July 24, 2014
Thunderbird, the park's first major steel roller coaster, will feature a zero-to-60 mph launch in just 3.5 seconds. The 3,035 foot long coaster will feature multiple inversions, including a 14-story Immelmann loop, zero-G roll, barrel roll, and a vertical loop that soars 125-feet in the air.
Located in the park's Thanksgiving section, Thunderbird will be built in thickly wooded, hilly terrain, continuing the tradition the park started with the Raven roller coaster. The terrain and wooded areas will be used to enhance the rider's experience.
Thunderbird will at first soar and loop high in the air and then hug the ground, surprising riders with rapid-fire "near misses" such as keyholes, themed elements, interactions with other rides, trees and even the ground.
Built in Holiday World's thickly wooded hills Thunderbird will use the landscape and terrain to enhance the rider experience. Above riders will pass themed elements and exciting near miss features like a keyhole.
"A wing coaster creates a feeling of incredible freedom — you ride beside the coaster track with nothing above or below you," says Holiday World's president, Matt Eckert. "Thunderbird is the first launched wing coaster in the nation — we can't wait to ride it!"
Eckert calls Thunderbird's manufacturer, Bolliger & Mabillard, the "Cadillac of roller coasters, known for their safety, quality and reliability. We've dreamed of adding a B&M steel coaster for many years and are excited that Thunderbird will be B&M's first launched coaster."
Holiday World is spending more than twice the amount of any other single-ride investment in the park's 68-year history. Thunderbird amounts to a $22-million investment in the theme park.
Construction is already underway and may be viewed live on Holiday World's Construction Cam. The roller coaster will open to the public next spring.
Thunderbird artwork courtesy of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.
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