I don't post on the forum very often, but I just made my first trip to Holiday World this weekend so I thought I would share a mini report!
Overall, I thought the park was super lovely. My family and I are from Ohio and had been wanting to visit for a long time. My mom had actually been as a kid when it was still known as Santa Claus Land, so she enjoyed seeing the crazy growth and expansion since she had last visited! The whole park was extremely clean and well-maintained, and every employee my family encountered was pleasant and competent! The free soft drinks are awesome, wish more parks did this! In terms of food, we ate a full-on Thanksgiving meal at Plymouth Rock Cafe that was truly great, I can't say I've ever said that when eating at a park! Seriously, it was worth every penny. Also, definitely splurged on a cinnamon roll funnel cake that was absolutely heavenly. No complaints.
Now, in terms of rides. First, we stopped at Legend, which was a fun time but a bit too uncomfortable for my liking. Had a few good rib slams into the car that were not the most enjoyable. We circled back and rode Raven next, which I loved! It had a solid amount of roughness but definitely bearable and just added to the wild nature of the ride. Loved how it disappears into the woods and would have loved to have ridden it in the dark. After these two, we made the trek back to ride Voyage. Now, I was really looking forward to this, I had heard so much about it, and I was prepared for a wild ride. I also had read a few different accounts that it was running more on the smooth side this year, which made me pretty optimistic. Well, I am aware that I'm not the most experienced rider, and I probably haven't experienced true roughness, but omg. That thing hurt. I mean bone-shaking, skull-rattling, giant pothole hurt. I rode twice to see if maybe I just wasn't in the right mindset or something, but no, it was rough. I don't mean to bash on the ride at all, I can see how it could be amazing, the layout was crazy and never-ending. But, unfortunately all I wanted during the second-half was for it to end. So, after Voyage, we decided we needed some reliably smooth B&M goodness to soothe the headaches, so we walked back to Thunderbird. The whole ride area looks great and I loved the queue. We didn't get to take a close look at anything because lines were short, but all the bits of theming seemed of high quality and it was obvious the park made a great effort for the ride. The ride itself was great, super smooth and graceful with a nice amount of intensity. I've only ridden one other wing coaster which was GateKeeper, and I can say they are really solid and fun rides. We re-rode a bunch of times which I always think is a positive thing to be able to do.
Anyway, just wanted to share some thoughts about the park. Again, we had a great time! The predicted weather held out and crowds were light! We are for sure going to come back and check out Splashin' Safari, it looked like a really great water park!