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Holiday World ranked second only to Disney

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According to thousands of parents polled by the national magazine FamilyFun, Holiday World is second only to Disney when it comes to amusement parks.

The April edition of FamilyFun magazine announces its 2013 Travel Awards*, which include categories for destinations, resorts, zoos and amusement parks. The awards are the result of a nation-wide survey of 2,000 parents with children ages three to 12.

In the amusement park category, Holiday World is listed third, after Disney World and Disneyland. Following a description of Holiday World's coasters and "massive water park with a mind-blowing assortment of rides," the magazine lists the perks of free soft drinks, sunscreen and parking, and then poses the tongue-in-cheek question: "Who's running this place? St. Nick?"  

FamilyFun magazine's print circulation is 2.1 million.

In a second national survey, the world's longest water coaster, Mammoth, is named the Best New Water Park Ride. The multi-week "2013 Readers' Choice Awards" online poll was hosted by, the 31st-most-visited website in the nation.** The one-third-mile-long Mammoth water coaster opened last May in Splashin' Safari. In 2011, the park's first water coaster, Wildebeest, was awarded the same honor.

Holiday World's 67th season begins May 4; the premiere of Hyena Falls – four new in-the-dark water slides – is May 10, Splashin' Safari's opening day. For more information, visit the park's website at or call 1-877-463-2645.

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