Santa Claus, IN (WFIE) - Holiday World shut its doors to the public on Wednesday so they could give children with all levels of disabilities exclusive access to the park.
It’s called “play day,” and it’s something the park staff and students look forward to every year.
“There are people who work full time jobs who take today off so that they can come and work this day," said owner Lauren Crosby. "I know I keep saying it, but it’s one of the most enjoyable days out of the entire year.”
For 25 years, Holiday World has opened their gates for a day just for children with special needs to experience a day they wont forget. The park has made upgrades to their rides recently to be more inclusive and accessible to all.
“Over the years, we have made adjustments to our rides to now accommodate wheel chairs," said Crosby. "The star spangled carousel as well as the holidog express, and we have a playground up in holidogs fun town children of all abilities can play on.”
The park donated more than $30,000 of their profit for the day to Easterseals. To help expand their mental health services for children.
Over the years the park has raised more than $500,000 for Easterseals, and hopes to continue the tradition for years to come.