A hard-hat tour for 14News

Loops and Turns

Deanna from 14News in Evansville is an early riser. She sort of has to be; it’s her job. We met up with VP James at 5am to check out what goes on here during the off-season. First in the Maintenance Shop … Our Turkey Whirl turkey sure looks happy to be on camera. Or maybe…

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Chillin’ with the Thunderbird

We just finished up two hours of “live shots” with Deanna from WFIE-TV and boy, is it cold out there today! After a look inside our Maintenance Shop and then the Paint Shop, the sun came up and we visited the Thunderbird construction site. Anyone who works outdoors for a living has my undying respect…

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A horse(shoe) of a different color

We’ve heard many comments about how fast Thunderbird construction is coming along. How fast? This fast: Watch us create Thunderbird’s “elevated horseshoe” in this timelapse #video. #holidayworld A video posted by Holiday World (@holidayworld) on Nov 11, 2014 at 2:13pm PST

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Painting a picture

Well here’s a different view of Thunderbird: These photos were taken by Tommy, our Paint Shop Manager. He and Joe were up in a 150′ manlift yesterday morning. Painting. That’s right. Here’s why: After Thunderbird track pieces are joined and bolted together, the next step is to smooth that area so that the transition from…

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A hard hat of a different color

Oops, just realized we hadn’t blogged about our latest episode of the Hard Hat Chronicles, and there’s already another one in the works. We get to hear from Matt, Lauren and Leah this time, in addition to James, as we watch the Immelmann (the highest point of the ride) topped. Lauren and Leah proudly display…

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What does 11 tons of steel look like?

So very glad you asked! It took a 200-ton crane to give Thunderbird Track Piece #27 the old heave-ho. Another day, another 11-ton piece of track added. #Thunderbird pic.twitter.com/1Lvn1l1Nz7 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) October 17, 2014

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Feeling a little loopy?

So are we! We topped Thunderbird‘s vertical loop this morning. And a certain someone is quite pleased. Ms. Pumpkin is quite pleased with Thunderbird's progress. And color. #OrangeIsTheNewTrack pic.twitter.com/1CbuwEWhfA — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) October 17, 2014

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The woods are ablaze with fall colors

Such a pretty time of the year! The trees are brilliant with red, yellow, gold and … Yes, there’s a pop of orange out in the woods by The Voyage this year. Where exactly? Thunderbird will cross Voyage once right here: As you can see, it’s between the second and third hills on Voyage. Of…

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Weather permitted

From before the sun was up this morning, we were all grabbing our phones to check the weather apps. I even bugged our morning weathermen: Will we top Thunderbird this morning? Maybe @RonanRhodes or @Byron14News know. #INwx pic.twitter.com/lzuQeF8490 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) October 7, 2014 But the #WeatherPermitting phrase continued to haunt us. Reporters called…

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A Tuesday Topping for Thunderbird

Been using this hashtag a lot today: #WeatherPermitting That said, we’re excited about what tomorrow may bring: After tomorrow, our skyline changes forever. #WeatherPermitting pic.twitter.com/JAQH8yytpu — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) October 6, 2014 We won’t know for sure until tomorrow morning, but a big ol’ piece of track (weighing nearly nine tons) is expected to “top…

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Orange you glad we take lots of photos?

Because, you know, just about everybody is wanting to see the latest construction pics of Thunderbird. I half expected that a coaster enthusiast (you know who you are!) might have strapped a video cam on Dasher there and sent him in for a DashCam exclusive. Yes, Thunderbird’s track is heading skyward! We had some fun…

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