Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari officials estimated the free offerings — sunscreen, parking, and soft drinks — at the park saved guests a cumulative $11,741,382 in 2021.
According to the theme park, more than 280,000 gallons of free soft drinks (including water) were consumed this year, more than 275,000 cars parked for free, and more than 55,000 ounces of sunscreen were used.
The park also shared that it donated 3,640 meals to the Tri-State Food Bank from Thanksgiving To-Go meals sold last season.
“Thanksgiving To Go was introduced last season as an experiment,” said fourth-generation owner Leah Koch. “We knew families were changing their plans for the holiday season, and we thought a simple-to-prepare, yet delicious dinner could help families who weren’t sure what to do. We heard such positive feedback, we’re bringing it back this year!”
Thanksgiving To Go is a pre-boxed dinner, including a 12- to 14-pound pre-baked brined turkey with herb butter finish, gravy, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Holiday World’s Famous Green Bean ingredients and recipe, and yeast rolls.
“My family celebrated Thanksgiving with a Thanksgiving To Go box last season,” added Koch. “Our normal plans had changed in a huge way. We enjoyed the simplicity of heating up the turkey and the sides, and I can’t recommend it enough–we may have the option to go back to what we did before, but we’re still considering Thanksgiving To Go again!”
Thanksgiving To Go orders must be placed online by November 14, and orders must be picked up at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. Quantities are limited, so those interested are encouraged to purchase quickly.
Holiday World will open its Santa’s Merry Marketplace restaurant for limited dining capacity December 4 and 11 this year to correspond with Christmas in Santa Claus events. More information will be released online at www.holidayworld.com in a few weeks.