Now open: Thunderbird, the nation’s first launched wing coaster!

What? No lift hill? That’s right! Thunderbird will launch riders from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. Then multiple loops, rolls, twists and turns begin: including a 14-story Immelmann loop, Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and the tallest vertical loop on any wing coaster!

Continuing Holiday World’s tradition of sending roller coasters through thickly wooded and hilly terrain, Thunderbird steel roller coaster at first soars and loops high in the air and then hugs the ground, surprising riders with rapid-fire “near misses” such as keyholes, themed elements, other rides, trees, and even <gulp!> the ground.

Fly over to our HoliBlog for Thunderbird videos and stories and be sure to visit the HoliShop for great Thunderbird souvenirs!

Tips For Your Visit

  • Love the thrill of a “near miss”? Be sure to ride on Thunderbird’s left wing – the outside seat.
  • Wait times tend to be longer for the front seats.
  • Prefer a roomier seat? Each train’s middle row of seats is designed with extra room in the hip and chest areas (and are safe for smaller individuals to use, too).
  • Before you get in line, you’re welcome to try out Thunderbird’s test seat.
  • Be sure to take off flip-flops or other footwear that doesn’t fit snuggly before boarding the ride.
  • Don’t forget to leave any loose items you wish to keep, including those in your pockets – especially cell phones and keys – in the designated area of the station so they aren’t lost in flight.
  • Don’t forget to check your photo!
  • Want more? There are lot more stories, videos and photos about Thunderbird here on our HoliBlog.