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December 10, 2009
From journal Merry Christmas from Santa Claus, Indiana
January 31, 2006
From journal Spring Break at French Lick with the Kids
August 4, 2005
From journal Holiday World Fun
Howell, New Jersey
July 8, 2005
From journal My Trip to Kentucky
July 11, 2004
Although this 11 acre water park represents just a small portion of the 100 acre theme park, it was a hit during our visit on a recent hot June day. Adults and teens congregated at the newest adrenalin-inducing water slide rides, but also returned to family favorites Otorongo and Watubee in lines rarely lasting longer than ten minutes. And wee ones splashed around the 2004 Jungle Jets, playing and running among 163 jets, geysers and spraying palms with no wait at all.
My three-year-old loved ‘jumping' the waves in the wave pool and floating down the lazy Congo River on a family innertube. She slid down miniature water slides, romped in shallow waters and climbed animal-shaped slides at Crocodile Isle.
When we were thirsty or needed suntan lotion, we just helped ourselves. That's right, free suntan lotion and sodas at stations scattered throughout the park are the most popular perks. There are also plentiful deck chairs and $3 lockers. And bless the mom who thought of this–restroom choices include a handy family bathroom–so fathers can take their daughters!
The emphasis on family is apparent. Smoking is prohibited except at designated decks. At Monsoon Lagoon, parents with young children can play at an interactive multi-story complex with water slides and jets, or stay dry at Holidog's FunTown, playing in America's biggest treehouse, riding a family roller coaster or jeep.
According to Amusement Today, a theme park journal, Holiday World has won coveted awards annually. It beats Disney as the cleanest and friendliest park in the country, has the #1 wooden rollercoaster in the nation (Raven), and the #2 water park. And no other park can boast that they were the first theme park.
In 1946, Louis Koch opened Santa Claus Land in Santa Claus, Indiana to provide good, old-fashioned fun for community children. Santa entertained children, as did rides, a train and toy shops. When the park expanded in 1984 to include Halloween and Fourth of July sections, the Koch family changed the park's name to Holiday World, added music shows and dive shows to Santa's storyhour.
The park today still contains toy shops, a doll house, glass blower demonstrations, Santa himself and the original Freedom train for toddlers. The train amused my daughter as we passed by recognizable characters in Nursery Rhyme Land. She loved hugging Holidog characters and
giggled on rides in Rudolph's Kiddie section, but screamed continuously on the Tilt-a-Whirl. It'll be some time before she's ready to ride HallowSwings, Liberty Launch, Legend roller coaster, Raging Rapids, Banshee, and the Raven. But I'll be waiting...
From journal Weekend in French Lick