A few days ago, Thunderbird at Holiday World reached a new milestone - that is the completion of track work! They started late July and finished just months later. The next step to completing the coaster is to install the electrical work, theming elements, and the station for the ride. Apparently, they are three weeks ahead of schedule for construction, and now begin transformation of the surrounding area of Thunderbird into the "New World". Just recently, they have moved an existing ride to that area, rebranding the ride, and giving it a re-paint job. Also, two more ride enhancements are scheduled to be announced in a few days.
Below, you can visually see the progress of thunderbird, from day 1 to when the crews are almost complete with track work. The video consists of day-by-day photos from the webcam compiled into just a few seconds of video:
As if the world's first winged launch coaster wasn't enough, Holiday World has decided to re-theme an existing attraction (Sparkler - 4th of July section) to the Crow's Nest.
Well, that's all for now. Thunderbird and the surrounding area are really shaping up nice, and I can't wait to get down there and ride it! Rumor has it that a few more near-miss elements will be announced soon, and will add even more depth and theme to the coaster. Thunderbird opens this spring - who's ready to ride?
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