Holiday World today announced a new partnership with Prairie Farms to name their new ice cream flavor, Thunderbird to go along with the New For 2015 roller coaster which shares the same name. The ice cream will be vanilla flavored with caramel and spicy scorched pecans. The ice cream will be available at the park as well as in stores in 27 states around America. Thunderbird opens on April 25th with the opening of Holiday World. Check out the press release below.
NEW ‘THUNDERBIRD ICE CREAM’ AVAILABLE IN 27 STATES & HOLIDAY WORLD
SANTA CLAUS, IND.—–With only two weeks remaining until the new Thunderbird Roller Coaster opens at Holiday World, an edible version is rolling into grocery stores in 27 states
“Thunderbird Ice Cream is a fun collaboration between Holiday World and Prairie Farms,” says Holiday World Vice President Eric Snow. “We sampled a lot of creative flavor combinations and ultimately decided Thunderbird Ice Cream should be a delicious combination of vanilla ice cream with loops of caramel and spicy ‘scorched’ pecans.”
Thunderbird Ice Cream will be available at Holiday World this season, plus in half-gallon cartons at grocery stores that carry Prairie Farms Ice Cream in the Midwest, East Coast, and South.
Thunderbird, America’s first launched wing coaster, features a zero-to-60 miles-per-hour launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions including a 14-story launch, loops, rolls and overbanked turns.
Farmer-owned Prairie Farms Dairy is headquartered in Carlinville, Illinois. Prairie Farms will distribute Thunderbird Ice Cream as part of its “Critics’ Choice” series of specialty ice cream.
Holiday World opens for the season on April 25; Splashin’ Safari opens May 13. For more information about the parks, visit HolidayWorld.com
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.
Holiday World announced today that Sparkler will be renamed and relocated for the 2015 season. Sparkler, a 60 foot tall Zamperla vertical swing ride, was originally located in the 4th of July section of the park This ride will now be located next to Thunderbird’s launch track by the vertical loop. Located in the Thanksgivng section of Holiday World Sparkler will now be named Crow’s Nest. Paula Werne, Director of Communications at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari stated that Sparkler’s former spot will become a seating area next season and room for new expansion in 2016. Holiday World opens to guests May 15th, 2015.
Tuesday afternoon Holiday World put the last piece of Thunderbird track in place. The whole crew signed the last piece before it was lowered in to place. The coaster is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015
Holiday World may be closed for the season, but fans can tune in to see the park featured in this week’s episode of “All-American Amusement Parks” on the Great American Country channel.
This new travel show is hosted by J.D. Scott, one of the “Scott brothers” featured on several HGTV shows. Scott visited Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in August along with a family of park fans from Lexington, Kentucky.
“When the producers asked us to post on our Facebook page that they were looking for a ‘super-fan with a deep connection to the park,’ they were amazed to immediately receive many hundreds of emails,” says park president Matt Eckert. “Ultimately, they selected Gwen Lehmkuhler – who worked here seasonally as a teenage back in the 1990s – and two of her children to introduce Holiday World to J.D. Scott and the viewing audience.”
While at Holiday World, Scott and the Lehmkuhlers visited with Santa Claus and then rode Mammoth, the world’s longest water coaster, plus HallowSwings and The Voyage wooden roller coaster. Scott, who’d spent his summer visiting dozens of amusement parks for his show, declared The Voyage to be his favorite wooden roller coaster.
Great American Country satellite and cable TV channel is available in more than 62 million U.S. households. The “Themed Parks” episode of All-American Amusement Parks will premiere this Thursday at 8pm ET (7pm CT) and will air again on Friday at midnight plus Saturday at 4:30pm ET.