Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sabrina's Brochure Spotlight: Holiday World 2000

As usual, Mike has read my mind and published a great lead-in post for this week's SBS. From one wonderfully themed park to another, this week we take a virtual trip to Holiday World!

Oh, to be the middle child... A Legend was born at Holiday World in 2000 [cheesy pun intended]. At the time, its older sibling The Raven was a rambunctious 5-year-old. And The Voyage? Well, it wasn't even a twinkle in the Kochs' eyes! Today this trio of wooden prodigies makes a lovely family, although one can't help but wonder if The Voyage is also destined to become a middle child someday... *COUGH COUGH* Oh, excuse me--I seem to have something in my throat!!

The Legend was obviously the big headliner in 2000, but it was (and still is) in good company. The folks at Holiday World have a real knack for taking basic, staple attractions found at parks across the globe and kicking them up a notch with fantastic theming. And c'mon, where else can you visit jolly old St. Nick any day you want? He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake, and he knows when you're screaming your head off! [Another cheesy Legend pun there. Anybody get it? No? Stand-up comedy is not in my future? Sigh... Do I at least get an "A" for effort??]

This spread gives a great overview of all the water attractions featured at Splashin' Safari back in 2000. Hey, were those inner tubes made to look like they have tiger stripes? How quaint! Obviously the theming does not end with the dry rides at this park.

Normally I wouldn't include lodging pages in SBS. But when you have the option of staying at places like "Lake Rudolph" and "Santa's Lodge"? Well by gosh, by golly--That's just fun! The map section is also helpful, and includes estimated driving times from various landmark cities.

Who said there's no such thing as a free soft drink? Holiday World challenges that statement! Truth be told, I'm sure this perk is built into the cost of admission. But regardless, it is a really convenient perk, and one that I wish more parks would adopt.

And finally, we conclude with this great shot of Monsoon Lagoon and its "twelve levels of interactive family fun".