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My brother and I went to Holiday World. I was really excited to ride my favorite wooden coasters
again, and I was especially excited about getting to ride Voyage.
It was really late in the season, so the leaves on the trees were all gone. The trees no longer hid
the rides. We could see entire layout of the coasters.
We got in line for Legend. I wanted to ride in the back seat, but it was hard to pick your seat. The
trains were folded up like an accordion and stored in a little shed. They pulled them out and
unfolded them. As they unfolded them, people started sitting down.
The cars were really weird. They were hard plastic with small molded seats. The seats were three
across. The lap bars were only metal. There was no padding on them.
My brother and I sat down in a seat. It was the third car, so I was a little upset we weren't in the
back row. I wanted airtime! I complained to my brother about the lap bar, and he said it would make
the ride better. He liked really rough rides. His lap bar had a little bit of padding on it.
The ride started, but we were actually on Raven. At the top of the lift hill, there was a slight
left turn, then a 180-degree right turn. This part of the ride was on a hill, so it was practically
on ground level. There was a slight straightaway before the first drop. There was a ride operator
sitting in a booth next to the straightaway, much like the people who sit in the booths before the
drops on log flumes.
At the end of the straightaway, just before the first drop, was another chain. When we engaged it,
it slowed down the train a little bit. I was upset that Holiday World slowed down the ride at the
highest point. Then the ride began. We dropped into a valley and went up a hill.
The second hill was on the side of a grassy hill, so we were right above the ground again. The hill
curved to the left with high banking, then it dropped and turned over Lake Rudolph. While on the
ride, I could see it in a third-person perspective. I watched us go over the second hill. I thought
the banking was really high because I wanted some lateral G's.
The trees were all gone, and the whole ride was visible. The turn over Lake Rudolph disappeared.
Instead, we were on a really long right turn just above the ground. To our right were train tracks,
and a train was traveling in the opposite direction we were going. As we passed, we waved at the
train, but I didn't notice anyone in the train wave back.
This part of the ride was a really long couple of turns. When we started turning right, some people
from the train got out and started chasing a little animal around. It was running around in little
patches of snow. I think it was a chipmunk or something like that.
The next part of the ride was a series of maybe 40-foot drops down hilly terrain. I was counting the
drops and getting ready for the famous fifth drop. I was confused that the layout seemed different,
but I figured it was just my eyes playing tricks on me because the trees weren't hiding anything.
When we got to the fifth drop, I was really psyched. The airtime was OK, but I figured it was
because I was in the third car and not the back. After the drop, I wondered how the train got to the
final brakes because I was sure this was not the way the ride really was.
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My brother and I were at Holiday World, and the park was absolutely dead. We got in line for The
Legend, and the line was about 20 people long. In the station the line split to three rows: front,
middle and back. We went to the back.
I was really excited. I kept telling Tim that it had been about five years since we last visited the
park. When we were next to get on the train, the station was nearly empty. One of the top people at
the park saw us and started chatting with us. There were a couple other higher-ups in the station,
and they decided to give us a VIP tour.
The train left the station, and we waited for it to make the cycle. I got my camera out and tried to
take a picture of the top of the lift hill, but there was a screen on the window. We kept talking to
the higher-ups, and eventually we got to talking about heat. One woman tried telling us we didn't
know heat until we lived in Tucson. Surprise, lady! We live there! That was exciting.
The air gates in the station were strange. They didn't swing out. They opened like a door in a space
ship on a TV show. They parted open.
The train started rounding the final turns, and I said, "Great! It's entering the four corners of
death." Ah, one of my favorite parts of the ride. The woman realized that we'd been there before and
that I was a coaster enthusiast.
The train entered the brakes, and my brother ran down to it. It seemed like he was going to hop on
while it was in the brake run. It came into the station, and the woman told me to sit in the front
row with her. We buckled our seat belts and the ride started.
I really wanted to ride in the back seat, but this was fine. I was with one of the managers, and she
was telling me lots of unknown information about the park. She told me one company was rumored to be
closing its doors at the end of the season. I couldn't figure it out, and she pointed to a dark
ride. Sally Corp. was going out of business, and that made me sad.
After our airtime-filled ride on The Legend, I told her I wanted a back seat ride. I also wanted to
ride Liberty Launch because I'd never ridden a Double Shot before. She was surprised that I'd never
ridden a Double Shot. I told her I'd ridden pretty much everything but a Double Shot.
We hopped on Raven in the front seat. The ride started, and I realized we didn't have our restraints
on. I buckled my seat belt. I saw her grab the lap bar, which was in front of us, lying parallel to
the track. It was bent the wrong way. To do that, there was no front to the train. It was sort of
like a floorless woodie. I reached over and grabbed the lap bar and pushed it down. I left some room
Throughout the course, I kept my arms up. She kept talking about the design of the ride and other
things in the park. Before the turn over Rudolph Lake, my arm got snagged on a tree limb for a
second because of a rubber band I had around my wrist. I took the rubber band off and anticipated
the fifth drop. It's not as good in the front seat, so I told her I wanted to get a back seat ride.
We rode again and didn't switch seats. I was a bit disappointed we didn't move to the back, but I
enjoyed talking about the park with this lady. Over the lake turn, I started thinking about riding
in the back. If my brother showed up again, he'd probably make a comment about the woman who died.
He'd say something about riding in the exact same seat as he was sitting in. I thought to tell him
not to mention it, or we'd get our VIP access taken away. People around these parts don't take
lightly the death that happened a couple years before.
Sally Corp. is a real company that makes dark and interactive themed rides. I didn't make that part up.
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I was at Holiday World as a little parade was going on. I was on my way back to Arizona from Cedar
Point, so I could only be there a little while. The owners of the park and some ACErs were sitting in
those blue, park rental strollers. They were being pushed from the park entrance to the coasters.
Up front was a guy playing Santa Claus. He had no shirt on and was covered in white hair. He was
also really fat. I wondered why the park let him go about shirtless while guests had to wear shirts.
Next to him in another stroller was Pat Koch. Behind them was Will Koch and all the ACErs.
I started to head to Raven since I wanted to get at least one coaster ride in before leaving. I was
wearing my Kraken shirt, and I thought about turning it inside out so the ride hosts didn't know I was a
coaster nut. I just covered the logo with my hands.
I hopped in line for Raven and took my camera out. There were signs in line telling me it was the
number one wooden coaster in the world. I got up to the station, and it turned out to be the line for
The Legend. There were steps on the exit side of the station, the queue crossed over the station, and
we entered on the other side. The line was about five minutes long.
They had two trains running; one was in the station and the other was on the lift hill. I got my camera
out and prepared to take a picture of the train entering the tunnel at the bottom of the first drop. I
turned the camera on and noticed that it was on the lowest resolution. I turned it to the highest and got
ready to snap the photo. The train dropped and I pushed the button, but the picture didn't get taken. I
tried to get it climbing the second hill, but it wouldn't take the picture. It turned out that I had it in
video mode, but it wasn't taking video either.
I stepped closer to the station and tried getting a picture of the train as it flew by the station, but I still
couldn't get the camera to work.