We have visited Holiday World/Splashing Safari several times, and though we love taking this trip with our family, but we were a little more critical of the park with this trip.
We did like the new locker system with the wrist bands. It made it much more convenient to access our lockers throughout the day. We also liked the holicash wristbands. We went to a giftshop where they loaded money onto a wristband that we could scan throughout the park instead of having to carry money. This was extremely convenient in Splashing Safari. We always appreciate the free sunscreen, parking, and drinks. The food I feel is fairly priced for a theme park. My wife and son had hot dogs at splashing safari, but their hot dog buns were stale. While in line to get our food, there were several people who had to come back to the window because there were mistakes with their orders, one complaining it took 45 minutes for her to order her food. Trying to find a place to sit for lunch took as much time as some of the lines for the water slides. Speaking of the lines, the lines for the water slides were very long. This was hot Wednesday in July, so we expected the park to be crowded, but it made it difficult to get many water rides in when you have to wait 90 minutes to ride a single ride. We did enjoy the rides that we were able to get on. Our 5 and 6 year old really enjoyed Kima Bay, a children's water feature. Unlike the water park, the rest of the park had short lines. Unfortunately, the roller coasters were closed for a few hour due to a very brief thunderstorm. An employee mentioned that they have to check the entire track after a thunderstorm. I understand this precaution, but it took perhaps 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the rides to come back online after the storm blew over. My wife wanted to eat at the Plymouth Rock Cafe, but the line inside was extremely long, so we ate at the Alamo which had decent mexican-american food.
We experienced some less than friendly employees on this visit as well. On the children's canoe ride, the operator was yelling at the kids to not rock the canoe or to keep their hands in the canoe. The operator could have had the same result with a nicer approach. There were other instances of this throughout the day where a nicer approach would have been more effective than their actions. We also felt that they could have had more operators at some of the rides. For example, the Scrambler had only one operator. It took a very long time for the operator to load every cart and check them over. Other parks I have been to generally have 2-3 operators for these kinds of rides. We also noted that the queue lines in the stations for the roller coasters are cramped, specifically the Legend, where an operator had to constantly come back to the line to get people to move forward.
Overall, we had another good trip but left wanting a little more.
We hope that holiday world will add to the theme park part of the park in the near future. For the last several years they have introduced new water park attractions. This is all well and good, and those attractions are very good, but the lines in the water park won't let you experience everything you want to. Also, the new Hyena Falls is very far away from most of the water park attractions and is a long walk, especially in bare feet and hot concrete. We were also disappointed that the height measuring stations (which we love that they have) closed fairly early, and since we were in a hurry to get to the water park, we were not able to have our kids measured.
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