Holiday World water woes could lead to a flood of fun


SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (WEHT) – Holiday World has water on the mind because a boil advisory in some Spencer County towns has thrown a wrench in normal operations. It has forced the park’s soda fountains to be turned off.

“It’s not the first time it’s happened, but it rarely happens,” said President Matt Eckert.

If you’ve been to the theme park in the last decade, chances are you have taken advantage of free soft drinks on a hot day. Unending cups of Pepsi is one of Holiday World’s calling cards.

The stopped-up soda hasn’t rained on any parades. Truckloads of pop have invaded the usual drink spots and bagged ice is coming out of the machines.

Eckert estimates between 75,000 to 100,000 cans of soda have been cracked open over the last 3 days.

“We’ve cleaned out several warehouses throughout the area.”

Holiday World is supplying canned soft drinks during the boil advisory.

Holiday World hopes to be back to normal by Tuesday, but no matter what happens, it likely won’t be a normal day. An announcement planned for noon could open the floodgates to more fun in the park.

“We haven’t seen something like this in a long time here at Holiday World,” said Eckert.

Twitter is buzzing with teases, and some wonder if a new ride will bring a rising tide?

“It could be jungle-themed, you never know,” Eckert said smiling.

Slide on over. Make a splash. The rage is on; the park wrote online. Is it a new water park attraction?

“We have wet rides in the dry park too,” added Eckert.

In a place so wild about water it’s hard not to jump in.

“That wasn’t planned I promise, the boil water advisory had nothing to do with our announcement.”

No matter your flavor, we can all drink to that.

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This story was originally published on August 5, 2019

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