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Thunderhead wooden coaster designed by Great Coasters International cost $7 million to build and uses 700,000 board feet of Southern yellow pine. Thunderhead's two trains travel 3,230 feet of twisted wood track, reaching speeds of 55 mph during the two and half minute trip. Thrills to be found include the 100-foot first drop into a speed S-curve and the world's first "fly-through" station that sends the coaster's trains roaring above the heads of the passengers waiting on the loading platform.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
2004 Wood Twister Great Coasters International, Mike Boodley
  • Drop
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Ride Time
    2 minutes, 30 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Number Of Trains
    2 - 24 passenger
  • Train Designer
    Great Coasters

Thunderhead Facts & History

Features "Fly-Through" station midway through the circuit where the train passes through the station, 8-feet above the exit ramp at 40 mph.

Estimated cost: $7 million

Train has twelve cars with one row each, seating two abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

Where to Coast

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