Holiday World Review

Holiday World may be a small park, but it's one of the most popular parks by enthusiasts. Now the park originally opened up at Santa Claus Land in 1946. However, later they wanted to incorporate other holidays, and BAM!!! Now it's Holiday World. The park never really got any attention up until 1995 when the park opened up the Raven. The ride was a smash hit and was claimed one of the best wooden coasters ever, popping up on all enthusiasts to do list. The park then continued on with making really good wooden coasters with the Legend in 1999 and the Voyage in 2006. All of which are high quality and fantastic wooden coasters. Hell, two of them, Raven and the Voyage, even make our Top 10 Wooden Coasters List. However, the park is more than just great wooden coasters. The park has much more to it. They have a decent flat ride collection, a cute and unique dark ride, a great water ride, good food and several perks. And along with Holiday World is the park's water park, Splashin Safari. Splashin Safari is definetly a great water park and is currently home to one of my favorite water slides, Wildebeest. So yeah, Holiday World not only has great balance, but it also has something for everyone to do. If you want a crazy coaster, check out Voyage. Really fun water slide? Wildebeest is one of the most fun out there. Something for everyone to enjoy? Gobbler Getaway. Stuff for really small children? They've got stuff for you. And of course, since I was on a TPR Trip, I was given VIP Treatment since they sold private V.I.P treatment in an effort to raise money for victims of a flood in Tennesee. And guess who bought them all? Robb Alvey. So yeah. All the stuff made me appreciate the park all the more. But you don't need treatment like that to enjoy Holiday World. You'll have a blast. So definetly come and check it out.


1. Roller Coasters

2. Flat Rides

3. Dark Rides

4. Water Rides

5. Water Park

6. Dining

7. Theming and other Attractions

8. In Conclusion

9. Tips & Enthusiast FAQs

10. Video

11. Official Update List


There is a link to a review of all the Rollercoasters at Holiday World.

(Please keep in mind that there is no review of Thunderbird since didn't exist when I last visited.)

Top Coasters

Voyage Review

Really Good Coasters

Legend Review

Raven Review

Kiddy Coasters

Howler Review

Flat Rides

Here are the reviews of all the Flat Rides at Holiday World. Well first off, we have the Liberty Launch. This is the parks S&S Double Shot. Trust me, while they may be small, they pack quite a punch. And this double shot is no exception. When you reach the top, EJECTOR AIR!!!! =) So definetly check it out. It's a really fun flat ride. The other flat ride that I rode at Holiday World would be the Turkey Whirl. This is the parks Tilt a Whirl. While nothing special, it is fun. And they theme it to turkeys. That's always a plus =). While those may be the only flat rides that I rode at Holiday World, there are many more in the park that I did not ride. They also have some flyers, a round up, some chairswings, a scrambler, some bumper cars, a carousel, a car ride, and a train.

Don't underestimate Double Shots by their small size. They pack a punch. =)

Dark Rides

As far as dark rides go, Holiday World's got their own unique little dark ride called Gobbler Getaway. This one may not be spectacular in special effects or craziness, but it's still a really fun shooting dark ride. The story that they use for the shooting dark ride is cute and unique. You're calling as many turkeys as you can so you can all have a badass Thanksgiving Pizza Party. Perhaps, I should try this in real life one Thanksgiving. =) But for now, I'll just ride Gobbler Getaway. It's not too hard to call the turkeys, but it's not the easiest shooting dark ride out there. Definetly give a spin when at Holiday World.

We originally wanted to have you shoot the turkeys, but PETAs blackmailing us.

Water Rides

Now I will say this. Holiday's water ride collection isn't necesarrily bad, but it used to be much better. Now this was all thanks to one water ride they used to have. Pilgrims Plunge. Now this isn't your ordinary Shoot the Chutes ride. For in fact, this was the largest shoot the chutes ride in the world. It was just a 135 ft drop with two metal towers sticking up in the air. So yeah. It was pretty damn intimidating. And it was totally awesome. The elevator was cool. It wasn't completely vertical, so you felt a little uneasy going up. And the 135 ft drop. It was FAST!!!! Pilgrims Plunge was a blast. Its a real shame that they took it out cause I really liked it. But on the bright side, there's a water coaster using the Pilgrims Plunge technology, Divertical over at Mirabilandia. Go ride that. Its even better, plus it counts as a credit. =) Now Holiday World does have two other water rides that I didn't ride. A log flume and a river rapids. They don't look bad, so the park does still have some ways to cool down.

Bummer. I'm gonna miss this ride.

Water Park

Yep, Holiday World does have a water park included with admission. Splashin Safari. And it is AWESOME!!! Unfortunetly, I didn't get the time to check it out. I only rode one of their slides, Wildebeest, which I have reviewed for you right down below. But don't you worry. Splashin Safari has plenty for you to do. I know since I last left, they got a family raft water coaster, Mammoth, that looks really cool. And a bunch of other slides. Yeah, those look really good as well. So I'd definetly check out Splashin Safari as its a really good water park that I see a great future in.

Major Water Slides

Wildebeest Review


The dining selection at Holiday World is not your average dining selection. They've got quite a selection at Holiday World. The food that I was served at our group lunch included a pulled pork sandwich, mac and cheese, and cheesy potatoes. They were very good. I know that they serve Thanksgiving Food over in the Thanksgiving Area by Voyage. So if you need a turkey fix outside of on Thanksgiving Day, you can go there. But perhaps the best thing about Holiday World are simply the free drinks. Yep. The drinks here are free. And let me tell you. THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!! For once, I felt fully hydrated at a theme park from getting a small cup of Mountain Dew every 30 minutes. Make sure you take advantage of this awesome perk!!! =)

This cup of Mountain Dew cost me $0.00!!! =)

Theming and Other Attractions

Here are the reviews of all the other stuff at Holiday World. Well for theming, the park does have mild theming throughout the park. They have Christmas theming in Santa Claus Land, 4th of July theming in the 4th of July Area, Halloween Theming in the Halloween Area, and Thanksgiving Theming in the Thanksgiving Area. And as for other stuff to do, I know Holiday World has some other attractions. I'm pretty sure they have a diving show in the park. Perhaps when I go back, I'll check out some more of these other hidden gems within the park.

In Conclusion

Holiday World is a fantastic park to visit. They have some great wooden coasters, a great water park, a great water ride, great perks like free soda, parking, and sunscreen, and overall, the park is just great. It's not the absolute best park out there as there are many parks out there. But Holiday World is definetly one of the better ones. So if you're ever in the middle of nowhere Indiana, make sure you check it out.

Enthusiast FAQs.

*Are there kiddy coaster restrictions? - No. There are no restrictions on the Howler.


*Do Splashin Safari in the morning and Holiday World in the afternoon (Most people do it the other way).

*Be sure to check out all of their wooden coasters.

*Take full advantage of the free drinks and sunscreen.

*Have Fun!!!!


Santa Clause, Indiana, U.S.A

Theme Park Category:

Amusement Park

Last Day Visited

August 11, 2010


My official Holiday World Video

Complete Update List

TPR's Middle America Trip

Here's a link to the parks website.