Thrill Factor: Men vs. Women

Just found another out-takes video from our episode of Travel Channel’s new show, Thrill Factor. Former MythBusters Tory and Kari visited us two months ago, determined to discover – scientifically, of course – which gender is able to best “handle” Thunderbird‘s thrill factor. We assembled a team of Lab Rats for each host and the…

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Rock this Way

It’s almost time to Rock the World! Our headliners: Newsboys, Crowder, Sidewalk Prophets, and Love & the Outcome, will be heading to Santa Claus, Indiana, very soon. But before we get to the big event, Leah (our chief rocker) and the rest of us wanted to pass along a few pointers to make your day,…

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Reruns? We’ve got reruns!

You didn’t miss last night’s Thrill Factor premiere, did you? (Or maybe you just want to watch it again?) We’re getting a lot of requests for a list of when “our” episode will hit the re-run circuit. While we look it up for you, here’s a fun snippet to watch: Here we go: Thrill Factor…

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These ‘lab rats’ rode for Will

We have always been a huge MythBusters family. Growing up, we knew all of the hosts by name, and at times talked about them like they were old friends. Once William, my younger brother, got a season on DVD, we watched it 24/7. Dad was definitely okay with this. He loved watching MythBusters, too. Dad…

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The power of family

Leah joked on Facebook that she would have thought if she ever made it on the cover of a magazine, her curly mane would somehow look a bit more tame than it does on the cover of this month’s Funworld magazine. … and that’s exactly the style of self-deprecating humor that Leah and her sister,…

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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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