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The Ultimate Guide for A First Timer’s Visit

By HoliBlogger Kate Z.

Roller coasters roaring, carousel music chiming, and the aroma of funnel cakes dancing in the air—there’s nothing quite like the anticipation of your first visit to an amusement park.

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker chasing that adrenaline rush or a nostalgic soul yearning for the magic of childhood, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is where memories are crafted with every laugh and scream.

In this blog post, I will be your guide as you navigate through the twists and turns of your very first Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari experience, so join me and let the adventure begin!

A sweeping wide shot of Splashin' Safari

Tip 1: Plan At Least 2 Days for Your Visit

During peak season, you might find yourself inching forward slowly but steadily in lengthy queues towards your eagerly anticipated rides. 2 days should allow you plenty of time to check out all rides inside of both parks, especially if you are visiting with young children.

Be sure to confirm time zones as well. If you decide to stay in Jasper like we did, pay attention to the time difference while planning out for your visit, as Jasper (EST) and Santa Claus (CST) are in different time zones, being aware of the 1 hour time difference will help you adjust your travel plans and ensure a smooth transition.

The Santa Statue in the Christmas section of the park
HoliBlogger Kate with Holidog

Tip 2: Pack Light for A More Enjoyable Day

You will find free soft drinks at Pepsi Oasis and free sunscreen stations throughout both parks.

And mmost rides have restrictions on what you can bring onboard, a small bag with essentials like hats, sunglasses, keys, phone chargers is all you really need, so you won’t have to waste time stashing your belongings and enjoy the rides to the fullest.

HoliBlogger Kate with a light-up souvenir for Holidays in the Sky
The HallowSwings

Tip 3: Must Check-Out Rides & Slides

Holiday World offers a diverse range of rides that cater to all ages and thrill preferences, some of our favorites are:

  • The Legend – Intensity: 5 Stars
  • The Voyage – Intensity: 4 Stars
  • Thunderbird – Intensity: 4 Stars
  • The Raven – Intensity: 3 Stars
  • Good Gravy! – Intensity: 2 Stars
  • Frightful Falls – Intensity: 1 Star

Splashin’ Safari offers a refreshing way to cool off and have fun on a hot day. These 3 water coasters are a thrilling blend of speed, twists, turns, and splashes, providing an exhilarating experience for water park enthusiasts.

  • Wildebeest – Highlight: Voted the World’s #1 Water Park Ride for over 10 years.
  • Mammoth – Highlight: 1/3 mile long. It’s the World’s longest water coaster.
  • Cheetah Chase – Highlight: World’s first launched water coaster.

Highlights from My First Visit

As you prepare for your first Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari adventure, keep these tips in mind to ensure a day filled with fun, excitement, and lasting memories. By planning ahead, staying hydrated, pacing yourself, and packing light, you’ll be ready to make the most of every moment at the park.

Whether you’re seeking thrills on intense roller coasters or enjoying the gentler attractions with family and friends, these tips will help you navigate the crowds and make the most of your visit. Happy travels, and may your first Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari experience be magical!

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