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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Are my eyes playing tricks?

… or does our fancy Straw Bale Lady have a cowlick? Sort of looks like our Straw Bale Lady has a cowlick … #OrangeIsTheNewTrack pic.twitter.com/FrchesJBF8 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 26, 2014

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Into the woods with Thunderbird

So how is Thunderbird construction coming along? We’re ready to go vertical! Let’s take a closer look. In this episode of the Hard Hat Chronicles, James takes us into the woods and explains one big commonality Thunderbird will have with its Holiday World siblings. Do you have any questions for James to consider answering in…

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A bird’s eye view

The downside of visiting the Thunderbird construction site on a Sunday, there’s just isn’t much going on … The upside, of course, is you can take a photo like this: Above? Well that’s Thunderbird’s brake run. Here’s another view: It’s amazing to see so many pieces of bright orange track scattered around the staging area,…

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