What does 11 tons of steel look like?

So very glad you asked! It took a 200-ton crane to give Thunderbird Track Piece #27 the old heave-ho. Another day, another 11-ton piece of track added. #Thunderbird pic.twitter.com/1Lvn1l1Nz7 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) October 17, 2014

Feeling a little loopy?

So are we! We topped Thunderbird‘s vertical loop this morning. And a certain someone is quite pleased. Ms. Pumpkin is quite pleased with Thunderbird's progress. And color. #OrangeIsTheNewTrack pic.twitter.com/1CbuwEWhfA — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) October 17, 2014

The woods are ablaze with fall colors

Such a pretty time of the year! The trees are brilliant with red, yellow, gold and … Yes, there’s a pop of orange out in the woods by The Voyage this year. Where exactly? Thunderbird will cross Voyage once right here: As you can see, it’s between the second and third hills on Voyage. Of course what goes up must come down. Likewise, what crosses over must cross back. We’ll be sure to show you that, too, when it happens. Meanwhile, we’re feeling a little loopy after all the rain this week, but it looks like our Thunderbird crews will…

The ultimate #TransformationTuesday

Loading Thunderbird's Immelmann loop is now complete! #transformationtuesday #thunderbird #HW2015 View on Instagram

Weather permitted

From before the sun was up this morning, we were all grabbing our phones to check the weather apps. I even bugged our morning weathermen: Will we top Thunderbird this morning? Maybe @RonanRhodes or @Byron14News know. #INwx pic.twitter.com/lzuQeF8490 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) October 7, 2014 But the #WeatherPermitting phrase continued to haunt us. Reporters called one after another: Are you still planning to do this? SureWhyNot? Wicked hailstorm just moments away (THANKS, Thunderbird). Then we'll top the nation's first launched wing coaster. #WeatherPermitting — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) October 7, 2014 I dashed between the raindrops to capture this photo. Then…

A Tuesday Topping for Thunderbird

Been using this hashtag a lot today: #WeatherPermitting That said, we’re excited about what tomorrow may bring: After tomorrow, our skyline changes forever. #WeatherPermitting pic.twitter.com/JAQH8yytpu — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) October 6, 2014 We won’t know for sure until tomorrow morning, but a big ol’ piece of track (weighing nearly nine tons) is expected to “top off” Thunderbird’s highest point. Watch live tomorrow at 10am to see our new coaster's "topping": http://t.co/2Tdc7rcfGM #WeatherPermitting pic.twitter.com/bRvidqsAHH — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) October 6, 2014 If you can’t watch live on our ThunderbirdCam, please check back here and on our social media later in the…

Orange you glad we take lots of photos?

Because, you know, just about everybody is wanting to see the latest construction pics of Thunderbird. I half expected that a coaster enthusiast (you know who you are!) might have strapped a video cam on Dasher there and sent him in for a DashCam exclusive. Yes, Thunderbird’s track is heading skyward! We had some fun recently with this trompe l’oeil on Twitter: Sort of looks like our Straw Bale Lady has a cowlick … #OrangeIsTheNewTrack pic.twitter.com/FrchesJBF8 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 26, 2014   And today we posted a brief construction video on our Facebook page: Post by Holiday World…

Are my eyes playing tricks?

… or does our fancy Straw Bale Lady have a cowlick? Sort of looks like our Straw Bale Lady has a cowlick … #OrangeIsTheNewTrack pic.twitter.com/FrchesJBF8 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) September 26, 2014

Into the woods with Thunderbird

So how is Thunderbird construction coming along? We’re ready to go vertical! Let’s take a closer look. In this episode of the Hard Hat Chronicles, James takes us into the woods and explains one big commonality Thunderbird will have with its Holiday World siblings. Do you have any questions for James to consider answering in an upcoming episodes? Please post them here and maybe he’ll give you a shout-out in the coming weeks and months.

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