New for 2019, Silver Dollar City Presents: The Year of Shows & Festivals, New Mega-Productions & Glowing Fall Nights

By | October 19, 2018

BRANSON, Mo. — A hallmark of Branson’s famed tourism industry is live entertainment and production shows, with Silver Dollar City having proven decades-long leadership in presenting great and unique talent. Today’s announcement of the 2019 lineup strongly builds on that tradition, with Silver Dollar City beginning a new era of even bolder entertainment with “The Year of Shows & Festivals.” The 1880s internationally-awarded theme park is planning millions of dollars in additions with new and original productions, larger-than-life shows and festival adventures.

Topline features include a new $1 million, original mega-production show for Summer, Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure; and new for Fall, a spectacular evening and nighttime experience, Pumpkin Nights with thousands of glowing pumpkins artfully brought to life throughout the streets of the City, creating the biggest Fall in the park’s nearly 6-decade history.

Other large-scale elements include a globally-acclaimed acrobatic French-Canadian lumberjack production show; a slate of evening concerts in the Echo Hollow Amphitheater including Bluegrass Nights in Spring and then, throughout the season, legendary rock, pop and country performers; the new Kid Magic summer show; plus The Festival of Wonder with visually-stunning, globally-inspired production shows.

Summer Mega-Productions
Imagination comes to life on stage in a huge production opening with Star-Spangled Summer — the all-new, original production, created exclusively for Silver Dollar City, Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure. The $1 million Broadway-style musical is a magical journey of discovery with a colorful cast, flying characters, state-of-the-art sets and special effects. Also new for summer is a show featuring the world’s youngest magician and illusionist, Kid Magic, starring Kadan Bart Rockett & Brooklyn, direct from America’s Got Talent.

Supercharging Fall
The City transforms into a glowing-orange wonderland in Fall 2019 as Silver Dollar City presents Pumpkin Nights. This evening lighting event with thousands of pumpkin creations and larger-than-life icons includes giant scarecrows, cats, owls and other characters shining in the dark. A new Pumpkin Pathway leads to Pumpkin Plaza with a dance party and fall activities. The park stays open until 9 pm, with rides running too, creating a new nighttime experience for families.

Fall daytime debuts a pulse-raising French-Canadian production show — an acrobatic musical about singing and dancing lumberjacks in a high-energy internationally-acclaimed stage show. Also by day, in a setting filled with colorful pumpkins, Silver Dollar City craftsmen welcome visiting artisans, with select new crafters each week.

Spring kicks off the year with The Festival of Wonder, billed as “A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience,” designed to spark curiosity by presenting several hot-ticket shows such as Phoenix Fire which is a black-light, laser and fire production, and new circus-inspired extraordinary acts for CirqUnique.

New for Bluegrass & BBQ is Bluegrass Nights, featuring nightly concerts with top bluegrass artists in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. Following Southern Gospel’s 12 biggest days for Southern Gospel Picnic is a new event for September: Country Music Days presents 13 back-to-back days of iconic country music and Saturday Night Celebrity Concerts with classic country stars.

The grand finale to the year is Christmas. The City transforms into one of the world’s most recognized holiday celebrations, An Old Time Christmas, with over 6.5 million lights, the dazzling Christmas In Midtown, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade, original musical productions A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life, plus a towering Special Effects Christmas Tree – all for a Christmas season bigger and brighter than ever.

“We are, and always will be, respectful to our roots of presenting great crafts, unique music and family-friendly shows,” said Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions. “This coming year, we will add many colorful layers, boldly building a new era of entertainment into our traditions. Guests are seeking new adventures and always looking for something they haven’t seen before. We promise we will deliver new experiences while embracing favorites as we support our mission statement of Creating Memories Worth Repeating,” Thomas said.

Connecticut Park Gears Up For 2019: New Family Ride, Other Improvements At Quassy

By | October 19, 2018

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. – For the 16th consecutive year, Quassy Amusement & Waterpark here will make marked improvements for its upcoming season.

“We’re pleased to announce the addition of another new family ride for 2019 as well as some other enhancements at the property,” Quassy President Eric Anderson said today.

Bouncing Buggies will be the new ride located in the heart of the lakefront property. Currently being built by Italian manufacturer Zamperla, the ride is from its popular Jump Around lineup.

“It has a unique and lively action like nothing we’ve offered before,” the park official noted. “The dune buggy themed vehicles will accommodate both youngsters and adults, making it an ideal fit for our demographic.”

Each of the six vehicles will seat up to four children or one adult and two children. As the ride spins into action, it will combine Zamperla’s patent pending interactive bouncing motion.

Other Rides From Supplier

In 2017 Quassy acquired a new Zamperla Samba Balloon ride the park calls Up, Up & Away, and in 2012 the property added the supplier’s Tea Cups, titled Crazy Cups by the park. Both are popular family attractions.

In addition, Quassy will refurbish its Ice Cream Parlor and add light emitting diode (LED) lighting to some more existing rides within the park. Last season the Yo-Yo Super Swing ride and Tilt-A-Whirl were enhanced by the new energy-saving light packages.

“We’re always looking at ways to make the guest experience more enjoyable at the park,” Anderson added. “Thanks to the continued support of our valued guests, we have been able to make vast improvements to both the land rides area as well as Splash Away Bay waterpark.”

Quassy will open for its 2019 season the last weekend of April.

About The Park

Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark is in its 111th year and features more than two dozen rides and attractions.

Rides include the award-winning Wooden Warrior roller coaster, Reverse Time, Frantic, Music Fest, Yo-Yo super swings, Free Fall ‘N’ Drop Tower, Grand Carousel and more.

Splash Away Bay waterpark has dozens of ways to get drenched on warm summer days, including 15 slides, Saturation Station modular play area and a splash pad for toddlers.

Quassy also features a laser maze attraction in its huge arcade building.

The park also has a restaurant, redemption arcade, games, live entertainment and special events.

Season passes are on sale now at the park office and through the Quassy website at www.quassy.com. Company picnics, school fieldtrips and other catered events are also being scheduled through the park office at (203) 758-2913.

Quassy is located at 2132 Middlebury Road, Route 64, in Middlebury, Conn., on the shores of Lake Quassapaug.

This Christmas at Liseberg: Swan Lake on ice

By | October 19, 2018

Every year, during Christmas at Liseberg, a spectacular ice show is shown daily. This Christmas, the stunning classical ballet Swan Lake will be showing at the Liseberg ice rink. “It will be a first-class fairytale ballet on ice,” reveals producer Sofia Sjölin. Christmas at Liseberg and the Swan Lake ice ballet open on 16 November.

The classical ballet Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1877. This fairytale in four acts has all the elements of a thrilling love story: A prince, Siegfried, who falls in love with Odette, an enchanted princess, and a wicked sorcerer, Rothbart, who has bewitched Odette to turn into a beautiful white swan every morning at sunrise. Can true love break the evil spell?

Liseberg has been hosting an ice show every Christmas since 2003. This classic love story will come to life on ice to the glorious tones of Tchaikovsky’s music. The show differs slightly from Liseberg’s previous ice shows as it has more classical ballet elements. Besides traditional operatic scenery, dramatic masks and dainty ballet-inspired costumes, the show features four ballerinas.

The ice skaters’ choreography will also be ballet-influenced. Ice skating and ballet might seem closely related, but they are actually completely separate schools with very different body movements.

“The real challenge is to combine acting and a balletic feel with all the technical demands of figure skating,” explains Arvid Smith, who plays Prince Siegfried.

The troupe has been practising ballet for six months to get the right moves and feel, but considerably more experience is needed to perform the skating in the show. Everyone in the troupe has at least 10,000 hours of ice skating under their belt and has trained from an early age. They started rehearsing Swan Lake on ice in early September.

The whole area around the stage will be part of the fairytale. Besides the scenery and decorations at the ice rink itself, the atmosphere will be enhanced with video mapping, a technology used to turn objects into a display surface for video projection and lighting.

“We will create an evocative space by projecting the great castle onto the main stage, followed by the castle fence and the dark lake,” explains Lotta Carlsbogård, Artistic Director at Liseberg.

This year’s investment in Christmas at Liseberg is the largest in the season’s 19-years-old history. A sum of SEK 15 million is invested to create that special Christmas-at-Liseberg-atmosphere, in the warm glow of millions of Christmas lights.

Christmas at Liseberg and the Swan Lake ice ballet open on 16 November.

Among giant pumpkins and monsters of all kinds the season of Gardaland Magic Halloween has begun

By | October 19, 2018

And so it began, on Saturday 6th October, the seventeenth edition of Gardaland Magic Halloween, the “most frighteningly fun” event of this autumn, with the Park displaying a totally themed layout, ready to offer its Guests a chilling experience… made of pure amusement!

The opening day saw the presence, among others, of Danilo Santi, General Manager Theme Parks Gardaland, who declared: “We are satisfied with our season so far – registering a 10% increase on the number of Park visitors compared to the same period last year – and today we are kicking off Gardaland Magic Halloween, an event which is now a classic feature of our season. Starting from today and on every weekend until 4th November, with the long weekend of Ognissanti (Halloween), we hope to replicate the success of last season, continuing to involve our Guests in family-friendly horror-based amusement”.

The climax of Gardaland Magic Halloween will be, as usual, the unmissable Halloween Party on 31st October. On the scariest night of the year, from 7 PM to midnight, an entertaining party will make  Guests and monsters alike celebrate under the stars in Valley of Kings square, animated for the occasion by a fantastic DJ set.

The fun days at the Park are kicked-off, as usual, by the Prezzemolo’s Welcome Show who, accompanied by friendly vampires welcomes Guests at the entrance gates, making them part of event from the get-go.  Accompanied by the notes of the unusual “Mostro Band” the Visitors then venture the streets of the Park, decorated with Halloween symbols: from the classic pumpkins to terrifying caskets, from haystacks to gigantic spider webs and a gloomy yet jolly graveyard. Adults and children were caught by surprise thanks to monsters of all kinds: mummies, skeletons, vampires, spiders and bats ready to jump out of nowhere and appear in the middle of the Park’s attractions.

Along with the Welcome Show, scheduled every day at 09.55, there are many Halloween-themed shows which, throughout the days, surprising Guests with live shows and entertainingly chilling performances!

The Teatro della Fantasia (Theatre of Fantasy) hosts, at 10.40, 11.30 and 4.30 PM, a new family-friendly show named “Chi ha paura del buio?” (Who’s afraid of the dark?) which takes full advantage of the “black art” technique: what happens when all lights are switched off? What mysterious creatures are lurking in the shadow? The opening of a magic book will unleash a myriad of horrifying little monsters and fun surprises, including the hilarious mime-clown Pass Pass.

Gardaland Theatre is the home of “Horror Hotel” at 2 and 4 PM, an original Halloween-themed musical sang “live”: the Horror Hotel’s manager will be accompanying spectators in the discovery of the strange guests inhabiting the rooms: from the feared black widow and her daughters to the wacky and improbable chefs… Choreographies, tunes and songs have been tailor made for this brand new live show. At 2.30 PM the Arena Hawaii will be seeing see young spectators coming to the aid of Prezzemolo, Aurora and Ti-Gey to defeat the evil witch Zenda.

Unmissable is the Palatenda spectacle, at 12 and 3 PM, called “5 Elements”, which recently won the Best Indoor Show prize at Parksmania Awards 2018. A new addition of this season’s schedule, “5 Elements” offers a journey across the 5 elements with acrobatics, special effects and video-mapping capable of involving and amazing all Spectators.

And to finish off the day in style Camelot square is the starting point, at 5.40 PM of Halloween Parade, an unsettlingly happy parade of monsters, witches, spectres and skeletons which will be roaming the streets of the Park to arrive, at 6 PM, in Valley of Kings square, where a dazzling final show, Halloween Final Party will be taking place!

During Gardaland Magic Halloween, the Park is open from 10 AM to 6 PM, except for the 31st October, when the night will be finishing at midnight.

Kentucky Flyer cleared for takeoff

By | October 17, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Kingdom is pleased to report that the Fair Board has granted the park its request for one acre of expansion property required for the installation of its newest and 6th coaster – the Kentucky Flyer. The park was advised of this development after Mr. Hart held a press conference yesterday at the park.

Ed Hart had this to say: “I want to thank Governor Bevin and Secretary Landrum of the Finance and Administration Cabinet for making arrangements to cut through the paperwork necessary for Kentucky Kingdom and the Fair Board to come to terms. Of course, Kentucky Kingdom will provide, if it hasn’t already, all the information the Fair Board has requested. With that assurance, we’ve been given the green light to proceed. I am happy to declare that the Kentucky Flyer is on track for a 2019 grand opening. Clearly, this is an example of Governor Bevin and his administration cutting through the type of ‘red tape’ that can hinder economic development in the Commonwealth.”

Fair Board Derails Kentucky Kingdom’s Expansion

By | October 16, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In preparation for installing a new roller coaster for the 2019 season, Kentucky Kingdom gave notice to its landlord, the Kentucky State Fair Board, that it was exercising its option to use one acre of the 20-acre tract to which the theme park is entitled, per the terms of its lease with the Fair Board, for the purpose of expanding and improving the park.  Unfortunately, the Fair Board has yet to agree to transfer that additional acre to the park.

Ed Hart, President and CEO of Kentucky Kingdom said, “We don’t understand why the Fair Board is delaying this transfer.  Since our lease with the Fair Board gives us the right to option up to 20 acres of additional property to expand Kentucky Kingdom, the Fair Board’s approval of the transfer is merely a formality.  Not only has the Fair Board delayed its approval, it has prevented us from taking soil samples, which is an essential first step in installing any roller coaster, even though this work in no way disturbs the property. I have advised Mr. Beck, the President and CEO of the Fair Board, that we have waited almost two months to receive the Fair Board’s approval for use of this small portion of the expansion property.  All that is required is routine paperwork in the form of a simple addendum to our lease, signed by the Fair Board and the other state agencies that are also parties to the lease. We have given Mr. Beck all the information he has requested about the new coaster, but still have not received the addendum.  We planned on making our first payment on the coaster yesterday, in the amount of $786,000, but cannot do so without the addendum in place. The Fair Board was fully aware of this but apparently does not appear to be concerned about the success of its premier tenant. A continued delay jeopardizes our schedule for getting the new coaster built in time for the 2019 season, which regrettably, may force us to cancel the project. The new coaster, which we have named the Kentucky Flyer, is the centerpiece of Kentucky Kingdom’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2019 and the focus of our marketing campaign for next season.  The Kentucky Flyer has already garnered a great deal of national attention, especially among coaster enthusiasts.  Cancelling this marquee attraction would be very unfortunate.”

The Fair Board’s blockage of this new attraction may well be tied to a separate and long-standing disagreement about parking rights of Kentucky Kingdom’s guests. Ed Hart remarked, “Over the past four years, we have worked very patiently to resolve these parking problems with two Fair Board Presidents, two interim Fair Board Presidents, and the Fair Board’s Chairman, Mark Lynn, who has presided over the Board for the last four years.  With the appointment of Mr. Beck as the fifth President of the Fair Board in five years, matters have only gotten worse, especially during the National Street Rod Association show and the State Fair, when so many parking lots are made off limits to Kentucky Kingdom guests. This year, thousands of additional parking spaces were denied to our guests, including all of the parking lots closest to the park’s entrance. To make matters worse, during the State Fair, our guests have to pay $10.00 for admission to the State Fair that they weren’t even going to, simply to gain entry to Kentucky Kingdom’s front gate, where they then have to pay admission to the park.  These actions are a clear violation of our lease and certainly aren’t the way to treat a major tenant who pays over $1 million each year in rent – and is entitled to receive adequate access to parking in return for that rent.  Making sure our guests have a great experience is the heart and soul of our business.  Because we’ve made no progress in resolving the parking dispute, the only way for us to protect the interests of our guests was to resort to legal action.”

Three months ago, Kentucky Kingdom filed a lawsuit against the Fair Board for a “Declaration of Rights” with respect to the loss of thousands of parking spaces that, per the terms of the theme park’s lease, are supposed to be available for Kentucky Kingdom’s guests. Instead, the lack of availability of parking during certain major events at the Kentucky Expo Center, particularly the National Street Rod Association show and the Kentucky State Fair, has caused much dissatisfaction among the park’s guests, as evidenced by the hundreds of complaints received during guest surveys conducted by the park.

Ed Glasscock, a partner in Kentucky Kingdom, offered this explanation for the Fair Board’s delays:  “The Fair Board cannot reasonably defend its violations of the lease with Kentucky Kingdom.  Instead, its objective is to pressure the park to drop its lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court in return for Fair Board’s approval of the park’s expansion.  After all the time, energy, and money my partners and I have devoted to Kentucky Kingdom, we are very disappointed with the Fair Board’s   obstruction of the park’s progress.  After all, the option for expansion property was included in the lease for the express purpose of allowing Kentucky Kingdom to grow.  Simply put, the Fair Board is acting in bad faith.”

Bruce Lunsford, also a partner in Kentucky Kingdom, added, “We have fulfilled all of our obligations to the Fair Board and the state.  In fact, we’ve gone above and beyond those obligations.  With the new coaster, our total investment in redeveloping Kentucky Kingdom exceeds $64 million, or $20 million more than required per the terms of our lease.  We knew that bringing the park back wouldn’t be a sprint, but a marathon, especially with the competition we face from other theme parks in the region, coupled with the damage to the park’s reputation that was inflicted by its previous operator.  We knew it would take money, time, patience, and a great partner and experienced operator like Ed Hart.  It’s a shame the Fair Board is reneging on its obligations, jeopardizing the park’s continued success.  The Fair Board apparently wants to collect our rent, yet deny our guests the parking lots they should be able to use. The Commonwealth has so much to gain in additional fiscal revenue from direct, indirect, and induced expenditures by visitors who are here because Kentucky Kingdom is here. Unfortunately, this is a textbook example of bureaucratic red tape thwarting business that is good for Kentucky.”

Power, internet outages throughout the Dallas-area; Amusement Today offices remain open

By | October 15, 2018

A direct lightning strike at an AT&T facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has led to internet issues for AT&T customers.

The Amusement Today offices were effected by this outage, but remain open. Our email and land-based phone lines remain down, however.

If you need to reach us, we recommend contact Gary Slade at (682) 478-9471 or Sammy Piccola at (972) 413-0998. These are their mobile numbers and remain fully operational.

We’ll update you here at AmusementToday.com when service has been restored to our offices.

National Roller Coaster Museum to expand in 2019

By | October 15, 2018

PLAINVIEW, Texas — Thanks to the incredible generosity of the entire amusement industry, the National Roller Coaster Museum (NRCMA) is expanding its Plainview, Texas, archive facility to include a nearly 10,000-square-foot exhibition space to be named after founding board member and Uremet Corporation founder Mark Moore.

The Mark Moore Wing will display a portion of the Museum’s vast collection of artifacts, designs, photographs and ride vehicles for public viewing and for research purposes.  Its nearly three-story vaulted ceiling will allow the largest of the equipment and signage to be displayed, as well as providing a second floor mezzanine for additional exhibits.  The new building will be attached to the existing 10,000-square-foot archive space with a new entrance building featuring a 1930s Eyerly Octopus ticket booth, pre-experience theater and a multi-purpose carousel-themed meeting room.

Building construction will begin in spring 2019.  The interior design and exhibition space completion are estimated to conclude in the summer of 2021.  Fundraising for the expansion is continuing.  Donations can be made online at rollercoastermuseum.org or by mailing the NRCMA at PO Box 5424, Arlington Texas 76005.

A 1:48 scale model of the entire museum building complex, including the donated artifacts, will be on display during the 2018 IAAPA Attractions Expo at the NRCMA booth #4314, November 12 – 16. The model was recently on display during the 2018 Golden Ticket Awards in Branson, Mo. After the IAAPA Expo, its industry tour will continue in January 2019 traveling to the annual AIMS Safety Seminar in Galveston, Texas.

The NRCMA continues to expand its collection of artifacts and archiving facilities in Plainview, Texas but the museum needs financial support from the amusement industry, it loyal fans and amusement parks everywhere if these efforts are to continue.

Gardaland Magic Hotel expresses the new FUN&MAGIC in the world of tourism – 8 weekly flights from the UK with the agreement with Jet2Holidays

By | October 12, 2018

A 3D video and exclusive footage were the ingredients of Gardaland Resort’s unveiling of the architecture of the new Gardaland Magic Hotel which will be inaugurated at the end of May 2019, with a 20 million euro investment.

The images showed the architectonic characteristics of the new structure, with its unusual purple roof and a golden gate that opens on the symbol of Gardaland Magic Hotel: the Cappello Gigante del Mago (Giant Magician Hat) suspended on a garden where gigantic, colourful flowers and mushrooms pop out. Everything evokes a magic and surreal atmosphere perfectly in tune with the new FUN & MAGIC trend that the tourism industry has indicated for next year.

New consumer scenarios – currently being discussed at the TTG Travel Experience di Rimini (Italy) – indicate that the word of travel is changing thanks to the development of technologies that allow to recreate and reproduce environments and experiences to be enjoyed at a personal level, erasing the borders between real and virtual worlds. Turning the trip into a fun and magic experience to be shared on social networks increases the interest towards touristic products that can surprise and entertain.

Gardaland already expresses this new tendency because it is an out and out fantasy container, a place made of lightness and magic, which can boast a time-tested tradition, one of the top choices of tourists looking for fun. Easy to visit as it was created to be welcoming, it is a unique and surreal location: a world where one can travel with fantasy, where entertainment is a tradition and where enchantment is even more surprising.

Catching onto this new trend, Gardaland will dedicate all of season 2019 to FUN & MAGIC, bringing together its proven tradition of fun with the surprising novelty of magic. Gardaland Magic Hotel will be, for children and adults, an enchanted dream becoming true, which will extend their visit to the Park turning it into an uninterrupted travel experience.

The hotel will be made of 128 large, wholly themed rooms, with three different settings – Grande Mago (Great Wizard), Cristallo Magico (Magic Crystal) and Foresta Incantata (Enchanted Forest); each room will be divided into two different areas, with a double bed on one side and two single beds on the other side, designed to enjoy and share a unique experience with the whole family.

The new hotel will be located near the other two structures – Gardaland Hotel and Gardaland Adventure Hotel –, sharing with them a vast aquatic area for fun and relax.

The rich proposal of the Resort and the growing interest shown by foreign tourists is pushing Gardaland to develop new potential markets, in and out of Europe and to sign agreements with tour operators of primary importance.

The growing number of tourists arriving from the United Kingdom in recent years, steadily increasing and currently reaching 230 units has encouraged Gardaland to sign an important agreement with tour operator Jet2Holidays, specialised in family vacations.

The agreement– starting as early as from June 2018 – provides for eight weekly flights from various cities in the United Kingdom to Verona. Bigger aircrafts will be responsible for a 22% increase in the number of people visiting the area.

Jet2Holidays will not only provide for direct flights it will also promote, with the sale of online packages, Gardaland Hotel, Gardaland Adventure Hotel and the great new addition of 2019, Gardaland Magic Hotel. The Garda Lake can definitely be seen as an Italian destination on the rise in terms of popularity among English holidaymakers, thanks to its mix of entertainment, cultural attractions, fantastic food and quality drinks, on top of its beautiful nature and mild climate.

Holiday World to invest $5.5 million in 2019

By | October 11, 2018

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. — Holiday World’s iconic Kringle’s Kafe will serve its final customers on October 28, as construction of the new Santa’s Merry Marketplace begins in November.

“We’re ramping up the theming and the menus for next season,” says park president Matt Eckert. “Santa’s Merry Marketplace is nearly 50 percent larger than Kringle’s and will include more menu items plus a coffee shop, bakery, candy store, and ice cream shop.

Holiday World will invest a total of $5.5 million for the 2019 season, including:

  • Santa’s Merry Marketplace, with five serving stations offering varying menus, plus
  • Candy Cane Confectionary, Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe, and the Polar Expresso
  • New “Kids World” event for five weekends starting in mid-August
  • On-ride photos for Gobbler Getaway dark ride
  • Candy Cornucopia store and Dippin’ Dots Sundae Shoppe in the Thanksgiving section
  • Track improvements for The Voyage, the world’s second-longest wooden roller coaster
  • Additional Cabanas

“With Santa’s Merry Marketplace, we’ll start a new tradition at Holiday World, as Santa Claus greets park Guests each morning from the bell-tower balcony,” says Eckert. “We also plan to work in some reminders of our Santa Claus Land days and other magical surprises.”

Holiday World is open for Happy Halloween Weekends through October 28. Season Passes for 2019 are currently discounted at their lowest prices. For more information, visit HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-463-2645.