SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Holiday World opened this weekend in Santa Claus, Indiana, for the 2023 season.

The 78th season of the park features two retracked coasters, new food items and new housing for team members. Splashin’ Safari will open on May 20.

Both parks will be cashless starting this season. Park officials say the switch allows for faster and smoother operations and increase security. Guests will be able to load cash onto a pre-paid gift card at kiosks located around the parks for free.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our Guests’ experience,” Leah Koch-Blumhardt, Director of Communications and Fourth-Generation Owner said, shortly after making the announcement late last year. “Every day, our Food & Beverage Team serves tens of thousands of people lunch in just about 3 hours. Small changes, such as removing slower cash transactions, can make a huge difference in our service time.”

The park will accept Discover, Master Card, Visa, Holicash, and the new ReadyCARD pre-paid gift cards. All locations in the parks will accept credit cards, apple pay, Google pay, Holicash, and ReadyCARD.