Anatomy of a thrill

Tory & Kari - Thrill Factor

It starts when you get the okay from the network to talk about the unnamed new show: We can finally tell you! @TravelChannel‘s new show w/ @KariByron & @ToryBelleci is named “Thrill Factor.” Watch 8/12! — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) July 30, 2015 Next, add a re-tweet from the show host whose hair sports a…

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Independent’s Day

George the Eagle

What a nice surprise! The Theme Park Insider Awards were just announced – and we won Best New Roller Coaster for 2015! Or, rather, Thunderbird did … Proud to be the only *independent* park to win: @ThemePark #FamilyOwned — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) July 5, 2015 Reviewing the list of winners, the awards all…

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Watch us on CNBC!

Are you a fan of CNBC’s “On the Money”? Well, they’re talking roller coasters on tomorrow’s show … Excited to see Thunderbird featured on @OnTheMoney tomorrow! @CNBC — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) June 27, 2015 “On the Money” airs Sunday evening at 6:30pm CDT on CNBC.

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Geek now, or forever hold your peace

VP James and Kari Byron

Okay, so we can officially let the cat out of the bag now. Travel Channel was here today. But that wasn’t the secret. What we couldn’t talk about ahead of time was what this new show is about. Well, we still have to keep quiet about that. Sorry. But we can tell you who the…

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The Ladies who Launch

Exactly 11 months ago tonight – Christmas Eve in July 2014 – we were bursting with excitement. Our 66 Days at Sea were finally over and it was time to reveal all. Our new … project … for 2015. Code name: BT-15. Thunderbird! Fast-forward to now and Thunderbird is flying high. Lauren and Leah made…

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Clearly, we have friends in smart places

All I’ve heard since sharing this is, “I want one!” Cool, huh? So this is how my #3dprinted @HolidayWorld #thunderbird project is coming along, paint & trains needed #WillPower — Matthew Summers (@shangalaing) June 21, 2015

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“Totally worth the trip!”

Ah, the company we keep … 6 new roller coasters you’ve got to try this summer! @BraveNewJoel — CNN Travel (@CNNTravel) June 12, 2015

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Enter our ‘Dear Old Dad’ Sweepstakes

Lake Rudolph King Rental RV

Thanks to all who entered our sweepstakes – and congratulations to Britney F. from Benton, Kentucky, who wins four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two nights in a King RV at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. —- It’s June, and that means Father’s Day is not far off. So it’s…

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Vote early, vote often

It’s that time again. The primaries are over and the Fall elections are still months away. And during the lull, when the skies are blue and the temperatures are toasty, USA Today launches its “Readers’ Choice” campaign. We’re thrilled to be nominated in two categories: Best New Amusement Park Attraction: Thunderbird Best Roller Coaster: The…

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Wally’s World

Last Thursday was a special day – and a wild one. Just ask Wally Schaaf. Imagine being 91 years old and deciding it was time to ride your first roller coaster … That’s exactly what he decided, and he did it big! That morning, I watched as Wally – a resident of Scenic Hills Care…

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As seen on TV

Thunderbird Coming Out of Immelmann

If you don’t live within about a three-hour radius of Santa Claus, Indiana, chances are you’ve never seen our television commercials. So here is our newest, fresh out of the edit suite and airing beginning today: Thanks to all of our extras who rode Thunderbird over and over … wait – maybe they should be…

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Enter our Thunderbird Sweepstakes!

Thunderbird is Santa Approved

Thanks to all who entered our Thunderbird Sweepstakes! Here are our winners of two one-day tickets: Carrie B., Hanover, Indiana Joy H., Solsberry, Indiana Jennifer M., Lawrenceville, Illinois ——— Is Memorial Day Weekend really just a week away? This month is flying by! And speaking of “flying by,” so is Thunderbird – have you watched…

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