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Park News parkworld-online.com Thunderbird! Winged launch coaster launches at Holiday World


The world's first LSM launch wing coaster has taken flight at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana. From Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M), the 3,035ft- long (925 m) steel rollercoaster features a zero-to-60 miles-per-hour (0-97kmh) LSM launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions, including a 14-storey (140ft/43m) Immelmann loop, Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and a loop soaring 125 feet (38m) in the air. Continuing Holiday World’s tradition of sending rollercoasters through its thickly wooded and hilly terrain, Thunderbird at first soars and loops in the air and then hugs


the ground, surprising riders with rapid-fire “near misses” such as keyholes, themed elements, other rides, trees and even the ground. Located in the park’s Thanksgiving section, Thunderbird’s $22 million price tag is more than twice the amount of any other single-ride investment at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in the park’s 69-year history. A full report will follow next issue.


Ferrari World more rides on the way


Home to what is still the world’s fastest rollercoaster after six years (the 240kmh/150mph Formula Rossa), Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is to enter a phase 2 re-development with the addition of several new coasters and attractions. Garmisch Consulting Group, a design and development group associated with TAA Industries, has revealed that it has been retained develop the concept. scenic and technical design of the new signature ride as part of the process. “Our goal is to create a spectacular Ferrari attraction for the park and


a reference in the industry,” says a spokesperson for the German-based company, which recently opened a UAE office. TAA will be responsible for producing and installing all scenic element


of the ride. Sorry we can’t be more specific about the project at this stage, but you know how it goes.


8 MAY 2015


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