Yesterday was the first chance for many to see Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari’s newest attraction.
Media Preview Day allowed various news outlets to get a first hand look at the new Thunderbird steel roller coaster. Thunderbird is the first launched wing coaster in the park’s history.
Plans for Thunderbird were unveiled at an announcement in late July of last year. Holiday World invested 22 million dollars in its construction, which marks the largest investment in any single ride in the park’s nearly 70 year history.
Now Thunderbird has some sentimental value as well. The coaster is the fulfillment of a dream of former Holiday World president Will Koch. Koch passed away in 2010.
Koch’s daughters, 4th generation owners Lauren and Leah Koch say having Thunderbird up and running is a tremendous accomplishment for the park. Leah Koch says the coaster is everything her father dreamt it would be:
Construction got underway early last summer. Thunderbird was completed in 9 months, slightly ahead of its original schedule.
Thunderbird will make its public debut tomorrow when Holiday World opens for the season.