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Thunderbird is the first launched wing coaster in the United States and Holiday World's first major steel roller coaster. Thunderbird begins with a zero to 60 mile-per-hour launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions – including a 14-story Immelmann loop, Zero-G roll, barrel roll, and 125-foot loop. The roller coaster is constructed in a thickly wooded and hilly area so it uses to the terrain to enhance the ride experience. Thunderbird begins by soaring and looping high in the air and then hugs the ground, surprising riders with rapid-fire "near misses" such as keyholes, themed elements, trees, the ground and interactions with the park's other rides.

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
2015 Steel Wing Coaster, Terrain Bolliger & Mabillard

Roller Coaster Stats

  • Height: 140 feet
  • Inversions: 4
  • Launch: LSM
  • Length: 3,035 feet
  • Trains: 2 - 20 passenger
  • Ride Time: 1 minute, 18 seconds
  • Top Speed: 60 mph

Thunderbird Facts & History

Inversions: 140-foot Immelmann, Zero-G Roll, Barrel Roll, 125-foot Vertical Loop

Launch: zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds

Features: S-curve, 2 Headchopper Keyholes, 2 Crossovers with The Voyage

Opening date: April 25, 2015

Estimated cost: $22 million

Train has five cars with one row each, seating four abreast per row.

Ride capacity: 1,140 passengers per hour

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 52 inches tall

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