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Thunderbird is a steel roller coaster in the Thanksgiving section of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, the ride will open as the eighth Wing Coaster in the world and the fourth in the United States in Spring 2015.

Thunderbird will be the manufacturer's first launching coaster in sixteen years and the first B&M launch built in-house (The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure uses a launch system supplied by the park) The Wing Coaster will reach speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and will feature the tallest vertical loop on a Wing Coaster.

Thunderbird had it's first test run on the 8th of March and is now set to open later this year in spring.

Ride experience

After loading in the station, the train moves forward and stops. Mist blows in front of the train and thunder sounds as the train launches to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) in 3.5 seconds by linear synchronous motors. The train immediately goes into a 140 feet (43 m) Immelmann loop. After the first element, the train then goes down its first drop into a 125 feet (38 m) vertical loop, the tallest vertical loop on a Wing Coaster surpassing Wild Eagle at Dollywood.

After the vertical loop, the train will then cross over the exit to The Voyages second drop, go through an overbanked turn then an overbanked elevated spiral. The train then goes through a zero-g-roll parallel to The Voyage. After several curves next to The Voyage's triple-down drop and spaghetti bowl, the train dips down into a barn (which is the keyhole) where it then curves left back into the barn by doing an inline twist, crossing over The Voyage's underground tunnels.

Once the inline twist ends the train enters the brake run to a right turn to another set of brakes before entering the station. One cycle of the ride lasts about 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Ride Information

  • Location: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
  • Opened: April 2015
  • Cost: $22 million


General Statistics

  • Type: Steel - Wing Coaster Launched
  • Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard
  • Designer: 
  • Lift/launch system: LSM-launched lift hill
  • Height: 140ft (43m)
  • Drop:
  • Length: 3,035ft (925m)
  • Speed: 60mph (97km/h)
  • Inversions: 4
  • Duration: 1:18
  • Capacity: 1,140 riders per hour
  • G-force:
  • Height restriction: 52in (132cm)





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