American Thunder
American Thunder

American Thunder

Do you prefer your thrills over or under?

Wooden coaster design dates back to the origin of the sport from the earliest theme parks. But every year, we learn how to race faster and higher, in one mind-blowing construction after the next. Now you are going to experience the best of the old world and the best of the new.

At first glance, American Thunder looks like a classic wooden roller coaster, with mind-blowingly complex architecture rising 82-feet high over the park. But it is in fact built with ultra-modern techniques, so you are going to get that classic feel with a smoother, faster, more exciting ride than those old wooden coasters ever dreamed possible.

The adventure starts with an 80-foot drop turning at a 90 degree angle. We hope you like airtime, because American Thunder will make your body levitate out of the seat with non-stop negative Gs on hill after hill after hill. In fact, there are more than 16 different hills on this run, and every single one of them is designed to maximize float time.

You’ll have a hard time even keeping track of how many hills you’ve crested, as this serpentine track has a mind-ripping total of 14 cross-overs. Your specially-designed Millennium Flyer car will feel more like a needle threading through the impossibly twisted track, smoother than any wooden coaster you’ve ever experienced.

You will zoom through the course at a whopping 50 miles per hour through hard turnarounds and high-banking curves, while snaking through a precision-engineered masterpiece of pure wooden magic. This kind of action is timeless.

By The Numbers

Top Speed
50 mph
80 feet
2,700 feet
June 20, 2008
Great Coasters International, Inc.

What Our Guests Say

  • "We did the parent swap because our youngest did not want to ride it. This roller coaster is the most exhilerating ride in the park. Fast, with whipping turns, and you never know what is around each turn. A must ride for all roller coaster enthusiasts."
    - Emilie H From St. Louis, Mo
  • "I brought my 80 year old grandma and she loved it! Even though it is a wooden roller coaster, it is smooth and still exciting. "
    - Dana G. Farmington, Mo
  • "A fast wooden roller coaster that's very smooth which creates an amazing ride!"
    - Marc I From Woodbine, Md
  • "It runs very well and maintains a high speed throughout its course. There are several drops that provide air time, as well as some curves providing lateral forces. Great ride!"
    - Derek W. From Pataskala, Oh
  • "It's a super smooth wooden coaster with tight banked turns, and faster than you'd expect it to be."
    - Jef S. From Mo

What do you think about American Thunder?

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1904 World's Fair


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