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(For my blog readers who may not be familiar with Holiday World, it’s a family-operated amusement park in Santa Claus, Indiana. The dry park is split into four themes: Christmas, Fourth of July, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. The water park, known as Splashin’ Safari, has a jungle theme.)
Today I went to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari with my mom. This wasn’t my first visit, as I practically grew up at the park. My first visit was at 10 months old for my father’s company picnic and I went nearly every year afterwards, either with my family or with my school. My mother visited the park when she was my age, back when it was still Santa Claus Land, and my grandmother even remembers going there as a child! Proof that Holiday World is a family tradition: two of my cousins, my sister’s fiancé, both of my sisters, and I have worked there. I love this place so much that next summer my sisters and I are hoping to buy season passes.
Obligatory photo with the big (concrete) man himself
My familiarity with the park didn’t diminish my excitement; I could barely sleep last night in anticipation of today’s adventure.
Upon arriving, our first stop was straight to Splashin’ Safari. Mom headed straight to the Wave pool while I decided to go on the Wildebeest. I got through the line in maybe 15 minutes (thank you, single riders line!) It was a blast but I was not prepared for so much splashing. My contacts actually got blurry because so much water got in my eyes. Next time, I will have to bring goggles!
Ride two: the Mammoth. It’s currently the world’s longest roller coaster– and it did NOT disappoint. I loved riding backwards, especially when my raft “got air.” I even managed to trick my mom into riding this one with me, and once she got over the anger of my trick and the fear of the ride, she actually managed to almost like it. Almost.
Up next was the Bakuli. After riding two amazing water coasters, this simple water slide wasn’t all that great. I hated climbing up the concrete steps for two reasons: I’m terrified of heights and the concrete burned my feet. (I ended up with blisters on my soles! Talk about painful!)
After a splash in the Wave Pool and laying out in the sun to dry, Mom and I headed up to the main park for some rides. We stopped by the Hallowswings and to our surprise there wasn’t a line; we rode it three times in a row without having to get off. Then, we backtracked to the Thanksgiving section and rode the Turkey Whirl, which combined with the heat and our previous time on the Hallowswings nearly proved to be more than Mom’s stomach could handle! We rested our stomachs on the Gobbler Getaway, which happens to be in an air-conditioned building (hallelujah!) For the record, I scored more points than Mom.
Eagle’s Flight (which was fun as a 5 year old, but not so much as a 20 year old) and the Revolution were next. It was only my second time on the Revolution and it was as scary as I remembered it to be! I could feel the gravity pushing me onto the wall– it made my chest hurt and made it a little hard to breathe. Nonetheless, I emerged unscathed.
Enjoying my lunch at The Alamo! Yum!
Our growling stomachs made the decision concerning our next stop. Holiday World has the best amusement park meals, in my opinion! Today we ate lunch at my favorite restaurant, The Alamo. My other favorite places to eat in the park: Goblin Burgers (for their chicken strips), Kringle’s Kafe (for their breadsticks), and Plymouth Rock Cafe (for their homestyle cooking.) (My sister enjoyed Plymouth on her latest visit there and she even texted me a photo of her lunch!)
After dropping my mom off to enjoy the live music show, I ventured over to the Halloween section to ride The Legend, which is my favorite roller coaster in the park. Once again, there was barely a wait!
Once I got off the ride, I met up with Mom to walk to Kringle’s Kafe since a thunderstorm with lightning was headed to the area, which meant the rides would be closed until the storm passed through. After what seemed like an eternity but was actually only an hour, the rides were reopened once the lightning passed. I headed straight to The Raven (no lines, again!) and rode it twice. I forgot how bumpy this roller coaster was!
Riding The Raven in the rain
(I’m sitting by myself in the grey and red striped tank top, if you were wondering)
Mom and I finished our day at Holiday World by riding the Scrambler in the rain. I had a great time bonding with my mom through our visit to the park. Even the thunderstorms couldn’t put a damper on the day. Well, except my killer sunburn. Next time, I’ll be sure to use the free Holiday World sunscreen!