Hover-1 Alpha Review – Smoothest Under-$400 Ride Ever. Hover x scooter

Hover-1 Alpha ReviewSmoothest Under-400 Ride Ever

In this detailed Hover-1 Alpha review, we will examine this relative newcomer in the scooter world, and answer the question of why it has become so popular so quickly, and why it continues to gain popularity as we speak.

Is the Hover-1 Alpha any good?

The Hover-1 Alpha is, in general, a pretty good budget electric scooter. It performs well, comes with a powerful motor, large tires that provide comfortable rides, and has a decent build quality overall, a quality that is rarely found in a 379 scooter.

As an ultra-budget scooter, it’s a great pick for beginners and first-time owners, especially ones looking for a bigger, tougher model, that can take some punishment, but still provide very cushy and comfortable rides.

Ordering and shipping

It’s best to get the Hover-1 Alpha from Amazon, as you will get quick and free shipping, but also the lowest price, best availability, and the most color choices. can change, but usually, this scooter can be found for under 400 (the price is 379 at the time of writing).

Warranty and return periods

There’s a 90-day warranty period on the critical components of the scooter, including the motor, gyroscopic sensor, battery, motherboards, lights, controller, and bluetooth module.

If you don’t like the scooter or if it doesn’t work as expected, you can return it, as long as it’s in the same condition it arrived in. The return shipping cost is also free, which is another reason why buying from Amazon often makes more sense.

Hover-1 brand and company

The Hover-1 Alpha is a relatively new product, launched at the beginning of 2020, but the Hover-1 brand has been around for much longer than that.

As the name suggests, the brand’s primary FOCUS has been hoverboards, and the Hover-1 hoverboard model is one of the most popular and commercially successful hoverboards ever released. The brand has managed to translate both its engineering and marketing experience from other electric rideables to successfully bring the Hover-1 Alpha to market. Today, their scooters sell thousands and thousands of units, and are almost as successful as their hoverboards.

Unboxing and assembly

The scooter arrives almost fully assembled.

  • the scooter
  • charger and charging cable
  • tire pump
  • small Allen wrench and screws
  • user manual
  • warranty card

To finish the assembly, you will have to install the handlebars inside the stem, and tighten the 4 screws that come in the package. Before you go out to ride, you will probably want to make sure the battery is 100% full (it’s not required, but it’s strongly recommended for the battery’s health and lifespan). Also, make sure all the screws are tight and the strength and sensitivity of the brakes are properly set.

Manual

I’m sort of a manual geek, and I love a clear and detailed owner’s manual, but Hover-1 has gone beyond the call of duty here. The manual for the Hover-1 Alpha is complete and thorough, with in-depth explanations on pretty much everything an owner should know.

I know most of you guys won’t even bother with the manual at all, but I recommend trying to skim through it at least, as it has a ton of information that you may find useful someday.

Hover-1 Alpha Basics

The Hover-1 Alpha is very simple to use, and follows all the standard best practices when it comes to controlling and riding the scooter.

Screen, cockpit, and controls

  • current speed
  • battery level (5 bars)
  • speed mode
  • lights status
  • cruise control status
  • error codes

How to use the Hover-1 Alpha?

This is a classic kick-to-start scooter, and you will need to kick off the ground and develop a speed of around 1.8 mph / 3 kmh before you can accelerate with the throttle. This is a great safety feature in general, and it also prolongs the battery life.

The scooter powers on with a long press of the power button, and powers off in the same way. While turned on, a single press on the power button toggles the lights, while a double press changes the speed mode.

You can choose between two speed modes: standard (12 mph / 20 kmh limit), and sport.

The scooter comes with a cruise control feature. Unlike most other scooters, where you have to hold for a long time to activate it, you need to press the thumb throttle twice in quick succession with this scooter. Personally, I like that, since engaging the cruise control is a more deliberate action on your part (you can’t simply activate it just by forgetting your finger on the throttle, which is what happens when you get carried away in an enjoyable ride).

How to fold the Hover-1 Alpha?

The quick-release folding mechanism, which is a simple latch on the front of the stem, keeps the scooter locked in the folded position. It takes just a few seconds to fold the scooter. When folding, you will hear a “click” sound when the bell frame connects with the hook on the rear mudguard, and that keeps the scooter stable while folded and makes it easy to carry.

Engineering, build quality, and materials

The scooter both looks and feels reliable, strong, and sturdy.

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The stem has almost no wiggling. As with any budget model, there will be some wiggling, but it will be minimal, and given this scooter’s price, I think it’s a very fair trade. The bar connecting the stem and the deck is especially strong, which is great news for ride smoothness as that’s one of the most important points of any electric scooter and it pretty much dictates the overall stability of the entire ride.

The deck is quite large and wide, and gives the scooter a low and stable center of gravity, preventing it from shaking too much even when riding over uneven surfaces. It is covered with extra-grippy sandpaper tape, which prevents any sort of slipping. The kickstand is very solid, and unlike some other budget scooters, it’s practically impossible for the scooter to tip over while leaning on it.

The scooter has almost no weird sticking parts, and the brake cable is only exposed a little bit at the top.

The handlebar width is probably the only issue I find with this scooter’s engineering, as I find the handlebars to be a bit narrow, and thus reduce the control and turning abilities.

Colors and design

The Hover-1 Alpha is just… smooth, I guess is the right word.

It is one of the slickest-looking budget scooters on the market today. The polished smooth lines, the careful finishing, and the shiny frame, all make it stand out from all of the other Xiaomi clones and copycats. The design team behind this scooter clearly had a more daring vision of a somewhat different offer, for a more aesthetically pleasing model, and I believe they’ve done a good job in executing it.

There are plenty of color patterns available. All of them have the details in black (the tires, the deck, and the cockpit), but the main color for the frame is available in black, silver, blue, red, and yellow. Interestingly, the price can vary based on the color you pick and its availability.

Ride smoothness and user experience

I believe ride smoothness is the area where the scooter provides the most value and is unrivaled in its price category.

Practically, ride quality depends on two main factors: the overall build quality of the scooter, and the tires. Since the build quality of the Hover-1 Alpha is pretty solid, and the tires are large and cushy, it’s no wonder that the scooter provides an excellent day-to-day experience, even in places that are inhospitable to scooters. You will probably not find a budget scooter that can provide a smoother ride than this.

Many owners have tried riding the scooter offroad, and while some of them report having a lot of fun, I would strongly recommend against doing that. This is primarily an urban scooter, and you should try to stick to paved and flat roads as much as possible.

Motor

The motor is another huge win for the Hover-1 Alpha, and with 450 Watts of power, it’s probably the most powerful motor for an electric scooter in the budget category.

The BLDC hub motor is integrated into the rear wheel, giving the scooter some extra traction and torque, and improving the general efficiency and performance of the scooter.

Speed

The official top speed of the Hover-1 Alpha is 18.6 mph / 30 kmh.

In the real world, the story is a bit different… but it’s not what you might expect!

Typically, scooter brands overestimate the top speed, but in this case, the real top speed is actually higher than the official one.

Users have frequently reported easily getting speeds much higher than the official one, with one owner even reporting a top speed of 22 mph / 35 kmh! While this is probably a rare occurrence, you can expect to get the official top speed at the very least, which is already a very good top speed for the regular scooterist.

The scooter accelerates rather mildly for its motor power, mostly because it’s a bit heavier than the average budget commuter.

Climbing

Curiously, while the scooter has quite a powerful motor, and the motor is integrated into the rear wheel which provides more torque in general, the Hover-1 Alpha is still just an average climber.

There’s no known climb angle published by Hover-1, but user tests and owner reports describe climbing as pretty average, with the scooter climbing mild hills well, but starting to struggle on moderate ones, and probably not really being able to perform on steep hills at all.

Weight limit and usage by big adults

The Hover-1 Alpha has an official weight limit of 264 lbs / 120 kg, and the vast majority of owner reports from heavy users confirm this weight limit, with only one user reporting a noticeable drop in the performance levels (he weighed around 240 lbs / 109 kg).

Also, the handlebars are pretty tall, and the scooter will be a good fit for taller people in general (up to 6’6” / 198 cm).

All in all, the Hover 1-Alpha is prepared to handle people on the larger side pretty well.

Battery and charging

The 30-cell lithium-ion battery of the Hover-1 Alpha comes with a voltage of 36 Volts, and a capacity of 6 Amp-hours and 216 Watt-hours.

The battery is certified with the UL 2272 Certification, which means it meets a strict set of standards for safety and quality. Typically, batteries that have this certificate don’t require as much care while charging and discharging, and are less prone to defects, especially ones that occur because of irregular charging practices.

That’s why the battery of this scooter will probably outlast most other scooter batteries in budget models. While Hover-1 claims that the battery can handle up to 5000 charge cycles, I highly doubt that will be the case, but still, even if it manages 3000 charge cycles, that’s still orders of magnitude better than the average.

You should know that the battery indicator on the screen will start to flash if the battery is close to empty, and the scooter may power off if the battery gets depleted below the protection mode.

Charging the battery fully will usually take you 5.5 – 6.5 hours. The specs say it takes 4 – 6.5 hours, but fully charging your scooter in 4 hours will not be common. As usual, the indicator light on the charger will be red when the battery is charging, and green when the battery is full.

Range

Usually, scooters with good batteries have long ranges. Sadly, that’s not exactly the case with the Hover-1 Alpha.

The official range of the Hover-1 Alpha is 12 Mi / 19.3 km, and that’s exactly what independent tests of the range have found to be the range as well.

We probably can’t expect a scooter priced around 380 to have everything, so a somewhat average range is not really that big of a deal. This kind of range will be good enough for many scooterists, but don’t expect long carefree rides where you forget how long you’ve been riding.

Brakes and safety

The Hover-1 Alpha has just one disk brake on the rear wheel. The diameter of the disk is large, and the brake is usually strong out of the box, but it can also be adjusted to your preference by some tweaking. So, you can get a fairly short braking distance even with that one single brake.

However, a redundant braking system would have made this scooter feature-complete in my opinion. Far from it being unsafe (all budget models have one brake anyway), but it would sure be nice to see a secondary emergency brake.

Tires and mudguards

The 10-inch air-filled tires of the Hover-1 Alpha are one of its strongest weapons, and what sets it apart from every other budget scooter out there.

As you’re probably aware, budget scooters never, ever come with 10-inch tires, and that has been the exact reason why this scooter has managed to secure a place for itself in the already overcrowded budget scooter category.

Plus, the tires are quite wide as well, which gives the scooter very good balance (although it does make turning and control a bit harder).

The scooter doesn’t have any suspension, but again, budget scooters never have that either, and with tires this big, the need for additional shock absorption is significantly reduced.

The mudguards are one of my favorite features of this scooter. They are very secure and cause no rattling. importantly, there are practically no reports of some serious issues with them, and mudguard issues are almost always found in budget scooters!

Plus, the mudguards have a really slick, shiny, polished finishing, and give the whole scooter a very cool vibe.

IP rating and waterproofing

The Hover-1 Alpha has no IP rating. That means you should do your best to stay out of the rain and other wet environments. The brand advises avoiding water contact or riding on ice or other slippery surfaces.

Plus, as usual, the warranty doesn’t cover water damage, which is another good reason to stay clear of the rain.

A few owners have reported that they’ve ridden through some light rain and haven’t had any problems during and after. That doesn’t change the fact that you should do your best to avoid riding in wet environments.

Portability, weight, and dimensions

The scooter weighs 36.2 lbs / 16.4 kg, which makes it around 4 lbs / 2 kg heavier than the typical budget scooter.

When folded, the scooter’s dimensions are pretty standard, possibly a bit on the larger side:

All in all, the Hover-1 Alpha is not too difficult to carry, and it will fit in most of the typical places where you need it to fit (car trunks, under train seats, through station doors, under the office desk, etc). Still, it’s not exactly the most portable scooter out there.

Lights

The main LED headlight is average. It will do an ok job of lighting the road ahead of you at night, but if you do that frequently, you will probably need a stronger after-market light setup.

The rear mudguard hosts the brake light, which flashes in red whenever you use the brake.

The strongest lights of the scooter are the LED lights under the deck, which also light up the logo in the middle of the top of the deck. When turned off, it’s impossible for anyone to miss you in traffic, and that’s the safest way to ride at night.

Additionally, the scooter has 4 reflective stickers, two on each side of the wheels, which are a very thoughtful touch, as scooters that lack those may be considered not legally ready for traffic in some places.

Even though it has several separate lights, it is not recommended to ride this scooter at night. The scooter community is unanimous on this, Hover as a brand recommends the same, and I fully agree. It’s best to ride your scooter before dark, no matter how strong its lights are.

Parts, repairs, and maintenance

While spare parts are available through the Hover-1 store, the brand advises not to attempt any repairs yourself. The parts themselves are not expensive, and they should be free during the warranty period in case something goes wrong.

There have been a few reports of the screws and the bolts getting loose with this scooter over time, so it’s strongly recommended for your maintenance routine to include a detailed check of every screw, making sure it’s tightly screwed. Also, you will want to make sure that the brakes are functional and strong enough for your needs, and the tires are inflated and don’t leak any air.

You may use a bit of water for cleaning, but that should be limited to the soft and damp cloth you use to get rid of the dirt. Remember, the scooter doesn’t provide any guarantees for water contact, and spraying it with a hose or another strong jet should be out of the question.

Accessories and gear

There are almost no after-market accessories made specifically for the Hover-1 Alpha. If you wish to customize this scooter, you will have to look at some of the generic scooter accessories. Make sure to ask the merchants before buying whether the parts will fit the Hover-1 Alpha – the scooter has a fairly standard build and design for most of its parts, but it never hurts to double-check.

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Also, you should always wear a proper bicycle or scooter helmet while riding.

Locking and security

The Hover-1 Alpha doesn’t come with a way to lock it, and you will need a good lock if you plan on leaving it outside.

Since this is a relatively cheap scooter, the risk of it getting stolen shouldn’t be that great. The main problem with it is that it does look kind of shiny and polished, maybe luxurious even, so a thief might easily mistake it for a premium model, and that’s why you may want to get a somewhat stronger lock (see the guide on the best electric scooter locks for some excellent picks).

Speaker

If you’ve been following the scooter world closely, you may have noticed an emerging trend for some models to come with a bluetooth speaker built-in. The Hover-1 Alpha is one of those few models, and you can connect the speaker to your phone and play some tunes.

Unfortunately, the speaker is inside the deck, which is simply too far away from the rider’s ears, and the sound is mostly lost if you’re riding. To make matters worse, the speaker is not exactly of the best quality.

Overall, I don’t see the speaker as a win for this scooter. In fact, I don’t see it as a win in any scooter in general. You simply can’t listen to music or any other audio while riding through the open air.

Drawbacks and known issues

Since the Hover-1 Alpha is an ultra-budget scooter, it will obviously have some drawbacks and issues, ranging from minor annoyances to potential dealbreakers.

Probably the most important issue with this scooter, and in fact, any very cheap scooter, will be quality, or quality control in this instance. There have been a few reports of the product arriving with missing parts, or with unfinished assembly, and understandably, there have been several very frustrated customers due to this.

Now, Hover-1 has proven to be a pretty decent brand, and both the support and the engineering teams have been open to feedback and empathetic to customer complaints, so quality control issues are getting slowly weeded out over time.

Still, this is something you should know about if you’re thinking of buying this scooter – it is a very affordable model, but that can sometimes be reflected in the quality.

And remember, if you do decide to buy this scooter, make sure that your maintenance routine includes frequent inspections of all the screws.

Another big issue with this scooter has been the much-feared dead-on-arrival issue, or the scooter quitting after a few days of usage. Luckily, there have only been a handful of such issues reported. Also, this is covered by the warranty, and most owners get a replacement or a free repair, but it’s still something that’s very annoying when it happens.

The folding mechanism could probably use some improvements as well in terms of stability and sturdiness, as there have been a few reports of the latch being wobbly.

And finally, one issue that somewhat baffles me is the scooter’s weight. It’s not exactly small, and that would be fine if the scooter had a very long range, but the Hover-1 Alpha really doesn’t, and I’m not exactly sure where is all of that weight hidden. Some of it is in the motor, which is extra-beefy, but most of it is probably in the scooter’s frame. That contributes a lot to the scooter’s stability, but it doesn’t do any favors to lighter or smaller scooterists that need to carry their scooter often.

Price and value for money

The price of the Hover-1 Alpha can be subject to frequent change, and it probably depends on the current stock of the scooter as well. Also, different colors of the scooter may have slightly different at times.

Still, the scooter’s price rarely exceeds 450, and it’s often well under 400. Currently, it’s priced at 379, and that makes it simply insane value for money. I don’t think there’s a better choice for such an ultra-budget model available at this time.

Customer satisfaction and reviews

Even though the Hover-1 Alpha is not without issues, its owners generally love their purchase.

True, there have been a few unlucky buyers that have gotten a bad unit for one reason or another. To be fair, there have been just a few dozen of those, and this scooter has arguably sold several thousands of units, so the chances of a serious defect occurring aren’t that high really. That’s why most owners of this scooter are happy campers.

Who shouldn’t buy the Hover-1 Alpha?

There are several categories of scooterists that will not find the Hover-1 Alpha to be a good choice for them.

Obviously, this isn’t a power scooter, and if you need something that will perform better, you can take a look at some other scooters, like the best 30 mph scooters, the fastest scooters, and the scooters with the longest range.

Also, the scooter doesn’t have any IP rating, and while it can probably handle some rides in the rain according to several owners, you should still look at some waterproof electric scooters if you live somewhere with lots of rain or snow.

Who should buy the Hover-1 Alpha?

The Hover-1 Alpha can fit perfectly for some very interesting use cases.

It provides super-comfortable rides that are simply unrivaled in this price category. With tires this big and wide, it simply outclasses all of the other 8-inch almost-like-toy scooters out there.

With a large weight limit, and a very tall handlebar, this scooter is surprisingly good for larger and taller adults as well.

But overall, the Hover-1 Alpha is an excellent entry-level choice for beginners and first-time owners, and that’s the group of people that buys it the most.

It is simple to use, incredibly fun and comfortable, but probably most importantly, it’s very cheap. Like, very, very cheap. And at the same time, quality isn’t really sacrificed, and you still get a decent scooter for just a few hundred dollars, a scooter that can take you to and from work, a ride to the market or the grocery store, or simply a cool fun way to cruise around.

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Specifications

Hover-1 Alpha Specifications

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Please note: According to the Epilepsy Foundation, seizures in photosensitive people may be triggered by sunlight, especially when shimmering off water. This could occur for the first time in a water park; if so, cover one eye (either one) with one hand until the stimulus is over. Closing both eyes or turning eyes in another direction will not help. For more information, look here on the Epilepsy Foundation’s website.

Height Requirements

For the safety of our Guests, height and weight restrictions are strictly enforced on all applicable rides and attractions. Guests are carefully measured with shoes on at Holiday World and with shoes off at Splashin’ Safari. (Please note that the Guest’s feet, including the heels, must be flat on the ground when measured, and the top of the head – not hair – is measured. Footwear may not alter a Guest’s height by more than two inches to meet a height restriction.) A Height Measurement Station is located in each park (across from the Christmas Fountain in Holiday World and next to Watubee in Splashin’ Safari) if you’d like your child to wear a height wristband during the day. Click here to see a complete list of our Height and Weight Requirements.

HoliCash Gift Cards Wristbands

HoliCash swipe cards may be used toward tickets, food, and souvenirs at Holiday World Splashin’ Safari. Here is more information about HoliCash cards and wristbands. To purchase HoliCash Gift Cards online, please click here.

Lifeguards

Splashin’ Safari is staffed with lifeguards certified by Ellis Associates. Please note that we occasionally use a life-like mannequin in the water for ongoing lifeguard training and safety audits.

Life Jackets

Life jackets are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. “Infant” life jacket size accommodates Guests up to 30lbs., “Child” size accommodates Guests between 30lbs. and 50lbs., “Youth” size accommodates Guests between 50lbs. and 90lbs., and “Adult” size accommodates Guests over 90lbs. Adult life jackets accommodate a chest size between 30” and 52”. Life jackets are located at all three wave pools in Splashin’ Safari. You are also welcome to bring your own life jackets and/or puddle jumpers, provided they are U.S. Coast Guard approved. No other flotation devices are permitted.

Lockers

All-day lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis in Splashin’ Safari and near Holiday World’s front gate. We have keyless lockers in two sizes:

  • Regular (12″ x 13″ x 16.9″): 20 per day
  • Large (15″ x 22.3″ x 16.9″)
  • Regular Dates: 25 per day
  • Peak Dates: 27 per day

Peak Dates 2023: Saturdays June 3 – September 9 plus July 2-4 and September 3-4.

Instead of a key, you will receive up to four latex-free wristbands, which will scan to open your lockers throughout the day (just throw them out at the end of your visit – there’s no deposit). You’ll have access to your lockers in the Splashin’ Safari plaza throughout Holiday World’s hours of operation.

Lost Found

If you misplace an item during your visit, check at Lost Found (located at Holiday World Services and Splashin’ Safari Rentals) before leaving to fill out a Lost Found Report. We will contact you if your item is found. If you realize you left an item behind after your visit, please fill in our Lost and Found form to file a report. Before your visit, please plan ahead and leave irreplaceable items at home or label them with your contact information. During your visit, observe signage directing you to secure all loose items before riding. Be sure to contact us with Lost Found information within two weeks of your visit as items are relinquished on a regular basis. We do not save items such as socks and underwear, personal baby items (such as bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups), unmarked film canisters, unmarked disposable cameras, personal toiletry items, and hair accessories. Please note: Holiday World is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Nursing Mothers

Nursing moms are welcome to breastfeed in any public area throughout our parks. An air-conditioned Nursing Mothers’ Room is available, located next to our First Aid facilities (the red-roofed building in the entry plaza at Splashin’ Safari, also accessible from the Thanksgiving bridge), with glider/rockers, electrical outlets and free lockers for pumps, plus a fridge. There’s also a small room for nursing mothers in Santa’s Merry Marketplace.

(Free) Package Pick-Up

You want to shop, but you don’t want to carry around packages all day, right? Be sure to use our new Free Package Pick-Up! It’s available for purchases made prior to two hours before Holiday World’s closing time. Packages can be picked up at Holiday World Services a minimum of two hours after purchase up until park closing.

“Parent Swap” on Rides

Parents who wish to enjoy rides that their children aren’t ready to ride may use our Parent Swap option.

  • In most cases, both parents should wait in line with the child. One parent will ride while the other stays with the child (in the queue), then the two parents will “swap”; the parent who rode first will wait in the exit with the child while the other parent rides.
  • In some cases, the parents might have a stroller or a younger child who cannot wait in line. If this is the case, one parent should wait in line while the other waits with the child at the exit gate.
  • An additional child who is tall enough to ride may choose to ride with both parents if there is a seat available and safety standards are met, such as balance and passenger weight limits. Please note: Rides with a Single Riders Line (Liberty Launch, Wildebeest, and Mammoth) will not typically have a seat available for a child to ride twice (once with each parent) during a Parent Swap.

Pets Kennels

In 2023, Guests have the choice of an air-conditioned kennel or an outdoor kennel. The fee for the indoor, air-conditioned kennel is 25 per day; the fee is 15 for the outdoor kennel; there is a 10 charge per additional pet housed in the same kennel. Additionally:

  • With the exception of Service Animals, pets are not permitted in the parks.
  • Keep pets on leashes, in harnesses, or in carriers when on Holiday World property.
  • Proof of current rabies vaccination is required to board any pet in a kennel.
  • Space in both kennels is available on a first-come, first-served basis (sorry, we do not take reservations), during regular park hours only. Holidog Inn closes when Holiday World closes for the day.
  • The individual kennels vary in size; the largest measure 46″ long x 23″ wide x 36″ high.
  • Check-in is at Holiday World Services.
  • For safety reasons, Holiday World Staff will:
  • Check on pets throughout the day and make sure they have water;
  • Escort and supervise one adult owner per pet during boarding, visits, and removal;
  • Contact owners if pets need care or cleaning; and
  • Not remove pets from kennels unless there is an emergency.

Phone Find

Visiting with small children? If you’re carrying a cell phone during your visit, please pick up free Phone Find wristbands (at Wagon Rental, Holiday World’s Height Station next to the Holiday Theater, Holiday World Services, and Splashin’ Safari Rentals) for them to wear. Simply print your cell-phone number on the wristband and instruct your child to go to a uniformed park employee if he or she gets separated from you. We’ll call you and get you and your child reunited.

Photography in Park

  • Please respect other Guests’ privacy when taking photos or shooting video while in the park and do not include anyone but your own group/family. Video and photos for public use (such as news features and documentaries) must be arranged ahead of time through the park’s Communications office.
  • Cameras of any size or type are only permitted on the following five rides: Holidog Express, Doggone Trail, Star Spangled Carousel, Lewis Clark Trail, and Prancer’s Merry-Go-Round. For everyone’s safety, absolutely no cameras or cell phones are allowed on any of the other rides (not even when secured in a ). Cell phone use is not permitted on any ride.
  • Drones and other Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are not permitted on Holiday World Splashin’ Safari property.

Rain Storms

Holiday World Splashin’ Safari do not close in bad weather; the rides continue to operate in the rain. If lightning, high winds and/or other extreme weather issues occur in the immediate area, some or all of the rides in both parks will temporarily shut down and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. We encourage your family to wait out the storm and enjoy the rest of your day with us.

Worry-Free Weather Guarantee: During your visit, be sure to take a picture of your ticket or keep it with you. If storms force us to close our rides for a total of 90 minutes or longer, the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee is activated and you’ll be able to use your ticket to return another day this season. Just check online to see if the day you visited qualifies for the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee. If it does, bring your ticket (or a picture of it) back with you to Guest Relations on the day you’d like to visit.

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Please note: Major rides and attractions must be down for more than 90 minutes for the Guarantee to be activated. You don’t have to leave to get a return visit, so you might as well stick around the rest of the day and see if things can open back up!

Ride Closures

We try very hard to have every ride open every day, however, occasionally there are reasons a ride has to be closed for an entire day or longer, due to maintenance issues. If that is the case, we will post that information here and in our Admissions area. We apologize in advance and hope you’ll enjoy the many other rides we have to offer during your visit.

Rides closed on 6/17: The Raven, Cheetah Chase

6/14/2023 Update: Raging Rapids has officially retired. Click here to see our announcement.

Please note that our water attractions may close in chilly weather for the safety of our Guests and Team Members, and each attraction has a specific minimum operating temperature. We watch carefully and try to open attractions as temperatures warm up throughout the day. Return to Top

Rider Responsibility

Indiana Administrative Code Title 675 Section 31-2-4 requires the following: Patrons have a duty to not participate in or on any amusement ride, device or attraction when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Patrons have a duty to properly use all ride or device safety equipment provided.

In addition, Holiday World Splashin’ Safari require Guests to exercise good judgment and act in a responsible manner while riding. Any Guest who tampers with a safety device (such as a lap bar or seatbelt) or fails to follow safety instructions will be escorted from the park without refund.

Please note: Out of an abundance of caution, our Attractions staff may not operate a ride if a child cries or otherwise expresses a desire not to ride.

Rides at Closing

Please don’t wait until just before closing time to ride your favorite ride one last time. Our more popular rides may close early so that everyone already in line gets to ride before (or shortly after) the park closes. To prepare for Holidays in the Sky on nights the park closes at 9pm, the Thanksgiving Section will close at 8:30 pm.

Season Pass Summer Fun Card Processing

Bring your 2022 Season Pass, Platinum Season Pass, or Summer Fun Card voucher to the Holiday World Season Pass Photo Room to have your new Season Pass or Summer Fun Card printed anytime the park is open.

Smoke-Free

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari are smoke-free parks. Smoking (including electronic cigarettes and similar devices) is only permitted in specially designated Smoking Areas located throughout the parks. There is one Smoking Area in each of Holiday World’s four holiday-themed sections (the designated area in the Christmas section will close during Happy Halloween Weekends), plus two Smoking Areas (one by Bahari Wave Pool and the second just past the lockers) in Splashin’ Safari. At the Front Gate, smoking is not permitted in the tunnel connecting the parking lots, or past the entrance to the Bag Check area.

Strollers Wagons

In 2023, double strollers (18), and wagons (10) are available for all-day rental on a first-come, first-served basis (beginning at 9:30 am CDT on most days) at St. Nick’s Rentals, just inside the front gate. Wagons may also be rented at Splashin’ Safari Rentals. Wagons are for children only (maximum weight 75 pounds); absolutely no adults in wagons. (You’re welcome to bring your own standard-size stroller or wagon, as long as they are not self-propelled or self-steered.)

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Tickets: One Day, Next Day, 2 Day and 3 Day Flex

Our best ticket deals are available online. Want to visit two days in a row? Be sure to purchase your 2023 Next Day Tickets for 30 each at Guest Relations before leaving the park on your first day. Another option: purchase 2 Day and 3 Day Flex Tickets online.

Wheelchairs Scooters

In 2023, wheelchairs (15) and electric scooters (44.99) are available for all-day rental on a first-come, first-served basis (beginning at 9:30 am CDT on most days) at St. Nick’s Rentals, just inside the front gate. The maximum weight limit on the scooters is 400 pounds; only the renter may operate/ride. The renter must be at least 18 years old to operate an electric scooter. You’re welcome to bring your own wheelchair or scooter, as long as they are not altered to perform differently than intended by the manufacturer.

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  • Height Requirements
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  • Lifeguards
  • Life Jackets
  • Lockers
  • Lost Found
  • Nursing Mothers
  • (Free) Package Pick-Up
  • Parent Swap
  • Pets Kennels
  • Phone Find
  • Photography in Park
  • Rain Storms
  • Ride Closures
  • Rider Responsibility
  • Rides at Closing
  • (Early) Season Pass Summer Fun Card Processing
  • Smoke Free
  • Strollers Wagons
  • Tickets: One Day, Next Day, Two Day and Three Day Flex
  • Wheelchairs Scooters

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