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…

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The Secret: How we kept it

It’s been a little more than a month since our announcement for 2015, and I’m still in shock that we managed to keep this massive project under wraps. And I’m even more in shock that our fans just loved that we kept the secret. Frankly, we were all braced for people to discover it two…

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A bird’s eye view

The downside of visiting the Thunderbird construction site on a Sunday, there’s just isn’t much going on … The upside, of course, is you can take a photo like this: Above? Well that’s Thunderbird’s brake run. Here’s another view: It’s amazing to see so many pieces of bright orange track scattered around the staging area,…

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Steelhenge

VP James managed to find the construction site amidst this morning’s heavy fog. #HW2015 #Thunderbird #tristatewx pic.twitter.com/d7gS1PUXvi — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) August 21, 2014  

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Orange is the New Track

On July 24, while our Thunderbird announcement was still underway, there it was on Twitter: Orange is the New Track. I’d gladly give credit to the clever person who tweeted that witty phrase within seconds of seeing our Thunderbird animation, but alas, Twitter won’t give me access that far back in our “notification” history. (We…

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“A crummy commercial …”

Come on, you recognize that line, right? It’s Ralphie from “A Christmas Story,” crestfallen when he discovers his Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring uncovers nothing more than “a crummy commercial,” there in the Parker family’s one bathroom (with Randy pounding on the door). Love that movie! And so, I tried to soften this tweeted “crummy…

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Aw shucks, that track is pretty!

That’s right, nothing but cornfields around here … #HW2015 #OrangeIsTheNewTrack #Thunderbird pic.twitter.com/1Bz1qyjFd2 — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) August 5, 2014  

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Countdown to launch

This tweet was from last night, so now we’re at T-8months:27days! 8 months and 28 days. #HW2015 #Thunderbird http://t.co/psuknKZkwc pic.twitter.com/blrJMYuw1m — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) July 29, 2014  

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Timing is everything

In case you were wondering … This is why we announced Thunderbird last week. Sort of hard to hide 29 truckloads of track and supports! #HW2015 pic.twitter.com/MJ8RrINp1w — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) July 28, 2014  

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The Legend of the Thunderbird

After the most amazing new-ride announcement we could have asked for, some people are a bit confused. They like the fact that we’re getting a steel coaster, but they don’t get how Thunderbird belongs in Holiday World. Especially in our Thanksgiving section. The Voyage is easily the best name. It’s simple. It tells a story…

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Park pals

One of the many excellent side benefits of working in the amusement industry is the friendships formed from park to park. Those who don’t work in our industry often assume we have some sort of cutthroat thing going on, but that’s just not so. Sure, we’re competitors, but we also wish each other only the…

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