One of the most common questions we receive when we add a new roller coaster is, “How tall do you have to be to ride?”
And then a few also ask, “How tall is too tall?”
He’s on the high end of the measuring stick.
Andy is one of our four Attractions Managers. He was sweating it for a while when we announced Thunderbird.
… because he loves roller coasters and could hardly imagine coming to work every day without being able to ride our new steel coaster.
Thunderbird is a wing coaster, meaning your feet are dangling. Sometimes straight down and sometimes straight up.
And oftentimes in between.
Oh, and there are all sorts of “near misses” along Thunderbird’s flight route. You know, like the tunnels on The Voyage? Where you know that there’s plenty of room, but still instinctively duck your head as you careen toward it?
You already know about Crow’s Nest. And Thunderbird’s dance with Voyage.
There’s also this.
In roller coaster terminology, it’s called a “keyhole building.”
And it’s under construction as we speak.
We’re an efficient bunch, so we use it twice. Thunderbird will “crash” through this barn a-comin’ and a-goin’.
It will be awesome.
Where is it located? Right across from one of Voyage’s tunnels.
Stephen said it felt like Voyage was photobombing Thunderbird today.
Here’s another view:
Meanwhile, how is beanpole Andy doing? Will he get to ride? (And will he forgive me for that beanpole crack?)
Yes! As long as he doesn’t grow any more – and rides Thunderbird without shoes – he should be good to go. All 6’6″ of him.
Here’s our entire Out To Launch Bunch, Attractions Managers Andy, Jennifer, Lori and Alex. Just hangin’ around, ready to ride …
It doesn't matter how long our Attractions Managers sit there, Thunderbird isn't quite ready for riders yet! pic.twitter.com/kzznZK2uQS
— Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) January 19, 2015
Back to that earlier question about minimum height to ride Thunderbird roller coaster? Riders must be at least 52″ tall, which translates into 4’4″.
We’re at T-minus-96 in our daily countdown. And the excitement is mounting!