Holiday World has announced details of Thunderbird, the new launched wing coaster due for launching in spring 2015.
The steel roller coaster features include a 0-60mph launch in 3.5 seconds as well as a 14-story Immelmann loop, a Zero-g roll, a barrel roll and a 125’ loop.
Commenting on the announcement, Holiday World’s president Matt Eckert said, “A wing coaster creates a feeling of incredible freedom – you ride beside the coaster track with nothing above or below you. Thunderbird is the first launched wing coaster in the nation – we can’t wait to ride it!”
PGAV Destinations was theming designer for the new thrill ride, taking inspiration from the Thunderbird name and coaster design to create the visual theming of a powerful flight through the farms and forests of southern Indiana.
At $22 million, Thunderbird represents a significant investment for Holiday World – more than double that of any other ride in the park. Eckert describes the Thunderbird’s manufacturers Bolliger & Mabillard as the “Cadillac of roller coasters, known for their safety, quality and reliability. We’ve dreamed of adding a B&M steel coaster for many years and are excited that Thunderbird will be B&M’s first launched coaster.”
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