Thunderbird's Immelmann loop

Thunderbird fever

Seriously. A few of our invited guests for Thursday’s Thunderbird Media Preview have mentioned calling in to work this week, sick with the Thunderbird Flu. My version of this mysterious illness? Sleeplessness (note the time of this post) and an inability to type the word Thursday at the first try. Somehow, it always comes out…

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Thunderbird at night

A job well done

How’s this for a great recruitment tool? Don't you wish you worked here? #EmployeeNight #Thunderbird pic.twitter.com/lMeHGPcwWr — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) April 18, 2015 That right – six hours of Thunderbird rides this afternoon and evening. In fact, the fun is still going on! If this looks like your kind of place to work (full-time or…

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Because at heart we’re all 8 years old

Up in the Thunderbird station a few minutes ago, Leah nudged me and pointed: "Clean-up on Wing 4!" pic.twitter.com/ilqMz2b8ZZ — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) April 8, 2015 Sometimes you just have to go for it. The low-hanging fruit, that is …

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Rayvon Owen

How many degrees?

Okay, so we’re not talking about Thunderbird’s barrel roll or the three sections of 90-degree track on Voyage. This time we’re talking about degrees of separation. You know, like the movie. The “six degrees of separation” theory goes something like this: everyone is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other…

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Leah, Lauren and the Will Power sign

Thunderbird: All it takes is Will Power

When we announced Thunderbird nearly nine months ago (I’ll refrain from any “giving birth” jokes, for now anyway), it was the start of an incredible journey. At the same time, it was the last high-banked turn in a much longer journey – the realization of a decade-long dream to add a remarkable steel roller coaster…

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Thunderbird's Wingtips

I know. I want to see pictures, too.

Jordan is one of our Security officers. He makes the rounds in the evening, so we often take time for a brief chat. It makes me happy to see Jordan. My maternal grandfather was a policeman in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a “cop on the beat” until he retired. He was offered other positions…

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Thunderbird Logo Installation

Thunderbird’s other sound

We posted this video snip a week ago, to share we had both trains on Thunderbird’s track (an important step in the testing process) and to point out the haunting cry of the Thunderbird. What we didn’t explain was the “chch” sound as each train processes through the loading station. Here’s the answer, from VP…

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Holiday World logo

Our Values: So much more than free soft drinks

When choosing a place to spend precious time with family and friends, many trip planners pay special attention to value. Because we’re all on a budget, right? We receive a lot of kudos each year for offering free soft drinks, free parking, and more. Values, though, go much deeper than just the pocketbook. About a…

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