Roller coaster countdown

Everybody loves a good countdown, right? And when you’re building a launched roller coaster, it’s even more appropriate. Confession time: Back in the summer, toward the end of our 66 Days at Sea teaser campaign leading up to our big Thunderbird announcement, I slapped this title on one of Leah’s blog posts without running it…

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Barn-again coaster

If you’ve watched our Thunderbird animation, you already know that our new roller coaster doesn’t exactly sputter to a lackluster ending. Not hardly. In fact, we save not one – but two – of the most amazing “near misses” for the end of the ride. We call this our Fly-Through Barn. Here’s a slightly more…

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Hard Hat Chronicles XII

When we started the Hard Hat Chronicles video series early this year, it was to start revving up for Thunderbird construction updates. Only we couldn’t tell you that back then. Here we are at the end of the year as we bring you another episode – number 12, actually – as we throw another curve…

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All I want for Christmas is my two front seats!

The first train for Thunderbird is now here! Car by car, they were lifted into Thunderbird’s Maintenance Building. At four seats per car, this train is huge! And yes, Thunderbird’s trains include what coaster enthusiasts refer to as “big boy” seats. So if you’re built a little like Santa, you’ll be happy to know the…

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Crow’s Nest: A bird’s-eye view

Thunderbird and Crow's Nest | Holiday World

Well, you figured it out, didn’t you? We moved Sparkler this week from 4th of July to Thanksgiving and re-named it Crow’s Nest. Before we move any further with this, we’re not talking about a physical nest where Mama Crow lays her eggs. No. We’re speaking in nautical terms. See that bucket-looking gold-rimmed brown cone…

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“He roller coaster, he got early warning”

As a rule, I don’t do mushy. Especially not in front of others. And especially not while blogging. It’s like I always say, “Friends don’t let friends blog and get sentimental.” Okay, I’m kidding. I think we all know I’ve had a few sappy blog posts. So, what’s one more mushy story? Let me set…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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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…

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