Holiday World unveils park's first major steel roller coaster
A computer-generated video showed the unfurling of what would be Holiday World’s first major steel coaster. The wing coaster extends two sets of seats off the sides of the tracks.
Thursday, July 24th 2014, 9:50 PM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Holiday World announced a new ride Thursday evening, The Thunderbird will be the park's first major steel roller coaster.
A computer-generated video showed the unfurling of what would be Holiday World’s first major steel coaster. The wing coaster extends two sets of seats off the sides of the tracks. The wing coaster design was first constructed by Bolliger & Mabillard at Italian theme park Gardaland in 2011. According to a press release, this will be the nation's first launched wing coaster.
The release says the ride will feature a zero-to-60 miles-per-hour launch in 3.5 seconds, with several inversion, including a 14-story Immelmann loop – which features an inversion through a banked turn – a Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and a loop that will rise 125 feet in the air.
The coaster will be part of the Thanksgiving section of the park, which is also home to the Voyager roller coaster already.
“A wing coaster creates a feeling of incredible freedom – you ride beside the coaster track with nothing above or below you,” Holiday World’s president Matt Eckert said in a press release. “Thunderbird is the first launched wing coaster in the nation – we can’t wait to ride it!”
The Thunderbird’s $22 million cost doubles the amount of any other ride at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
The construction for the ride will be streaming on
The coaster is scheduled to open in 2015.
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