What’s that? Flying through the trees …

It’s Thunderbird, of course! Thunderbird track count: 5 up and 72 to go. #HW2015 pic.twitter.com/RuzR5BsjVn — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 8, 2014

The Secret: How we kept it

It’s been a little more than a month since our announcement for 2015, and I’m still in shock that we managed to keep this massive project under wraps. And I’m even more in shock that our fans just loved that we kept the secret. Frankly, we were all braced for people to discover it two days out. We decided if that happened, it would be okay. After all, we still had an awesome teaser video to reveal. Two days out, though, a message popped up in Paula’s Facebook inbox: Someone had found our trademark application. He admitted it took him…

A bird’s eye view

The downside of visiting the Thunderbird construction site on a Sunday, there’s just isn’t much going on … The upside, of course, is you can take a photo like this: Above? Well that’s Thunderbird’s brake run. Here’s another view: It’s amazing to see so many pieces of bright orange track scattered around the staging area, knowing that in just a few months there will be loops and dives and crossovers galore. For now, though, we have a field of corn separating much of the steel track and supports from the construction site. The track that’s being put in place right…

Steelhenge

VP James managed to find the construction site amidst this morning's heavy fog. #HW2015 #Thunderbird #tristatewx pic.twitter.com/d7gS1PUXvi — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) August 21, 2014

Orange is the New Track

On July 24, while our Thunderbird announcement was still underway, there it was on Twitter: Orange is the New Track. I’d gladly give credit to the clever person who tweeted that witty phrase within seconds of seeing our Thunderbird animation, but alas, Twitter won’t give me access that far back in our “notification” history. (We have been tweeted-at a lot lately!) Whoever you are – bravo! Because suddenly, we all love orange. Matt, of course, he’s always been an orange fan. In fact, he insists it’s his favorite color. Orange is the new Matt? No, no, no … sorry. If…

Aw shucks, that track is pretty!

That's right, nothing but cornfields around here … #HW2015 #OrangeIsTheNewTrack #Thunderbird pic.twitter.com/1Bz1qyjFd2 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) August 5, 2014

Countdown to launch

This tweet was from last night, so now we’re at T-8months:27days! 8 months and 28 days. #HW2015 #Thunderbird http://t.co/psuknKZkwc pic.twitter.com/blrJMYuw1m — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) July 29, 2014

Timing is everything

In case you were wondering … This is why we announced Thunderbird last week. Sort of hard to hide 29 truckloads of track and supports! #HW2015 pic.twitter.com/MJ8RrINp1w — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) July 28, 2014

The Legend of the Thunderbird

After the most amazing new-ride announcement we could have asked for, some people are a bit confused. They like the fact that we’re getting a steel coaster, but they don’t get how Thunderbird belongs in Holiday World. Especially in our Thanksgiving section. The Voyage is easily the best name. It’s simple. It tells a story in a word. But that name was already taken. So we had to start getting creative. Really creative. When I first heard the name Thunderbird, like some others, I cringed a bit. I didn’t see the fit. But I started researching. And researching. And it…

A truck full of goodies

The word “goodies” in relation to a truck full of construction materials may not be the fit for everyone, but it sure is appropriate when you’re building something exciting. James, as VP, gets the keys to the castle, er … Really Big Truck. And what is in the Really Big Truck, you ask? Ah, none of that! We’ll tell you on Thursday. It’s almost here. Really. Of course, once James got the truck open, he just had to venture inside … No keys this time … just brute strength. Truth be told, this photo is nearly two months old. We…