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Leave it to the coaster nerds to have more discussion about a mid course break run than a brand new launched B&M wingrider on the opening day of the new coaster.....

 

 

Thunderbird looks awesome by the way, can't wait to check it out soon. Love the whole area around it, when it was first announced it "seemed" like that area was so far way from everything but the whole thing just looks amazing. Great job Holiday World

 

Because I'm positive a majority of coaster enthusiasts care more about Voyage than Thunderbird on any given day.

 

I am anxious to hear more reviews from those who rode Thunderbird, though.

 

 

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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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Time to drown my sorrows of not being able to make it out to HW.

 

The jealousy is killing me. I really hope Lake Compounce does something like this.

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What are anticipated waits for this? I waited 3 hours for Banshee opening day and I think I was a lucky one. Obviously Sunday will be day two for this one.

 

I went on Voyage opening day and crowds were light. With HW not being as centrally located as Kings Island, it doesn't attract the same amount of crowds earlier in the season. Early season at HW is always pretty light. Don't expect 3 hours. I don't think I've ever waited more than an hour for a coaster at Holiday World.

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Time to drown my sorrows of not being able to make it out to HW.

 

The jealousy is killing me. I really hope Lake Compounce does something like this.

Anyone else concerned that a 15 year old is saying "drown my sorrows"?

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Leave it to the coaster nerds to have more discussion about a mid course break run than a brand new launched B&M wingrider on the opening day of the new coaster.....

 

 

Thunderbird looks awesome by the way, can't wait to check it out soon. Love the whole area around it, when it was first announced it "seemed" like that area was so far way from everything but the whole thing just looks amazing. Great job Holiday World

 

Because I'm positive a majority of coaster enthusiasts care more about Voyage than Thunderbird on any given day.

 

I am anxious to hear more reviews from those who rode Thunderbird, though.

 

 

 

Exactly. If SFGadv opened a new giga coaster while at the same time placed a trim brake on El Toro, the El Toro situation is going to garner some talk. Some parks have that "star" coaster that appeals to coaster enthusiasts, and Holiday World is one of them. If the Voyage was taken out of the equation Holiday World almost certainly wouldn't be talked about as much as it is.

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'Course only a few people have actually ridden Thunderbird, so there's only so much discussion that can be had yet. Only how it looks, not what it's actually like (for most of us).

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Time to drown my sorrows of not being able to make it out to HW.

 

The jealousy is killing me. I really hope Lake Compounce does something like this.

Anyone else concerned that a 15 year old is saying "drown my sorrows"?

 

Most 15 year-old people are high schoolers who have learned how to use common figures of speech.

 

I'm also surprised by the lack of coverage we've seen from Holiday World and Thunderbird's big day. Glad that everything we've heard so far is positive, though, and hopefully we'll see a lot more soon!

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I'm a little surprised there hasn't been more about Thunderbird, but given that the park isn't even open yet and the general dislike of Indiana at the moment I'm not worried. We'll probably get more reviews during opening weekend and especially around Holiwood Nights. That said, what I have heard about the ride so far (both here and elsewhere) has been extremely promising. It sounds like Thunderbird is the best wing coaster so far, the best coaster at Holiday World, and better than almost anyone expected. After my experiences on GateKeeper and X-Flight last year, I figured this would be a decent ride but I never expected it to be the better B&M of 2015 or anything worth traveling to the park for. Now I want to go back to Holiday World and ride it...hopefully I'll be able to make it in 2016.

 

As for the Voyage brakes, it's unfortunate but not really that big of deal. The ride is still going to be a top tier coaster with or without a near stop. Honestly, that it the one wooden coaster I've been on that I would almost consider too aggressive, so if the ride experience is improved with the brake I've got no complaints. You'll still get plenty of air time, and based on walking back there last summer the brake is probably as far above the station as Raven's lift hill is tall (aka 80 ft. or so).

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Well there are a few factors to why there aren't a whole lot of reviews yet. You have to remember, the park only invited so many people and only allowed so many people to attend via the donations to Give Kids the World. This wasn't your typical Six Flags or Cedar Fair Media Day. It also lasted (from my estimation) nearly 12 hours, so I bet everyone is exhausted. HW is one of the few parks I've attended where I get very exhausted at the end of the day from just walking all over the crazy terrain (It doesn't help the final walk is all the way back up to the top of the hill). I think a transportation ride would drastically improve guest experience. The less tired people are, the more likely they're going to stay in the park longer, which equals a greater chance of them spending more money in the park.

 

As for what we've heard about TB so far, I kinda of expected it, based on the small sample sizes of video the park had given us up to this point. From all pictures I've seen, I can't get over how great this coaster looks and how perfect the setting is. Honestly, I kinda have a feeling that the pictures don't even do it justice to how good it really looks in person. I can't wait for Saturday.

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Yeah I am over my initial shock, still disappointed but whatever. I was super bummed about I305 and still loved it so it's cool.

 

Outside its famous coaster collection I know nothing of this park, what is this holiwood nights?

 

I hope I'm the not the only that have to wait till August for my first visit. Oh well, I'm going to be patient and wait my turn. I can't wait to experience this magnificent coaster!

 

Looking at my schedule, August may actually be the best time for me

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Outside its famous coaster collection I know nothing of this park, what is this holiwood nights?

The annual coaster enthusiast event that goes on at Holiday World in late May. Having been twice to it (making this year a third!), I can say that it's definitely the most fun I've ever had in the park! The late-night rides on all of their major rides make it all worth the price alone!

 

It's open to coaster club card carrying members only (including ClubTPR), unless you're a guest of one in which case you can go. More details here

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Outside its famous coaster collection I know nothing of this park, what is this holiwood nights?

The annual coaster enthusiast event that goes on at Holiday World in late May. Having been twice to it (making this year a third!), I can say that it's definitely the most fun I've ever had in the park! The late-night rides on all of their major rides make it all worth the price alone!

 

It's open to coaster club card carrying members only (including ClubTPR), unless you're a guest of one in which case you can go. More details here

 

Awesome! And I hear untrimmed Voyage hmmmm sadly I'm not a member of any of those, and being a poor ass grad student guess I need to kiss up to someone to have me be a guest ha Thanks for the info!

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I'll write a bigger report later, but today was a GREAT media day for Thunderbird. Holiday World did so many things right that other parks somehow miss the mark on. The ride itself was a lot of fun. It's smooth, twisty, and the launch has quite a kick!

 

Here's a couple of photos & video from today. More coming soon!

 

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I'm a little surprised there hasn't been more about Thunderbird, but given that the park isn't even open yet and the general dislike of Indiana at the moment I'm not worried.

 

The dislike of Indiana? I think you're exaggeration the situation a little. I doubt that has little, if anything, to do with any "lack of coverage."

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There's been plenty of coverage. I've got it all over my social media outlets from non-coaster-related sources. A shot of Santa on a roller coaster is a hard one to pass up.

 

Most of the Indiana rhetoric has died down by this point anyway after they modified the language of the bill. Media coverage did what it always does: move on once the next story comes along fifteen minutes later.

 

But enough of that. Yay Thunderbird and all it's glory! +1 awesome point for HW.

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I'm very impressed with how the Thunderbird station and the plaza around it turned out--excellent work.

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I gotta say, Thunderbird looks pretty great, and seems to be a PERFECT fit for Holiday World! That setting over the course of the ride looks fantastic....I'm guessing it's going to be an awesome night ride too. The only wing coaster I've ridden is GateKeeper, and I guess I stray from the typical enthusiast opinion on them, as I find that coaster to be very good. So, I'm really excited to try Thunderbird out someday! That launch looks pretty solid too!!

 

Also, I'm a huge fan of how the ride station and surrounding area turned out! That looks top notch visually.....kudos, Holiday World!!

 

Oh yeah, and I too love the shirt!

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I wanted to thank Holiday World for a fantastic day yesterday. In particular, thank you for opening up Media Day to Give Kids the World donors and letting us coaster fans support a fantastic cause while experiencing the warmth, friendliness and unique family thrills and fun that are truly "world famous". A day at Holiday World is always full value and beyond.

 

In terms of unique thrills, Thunderbird is a winner for the park. POV footage does not do this attraction justice. Consider that footage was taken in the morning when it was fairly cold. The ride was noticeably faster and more intense later in the day. The ride looks fantastic, has a great launch for its family audience and is really fun, especially in the wooded area.

 

The design, fit and finish of the new area, ride station, Will Power building and everything to do with this ride are beyond what anyone would expect for a growing family-operated park in terms of the high level of quality and attention to detail everywhere. There is high level of pride associated with this attraction and it shows in every detail.

 

Thunderbird is one of the more intense B&M wing riders that I've been on and it is my favourite in North America after yesterday. The launch works so well for this type of coaster. The layout, although compact, is always doing something and is another reason why I really like it. The only other wing riders ahead for me are Furious Baco because of its amazing launch and high intensity and Flug der Demonan, with its compact and twisty layout that does so much on a small footprint.

 

Elsewhere, Thunderbird Ice Cream is delicious. Oh and Voyage is still as intense and relentless as ever. For sure my favourite coaster at the park. I think it took over my number one spot for wooden coasters after around 20-25 rides throughout the day. One or two were with the trim on and for anyone worried, don't be. It gets back to speed pretty much instantly, so there really isn't any difference in ride experience.

 

Congratulations Holiday World and thank you again for fantastic day.

 

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Thanks Holiday World! See you again soon.

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A long but fantastic day.

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Getting ready to you know, test it out.

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The new sleigh is ready. Santa was loving it.

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Thunderbird Ice Cream samples ready to go.

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Will Power.

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The thing about wearing green...

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My appreciation for this ride grows each visit.

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Ready for launch.

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Good morning!

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