Coaster class

The Striker coaster design (school project)

Were you lucky enough to have an incredible science teacher back in the day? You know, the kind who made science understandable, interesting and even fun. Even though it was decades ago, I remember mine like it was yesterday. Good ol’ Robbie Robertson, my Physics Teacher at Carmel High back in the mid-1970s, was an amazing…

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Podcast: See You In September

Today’s podcast recording felt like the last day of school (for those who remember being overjoyed when that day arrived; I’m not one of them – I used to cry). We were just … giddy. Reining in the PodSquad was nearly impossible. But we had a wicked good time and hope you do as well….

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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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The height of anticipation

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?” Meet Andy. He’s on the high end of the measuring stick. Andy is one of our four Attractions Managers….

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These dummies are ready

There’s something about test dummies. They’re very eager. Case in point: Thunderbird will have two trains. One is here already and the other will arrive next month. Testing begins in February, but the dummies don’t care. When you want a front seat for the first launch, you don’t mess around. You make arrangements to be…

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When your sister is … a roller coaster

Leah's sister coaster

Today, we introduce our PR intern, Leah, as a guest HoliBlogger. Leah will be a junior this fall at Indiana University; she’s majoring in journalism. … she has an interesting “sister” to tell you about: Mom used to joke that this park was “the other woman” when it came to my dad. Being Will Koch,…

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That’s so Edgar

The Raven

That’s so predictable. Another day, another travel writer. Another park tour. And another chuckle. The cute little neighbor girl she’d brought along (for a child’s view of the park) unintentionally made me feel like a total geezer. When I pointed out The Raven wooden roller coaster, she turned her head quickly to take a look,…

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