Coaster Crazy, or: Woodpecker's trip to America, part 3

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Coaster Crazy, or: Woodpecker's trip to America, part 3

Post by Sora » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:06 am

We arrived at Holiday World a bit later than planned, got our passes and were led down to the roofed picnic area by the park staff. The picnic area was already rammed with ACE members, and I was stunned by just how many families there were. I thought this was going to be a geek fest where most people had come on their own. WRONG. The Koch family were there to bring us up to date with things that had been happening (a loud cheer, followed by good-natured laughter greeted the news that the Timberliners would be ready for next season) and a small group of singers sang a song about Holiday World, followed by a bit more talking from the staff and then we were let loose into the park for ERT.

First up was Raven. The queue entrance is framed by two gothic gates with victorian lamps, and we made our way through the empty switchbacks up to the station. Kat and I sat down in the penultimate row and the train set off, down through the transfer shed and on to the lift. I'd looked at the ride from the carpark and thought the lift itself wasn't very tall. We crested the top and with a little airtime as the train was pulled into the first drop, we accellerated straight into a tunnel followed by an airtime bunny hop. It was quite obvious that this ride meant business in a way that The Beast did not - in some ways it was more intense right off the lift. Another airtime hill followed and we plunged down towards Lake Rudolph. Suddenly we were slammed into the turn with near greyout-inducing laterals before the track switched direction and swooped up the other way. A gentle drop followed, then a short straight piece of track and a brief pause as the train slowed before curving over the legendary fifth drop. I had just enough time to think, "This doesn't look too bad" before the train rapidly accelerated at the bottom of the drop and the ride turned into a maelstrom of forces and turns. A final curve up to the left lined the train up with the station and the brakes slammed on as if someone had pushed the E-stop. Raven instantly knocked The Beast down to number 2 on my list. It was fast, aggressive, and had airtime - I couldn't wait for another go round! After a few more rides it was time to head to The Raven's neighbour...

...The Legend. The Legend's queue is a different in that in runs adjacent to the last two turns and the brake run. The ride also has the most overbuilt lifthill I've ever seen. If an earthquake and a tornado hit the park, the one thing left standing would be that lift hill. With three rings of the school bell the train dispatches. At the top there is a brief swoop curve and then the train makes a swooping dive to the left into a tunnel. Unlike Raven, the intensity of the ride hits you immediately. The ride comes out of the tunnel, over a curving hill, and then shoves riders to the left as it negotiates a swooping turnaround. This is a ride which specialises in lateral forces from the get-go. Then came an airtime bunny hill and a slow airless hill. I can't remember much of what happened next until without warning the train hit the helix and on came the hard laterals again. The remainder of the ride was largely straight lines inteprposed with the "four corners of death". Again, the brakes SLAM on, this time so fast that they actually hold the train on the upstops. You can hear the road wheels spinning until the brakes release, and you hear and feel a thud as the train lands back on the road wheels. Coming off the ride, I loved its relentless intensity. When I used to design lots of coasters on Rollercoaster Tycoon I'd always see how intense a ride I could build before the peeps had had enough. It was obvious that this coaster had been designed in a similar way. With a few rides on Raven and Legend under our belts, there was one coaster left to tackle...and that will have to be covered in the next trip report! :smile:

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Re: Coaster Crazy, or: Woodpecker's trip to America, part 3

Post by CptBeeble » Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:28 am

Legend is a weird coaster for me. The first time I rode it, I couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. I didn't like it much at all, didn't think it lived up to the hype, and found the whole ride pretty uncomfortable.
It was running those godawful Gerstlauer trains back then. Laterals + G-trains = pain. Lots of pain.

The Gs got replaced with PTCs and I had another go. I liked it more, but that's only to say that I didn't hate it. It went from WTF up to SMH, basically, and I still thought it was highly overrated. I generally did one ride on it, then moved on to Raven (and in later years, Voyage) for the rest of the day.

A few years ago, I was on my way out of the park, having ridden Raven several times and Voyage as many times as my body would allow, and as I passed Legend I noticed that there were empty rows on the train. A quick glance at the queue showed it was a walk-on, so I figured what the hell, and headed down for a ride, the first of the day. I was completely blown away by it. There were laterals, there was speed, there was airtime, there was a relentless out-of-control feeling throughout, and I was breathless by the time it hit the brakes. I cursed myself for not riding it earlier, as I was out of time and didn't have the ability to take advantage of the empty queue.

Went back the next year and found it still as good as before. Rode many times that day, and ended the day putting Legend in my top ten, up nearly fifty spots from where it had been before. I don't know if it changed or if I changed, but I freaking LOVE that coaster now.

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Re: Coaster Crazy, or: Woodpecker's trip to America, part 3

Post by Paul Drabek » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:29 am

I am the opposite on The Legend. I miss the Gerstlauer trains primarily due to the lack of a seat divider. Back with the G trains The Legend's finale was called the "Four Corners of Death" due to the intense lateral forces. You would slam back and forth against your riding partner and if they weren't expecting it you might end up with someone in your lap. That ending is sorely missed with the PTC'S.
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Re: Coaster Crazy, or: Woodpecker's trip to America, part 3

Post by CptBeeble » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:12 am

Mega Zeph is the only coaster I ever rode with G-trains that ever made it into my top ten.

It was actually #1 until I rode Voyage a few years later.

Looking back on it, if MZ had been running MilFlyers, I'm betting it would've been bought and saved by now, since it would've likely been on everyone's top ten.

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