Sunday, September 01, 2013

Holiday World

Lydia and I went to Holiday World today. You might be asking yourself "why would two Six Flags season ticket holders drive 3 hours to go to a strange theme park in rural Indiana?" The answer would be "for fun, duh".

Holiday World is a theme park in Santa Claus, Indiana. The different zones of the park all have different holiday associations such as Christmas, 4th of July, and Halloween. And it has history: Holiday World grew out of Santa Claus Land, which was the first theme park in the world. It opened its gates on August 3, 1946.

One of the most interesting things about the park was the bottomless free soft drink policy. Six Flags likes to make a point out of hurting my wallet with soda charges. Because I don't negotiate with terrorists, this means I usually don't drink a single thing in the place. It's silly but I think this small point alone made Holiday World awesome. I was rocking a diet peach tea concoction that was quite refreshing. As with any policy so liberal as this one, though, there will always be those who can't handle the freedom. I saw several children suffering from the dreaded condition known as "Kool-Aid mustache".

Business-wise I think the sort of generic holiday branding is pretty genius because it allows the park to not have to pay gigantic licensing fees for popular characters. Santa works for cheap.

It was pretty hot out so we stuck to the Splashin' Safari water park area for the most part.

In addition to the ever-flowing free soft drinks, there were little kiosks dispensing free sun block! It was super creamy cheap stuff and it came out of gallon jugs with hand pumps on top. It was kind of like going crazy with the mayonnaise at an Arby's.

There were little shows around to watch as well. This is probably the best diving show I've ever seen, and I've been to several.

My theory is that Holiday World's population is so large compared to that of the nearby town that they had to build their own water tower.

The gas stations in town were full-service.

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