Now serving launch: Thunderbird, the nation’s only launched wing coaster!

What? No lift hill?

That’s right! Thunderbird launches riders from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. Then multiple loops, rolls, twists, and turns begin: including a 14-story Immelmann loop, Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and the tallest vertical loop on any wing coaster! Ride it in the front, the back, and both wings for multiple experiences!

Continuing Holiday World’s tradition of sending roller coasters through thickly wooded and hilly terrain, Thunderbird steel roller coaster at first soars and loops high in the air. Then it hugs the ground, surprising riders with rapid-fire “near misses” such as chimneys, a windmill, other rides, trees, and even <gulp!> a barn.

Riders must be at least 52 inches tall, but no taller than 6’6″.

Be sure to fly over to our HoliBlog for Thunderbird photos, videos, and stories!

Tips For Your Visit

  • Love the thrill of a “near miss”? Be sure to ride on Thunderbird’s left wing – the outside seat.
  • Wait times tend to be longer for the front seats.
  • Before you get in line, we encourage you to try out Thunderbird’s test seat. There are two different types of seats on the ride to best accommodate our Guests.
  • Need a little more room? Seats in Rows 2 and 3 are equipped with a longer safety belt (and are still safe for smaller individuals to use, too).
  • Take off flip-flops or other footwear that doesn’t fit snuggly before boarding the ride.
  • Be sure to leave any loose items, including those in your pockets (especially cell phones and keys) in the designated area of the station so they aren’t lost in flight.
  • Don’t forget to check your photo!
  • This attraction is not recommended for Guests who have high blood pressure, a back or neck condition, recent surgery, injury, or illness, are pregnant, prone to motion sickness or dizziness, have a heart condition, fear of heights, or are sensitive to strobe lights.
  • Casts are not permitted.
  • Want more? There are lot more stories, videos and photos about Thunderbird here on our HoliBlog.