Oprah calls Holiday World "Wacky"

Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 9:02 AM | Contributed by Raven Maven

[Ed. note: The following is an unedited press release. -J]

The popular website Oprah.com just released its list of "Wacky Family Attractions" in a feature designed to encourage families to vacation closer to home this year "when time and money are in short supply." Holiday World & Splashin' Safari is one of the eight family attractions recommended on the list.

"If Oprah wants to call us 'wacky,' we don’t mind a bit," says the parks’ president, Will Koch. "Come to think of it, it is a little wacky for a theme park to play Jingle Bells in the middle of July!"

The Oprah.com article includes a photo of Santa Claus in his Holiday World summer garb along with a brief history of the park and description of the variety of rides—and holidays—featured at the world’s first theme park. Other parks included in the feature are Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and Legoland in California.

Oprah.com is one of the 2,000 most-visited websites on the Internet.

Holiday World Theme Park opens its 63rd season on May 2 with the premiere of Pilgrims Plunge, the world’s tallest water ride; Splashin' Safari Water Park opens May 15.

Link: Holiday World and Splashin' Safari

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009 9:27 AM

WOW that is great for the park. Congrats Paula and "Wacky" team.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 10:05 AM

If this causes the same reaction as her book club then Holiday World should see a huge increase in attendance this year.

There is no better sound than that of a wooden rollercoaster climbing the first hill

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 10:21 AM
Frantic Ferret's avatar

So now we'll see if the Oprah Effect works for amusement parks.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 10:35 AM

I don't think Holiday World could pay for better publicity than Oprah gave it.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009 12:38 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

The good folks at Oprah.com picked 3 amusement parks in their 8 'wacky' attractions.

How mundane must your life be to find an amusement parks to be so wacky?

Then again they picked two caves...

...those nutty folks at Oprah.com and their wacky holes in the ground! ;)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 1:04 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
(...those nutty folks at Oprah.com and their wacky holes in the ground! ;)

The qusetion is do they now the difference between their ASS and the wacky hole in the ground? :)

There is no better sound than that of a wooden rollercoaster climbing the first hill

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 5:59 PM

This is news?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 6:14 PM
LostKause's avatar

Mammoth Cave ROCKS! lol

I've got to get my butt out to HW this year.

Last edited by LostKause, Tuesday, February 24, 2009 6:14 PM
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 8:31 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

..and because I didnt clean out my history I now have to explain why I have Oprah.com on my browser.. just great...

Let me click a few links on the Lifetime network website to finish it off..

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 5:49 AM

Two words: ROAD TRIP!!!!! :)

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I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:10 AM
dsloban's avatar

I think its funny when some know person maks a comment like that! It usually brings more attention whach would be a good thing for that park!

Life is like a rollercoaster! It is full of ups and downs!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 10:32 AM
janfrederick's avatar

I'm sorry, but she really should have picked the penis musem instead. Then again, I'm sure she didn't pick it because the article was about vacationing close to home. ;)

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 11:21 AM

Shoot, I wish we had a penis museum. I must have penis museum envy.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 4:50 PM
rollergator's avatar

Also glad SDC got some props. LegoLand was simply amazing, and all the HFEC parks deserve more love from the regular press (HFEC already gets plenty of love in this particular niche market, LOL).

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 9:15 PM

Does this mean we can expect HW to build a Wacky Shack in the near future? ;-)

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:56 PM
Soggy's avatar

^ No, they are now required to build a "wacky" Oprah Shrine.

Pass da' sizzrup, bro!

Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:51 PM

Everybody gets a new car!!! You get a new car! You get a new car! And you get a new car! Everybody gets a new car!!!11!!!1!!

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 7:57 PM
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