Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Holiday World's Thunderbird Begins Keyhole Construction

© Holiday World
How lovely is this photo of Thunderbird?  Holiday World via the ever-popular Holiblog has shared several new images of the launched wing coaster's new double keyhole element now under construction.  One of the best aspects of the Bolliger and Mabillard wing coasters has been parks' ability to create these close-encounter structures around the track.

The structure that we see being created at the park will actually provide not one but two close encounters for riders of the coaster.

This is the original rendering of Thunderbird's layout, but it shows what I mean about interacting with the structure twice.  There's just a brief pause as the train navigates the Carousel turn before heading back over top of the building, starting in-line roll at the same time.

Holiday World has also been adding the train's cars to the track in recent weeks, some photos of which can be seen here.  Thunderbird opens in only 95 days from today!