A hard-hat tour for 14News

Loops and Turns

Deanna from 14News in Evansville is an early riser. She sort of has to be; it’s her job. We met up with VP James at 5am to check out what goes on here during the off-season. First in the Maintenance Shop … Our Turkey Whirl turkey sure looks happy to be on camera. Or maybe just to be inside and warm. (We had snow flurries last night. Already!) Next we stopped by our Paint Shop … How’s this for a unique setting? Deanna is swimming with the seahorses: At long last, the sun came up and we headed down the…

Chillin’ with the Thunderbird

We just finished up two hours of “live shots” with Deanna from WFIE-TV and boy, is it cold out there today! After a look inside our Maintenance Shop and then the Paint Shop, the sun came up and we visited the Thunderbird construction site. Anyone who works outdoors for a living has my undying respect and admiration. This gentleman is cutting rebar for the Thunderbird Pepsi Oasis building. God bless construction workers everywhere. Stay safe and stay warm. pic.twitter.com/zSnVBhx2aO — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) November 14, 2014 As my fingers slowly thaw and that cup of coffee does its magic (sorry…

A horse(shoe) of a different color

We’ve heard many comments about how fast Thunderbird construction is coming along. How fast? This fast: Watch us create Thunderbird’s “elevated horseshoe” in this timelapse #video. #holidayworld A video posted by Holiday World (@holidayworld) on Nov 11, 2014 at 2:13pm PST

Painting a picture

Well here’s a different view of Thunderbird: These photos were taken by Tommy, our Paint Shop Manager. He and Joe were up in a 150′ manlift yesterday morning. Painting. That’s right. Here’s why: After Thunderbird track pieces are joined and bolted together, the next step is to smooth that area so that the transition from one track piece to the next won’t be felt by riders. Once the steel is nice and smooth it’s time for a paint touch-up; and that’s where Tommy and Joe enter the picture. They painted Thunderbird’s highest spot yesterday – at the top of the…

The long and short of it

We’ve received a number of emails from VTPs. That would be Very Tall People. These VTPs really want to ride Thunderbird and are wondering about height limits. Oh, and we’re hearing from the other end of the scale, too: How tall does my child have to be to ride Thunderbird? Before we reveal those numbers, here’s a look of the two managers who will supervise our Thunderbird crew. Meet our Theme Park Attractions Managers: My goodness, Andy is quite tall, is he not? Or is Lori quite untall? Well, both will be able to ride Thunderbird in the spring. As…

Hey! Is that our track?

Heading back to Santa Claus on I-64 this afternoon following a visit with our web designers, we saw a flash of orange up ahead. “Hey! Is that our track?” Well, yes of course it had to be. It was orange. And it’s become impossible for us to look at the color orange and not think of Thunderbird. Because #OrangeIsTheNewTrack We passed the truck before I could take any photos, so we slowed down enough to grab a few. Texted one to James and quickly heard back that, no, that didn’t look like our track. Or track at all, for that…

A hard hat of a different color

Oops, just realized we hadn’t blogged about our latest episode of the Hard Hat Chronicles, and there’s already another one in the works. We get to hear from Matt, Lauren and Leah this time, in addition to James, as we watch the Immelmann (the highest point of the ride) topped. Lauren and Leah proudly display their “girl power” with their pink hard hats. Who said construction can’t be stylish? (Just don’t look at their shoes – it was quite muddy after Thunderbird unleashed his power and stormed on us that morning.) Do you have any questions you’d like answered in…

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…