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The Legend is Probably the most underrated coaster ive ever heard of. sure, it isnt the best coaster at HW, but isnt the worst. Sure, the raven is a great wooden roller coaster, but it is too short to have major thrill. it (raven)goes at very fast speeds and has a tremendous first hill, but the Legends lift hill beats the ravens hill by far, with it being taller and it picking up more speed. and it also gets bad ratings. in 2009, i was rated the #15 wooden coaster in the world, while its neighboring coaster raven peaked at #11. the legend is always mentioned 2nd out of the 3 coasters. for the legend, tis hard being the middle child i know. all 3 coasters will always be in my top 10, but the legend will be higher then the raven and will be lower than the voyage. if the legend was the main attraction at a different theme park, it would be considered a great ride(not that it isnt already).
Most every review I had heard was that legend was the worst of the trio of legend, raven, and voyage, i'm going to have to disagree. I thought it was better than Raven (which was awesome too) and I never did get a ride in on the voyage. This coaster has some major airtime from the very first drop. The rest of the time the coaster feels literally out of control as it dives in and out of numerous tunnels. Every time you think its coming into the station it seems to even pick up more speed and keep going. This coaster is not to be missed!
Some may be surprised that I gave The Legend a 10, especially when Raven received "only" a 9 from me...Raven generally seems to be reviewed a little more favorably around here, as can be seen from their average ratings. But for me, The Legend was the quintessential perfectly balanced coaster. Much like Lightning Racer in that respect, The Legend combines forces, length, and ridability into one complete package that beckons you to ride again and again. I love the "Don't look back" voiceover as you go down the first drop, and the tunnels are great, particularly the double helix. Like all of HW's wooden coasters, both airtime and laterals are on tap in abundance, as well as a solid, mild theme in the station. Arguably the most complete ride at HW, The Legend is not to be missed, and is my #3 wooden coaster overall, behind only the legendary CI Cyclone and the newest arrival to HW in the back of the park. Honorable company indeed!
For me, it’s always a blessing to go to a park and discover a great wooden coaster. There’s really nothing quite like a great wooden ride, with that cool raw energy that it possesses. Sadly though, I’ve been to some parks that really don’t have a "great" wooden coaster. Therefore, I feel pretty lucky if I can find a park with 1 that’s worth raving about, such as the gem known as El Toro at a steel-dominated Six Flags Great Adventure. Then there are the rare parks like Knoebels, that have not one but TWO stellar wooden coasters. That’s like icing on an already delicious cake! And I’ve always felt even luckier to be near my home park of Kennywood, with (to me anyway) 3 amazing woodies in one park. I really never thought it could get much better than that – until I went to Holiday World. Holiday World is the proud home to a wooden trifecta so incredible that it is simply mind-boggling! It’s insane to say that a ride like Legend is actually my "third favorite" wooden coaster there, but that is indeed the case. Usually that might elicit responses like "Oh, so Legend isn’t really that good, huh?" Funny thing is, if Legend was the lone woodie at a different park, it would be a superstar. But, it’s here in the plains of Indiana, greatly underappreciated and log-jammed behind such world-class coasters like Voyage and Raven. Well, I’m here to say that Legend in its own right is one excellent roller coaster! In my mind, it perfectly rounds out that awesome trio, and has a unique ride that is a blast and worthy of probably more praise than it already might get.
As you enter the parking lot to Holiday World, you can see the first glimpses of Legend as it pokes above some trees on the side of Lake Rudolph. As I made an initial walk through the park upon entering, Legend definitely grabbed my attention. All I could really see was the lift and impressive first drop, as the coaster then disappeared behind slides from Splashin’ Safari and headed towards the woods. In fact, I love that about the coasters at Holiday World. You see just enough of them to wet the adrenaline appetite, but most of them are tucked behind a mask of dense forestry. What little I saw looked beautiful, from the simple but neat looking station house to the clean and stately lift. I decided that I would ride Legend first, so after snapping a few pics I entered the queue. The ride crew here, as was the case all through Holiday World, was marvelously fast and efficient, producing waits that were very minimal. Once we were checked, it was time to head off on another wonderful journey aboard a wooden star at this park.
Legend is located in the Halloween section of the park, and it is setup to mimic a wild frolic through the wilderness while being chased down by the diabolical headless horseman. The ride itself on Legend is so good that if one were to close their eyes, they’d swear that the headless one himself were hot on their trail. I love the subtle touches on Legend that add to the overall experience, such as the bell ringing as each train leaves the station, and the amazingly cool howl of the wolves as the train curves around after the lift hill heading towards the first drop. At night, that makes the ride that much more haunting and spooky. Speaking of the first drop, Legend’s is excellent. The drop is large and forceful, with some wonderful airtime. In the back, the airtime on the first drop is mammoth! By the bottom of the first drop, the coaster has picked up a ton of speed as it now cuts loose on all cylinders as it turns up towards the woods and some slides, which act several times as some great close calls. Legend holds a unique distinction with me in that I really don’t remember in vivid detail the layout, even after 7 rides on it. Part of that was due to the fact that 6 of my rides came under the cover of pitch-black, moonlit darkness, which added a great thrill to the fantastic ride. Whereas Raven is focused on airtime, Legend takes a different approa
The Legend is a completely different beast compared to Holiday Worlds other coasters...but theres something I like about it a lot. Like the other coasters at the park it is VERY intense, not for beginers. I really like the theme of the coaster and the setting is great the way it interacts with other rides. You wont find a lot of airtime here, but it has a really cool first drop, intense lateral forces and gives a long action packed ride.
I was expecting more from the Legend, but still it was a great ride. The first drop was exception as it was very tall and gave great ejector air. Following that was a twisted layout that had plenty of laterals and even a few good tunnels. It wasnt heavy on air time, but there were a few good hills and I loved how the rides layout was hidden through the woods.
This ride is my second favorite ride at Holiday World, behind the Voyage. This ride is medium speed and it has a good hill and also features a helix. This ride goes it Splashin Safari and you can view most of the water slides. You also have a chance of getting wet since you go by Zoombabwe and Zinga. Over this ride is awesome. When its a hot summer day and everyone is in Splashin Safari the wait times are about 5 to 10 minutes. This truely is a good ride. It was once rated the number 3 wooden roller coaster behind the Beast and its brother The Raaven
Date Ridden: Labor Day of 2006 and 2007. Times Ridden: 8 in all areas of the train.
This finishes up my tri-fecta of reviews concerning the great woodies at Holiday World. While the Legend is my least favorite of the three, the term "least" truly does not apply. The Legend is simply a big, long, fast, hard ride throughout the woods of Santa Clause, Indiana. The ringing of the large bell in the station house, the slow climb up the lift hill, and finally the howl at the very top through the speakers right before you take a twisting dive straight into oblivion. All of these items are small touches which take the Legend to the next level. Every seat in the train gives a great ride with the front being the best for visuals and the back being more intense with more airtime. For some reason, I find the middle of the train to offer the best combination of elements and a remarkably comfortable ride through the park. The only problem the Legend faces is its two neighbors on either side which make it a very overlooked ride. To me its a similar ride albeit a better one than Ghostrider at Knotts and the legendary Beast which Im going to ride this weekend. In any other park, this would be the primary attraction around which thrills could be built. At HW, this is just a 3rd great wooden coaster. My only problem was that for some reason the lines are always the slowest here despite the normal two train operation. The Voyage lines are normally longer but quicker and the Raven line is always quicker despite normal one train operation there. At all 4 of my visits to the park, we waited 10-15 minutes for Raven, around 15-20 minutes for the Voyage, yet wait times for the Legend have always fallen in the 30-45 minute range hence the lower number of laps I have taken on it. Its still definitely worth its ranking and I look forward to more trips to one of my favorite parks.
legend is a very complex, interesting coaster that kinda reassembles itself in my memory as a bit of a sprawling mess, but that is not to say its not great, cause it is. my issue is that it doesnt have the simple elegant smackdown of the tiny raven nextdoor, nor the epic electrical storm of the voyage down yonder - its more like a huge, oafish, brute cousin to those somewhat more balanced coasters. but i dont want this review to be a dis, because the true story is that my first ride on the legend really woke me up and injected me with plenty of adrenalin and vibratory stimulation. i found the legend to be very intense, easily as intense as a steel postive-G fest such as batman:theride. but unlike the popular, smooth vertical +Gs of a b&m invert, legend just drills the crap out of you again and again with bumpy, gruesome horizontal Gs during an endless chain of shallow, whipping dives and slams. i actually started laughing once during a circuit i took on the ride because i just found the amount of pressure pushing my torso off the right side of the train to be comically intense. it is long and wild ride, folks! the course is convoluted in the extreme, using itself, the hillside terrain and the waterpark to confuse the rider and remove any semblence of bearing on the the layout and what might lie ahead. it seems to be a series of experiments - swooping drops, tunnels, parabolic curves, flat unnatural curves, a sprinkling of airtime in choice spots, plateaus, roughness, relentless speed, weird straightaways, sprints, an eliptical undulating double helix, and every other thing but a kitchen sink. but maybe this is how legend falls a little short with me. its over-worked and top-heavy. yes its long, but there are a few dead spots and it has a sort of asthmatic, heaving rhythm to it. i have a lot of respect for this ride, and at any other park it would conquer, but holiday world has some serious genius wood going on, and thats what the rider is going to compare legend to. its inevitable that a member of a successful wood family is going to lag behind, and in this case its legend. now i love many things that are baroque, but legend takes all of the garishness of a baroque coaster design but misses out a little on negative Gs and poetic pacing. without balance baroque can seem awkward and any flaws will stand out. well i guess this review does ring more of a dis than not. but the summary: legend is what it is - a tough solid and mean wood coaster that falls slightly short of its potential.
The first drop and first couple turns are brutal, the ride promisses to be excellent, after the drop into the helix though everything is just pointless. There are several "bunny hops" that should radiate airtime, but fail to deliver on all fronts. I just dont get the excited ratings for such an average ride.
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