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Other than that, I would love a 2nd Entrance for Splashin Safari like Kings Island from the Parking Lot

 

Considering that Splashin' Safari is nowhere near the parking lot (plus Raven and Legend are in the way), I seriously doubt that will ever happen.

 

 

I always thought it was closer, Never mind then.

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Since Legend is getting retracked, Maybe Timberliners on Legend as it's less intense than Voyage and they ran on the Raven?

 

Geez I hope not! PTCs get a lot of crap, but I think they run great on Legend and most coasters that are taken care of (I'll just leave a little reminder about how all PTCs run better with buzz bars; they're lighter, etc.) The "box with wheels" analogy people give when dissing PTCs is what ends up making the coaster so awesome (forces). I just rode Roar-O-Saurus at Storyland, and sad to say I'm not a big fan of Timberliners. They run very track-rough (I'm not referring to the super-aggressive design/hill shapes of the ride). It feels like a steel hammer jackhammering a steel track, which I guess is what those trains kinda do. Gravity Group are my current favorite (active) roller coaster designers/builders, but I would like to see them work on the timberliners some more. One thing about Roar-O-Saurus, those are probably the only trains that would run on it. No way would PTCs get over those sharp hills twists.

 

I was patiently waiting (like many of us!) to see the Timberliners on Voyage, but after having ridden some Timberliners (also Hades 360) I'm glad they're not on Voyage, or any other coaster at Holiday world.

 

Other than that, I would love a 2nd Entrance for Splashin Safari like Kings Island from the Parking Lot

 

Yes! I bet it will happen in time! Holiday World is getting to be such a huge park now.

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If the park ever decides to add a second entrance, it will be whenever they build another parking lot across the road from their employee parking lot. That's about the only way they could realistically add one, imo. But that won't be for a while, as they still have to get all of The Legend Lot paved and they're not done adding to The Legend Lot either. Yes, that thing can and will get bigger.

 

I know the park and the campground aren't owned by the same people, but I think it could also be feasible for them to work together to build an entrance to the park for those staying in the campground, as the properties are right next to each other.

 

Here's the site where you can view how much land HW's owns. It's listed under Koch Development Corporation. Just scroll around and look for the park. If you zoom in, it will go to a google maps view. It's not hard to find: http://spencer.in.wthgis.com/

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If the park ever decides to add a second entrance, it will be whenever they build another parking lot across the road from their employee parking lot. That's about the only way they could realistically add one, imo. But that won't be for a while, as they still have to get all of The Legend Lot paved and they're not done adding to The Legend Lot either. Yes, that thing can and will get bigger.

 

I know the park and the campground aren't owned by the same people, but I think it could also be feasible for them to work together to build an entrance to the park for those staying in the campground, as the properties are right next to each other.

 

Here's the site where you can view how much land HW's owns. It's listed under Koch Development Corporation. Just scroll around and look for the park. If you zoom in, it will go to a google maps view. It's not hard to find: http://spencer.in.wthgis.com/

 

I was looking at the GIS map a few days ago and I think some of their property is also under Santa's Land LLC.

 

I keep imagining that eventually the employee lot and picnic grove being moved back to where the main lot is now and the current employee lot area will have rides and a new theater built there. And then the Legend lot would get expanded and a new entrance built. Those are just some of the random ideas I have imagined while thinking of possibilities for the future.

 

I think I read somewhere that the company that bought Lake Rudolph campground also recently bought an additional 100 acres. They are a separate company from Holiday World, but if they bought another 100 acres then they are probably planning a huge expansion of overnight options near Holiday World.

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Other than that, I would love a 2nd Entrance for Splashin Safari like Kings Island from the Parking Lot

 

Considering that Splashin' Safari is nowhere near the parking lot (plus Raven and Legend are in the way), I seriously doubt that will ever happen.

 

If they had an Entrance near Hyena Falls They could turn the Employee Lot into a Splashin' Safari Lot and have an entrance there. And move the employee lot across the street. Or reconfigure the parking lots in another way.

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Other than that, I would love a 2nd Entrance for Splashin Safari like Kings Island from the Parking Lot

 

Considering that Splashin' Safari is nowhere near the parking lot (plus Raven and Legend are in the way), I seriously doubt that will ever happen.

Couldn't they have a second lot on that side of the park with an entrance there? Anyone could access it, but it would make a lot of sense for people just visiting Splashin Safari or those who don't want to drag their water park gear across the park later. If I went back to my car in the afternoon to get my bathing suit and towels I would definitely consider moving over to the other lot.

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Other than that, I would love a 2nd Entrance for Splashin Safari like Kings Island from the Parking Lot

 

Considering that Splashin' Safari is nowhere near the parking lot (plus Raven and Legend are in the way), I seriously doubt that will ever happen.

Couldn't they have a second lot on that side of the park with an entrance there? Anyone could access it, but it would make a lot of sense for people just visiting Splashin Safari or those who don't want to drag their water park gear across the park later. If I went back to my car in the afternoon to get my bathing suit and towels I would definitely consider moving over to the other lot.

 

Until Hyena Falls was added I think it would have been a lot harder to add a new lot for a Splashin' Safari only entrance because Lake Rudolph Campground would have been in the way. Splashin' Safari was bordered by the campground, The legend, The Voyage and a wooded area that wouldn't work for a parking lot. The Hyena Falls addition extended Splashin' Safari out past The Voyage and now it borders on an area that could be configured into a new parking lot and entrance more easily. It would be on the opposite side from the regular entrance.

I really like the idea of a Splashin' Safari only entrance. I have been thinking maybe they would move the entrance in the future, but I hadn't thought about the idea of a second entrance.

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Speaking of parking lots, I just thought about something. A few weeks ago I was buying my Platinum Season Pass online. I was trying to decide if I should pick the option to renew my pass or get a new one. I figured I would need a new one since the Platinum Pass is new, but since it was giving me the option to renew I read the information about renewing to help decide which option to pick. The info was outdated and was about renewing a 2014 pass for 2015, and it had a paragraph about adding parking fees to a season pass. I was a little worried for a minute, but thankfully there was no other mention of parking fees during checkout. I am thinking it was possibly generic info added by the company that designed the checkout system. But it made me wonder if they might charge for parking in the future. Or maybe have free parking with section of premium parking with a fee. I know they need to pave their lots and expand them and that is ridiculously expensive, but I really appreciate the free parking and hope it stays free. I would rather the ticket price go up than pay for parking. The free perks are a big part of Holiday World and I doubt they are going to change that.

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So I was looking through the website getting ready to purchase my ticket for Happy Halloween Weekends and I came across the animation of what the corn maze design is going to be this year. Can't wait to see the pictures of this thing from up in the air!

 

 

Speaking of Happy Halloween Weekends, I'm going on October 10th. For those who have been, has it been crowded? I know when they first started the event, they only advertised it at a local level, but I have a feeling that like most things HW does, it has probably turned out more successful than they probably ever anticipated. I know it will be even harder to predict this year with Thunderbird, but I'm just trying to get a general idea of what the crowds will be like. Unfortunately, this the one time of year that I've always wanted to visit, but due to one thing or another, I've not been able to yet. After seeing all the pictures of Thunderbird under construction last fall, I've made it a top priority to get to the park in October this year. Any help would be appreciated!

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^ I've been the last two years, crowds were greater last year than the year previous, but still manageable. Expect 30 minute waits , on the main attractions. I'm sure it will be a little more crowded this year due to Thunderbird and word of mouth. It's a great family event, so expect a decent crowd, but not like a busy Saturday in the Park. Make sure and check out Holidogs 3-D Adventure, Carnival Chaos, the Corn Maze, Graveyard Smash and the Laser Show that ends the night. All rides are open except Raging Rapids, The Legend and I noticed this year that the Revolution isn't listed as open. It had been the last 2 years as Resurrection, maybe something is wrong with it this year. You should be able to get everything in and get some rerides in. I'm sure you'll have a great time and make sure to get a night ride on Thunderbird, it's fantastic in the dark.

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I second what was said above. I tried it for the first time last year. Ignoring Thunderbird for a moment, the halloween walkthroughs and mazes they had last year were pretty neat, and the corn field maze seemed to go on forever. That mixed with the fall foliage makes it worth going out and seeing. I'm also sure crowds will be a little bigger this year than it was last year.

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^ Since we don't allow cameras on coasters, it was a bit of a twitchy situation. Originally, he posted his on-ride photo (taken by the park) on Twitter; our RT caught the attention of the media. It was only then that the video popped up - including the ride op's voice asking them to put the phone away. The groom-to-be has since added a note of apology to the description on his YouTube post, which we appreciate.

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Oh wow, this really is a bit of a awkward situation for the park. You want to share it, but you can't. Now local news stations across the country are wanting to share it. It's almost like the Avicii video HW is in...It's probably their most viewed cameo appearance, but they can't share it because the footage in the video is illegal. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here is the video.

 

 

(watch it all the way through)

 

^ I've been the last two years, crowds were greater last year than the year previous, but still manageable. Expect 30 minute waits , on the main attractions. I'm sure it will be a little more crowded this year due to Thunderbird and word of mouth. It's a great family event, so expect a decent crowd, but not like a busy Saturday in the Park. Make sure and check out Holidogs 3-D Adventure, Carnival Chaos, the Corn Maze, Graveyard Smash and the Laser Show that ends the night. All rides are open except Raging Rapids, The Legend and I noticed this year that the Revolution isn't listed as open. It had been the last 2 years as Resurrection, maybe something is wrong with it this year. You should be able to get everything in and get some rerides in. I'm sure you'll have a great time and make sure to get a night ride on Thunderbird, it's fantastic in the dark.

 

I second what was said above. I tried it for the first time last year. Ignoring Thunderbird for a moment, the halloween walkthroughs and mazes they had last year were pretty neat, and the corn field maze seemed to go on forever. That mixed with the fall foliage makes it worth going out and seeing. I'm also sure crowds will be a little bigger this year than it was last year.

 

Thanks for the insight/help!

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I am normally not a corn maze person (I like to look at the designs, but usually don't like to walk through them). I went through the corn mazes at Holiday World yesterday. The views of Thunderbird from the mazes are really cool. I am glad that I decided to go check them out (even though it started raining while I was in the maze). I totally recommend checking them out if you have time. Or at least ride the hay ride over to the mazes for the view of Thunderbird from the cornfield. I wish I had a chance to take more pictures. This is a quick picture I took right before the rain started. Luckily it didn't rain too bad. It was a very fun day and I can't wait to go back again next weekend!

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Oh wow, this really is a bit of a awkward situation for the park. You want to share it, but you can't. Now local news stations across the country are wanting to share it. It's almost like the Avicii video HW is in...It's probably their most viewed cameo appearance, but they can't share it because the footage in the video is illegal. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here is the video.

 

 

(watch it all the way through)

 

^ I've been the last two years, crowds were greater last year than the year previous, but still manageable. Expect 30 minute waits , on the main attractions. I'm sure it will be a little more crowded this year due to Thunderbird and word of mouth. It's a great family event, so expect a decent crowd, but not like a busy Saturday in the Park. Make sure and check out Holidogs 3-D Adventure, Carnival Chaos, the Corn Maze, Graveyard Smash and the Laser Show that ends the night. All rides are open except Raging Rapids, The Legend and I noticed this year that the Revolution isn't listed as open. It had been the last 2 years as Resurrection, maybe something is wrong with it this year. You should be able to get everything in and get some rerides in. I'm sure you'll have a great time and make sure to get a night ride on Thunderbird, it's fantastic in the dark.

 

I second what was said above. I tried it for the first time last year. Ignoring Thunderbird for a moment, the halloween walkthroughs and mazes they had last year were pretty neat, and the corn field maze seemed to go on forever. That mixed with the fall foliage makes it worth going out and seeing. I'm also sure crowds will be a little bigger this year than it was last year.

 

Thanks for the insight/help!

 

For whatever reason I can't seem to get the video to load. Any ideas?

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Oh wow, this really is a bit of a awkward situation for the park. You want to share it, but you can't. Now local news stations across the country are wanting to share it. It's almost like the Avicii video HW is in...It's probably their most viewed cameo appearance, but they can't share it because the footage in the video is illegal. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here is the video.

 

 

(watch it all the way through)

 

^ I've been the last two years, crowds were greater last year than the year previous, but still manageable. Expect 30 minute waits , on the main attractions. I'm sure it will be a little more crowded this year due to Thunderbird and word of mouth. It's a great family event, so expect a decent crowd, but not like a busy Saturday in the Park. Make sure and check out Holidogs 3-D Adventure, Carnival Chaos, the Corn Maze, Graveyard Smash and the Laser Show that ends the night. All rides are open except Raging Rapids, The Legend and I noticed this year that the Revolution isn't listed as open. It had been the last 2 years as Resurrection, maybe something is wrong with it this year. You should be able to get everything in and get some rerides in. I'm sure you'll have a great time and make sure to get a night ride on Thunderbird, it's fantastic in the dark.

 

I second what was said above. I tried it for the first time last year. Ignoring Thunderbird for a moment, the halloween walkthroughs and mazes they had last year were pretty neat, and the corn field maze seemed to go on forever. That mixed with the fall foliage makes it worth going out and seeing. I'm also sure crowds will be a little bigger this year than it was last year.

 

Thanks for the insight/help!

 

For whatever reason I can't seem to get the video to load. Any ideas?

 

EDIT: got it to work. I wonder since this is a big name artist that I'm sure uses a production company, if they didn't have permission and special equipment involved to shoot those parts of the video. I could see HW(or the other parks in the video) being sworn by contract to not reveal it was their park in the video. Also I believe copyright would maybe prevent them from sharing the video themselves through social media. Just an idea. I just don't see an artist as big as this doing something illegal to shoot a small piece of their video and risk the repercussions. Just a thought.

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