can reccommend? Early indications are that lodging is going to be at a premium for this event.
What are the neighboring towns that one can stay in as well?
Scroll down to Holiday Inn Express, you can book your room by clicking More Information.
I just checked and there are a few rooms left, so you're still in luck. It's about 20 minutes from Holiday World, but hey, its lodging right?
The wife and I will be staying there with our son Jacob
As much as I would have loved some night rides on The Voyage, Raven and Legend, I'm going to have to deal with a couple of weekdays in (hopefully) early May.
I fail to understand why more people don't do this: regardless if you know if you can make an event or not as soon as one that interests you is announced why not make a hotel reservation? Reserve it on a credit or debit card...they do not process the charge until 6pm the day of check-in. 99% of the time you can cancel it*. If it turns out you can go you're set and not left searching far away for rooms. If you can't go, you cancel without penalty.
Simple! I do it ALL the time.
*Many hotels do require you to cancel within a certain time period, i.e. by noon that day or one day prior for example. Make sure to check each hotel's policy. Unless you're using Priceline or other bid/auction prepay site you reservation[s] can be cancelled and your card not charged.
It can sleep 6, and so far there's only 2 of us going. So that means I have 4 spaces available at $50 per person per night.
I fail to understand why more people don't do this: regardless if you know if you can make an event or not as soon as one that interests you is announced why not make a hotel reservation?
While usually this is a good point and a good plan, I made an exception in this case.
Because I was 98% sure that I was not going to make it to this event, I didnt want to "hold a room hostage" from some other enthusiast. I, at least tacitly, consider y'all 'pals' of mine, and I didnt want to make life hard on someone on the far out chance that I would go.
I generally have no problems doing this to strangers, but I decided it against it in this case. Had there been more of a chance I would go, I indeed would have reserved a room, but this year's chances were almost beyond remote.
An event that is still 10 weeks out is a relatively healthy lead time for booking a room anywhere. Memorial Day folded into the event @ HW has made for a very busy and booked Santa Claus, Indiana.
Would that I could have the kind of foresight and cunning that you possess.
The only drawback to this event is that it's scheduled on Memorial Day weekend so all the area hotels are booked. The area campgrounds are requiring 3 night stays because of the long weekend, which isn't good if you're heading down to Beech Bend for their event on Sunday. I had the same frustrations in finding lodging in the area, but found a reasonably priced Days Inn in Jasper and another hotel in Bowling Green, KY.
After meaning to book for about a month...I did two days ago at Lincoln State Park. It does suck that they require 3 nights but I just payed for the 3 nights and will just stay 2 since it's only $84 for 3 nights. Mapquest says it's only 11 minutes to Holiday World and most are the hotels that close are either booked or are upwards of 150 per night. Having attended Coaster Con back in 2000, I know that I wanted to be as close to the park as cheaply possible. I'd just suggest visiting Holiday World's Hotel and Camping page *** Edited 3/23/2006 5:17:29 PM UTC by Alex Nagel***
What on earth? Those are like $50 a night here!
Oh yeah, you could always try Santa's Lodge... *** Edited 3/23/2006 5:30:27 PM UTC by pkidelirium***
I guess this is the closest hotel to the park, it is a 1/4 mile away.
The phone # to the hotel is 1-812-937-1902
With that said, I booked our room at Santa's lodge shortly after the event was announced.
something tells me the system didnt know it was a holiday weekend?
// alan j
I booked Motel 6 in Dale as soon as the event was announced. It has been sold out for at least a few months now. I am sure some of the other motels are as well.
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