Thunderbird’s other sound

Thunderbird Logo Installation

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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The cry of the Thunderbird

Thunderbird Testing - Flying High

Oh, that sound … Thunderbird's two trains had a launch date today. Don't miss the screech. I can't get enough of that sound … pic.twitter.com/SFOJRHpCPV — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) March 21, 2015 Are you excited to ride Thunderbird? Please vote for America’s First Launched Wing Roller Coaster in this poll on the ThemeParkInsider website. Two…

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A look around for Louisville

Courtney from WDRB-TV

On Wednesday, we hosted a news crew from WDRB-TV in Louisville. You may notice I cropped the photo so that you can’t see how muddy Courtney’s shoes were. Between the rain and the melting snow and ice this week, it was a challenge to meander our way from Thunderbird’s maintenance building to our new roller…

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A sneak peek

Rayvon Owen

If you follow the HoliBlog, you already know we’re busting with pride over Rayvon Owen, who was in our shows back in 2011. He auditioned for American Idol and got his Golden Ticket. Each week our friend takes another step toward his dream. This performance hasn’t aired just yet, but since American Idol posted this…

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Made in Germany

No, we’re not referring to the Koch family, although they certainly carry a strong heritage from their Germanic ancestors. We’re talking about something called a flywheel. Two, actually. VP James explains in this edition of The Hard Hat Chronicles: Thunderbird, our new steel roller coaster – the first launched wing coaster on the continent –…

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A Minecraft look at Holiday World

… and Splashin’ Safari. And even our Santa statue: At first, I really felt badly that I’d missed the “hey, take a look!” tweet from the creator of this impressive Minecraft rendition of our parks: … by several months. But when I noticed the date of the tweet and saw it was posted the day…

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Season Passes: 6 Perks You Might Not Know About

We’re fast approaching the last day of our current discount for Season Passes (midnight January 15). Still on the fence? Here are six perks you just might not know about: 1. We’re not going to save this one for last, because it’s the one we’re most excited about: Thunderbird Preview Night on Friday, April 24,…

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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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Hard Hat Chronicles XII

Crow's Nest

When we started the Hard Hat Chronicles video series early this year, it was to start revving up for Thunderbird construction updates. Only we couldn’t tell you that back then. Here we are at the end of the year as we bring you another episode – number 12, actually – as we throw another curve…

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We’re building more than a coaster …

… we’re also building an incredible team for 2015! As corny as that may sound, check out our TripAdvisor.com reviews and it won’t take long to see how important our employees (we call them Hosts & Hostesses) are to our Guests’ experience. So often, Moms and Dads post about how impressed they are with how…

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All I want for Christmas is my two front seats!

Thunderbird Train

The first train for Thunderbird is now here! Car by car, they were lifted into Thunderbird’s Maintenance Building. At four seats per car, this train is huge! And yes, Thunderbird’s trains include what coaster enthusiasts refer to as “big boy” seats. So if you’re built a little like Santa, you’ll be happy to know the…

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A cup of Christmas cheer

Hint: Don’t miss the coffee mug at the beginning. Who says IT types don’t have a sense of humor?! (Thanks, Steven!) Post by Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

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