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Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 52 inches

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America's first launched wing coaster, this $22 million Bolliger & Mabillard coaster opened to the public on April 25, 2015.

With a 1:18 ride time, this isn't the longest coaster, and at a top speed of 60 mph, it isn't the fastest, either. But it is an non-stop collection of looping and twisting elements, set in the Indiana woods, where those branches seem of-so-close as you fly by on either side of the track.


This is among my favorite roller coasters I have ridden in the last couple of years. The launch is exceptionally smooth, but with plenty of kick. The restraints are very comfortable and allow you plenty of breathing room for the screaming you may do. It is a bit of a hike to get to the station so be prepared for this. Overall the ride is great and one of the most fun coasters I have been on. 9/10
Thunderbird isn't the longest, fastest, tallest, or most intense coaster at Holiday World, but it is the "funnest". Loved this ride. It easily ups the ante for winged coasters with its unique launch element, and cements Holiday World's position as one of the best regional parks on the planet.

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