Anatomy of a thrill

Tory & Kari - Thrill Factor

It starts when you get the okay from the network to talk about the unnamed new show: We can finally tell you! @TravelChannel's new show w/ @KariByron & @ToryBelleci is named "Thrill Factor." Watch 8/12! pic.twitter.com/yTIdJx4ufY — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) July 30, 2015 Next, add a re-tweet from the show host whose hair sports a…

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Geek now, or forever hold your peace

VP James and Kari

Okay, so we can officially let the cat out of the bag now. Travel Channel was here today. But that wasn’t the secret. What we couldn’t talk about ahead of time was what this new show is about. Well, we still have to keep quiet about that. Sorry. But we can tell you who the…

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The Ladies who Launch

Exactly 11 months ago tonight – Christmas Eve in July 2014 – we were bursting with excitement. Our 66 Days at Sea were finally over and it was time to reveal all. Our new … project … for 2015. Code name: BT-15. Thunderbird! Fast-forward to now and Thunderbird is flying high. Lauren and Leah made…

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The typo heard round the World

Leah on a unicycle

Well, that’s embarrassing. As someone who types every last letter of every single word – even when texting, a slip of the index finger can lead to a stunning repercussion. As Sophia from The Golden Girls would say, “Picture it: White House, Tennessee; 2015 …” Our Entertainment staff is off-site this weekend, deep into rehearsals…

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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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How many degrees?

Rayvon Owen

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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A family tradition

Lori and Leah Koch on Thunderbird

Paula’s note: It was pure delight watching the Kochs ride Thunderbird for the very first time. Our owners – Lori, Lauren, Leah and William – were beside themselves as they scrambled to switch seats and ride again. Later that evening, I texted them to ask for a volunteer to continue Will’s tradition of blogging after…

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Thunderbird: All it takes is Will Power

Leah, Lauren and the Will Power sign

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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Roller coaster countdown

Snowy Track

Everybody loves a good countdown, right? And when you’re building a launched roller coaster, it’s even more appropriate. Confession time: Back in the summer, toward the end of our 66 Days at Sea teaser campaign leading up to our big Thunderbird announcement, I slapped this title on one of Leah’s blog posts without running it…

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Before we launch into 2015 …

It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Here are just a few of our favorite moments from 2014: Happy New Year from all of us here at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari!

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66 Hours to See

If you are one of the rabid fans who counted down the days with us before we announced Thunderbird in late July, you’ll either laugh – or more likely grit your teeth – when you read the subject line of this post. We. Just. Can’t. Help. Ourselves. In last week’s edition of the Hard Hat…

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“He roller coaster, he got early warning”

Last Piece of Track

As a rule, I don’t do mushy. Especially not in front of others. And especially not while blogging. It’s like I always say, “Friends don’t let friends blog and get sentimental.” Okay, I’m kidding. I think we all know I’ve had a few sappy blog posts. So, what’s one more mushy story? Let me set…

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