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Tim Vines, Tara, my brother, Virgil, DAN and I were at Holiday World. We were at the entrance buying
tickets. Tim Vines was first, and he decided to buy two tickets for two days because there was a
deal where you'd get the second ticket for half price.
Tara questioned Tim Vines and buying the two tickets because our motel was in a place called
Anchorage, Ohio. She made it sound like it was really far away, but Tim Vines said we could get back
to the park tomorrow.
I got excited because he bought two tickets. This was good news because it meant we got to spend
more time at the park. I bought my two tickets. Will Koch was at the ticket window, but I was too
excited to even thank him.
After I got the tickets, I went in the park and waited for everyone to show up. Tim Vines went back
and bought the tickets for Tara. Outside, Tara met with me, then my brother, then Virgil and DAN,
then Liz, who was one of my supervisors at Cedar Point.
I was so excited to be back, I started crying. My brother thought I was an idiot, and I tried to
tell him that it had been years since we were last at the park and that I really wanted to go again.
Tim Vines understood.
I looked to the left and saw Raven. I wanted to start on it because I remembered how good the
airtime was. It was night, and the park was really crowded. People were all over the place, and the
train at the top of Raven's lift hill was full. I didn't want to wait in really long lines, but I
was OK because we were at Holiday World.
Raven had steel supports, and the park wasn't lit well. It was hard to see on the midways.
When I was standing in the park, I was thinking about the park and how long it had been since we got
there. In the back of my mind, I was thinking about Voyage and Legend. I think I also thought once
that I realized I was thinking in some sort of situation in which I wouldn't normally think (a dream).
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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.