Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay vs. Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari

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Looking for some comparisons of Kentucky Kingdom to Holiday World?

Season Dates:

Kentucky Kingdom-May 24, 2014-August 13, 2014

Holiday World-Opened May 16, 2014-August 13, 2014

Hours of Operation:

Kentucky Kingdom-In general for summer Sunday-Thursday, 11am-7pm, Friday-Saturday, 11am-9pm

Holiday World-In general-9:30am-8:30pm/10:30am-7pm. (Holiday World is on Central Time.)

Price:         

Kentucky Kingdom-Regular priced admission for a single day ticket is $44.95 for adults, $34.95 for children under 48 inches. There are options to buy discounted tickets.

Holiday World-Regular priced admission for a single day ticket is $44.95 for adults, $36.95 for children, children 2 and younger admitted free. There are options online to buy discounted tickets.

Coupons/Discounts:

Kentucky Kingdom-Discounted price online $39.95; Senior and military discounts as well.

Holiday World-Discounted price online $39.95; Senior and military discounts as well.

Season Pass Information:

Kentucky Kingdom-In general-$99.95

Holiday World-In general-$149.95

Perks:

Kentucky Kingdom-Buy a season pass at Kroger for $69.95 through June 2, 2014. With a season pass, you can get $1 soft drinks and 20% off all food and merchandise at the park. Buy a 32 ounce sports bottle that you can fill up (soft drinks) for $1 all season long. You can enter the park during the Kentucky State Fair. Park admission includes both amusement park and Water Park.

Holiday World-Again, free soft drinks. They have a list of 20 reasons why you should choose Holiday World: read it here. Park admission includes both amusement park and Water Park.

Shows:

Kentucky Kingdom-5D Movie Ride, Aqua Theater, more shows will be announced, check their website.

Holiday World-Holidog and Friends, Dive!, Real Country, 80s Rewind, Rejoice!, Santa’s Storytime, Friday Night Fireworks, and more.

Family-Friendliness:

Kentucky Kingdom-King Louie’s Playland, Aqua Theater Rescued Sea Lion show, stroller rental, etc. Click here for an overview of the rides in King Louie’s Playland.

Holiday World-Click here for an overview of all of their rides and attractions for families. They also offer stroller rental, nursing stations, family restrooms, etc. See this great tips list as well.

Parking:

Kentucky Kingdom-$8 parking fee associated with Kentucky Exposition Center

Holiday World-Free parking on site

Freebies Available:

Kentucky Kingdom-free inner tubes, free sunscreen

Holiday World-free parking, free soft drinks, free sunscreen, free inner tubes, free WiFi,

Distance from Downtown Louisville:

Kentucky Kingdom-Approximately 5 miles according to Google Maps

Holiday World-Approximately 73 miles according to Google Maps

Read about the opening of the new Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay in Louisville here. Kentucky Kingdom opens this Saturday, May 24, just in time for Memorial Day weekend plans.

Photos courtesy of Kentucky Kingdom and Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Facebook

About Erin Nevitt
Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!
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