LA Times has recently confirmed that Action Park in Vernon, NJ has indeed purchased a Looping Water Slide made by Sky Turtle Technologies (http://www.skyturtletech.com/).
Action Park was home to the Cannonball Loop, for about a week that is, in 1985. The ride was closed due to safety concerns but the park has always had the fame of the only park with a true vertical looping water-slide. In 2016 the park will once again be able to have that title and with a lot less of the safety concerns.
Clint and Legend were able to interview Lance Fisher, president of Sky Turtle Technologies, at IAAPA this year. You can check out the interview and testing footage of this incredible ride below!
Holiday World sent us a Press Release on the successful First Launch of Thunderbird, their New for 2015 launched wing rider. This coaster is build and manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard who are known for creating some of the worlds greatest coasters. Holiday World and Thunderbird open on April 25th, 2015. Below is the press release and POV Video!
THUNDERBIRD’S FIRST TEST LAUNCH
DEEMED HUGE SUCCESS
SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–Twenty water-filled test dummies got the ride of their lives today as they experienced the first flight of the nation’s only launched wing roller coaster.
As this week’s snow thawed, Thunderbird roared to life this afternoon and launched its first train 14 stories into the cloudless sky at 2:03pm, completing a full ride circuit on its first try.
“We’ve been joking that on this day when we usually ‘spring forward’ to Daylight Savings Time, we decided to launch forward,” says Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “This is a huge milestone for us – Thunderbird is the greatest investment we’ve made since we opened in 1946. Our season begins in just seven weeks.”
Thunderbird, Holiday World’s first major steel roller coaster, features a zero-to-60 miles-
per-hour launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions – including a 14-story Immelmann loop, Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and a loop soaring 125 feet in the air.
Continuing Holiday World’s tradition of sending roller coasters through its thickly wooded and hilly terrain, Thunderbird at first soars and loops high in the air and then hugs the ground, with rapid-fire “near misses” such as a fly-through barn, stone chimneys, other rides, trees, and even the ground.
Holiday World opens for the season on April 25, with the premiere of Thunderbird. Splashin’ Safari opens May 13. For more information about the parks and seasonal job opportunities, visit HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-463-2645.