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 Review of Raven @ Holiday World
3 Rating Posted by: shag9004 on 9/18/2007 8:58:00 PM
Date Ridden - Labor Day of 2006 and 2007 Times Ridden : 11 in every seat imaginable including a final ride at night on the front this past Labor Day.

I find it very difficult reviewing some of these outstanding rides that you guys have already said virtually everything about. I do not wish to repeat things that have already been stated but it is difficult coming up with new things to say about these wonderful coasters. Some people feel that the Raven is overrated or too short but the fact of the matter is that this is just a wonderful little ride. It is much better ridden in the back when its signature 60 foot drop in the middle of the course hits you by surprise but our final ride of the day in the front was also wonderful. Flying through the woods with the wind in your face in pitch black dark with no clue where you are going is just a great feeling (bordering on nirvana) for a coaster enthusiast. That ride for me, despite lacking the insane ejector air that the back seat offers, was probably a perfect 10. It capped off a a great day of hanging out with friends, riding all the great rides in the park including the Legend (review coming later) and the Voyage (still great despite the mid-course breaks). Holiday World is a wonderful park and all three of their coasters deserve the high ranks that they receive. I can even see how pure woodie fans would prefer the Raven over the Voyage as you simply feel that you are riding a piece of "old-fashioned" perfection. The Raven is and probably always will be a wonderful ride at one of Americas great family theme parks. I know that I didnt give you any new mind-blowing facts but for this tough little coaster there is not much more that can be said. The Raven is a very solid 9 with night rides in any seat making for possible 10s.

Review Comments

sowinski on 9/19/2007 11:17:50 AM said:
Good review. I rode this coaster for the first time this summer and although it was good, I liked both the Voyage and the Legend more. On my rides I thought that there was a clear division between the 3, so I would have a bit of trouble giving this coaster a 9. Its about an 8.5 for me. However, as a result of the embarassment of wooden riches at this park, this coaster probably doesnt even get all of the respect it deserves, from me included. Almost anywhere else, this would be the parks centrepiece, wood or otherwise, but at Holiday world it is not even the best wooden coaster.
ginzo on 9/19/2007 5:00:20 PM said:
Try Raven at night. Its like a bat out of hell. Very few coaster experiences can match that.
hrrytraver on 9/19/2007 6:31:38 PM said:
i love the raven like few coasters ive been on. im of the camp that lyricism trumps virtuosity, and the raven is among the most lyrical coasters anywhere. from the second the chain disconnects on raven, great stuff happens and all of the elements add a new layer to what happened before it. its shocking how relentless and fast this little coaster is. i loved the wood at HW, but riding this thing first upon arriving at the park made the legend and voyage seem a little overwrought. the fact that such a good ride was made so inexpensively and the fact that it opened a new option for an earnest small parks to make a big statement makes me love it even more. if all small parks had a compact, ass-whoopin, ultra-efficient thrill machine like the raven id be a happy guy. i may even eschew the behemoths like voyage in favor of something as diminutive, yet fun and wild as the raven.
Timberman on 9/19/2007 9:59:12 PM said:
Interesting points by all concerned. I totally agree that the Raven, although rather short, packs in everything needed for a great, complete ride, and then some. That this and Voyage could exist in the same park is particularly remarkable, since, for me at least, they succeed equally well on opposite ends of the size spectrum. While I love them both, Id probably rather see more rides like Raven built in the future, since few parks could handle a ride of Voyages magnitude, and even Holiday World apparently has its hands full keeping it running in top shape. Hrrys right that Voyage can seem a little overwrought, but I love it for that, just like I love Raven as a miracle of roller coaster economy.
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