HOLIDAY WORLD & Splashin’ Safari
Santa Claus, Indiana (Abbreviation: HW)
Park News - (2/18/16) Holiday World reports that they will bring back the park's old Freedom Train to the park this season, but only as part of an in-park display, and not as a functional attraction. The locomotive has been restored to feature the original blue and red colors and "Santa Claus Land Railroad" name on it. Look for it to be shown off in the park's 4th of July land.
2016 - 70th Birthday / Legend Improvements - (4/22/16) Holiday World will open for the park's 70th Birthday season on Saturday and they are ready to celebrate the big event. In addition to showcases of nostalgic photos, a photo mosaic and the return of the Freedom Train in display form, Holiday World will also have tons of special Birthday menu items for guests as well, including Birthday Cake Fudge, a Birthday Sunday, Birthday Confetti Cake Flurry and Birthday Cake Ice Cream Dip and the addition of new Dole Whip soft serve and floats.
While I'm sure many of you are focused on getting rides on last year's major addition, Thunderbird, be sure to go ride the "reborn" Legend as well which received $2 million in improvements this winter adding a new tunnel and a new double-down element to the layout. However, be advised that Legend wont be ready to roll until May 7th.
Another reminder that the Splashin' Safari waterpark wont open until May 12th, but will feature all new boats on Mammoth with extra leg-room.
(1/16/16) Holiday World has finally announced what they are working on for 2016 with improvements to all three of the parks wooden coasters who have been getting some awesome TLC over the winter. The lion's share of the improvements will go to The Legend, which will not only see some major rebuilding of the track and support structure on the first drop, but it will also add a new double-down track element to the layout, followed by the lowering of one turn to increase the coaster's speed through a new themed tunnel as it passes under Frightful Falls. Give the video below a watch to see what and where these new elements will be added.
(12/10/15) According to the latest Holiday World blog post the park will celebrate a 70th Birthday in 2016. While we don't know exactly what they have planned just yet, the blog does mention off-season maintenance on the three wooden coasters by saying, "And the track? We’ll, let’s just say that all three wooden coasters – Raven, Legend and Voyage – will be extra exciting to ride in the spring."
While they won't be ready to announce what's going on until January, because they are waiting to see what Santa brings for Christmas. There is a video posted that shows off what the park's coaster maintenance team is asking Santa for that generated a list that includes: "a new element" and a "roller coaster tunnel". Of course the "tunnel" is probably the new "element", but then we have to wonder which of the three coasters it will be added to: Raven, Legend or Voyage? Based on a hint we heard back in the fall that Legend would be “more amazing” in 2016, it may be worth keeping an eye on it.
(9/7/15) According to a guest who visited Holiday World this weekend, they reported that The Legend coaster was closed all day. They asked guest services about it before leaving and were told that The Legend would be closed for the rest of the season but added that it would return "more amazing" next season. Hmmmm.... we haven't much at all about what Holiday World has in store for 2016 yet.
2017 - New Attraction - Rumor - (4/22/16) A little birdie dropped off a message claiming that Holiday World is looking into adding yet another roller coaster to the park for the 2017 season. Of course after just opening Thunderbird last year and dropping $2 million on a major improvement project for Legend, this rumor makes me wonder if we might just be seeing a makeover to Voyage or Raven instead in 2017... but a new coaster is always a welcome addition.