Thursday, October 11, 2018

Holiday World Announces Details of $5.5 Million Expansion for 2019

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Indiana's Holiday World theme park has announced that they will spend $5.5 million on expanding the park in 2019.  The focus of the work will be in the Christmas themed area, which will receive a sparkling new theming package, along with Santa's Merry Marketplace, a giant dining location.

In order to create Santa's Merry Marketplace, the park will retire Kringle's Kafe.  The concept art above shows the area around the addition and Christmas area plaza, which is receiving new holiday theming from top to bottom.

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The festive atmosphere will cover the area, magically transforming it into the pinnacle of holiday cheer.  This concept art shows how a portion of the renovated area will look when complete.  It appears as though many buildings will receive new facades, and new decorations will be strung up throughout.

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Santa's Merry Marketplace will be a large dining establishment, and the holiday cheer will continue inside the new location.

“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."

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“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.”

The interior of the Marketplace can be seen above, and it will feature five different serving stations offing distinct menus.

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Santa's Merry Marketplace will have even more than the different serving locations, such as the Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe, which is seen here.  The ice cream store features frosty treats that are sure to hit the spot on a summer day.

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This is the Candy Cane Confectionary and also Polar Expresso, offering a mix of sweet and baked goods, along with the caffeinated beverages needed to enjoy a full day at Holiday World.

This is Holiday World's pun-filled announcement video, which gives even more details about the work they have planned for the 2019 season in the Christmas area.

But wait, there's more! The park has also announced other changes for 2019, including:

- 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

Holiday World is currently holding their family friendly Happy Halloween Weekends through October 28th.