Tonight Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, IN announced their newest addition for 2015. Speculation had been running rampant for the last 66 days as the park teased us all.
But it was worth it. Behold, Thunderbird. A Launched B&M Wing Rider. This looks simply amazing and it couldn't be a better fit for the parks first steel coaster. All of the information for the ride can be found here.
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!
* All Images Courtesy of Holiday World
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:
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.
So what do you think of Holiday World's first steel coaster? Is it befitting their legacy? We think so but we'd love to hear your thoughts below!!