Additions and enhancements planned for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in 2011 can be divided into two categories: children and comfort.
That’s according to park president Dan Koch, who says the investment of $5.2 million will provide more fun for children and more comfort for families.
“We’ve studied the feedback from our park guests that comes to us via email, our Facebook page, comment cards, and conversations out in the park, ” says Koch. “This is the year we will add more for the little ones to do plus a lot of extras around the park.
Additions for 2011 include:
Safari Sam’s SplashLand: Located in Splashin’ Safari, SplashLand will feature eight colorful body slides for smaller children, plus dozens of water-play elements in a shallow pool
New family Christmas ride: A contest will be held to name this sleigh ride for smaller children to ride with older siblings or adults. This custom-designed ride will take riders in a circle and up and down. It will be located in Rudolph’s Reindeer Ranch in Holiday World’s Christmas section
Air-conditioned dining at Plymouth Rock Café
More shade and seating in Splashin’ Safari
More restrooms, changing rooms and family restrooms in both parks
500 new lockers
Parking lot improvements
New maintenance shop and paint shop plus two new employee break rooms
In addition, the town’s historic Santa statue, which was dedicated in 1935, will be restored in the coming year. The 22-foot concrete statue, which has been in disrepair for many years, was acquired by the Koch family several years ago and is located southeast of the park on State Road 245.
Koch and his mother, Pat, detail the plan on this YouTube video, released on the park’s blog.
Holiday World is open weekends-only through October 10; Splashin’ Safari is closed for the season. For more information about the parks, visit www.HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-Go-Family.