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This third question (If it's a steel coaster, will it turn me upside down, launch me in the air, or be terrain all the way?) has me hoping it's actually all 3!


I think it will be.


Sounds like the local crowd isn't exactly enthused about it launching or being a terrain coaster. Lol.

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IT'S OFFICIAL! Thunderbird is coming to Holiday World in 2015! Holiday World has just announced that their 2015 announcement is a launched wing coaster called Thunderbird, and it's slated to cost $22 million!


Official ride website: http://www.holidayworld.com/thunderbird/


Full Thunderbird POV Video:


Flyaround Video:


Thunderbird Train:


Compilation Video:


Announcement Video:




Thunderbird, the nation’s first launched wing coaster, includes a 0-60mph launch in 3.5 seconds, plus multiple inversions and near-misses. Continuing Holiday World’s tradition of sending roller coasters through thickly wooded and hilly terrain, Thunderbird first loops high in the air and then hugs the ground – nearly missing trees, the ground, and other rides!


Thunderbird is the nation’s first launched wing coaster. It is Holiday World’s first major steel roller coaster, with a 0-60mph launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions – including a 14-story Immelmann loop, Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and loop. Continuing Holiday World’s tradition of sending roller coasters through thickly wooded and hilly terrain, Thunderbird at first soars and loops high in the air and then hugs the ground, surprising riders with rapid-fire “near misses” such as keyholes, themed elements, other rides, trees, and even the ground.


TRACK LENGTH: 3,035 feet


RIDE HEIGHT: 140 feet at Immelmann loop’s peak




From start to finish:

Launch, using LSM technology

Immelmann loop



Elevated Spiral

Zero-G roll

S curve

2 “headchopper” keyholes


360 in-line twist (barrel roll)

2 Crossovers with The Voyage


SPEED: Thunderbird’s top speed is 60 miles per hour


RIDE TIME: 1 minute, 18 seconds (station to station)


RIDE VIDEO: http://HolidayWorld2015.com


TRAINS: Two trains, each with five four-person coaches


CAPACITY: 1,140 Guests per hour


HEIGHT LIMIT: Riders must be at least 52 inches tall


INVESTMENT: $22 million


RIDE DESIGNER: Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M), Switzerland


LEGEND: In 1620, as the Mayflower neared the end of its 66 days at sea, a mighty storm nearly capsized

the ship, taking it hundreds of miles off course. As passengers and crew feared all was lost, an immense bird appeared in the sky. The thunderbird, whose wings created the thunder and eyes flashed the lightning of the powerful storm, rescued the ship by launching it through the sky to the New World.

















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