Thunderbird in the PowerPark amusement park.
|Opening date||29 April 2006|
|Manufacturer||Great Coasters International|
|Track layout||Twister roller coaster|
|Height||82 ft (25 m)|
|Drop||80 ft (24 m)|
|Length||2,713 ft (827 m)|
|Speed||48 mph (77 km/h)|
|Height restriction||130 cm (4 ft 3 in)|
| Thunderbird at RCDB |
Pictures of Thunderbird at RCDB
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