Cliff notes

You just never know what our divers are up to on their days off … Congratulations to Cesilie from our Dive team – she took First Place at a Red Bull Cliff Diving Women’s World Series event in Portugal over the weekend! (She’s in the center of this photo from the event’s Facebook page.) Here’s…

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Holidog’s diamond

… no, we’re not talking about jewels. Holidog visited a baseball diamond this week to throw out the first pitch at a Dubois County Bombers game. Would that make this (brace yourself) … a diamond in the ruff? A video posted by Holiday World (@holidayworld) on Jul 15, 2015 at 5:32pm PDT

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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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Vote early, vote often

It’s that time again. The primaries are over and the Fall elections are still months away. And during the lull, when the skies are blue and the temperatures are toasty, USA Today launches its “Readers’ Choice” campaign. We’re thrilled to be nominated in two categories: Best New Amusement Park Attraction: Thunderbird Best Roller Coaster: The…

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The Letterman racket

Letterman ticket

It’s time to climb into our way-back machine. Ready? It’s August 6, 1995. Twenty years ago. Two decades. A score. Hot as blazes here in Santa Claus. The Raven is new and it’s a hit. And it’s a Sunday afternoon. Will passes along a call from two very excited local teachers. They’ve got tickets to…

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As seen on TV

Thunderbird Flying High

If you don’t live within about a three-hour radius of Santa Claus, Indiana, chances are you’ve never seen our television commercials. So here is our newest, fresh out of the edit suite and airing beginning today: Thanks to all of our extras who rode Thunderbird over and over … wait – maybe they should be…

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Enter our Thunderbird Sweepstakes!

Santa Approved!

Thanks to all who entered our Thunderbird Sweepstakes! Here are our winners of two one-day tickets: Carrie B., Hanover, Indiana Joy H., Solsberry, Indiana Jennifer M., Lawrenceville, Illinois ——— Is Memorial Day Weekend really just a week away? This month is flying by! And speaking of “flying by,” so is Thunderbird – have you watched…

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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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Spot-on fun

Thunderbird commercial shoot

It wasn’t just those beautiful Thunderbird trains flying around the skies of Thanksgiving this week. That’s right. One of those new-fangled drones was hovering, equipped with a camera (plus two licensed/certified flyers). Because it’s commercial-shooting time around here! Thunderbird was in fine form and Mother Nature cooperated most of the time. And the riders had…

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A long wait for David DeLong

David DeLong has waited – impatiently – for Thunderbird’s first launch since last July. We first met David almost exactly nine months ago. He was the “new guy” at WFIE-TV and was excited to cover our big “what’s new for 2015″ announcement. Over the months, David checked up on Thunderbird construction nearly every week. Together…

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Thunderbird flips Joe Bird

I was so tickled to hear Joe Bird was coming up to cover our Thunderbird Media Preview on Thursday. After all, he’s not only a reporter whose name is Bird, he’s a meteorologist. And Thunderbird is all about the weather, and who really controls it. I just knew Joe would dig Thunderbird in a very…

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The long-awaited Thunderbird POV

For the uninitiated, let us explain: POV = Point of View POV footage at a theme park customarily shows the viewer what the rider sees while riding. A birds-eye view, if you will. But in this day and age of selfies, we just had to take a Reverse POV of our adventuresome test dummies riding…

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