Will Holiday World get another holiday in the future?

Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:31 AM
Last year, Holiday World added their Thanksgiving section, the fourth holiday themed area in the park. I wonder, what could be in the future? Will the Easter Bunny be hopping into the park sometine in the future? How about Valentine's Day or New Years?

Interestingly, there used to be several rides whose theming would have been perfect for a Valentines section. These included the Calypso and the Heart Flip. Of course, a Tunnel of Love with Valentine's theming such as cupids, etc would fit as well. As for Easter, how about having a replica Flying Coaster called the Bunny Hop. Naturally kids would be able to visit the Easter Bunny while in the Easter section of the park.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:39 AM
I remember having this conversation before they announced the Thanksgiving section. We guessed everything from Valentine's to President's Day. ;)

That was a fun thread. :)

I am sure they will eventually, and the speculation will go on and on. I think Paula just likes to mess with us. ;)

My guesses at this point is they are still concentrating on the Thanksgiving area, so it will be several years at least. But only Santa Claus knows for sure. ;)

-Tina

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:44 AM
OH YEAH! A presidents day section of the park, that will go over great. I can only imagine how the Bill Clinton darkride would be. You go through the ride with a rubber mallet type of device, and try to hit on as many female interns as you go along. At the end they display your score of how many female interns you nailed.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:46 AM
Why not Channukah Village? Or Kwanza Kingdom? Maybe an adult area themed for New Years or St. Patrick's day where they get sloshed all day? Perhaps a Columbus Day section where people are robbed of all their possessions and forced to work in the gift shops? Let's not forget Black History Month.

*** Edited 3/10/2007 12:54:10 PM UTC by RollerCoastin!!!!***

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:48 AM
I would expect the next area would be either Valentines Day or Easter because there are so many good ideas that can be used for either of these holidays. Bring on Cupid and the Bunny!
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:57 AM
St. Patrick's, huh? Don't forget the free beer Oasis. ;)

NOT! ;)

-Tina

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 8:01 AM

coasterqueenTRN said:
St. Patrick's, huh? Don't forget the free beer Oasis.

NOT!

-Tina


And the "staged" druken bar brawls, complete with a heavy Irish accent, that will make downright impossible for any of us to understand what their fighting about to begin with.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 8:03 AM

Arthur Bahl said:
I would expect the next area would be either Valentines Day or Easter because there are so many good ideas that can be used for either of these holidays. Bring on Cupid and the Bunny!

Easter will have the world's longest coaster with 15 undergroung tunnels, and be called HOPPING MAD!

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 8:04 AM
No beer in this park. HW isn't going to give up its family image.

The only hops that you will enjoy in this park are the ones you experience on the rides.

*** Edited 3/10/2007 1:05:43 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 8:08 AM
Can they still do the druken bar brawl routine, with matching Leprechaun outfits?
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 8:13 AM
Nothing that isn't family friendly will appear in this park. That kind of stuff is not HWs way of doing things.

Sure, there will probably be more thrill rides in the future to broaden the park's appeal but the park will do everying necessary to preserve its wholesome image.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 8:16 AM
Well then you can count out the possiblity of ever seeing a St Patty's Day section of the park. To bad, we'll never get to see those matching Leprechaun outfits, and 2 very short guys trying to get to each others lucky charms. Now that certainly didn't sound right.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 8:21 AM
You could keep the leprechauns and maybe have a pot-of-gold interactive darkride with variable endings like King Tut and Labyrinth of the Minotaur. Good skill in finding the elusive leprechauns brings you to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 9:39 AM
I would guess a V.day section over a easter section because it'a easier to theme. A easter section would be more of a kiddie park and V.day would be more teen's/adult area.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 9:43 AM

Coasterphan said:
And the "staged" druken bar brawls, complete with a heavy Irish accent, that will make downright impossible for any of us to understand what their fighting about to begin with.

Er... g'wan tha' feck outta tha', ye bollix?


Coasterphan also said:
ever seeing a St Patty's Day section of the park

Argh. If you want to be Irish it should be "Paddy" not "Patty". The latter is an abbreviation for patricia, and as far as I know the patron saint of my country is male.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 11:09 AM
I believe Will said last year that by 2010 he was hoping to double the park's size and Thanksgiving would be the centerpiece of the future park. That could mean adding several themed sections beyond Thanksgiving.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 11:23 AM
Not exactly .... in the next ten years, he hopes to double attendance (from 1 to 2 million).

That will include physical expansion of both the theme and water parks.

Paula

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 11:31 AM
See I knew I could elicit a response from Paula. Hit's the Staples "easy button". ;-)
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Saturday, March 10, 2007 11:45 AM
That appears more realistic. The only problem is the limited number of accommodations within a reasonable distance of the park. HW needs to become more of a semi-destination park like BGE or DW so that more people will want to come from further away. Then more hotels and motels will follow.

One thing important: don't change the things that make HW special such as the friendly atmosphere and the policy of not nickeling and diming (or worse) everyone over and over even after they paid to get in.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 11:49 AM
Am ambitious plan, but not completely out of the realm of possibility when expansion is done right (as Holiday World knows very well)... you're talking an average of 100K guests a year.
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