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May 14, 2008

Allergen-Free Menu Introduced at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Santa Claus, IN -- Holiday World & Splashin' Safari is responding to guest feedback by introducing an allergen-free menu to several of the park's restaurants. The announcement also coincides with Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 11 − 17.

"The past several seasons we've heard from more and more parents who had concerns about what their children with food allergies could eat at our park," says Holiday World & Splashin' Safari's president, Will Koch. "Our new food service director took on this initiative with gusto and we're looking forward to helping our guests learn about these new menu items."

Pre-packaged food items that do not contain the eight most common food allergens are now sold at several of the park's restaurants. The allergens are: wheat, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, soy and eggs.

Some of the examples are pizza and chicken nuggets that are free of the eight listed allergens now being sold at Kringle's Kafé, Safari Pizza and Jungle Jake's. Those restaurants also have designated equipment for preparing the gluten-free and dairy-free items.

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari also now offers gluten-free sandwich bread and buns. Pre-packaged applesauce, carrots, and corn chips are offered as alternatives to fries.

All park restaurants will carry disposable placements and sanitation wipes.

Of course for most a meal is not complete without dessert.

Snicker-doodle cookies that are free of the eight allergens, plus corn and potatoes are now for sale. There are also gluten-free and wheat-free brownies and chocolate chip cookies at at Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen and Plymouth Rock Café.

A complete list of allergen-free items is available on the "Restaurants & Food" page at Holiday World's web site,

During Food Allergy Awareness Week the 500 employees in the food department at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari will also receive special Food Allergy Education presented by medical advisors affiliated with Evansville's Tri-State Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Support Group.

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari are now open daily for the season. For more information, visit

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Comment by raven_maven on May 14, 2008 at 11:43:31 am

A question that's come up is the cost. These items are viewed as substitutions and will not cost more than the versions available for folks without food allergies.

(And by the way, it's spelled "dessert.")

Thanks, Paula

Comment by eric_gieszl on May 14, 2008 at 2:02:13 pm

You're right it is spelled dessert. Spell check should know the difference since one is clearly better. ;-)