Holiday World 7/6/02

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 3:56 PM

As I approached this park, I realized that it really is in the middle of nowhere. Raven's lift was clearly visible from the entrance, beckoning oncoming guests. I first got some excellent (and very reasonably priced) pizza and fries from Kringle's Cafe. Next I rode the Frightful Falls Log flume. It featured an excellent pitch black tunnel at the beginning, a few turns, and a nice little drop through the Legend's massive structure. A neat little ride.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

I was then ready to ride the famous Raven. The first drop was great into the misty tunnel and the turnaround and 2nd drop were taken at a breathtaking speed. The ride roared over Lake Rudolph and dropped back down and up again. I was finally able to catch my breath just for a second until I was hurled down an incredible airtime filled drop. The rest of the ride was wild and out of control. I rode the coaster again at dark, and can honestly say I've never experienced anything quite like it. I sat in the back seat with the lap bar a good 6-7 inches off my chest. (earlier in the day, the ride op stapled me in so bad that it was actually painful!). In the dark, Raven is even more out of control. The first 1/3 of the ride seems innocent enough, but after that the rest of the ride is in COMPLETE darkness. I had no idea where the train was going. That surprise drop gave me some extreme airtime in the back. It was a mind boggling experience.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Next up was The Banshee. This ride was closed much of the day, but re-opened in the late afternoon. This was a very fun ride that provided many seconds of negative g's.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

I then decided to ride Raging Rapids since I was in the area. This is one great rapids ride. The rapids are very intense and I loved the geyser effects and the excellent theming. Great ride.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

I then went on the Rough Riders bumper cars. These cars really make it possible for some severe collisions. I actually almost got the wind knocked out of me. Lots of fun.

Overall Rating: 7/10

I then decided to check out Splashin' Safari. It was absolutely packed beyond belief. After going through the hassle of lockers and changing clothes, I hit the wave pool. Wave pools are great, but there were just too many people and the water was very salty and sunscreen filled. I decided to get back to riding coasters.

Next up, was The Legend. I loved the way the ride comes mere feet from the queue line, making an intimidating statement to visitors. The lift hill is very fast, and before I knew it I was looking down the first drop. The first drop is amazing, it's very fast, and I love the tunnel at the bottom. By now, the coaster is screaming up the second hill as we approach Zoombabwe. Zoombabwe provided some great headchoppers as the coaster negotiated a great airtime filled drop and then another great drop straight in to another tunnel. Next up was the extremely intense double helix with 2 more great tunnels and then some more great lateral g filled turns before we dropped back down under the log flume and made our last turn up and around the queue line. Absolutely fantastic!

Overall Rating: 9/10

Holiday World is a great little park (that's been said a million times) with a nice relaxed atmosphere, great food, cleanliness, and a nice park layout. However, I did find that the friendliness of the staff is very overrated. While they weren't rude in any way shape or form, I didn't think they were any more friendly than any other park I've been to. But overall, Holiday World is a refreshing park after all the Six Flags cookie cutter parks I've been to.

Overall Park Rating: 8.5/10

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06/11/02
Photos from Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure were added plus some other small updates:
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme2/rollercoaster2/index.html

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 6:17 PM

NIce TR!

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-Sean Newman
88 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC Coaster # 100 in July.
Nitro Laps:105
B+R Launches:28

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Monday, July 8, 2002 8:33 AM
Thanks.

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06/11/02
Photos from Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure were added plus some other small updates:
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme2/rollercoaster2/index.html

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Monday, July 8, 2002 8:40 AM
I was also there that same day. We mostly stayed in Splashin Safari. The Zoombabwe is very cool but not as intense as some of the other slides. I must say that the new Legend PTC trains are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! and makes the ride a little smoother. Very cool. I have always favored Legend slightly over the Raven but even more so now!


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Feel The Adrenaline....
www.intenserides.com

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Monday, July 8, 2002 1:14 PM

Splashin' Safari just was way too crowded for me. The wave pool water was filled with sunscreen and salt, and the lines seemed to be long.

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 5:07 AM
Any other comments on this TR?

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06/11/02
Photos from Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure were added plus some other small updates:
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme2/rollercoaster2/index.html

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 12:12 PM

Well, as long as you asked...

I just wanted to add that your visit was at the end of the second biggest week in our 57-year history. As I'm sure you noticed, it was hot as blazes all week and more humid than a sauna. I think the heat index topped 100 degrees each day that week.

So by Saturday (an extrememly busy day), you didn't necessarily witness us at our friendliest. I think some hospitality was pushed aside as everyone tried to hustle to work the lines down as efficiently as possible.

This is not an excuse, just an explanation. We *should* have provided you with our very best and apparently we didn't. We're sorry for that.

Hope you can visit again--maybe on a weekday. :) I think we'd change your mind.

Thanks,

Paula

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Paula Werne
Director of Public Relations
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa Claus, Ind.
JPWerne@holidayworld.com

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 12:30 PM

...and if that right there isn't friendly, I don't know what is.

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~~~ Maddy ~~~

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 1:17 PM
I have also noticed the wave pool being salty. Is this the chemicals or is this an "ocean effect" they have added????
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Thursday, July 11, 2002 3:55 PM
Raven Maven, don't get me wrong, I thought the employees were fine, and I was amazed at their dedication to the park's cleanliness. I had a great time at the park. Keep up the great work! Your post really showed me that the park cares about it's guests. Thanks.
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Friday, July 12, 2002 1:38 PM

staceyd said:
I have also noticed the wave pool being salty. Is this the chemicals or is this an "ocean effect" they have added????


I checked with folks in the know...

Get ready for a chemistry lesson:

Sodium bicarbonate (which is baking soda) is added to the water to help control alkalinity...when it combines with the chlorine in the water, guess what is formed?

NaCl (which is salt).

Class dismissed!

Paula

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Paula Werne
Director of Public Relations
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa Claus, Ind.
JPWerne@holidayworld.com

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002 11:37 AM

this trip report was added to my site:

http://www.angelfire.com/extreme2/rollercoaster2/index.html

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06/11/02
Photos from Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure were added plus some other small updates:
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme2/rollercoaster2/index.html

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