SANTA CLAUS, IND-----The world’s largest travel site – TripAdvisor.com – just announced the nation’s top water parks, with Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari very close to the top of that list.
The 40-acre water park, among the largest in the world, was named the #4 park in the nation and #13 in the world, following only Orlando parks in the U.S. rankings. According to TripAdvisor.com, the Travelers Choice Awards honor the top one-percent of attractions worldwide.
“The votes for this TripAdvisor award came from our visitors, who were impressed with not only our fantastic line up of water rides, but also the friendliness of our staff,” says park president Matt Eckert. “We greatly appreciate the many reviews posted on TripAdvisor – we read every one.”
Splashin’ Safari is home to the world’s two longest water coasters, Mammoth and Wildebeest, plus dozens of other water attractions, slides, wave pools and children’s play areas. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari have been voted the World’s Cleanest Park for 16 years in a row by the readers of Amusement Today magazine.
The parks will kick off the long holiday weekend fireworks celebration each night through . Holiday World is the only park in the nation with a “4th of July” themed section, with rides such as Liberty Launch and the Star Spangled Carousel. Following this holiday weekend, Holiday World will resume its popular Night Fireworks celebrations throughout July.with a
SANTA CLAUS, IND.----- Hundreds of roller coaster enthusiasts from around the world will flock to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari this Wednesday andas part of the American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Con XXXIX.
Park president Matt Eckert says the ACE visit is expected to coincide with an important milestone. “By happy coincidence, we expect Thunderbird to launch its millionth rider sometime Wednesday afternoon,” he says. “We’re planning the commemorate this special ride by providing the trainload of riders mementos of their flight.” Thunderbird, which opened last season, is the nation’s only launched wing roller coaster.
During their Coaster Con, the American Coaster Enthusiasts will name The Raven, Holiday World’s 1995 wooden roller coaster, an “ACE Roller Coaster Landmark,” a designation reserved for coasters of historical significance.
“The Raven was very trendsetting in its time,” says Tim Baldwin, ACE’s communications director. “Following years of coaster wars, where amusement parks tried to outdo one another, Holiday World showed that a modest-sized ride can still be truly fantastic. This amazing wooden coaster in a wonderful forested setting achieved national fame when it opened in 1995. It helped launch this small-town park into bigger and better things. Just look at Holiday World now. The growth of this great park is marvelous, just like their original wooden coaster.”
The ACE Roller Coaster Landmark ceremony will take placeat in the High Dive Theater. The ACE Coaster Con will also include “exclusive ride time” on the parks’ roller coasters, water coasters, and other attractions both before and after the parks’ regular operating hours.
This Sunday, the front page of USA Today's "LIFE" section featured Kentucky Kingdom's "Storm Chaser" as one of the "Thrills of Summer - Coasters to leave you gasping." Kentucky Kingodm's Storm Chaser is joined by a group of 7 other coasters from many of America's most prestigious parks.
Storm Chaser also received similar recognition from the LA Times, CNN, and Fox News.
Ed Hart, President and CEO of Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, commented, "Storm Chaser has received tremendous reviews from coaster enthusiasts and throughout social media. There is no doubt that Storm Chaser is one of the reasons why the park is drawing many visitors from out-of-state. In fact, during the Memorial Day weekend, Kentucky Kingdom set a new attendance record, thanks, in part, to the excitement surrounding Storm Chaser, our fifth coaster."
For more information on Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay Water Park or Storm Chaser go to kentuckykingdom.com.