EDIT- (I wasn't trying to make this a flame topic against Raven or Legend, I just used that as a personal example of a rating I didn't understand, thanks for clairifying though that they are just popularity ratings for the most part. I'm sure both rides are better than I felt they were and one day i'm sure I will give them a second chance. Sorry if this was looked at as a TOS type post, I thought it was along the same lines as the "why do you liek the beast" topic. So far I feel like being new has made me more a target than vet posters. :( *** Edited 6/29/2004 3:09:44 PM UTC by blotich***
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The poll that probably has the most clout (or at least the most math involved) would be Mitch Hawker's poll. http://www.geocities.com/wcoasterpoll/
It's the one that holds the most water with me, anyway.
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I think Legend is an amazing coaster, but I personally did not like The Raven. There was recently a discussion on this in anoter topic. You aren't the first to be dissapointed by those coasters, but I don't think it is just the coasters that people enjoy at Holiday World, it is the atmosphere with friendly employees, free drinks, and a unique looking park.
That is the short answer. If you are looking for why people voted them so high, here are some things that enthusiasts tend to like in a coaster: Airtime, lateral forces, an interesting layout, quality tracking, good pacing, tunnels and head choppers that enhance the experience, an "out of control feeling", and of course, personal taste.
When you are new to coaster riding, usually all that matters is higher, faster, and going upsidedown more times. However, those thrills are the kind you get used to and they loose their effect to some degree eventually. I bet there is some small coaster that thrilled you at one point in you life, but now you want bigger. It is not like those things don't matter to enthusiats, but other things take precidence eventually. Coasters like Raven and Legend give great rides that are just as thrilling after several rides in a row as they are the first time.
ESPECIALLY when comparing it to something like Adventure Express, which is clearly a completely different ride style. Ride Raven and Legend at night, after a long day of warming up, then see if you'll still make the same comparison...
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