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Website: Holiday World Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.4186
TPC Overall Rank: #63 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 52
Last Review: 12/13/2015 8:36:00 PM
In User Top 10: 49 times.
User Tracker Count: 106 times.

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4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up hrrytraver on 6/28/2007 9:42:00 PM
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.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Ride6 on 3/4/2007 3:50:00 AM
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.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ginzo on 7/16/2006 4:38:00 PM
This is an excellent ride from the awesome howling at the first drop to the crazy laterals at the ending. The helix is the best Ive encountered, and I love how it winds through Splashin Safari. One of the best parts about Zoombabwe is seeing the Legend whizzing past while youre bored in line on the stairs. The bell ringing when they dispatch the train adds to the spooky ambience of the ride. This is the second best ride at Holiday World, because its long and relentless.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SLFAKE on 7/6/2006 12:00:00 AM
I cant add much more praise to this coaster, or do it better justice, than Timberman did in his review. He hit it dead on... so "What he said".

I will reiterate one of his points. This coaster is so wicked that you do find yourself hanging on and it almost does seem like you are trying to control horses that "are galloping away in blind panic". And the "all hell breaks lose" after the first drop is very descriptive as well. Fortunately for me, on my visit, it was a two train operation with minimal waits.

Easily my favorite coaster at Holiday World, and one of my favorites at any park.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Timberman on 5/28/2006 4:55:00 PM
Wow, this is the "hard-R" of wooden roller coaters, one whose violence, intensity, and breakneck pacing seem targeted at a small, dedicated audience but remain accessible to whoever believes they have have the stomach for them. Honestly, I tried to pay attention during my four or five rides in the front and back seats, but I dont really know what happens after the excellent, curving first drop, except to say that all hell breaks loose. The themeing is dead on if you use your imagination. I could easily picture myself galloping away in blind panic from a supernatural murderer with a large, savagely carved squash for a noggin. Think of it: You plunge suicidely over a precipice into a dark tunnel. The way ahead is obscured, but you hurtle onward, racing along the contours of the land and occasionally rearing up against or cascading down some unseen change of elevation. Something appears ahead of you, and you veer off in one direction and then the next, until youre so disoriented, youre running in circles, faster and faster, gasping for breath, being tossed this way and that, your mount now crazed with fear. All the while, things are constantly flying at, above, and around your head, which never seemed so delicately connected to your neck. Adding to the disorientation is the coasters wooded setting, its tunnels, and that weird, gauzy netting, the purpose of which eludes me. I got excellent air in the back seat off the first drop, but nothing especially memorable in the negative-G department after that. This ride seems more about unbridled intensity, heavy laterals, the sensation of speed, and, of course, abundant headchoppers. Still, the design nicely compliments the parks other coasters, which are geared more to the airtime devotee. It also makes masterful use of its surroundings, never lets up, and just keeps on going and going. Holiday World does an amazing job of keeping it so well hidden, especially considering that its over 4000 feet long. I havent had the opportunity to ride it yet at night, but I imagine that experience would be worth at least another point, so for now Im going with an 8. I also wish CCI could have thrown in a few more vertical surprises to go with all the lateral bedlam. Finally, the one-train operation on the day of my visit made time seem to pass as slowly in the schoolhouse-themed station as it did for me in the real thing. Nevertheless, if thrills with a sharp edge are what you seek, you just may lose your head over Legend.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Mikewhy on 5/21/2006 1:53:00 PM
This is a classic coaster experience, and about a perfect as a coaster of this size can get. The turns, the airtime, and the tunnels are all wonderful. This is a top 5 wooden coaster for me!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BobFunland on 5/21/2006 12:18:00 PM
This has become my new "I dont get it" coaster. The ride.. ok, a great first drop with extreme air in the back and after that... um, maybe one more good moment of air and then a layout that is helix-centric? I dont think this is my kind of ride, it simply was un-inspiring and didnt wow me much at all. And, I can only imagine how horrendous the ride was with G-trains trying to track the helix, ugh! Perhaps it just got completely overshadowwed by the other woodies at the park?

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up girghosts on 12/13/2005 7:51:00 PM
This was an amazing ride, especially for such a small park as Holiday World is. Actually, if I am thinking correctly, the tracks actually *changed* at night when it first opened; like it would go to a total diffrent set of tracks. I remember there being a sign saying "Warning, at nights, tracks shift from daytime ones."
Anyways, this is a great ride.

5 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up benleibo on 8/19/2005 6:26:00 PM - User's Top Ride #8
Legend is absoultely relentless! I had high expectations for the Legend and it exceeded them. Perhaps my only complaint about the ride is that the theming seemed lackluster and I expected better. I know that the station is supposed to be like an old schoolhouse, but if I had not known this prior to my visit I wouldnt even realize the attempt at theming. Anyway, Legend reminds me of a better version of Ghostrider. It has the same out-of-control feeling but has a more interesting layout and setting and is nowhere near as rough. The first hill is large for a wooden coaster and looking up at those flags from the line can be pretty intimidating. The trains are comfortable and are decorated nicely. One awesome thing I noticed while waiting in line is the incredible volume of the roar made by the trains as they enter the tunnel at the bottom of the first drop. Kind of cool - the trains drop and drop and then BOOM, they hit the tunnel. First drop is filled with massive floater air, especially in the back seat, and the tunnel is great. I like the long left turn that continues out of the drop. After the intense turnaround under the water slide there are good headchoppers and one hill that has awesome airtime that is sustained for several seconds. The helixes toward the end of the ride are very intense and filled with very strong laterals, some of the best on any coaster. After a few hills with some pops of airtime the trains make it back to the station after a long ride. A reminder of how relentless this coaster is can be found in the speed at which the train is going as it hits the final breaks. After the long course it is still moving very quickly. Overall Legend is one of my favorite wooden coasters and gives a great ride. Back seat is the best. Ive heard that Legend is by far the best after dark, and had I had a chance to ride at night it might be even higher on my list.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Scott on 4/18/2005 8:42:00 PM - User's Top Ride #9
I was just looking through my top ten and noticed that I hadnt reviewed legend This is it folks, coaster heaven. The wildest ride Ive ever experienced, The Legend is a truely fitting name for this unforgettable ride. An absolutely brilliant design, Legend is nonstop speed and action which will leave you breathless after every ride. The double dip is by far the best ever designed and the section that follows is frighteningly wild and out of control. You feel as if youve been chased by the headless horseman himself. Four enormously loud tunnels create a nightmarish effect on your brain. The rides finale features four very fast changes of direction with an up and down, side to side action that can only be described as insanity on wheels. The new ptc trains are much better. Not only are they very comfy they also have increased the capacity greatly reducing lines. But dont get to comfy... Even now, theres no escaping the headless horseman! :upto:

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