The Letterman racket

It’s time to climb into our way-back machine. Ready? It’s August 6, 1995. Twenty years ago. Two decades. A score. Hot as blazes here in Santa Claus. The Raven is new and it’s a hit. And it’s a Sunday afternoon. Will passes along a call from two very excited local teachers. They’ve got tickets to…

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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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The typo heard round the World

Leah on a Unicylce

Well, that’s embarrassing. As someone who types every last letter of every single word – even when texting, a slip of the index finger can lead to a stunning repercussion. As Sophia from The Golden Girls would say, “Picture it: White House, Tennessee; 2015 …” Our Entertainment staff is off-site this weekend, deep into rehearsals…

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Spot-on fun

Thunderbird Commercial Shoot

It wasn’t just those beautiful Thunderbird trains flying around the skies of Thanksgiving this week. That’s right. One of those new-fangled drones was hovering, equipped with a camera (plus two licensed/certified flyers). Because it’s commercial-shooting time around here! Thunderbird was in fine form and Mother Nature cooperated most of the time. And the riders had…

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A long wait for David DeLong

David DeLong has waited – impatiently – for Thunderbird’s first launch since last July. We first met David almost exactly nine months ago. He was the “new guy” at WFIE-TV and was excited to cover our big “what’s new for 2015” announcement. Over the months, David checked up on Thunderbird construction nearly every week. Together…

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The long-awaited Thunderbird POV

For the uninitiated, let us explain: POV = Point of View POV footage at a theme park customarily shows the viewer what the rider sees while riding. A birds-eye view, if you will. But in this day and age of selfies, we just had to take a Reverse POV of our adventuresome test dummies riding…

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Going, going … almost gone!

Thunderbird First Flight Auction

You’ve been meaning to check out our Thunderbird’s First Flight Auction for Give Kids The World, haven’t you? But you’ve been busy. We understand. Boy, do we understand! The deadline to place your bids for the First Flight on Thunderbird is just a few days away. We’ve got an incredible day planned for April 23…

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Thunderbird’s other sound

Thunderbird Logo Installation

We posted this video snip a week ago, to share we had both trains on Thunderbird’s track (an important step in the testing process) and to point out the haunting cry of the Thunderbird. What we didn’t explain was the “chch” sound as each train processes through the loading station. Here’s the answer, from VP…

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The cry of the Thunderbird

Thunderbird Testing | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Oh, that sound … Thunderbird’s two trains had a launch date today. Don’t miss the screech. I can’t get enough of that sound … pic.twitter.com/SFOJRHpCPV — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) March 21, 2015 Are you excited to ride Thunderbird? Please vote for America’s First Launched Wing Roller Coaster in this poll on the ThemeParkInsider website. Two…

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A look around for Louisville

Courtney from WDRB-TV

On Wednesday, we hosted a news crew from WDRB-TV in Louisville. You may notice I cropped the photo so that you can’t see how muddy Courtney’s shoes were. Between the rain and the melting snow and ice this week, it was a challenge to meander our way from Thunderbird’s maintenance building to our new roller…

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A sneak peek

Rayvon Owen

If you follow the HoliBlog, you already know we’re busting with pride over Rayvon Owen, who was in our shows back in 2011. He auditioned for American Idol and got his Golden Ticket. Each week our friend takes another step toward his dream. This performance hasn’t aired just yet, but since American Idol posted this…

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