Lebanon Reporter


August 22, 2007

Holiday World is the happiest place in Indiana


Variety is anther selling point. Sure there are plenty of hot dogs, nachos, and cotton candy but you can also find salads and fruit. Without a doubt, the most unusual items are at the Plymouth Rock Café where it is Thanksgiving every day - roast turkey, pumpkin pie and a ton of vegetables and side items along with lots of other entrée and dessert choices. Holiday World may be the only theme park in the world that serves green beans. This is probably the most expensive meal in the park and it is still quite reasonable - $7.99 for an adult entrée with three sides and $4.99 for a kid’s entrée and two sides.

For me, the most impressive aspect of food at Holiday World is their commitment to Indiana grown and produced foods. This is not something that would “have” to do. Holiday World has more than 1 million people visit each year, many of them eating several times a day. With numbers like that, it is nearly impossible to use local foods in a state like Indiana. The numbers just don’t add up. Yet, Holiday World makes it work. When it comes to produce, if we grow it in Indiana, chances are you’ll find in on the menu during the harvest season. Also, local pork from Dewig Meats in Haubstadt supplies moist and delicious pork chops available at the ZOOMbabwe Grill.

The food is just one of the reasons I love Holiday World, but it is part of what makes this place special. The attention to detail and the little things - free soft drinks, sunscreen stations - help make this one of the happiest places in Indiana. My boys still love a certain mouse and all his Florida pals, and we’ll go visit them a couple more times before we’re empty nesters, but Holiday World will be an every-summer destination for our family.

More information about Holiday World is available online at www.holidayworld.com, including full menus for all their eateries. This time of year they are open on the weekends through Oct. 14.


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