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I was watching for a bit too. Brown for the supports was a perfect choice btw. It really does look like a mysterious and powerful bird sweeping through the woods. Also, I realize there are no humans to load and unload but it seems as if they are able to dispatch a train really quickly. The fact that it's not super long like The Voyage probably helps quite a bit. I don't think this will be bad on wait times at all.

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Holiday World posted a clue as to next year's theme in their HWN Facebook group... I couldn't pass up the opportunity...

So, I think i'm going to burst my HWN cherry next year and finally take the trip (before I get too old).  I've never did a several day coaster event so I have no idea what to expect.  I've also never

My tips are that you really don’t need two full days in the park if they’re running rides at full capacity, but they probably won’t be next year in time for the event given the vaccine schedule.

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People are currently walking outside to their cars from the maintenance buildings. I'm guessing it's done testing for the night.

 

Yea a bit ago I was watching them out the trains back into storage in the maintenance building. I'm surprised they tested at all not only on a Sunday but in Easter as well. The level of sacrifice they have in order to give us this amazing coaster is phenomenal.

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Very true. It's a family run park though (correct me if I'm wrong) so maybe they had extended family come watch their coaster.

 

In all seriousness it takes a lot of commitment to do that. Kudos to them!

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Very true. It's a family run park though (correct me if I'm wrong) so maybe they had extended family come watch their coaster.

 

In all seriousness it takes a lot of commitment to do that. Kudos to them!

 

Yup they are completely family owned and operated!

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Since today is Easter, I will say that a themed Easter section in the park could be alot of fun for the kids and have some fun coaster themeing too.

Perhaps Holidog's Funtown could be re-themed as Easter?

 

I'd think a New Year's section of the park would have some possibilities - you could theme a ride after the ball drop in Times Square, but anything with a "time" theme could center around time travel or even the future.

 

I'm not sure there's much to work with beyond that, although Valentine's Day might be possible. Mardi Gras has a direct tie-in with Easter. Any theming ideas for Columbus Day have been usurped by The Thanksgiving section. All of the other major holidays would be duplicating Fourth of July.

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I wish they wouldn't do auctions for first rides. It's not really fair for people on lower incomes that might want to ride.

 

I think a fairer system would be a simple raffle for the first train and then limited edition charity merchandise for just the first day.

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I wish they wouldn't do auctions for first rides. It's not really fair for people on lower incomes that might want to ride.

 

I think a fairer system would be a simple raffle for the first train and then limited edition charity merchandise for just the first day.

 

While many all of us (including me) do not have the disposable income to throw huge wads of cash at a minute long coaster ride, for those that do, they are supporting an incredible cause: Give Kids the World. Everyone wants a chance to ride a new coaster first, and a really neat way to organize that excitement is to auction the limited seats for a good cause that the park collects zero profit from. Yes, it stinks some of us don't have the money to win a seat, but at least the money spent on those seats is for a great cause that is light-years more important than who gets to enjoy Thunderbird first.

 

Not everything in life is fair to people of all incomes. Sad, but true.

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Not everything in life is fair to people of all incomes. Sad, but true.

 

Quite true. We are a family of a moderate income. On May 14th, 2013, we learned our daughter has leukemia. This is not a sob story. Our, then seven years old, daughter has fought hard to beat the hand life has dealt her. When we were down in Kissimmee, FL, we saw families/individuals who were fighting for life and enjoyment amidst less than stellar circumstances. Good luck to those trying to raise money for Give Kids the World, because they do amazing work, which I can attest to firsthand.

 

I love Holiday World, because they are one of the only parks I know of that allow families to visit multiple times after visiting Give Kids the World, although I know they are doing it not out of some sort of ulterior motive. I look forward to visiting in early June, because I think the park has an amazing relationship between generating income and doing in so in a way that is maybe not as crass as other amusement parks, which is not a knock on those parks either.

 

Thank you to the park, and we cannot wait to see you on June 17th and, perhaps, June 18th of 2015. Good luck with the season and good work with your first adult steel coaster. I don't want to get too sentimental and mushy, but my daughter talks about your park nearly everyday and is so happy that she is 53" and does not have to worry about being big enough to ride Thunderbird. Thank you forever.

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^ Thank you for your kind words. We're so glad to host your family this season!

 

To all: By the way, our auction page is also set up for donations. If you're not available for the First Flight, or if the bids are too high for your budget, there's a place to make a donation to Give Kids The World. You'll never regret it!

 

Thanks, Paula

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If I had enough money to go around, I would definitely be donating! I wish the highest bidder all the luck, and am glad to see Holiday World supporting such a great charity!

 

Also, I'd hate to impose, but would there be a way to change the webcam view of the maintenance shed left towards the barrel roll or adding a new view? Some people have been trying to get a good view of the train coming towards the brakes by shifting the camera lots.

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The maintenance shed. The barrel roll is offscreen 'just' out of view to the left of it.

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I wish they wouldn't do auctions for first rides. It's not really fair for people on lower incomes that might want to ride.

 

I think a fairer system would be a simple raffle for the first train and then limited edition charity merchandise for just the first day.

 

While many all of us (including me) do not have the disposable income to throw huge wads of cash at a minute long coaster ride, for those that do, they are supporting an incredible cause: Give Kids the World. Everyone wants a chance to ride a new coaster first, and a really neat way to organize that excitement is to auction the limited seats for a good cause that the park collects zero profit from. Yes, it stinks some of us don't have the money to win a seat, but at least the money spent on those seats is for a great cause that is light-years more important than who gets to enjoy Thunderbird first.

 

Not everything in life is fair to people of all incomes. Sad, but true.

 

I agree to a point, but I still think selling raffle tickets for $10-$20 and donating the proceeds along with specific limited edition merch for the first day with all proceeds going to charity would be not only a fairer system, but I bet they would make a lot more too! How many enthusiasts are going to buy more than one mug or shirt? Not to mention the scalpers that buy loads and sell on on eBay!

 

I wish them all the luck in the world with the launch, I just wish they'd release a full POV

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Since today is Easter, I will say that a themed Easter section in the park could be alot of fun for the kids and have some fun coaster themeing too.

Perhaps Holidog's Funtown could be re-themed as Easter?

 

I'd think a New Year's section of the park would have some possibilities - you could theme a ride after the ball drop in Times Square, but anything with a "time" theme could center around time travel or even the future.

 

I'm not sure there's much to work with beyond that, although Valentine's Day might be possible. Mardi Gras has a direct tie-in with Easter. Any theming ideas for Columbus Day have been usurped by The Thanksgiving section. All of the other major holidays would be duplicating Fourth of July.

 

I've always said a New Years section would be great. The ball drop is a given with a drop ride. Maybe even a dark ride that time travels through history and the future. Those are fun ideas but I've always thought a giant ferris wheel themed like a clock would be fun, too!

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I wish they wouldn't do auctions for first rides. It's not really fair for people on lower incomes that might want to ride.

 

I think a fairer system would be a simple raffle for the first train and then limited edition charity merchandise for just the first day.

 

While many all of us (including me) do not have the disposable income to throw huge wads of cash at a minute long coaster ride, for those that do, they are supporting an incredible cause: Give Kids the World. Everyone wants a chance to ride a new coaster first, and a really neat way to organize that excitement is to auction the limited seats for a good cause that the park collects zero profit from. Yes, it stinks some of us don't have the money to win a seat, but at least the money spent on those seats is for a great cause that is light-years more important than who gets to enjoy Thunderbird first.

 

Not everything in life is fair to people of all incomes. Sad, but true.

 

I agree to a point, but I still think selling raffle tickets for $10-$20 and donating the proceeds along with specific limited edition merch for the first day with all proceeds going to charity would be not only a fairer system, but I bet they would make a lot more too! How many enthusiasts are going to buy more than one mug or shirt? Not to mention the scalpers that buy loads and sell on on eBay!

 

I wish them all the luck in the world with the launch, I just wish they'd release a full POV

I don't think it would be fair for the charities it would be helping as it would bring in less donations for them especially if one person can only donate $10. Not to mention that it would be more complicated than by going the way of top 32 or so donors who raise the most get to ride.

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I wish they wouldn't do auctions for first rides. It's not really fair for people on lower incomes that might want to ride.

 

If someone is concerned about not being the first rider, they have psychological issues that are deeper than their monetary issues.

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