Raven and Legend - how do they relate?

Monday, December 8, 2003 9:51 AM
Hey all -

I'm working on one of my final papers for college (4 days til Graduation!) which deals a lot with Holiday World (thanks for the interview Paula!) and I'm stuck on something and wanted the opinion of someone who's been there. I stated in my paper that Raven and Legend are based on Poe's "The Raven" and Hawthorne's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and my prof loved the idea and wants me to expand on it ... which I can't do! How are these rides "based" on those stories? Is it just a theme for the stations and something cool to call them or does the Legend have an airtime hill that looks like a covered bridge over a small stream? ;)

Anyone?

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Monday, December 8, 2003 9:56 AM
I would say that the tunnels on Legend simulate the "covered bridge" for me. Don't forget the howling at the top along with the ominous warning "Don't...look...back..."
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Monday, December 8, 2003 10:40 AM
Well, the Legend probably simulates the ride of the Headless Horseman, or someone being chased by the Headless Horseman. With all the tunnels, a rider might fear becoming headless.

With the Raven, I dunno what to tell you. The poem is more about quiet suspense than outright terror.

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Monday, December 8, 2003 10:47 AM
The tunnels are all I could think of with Legend, and the Raven I was just clueless on other than a kick-butt name for a coaster ;) Whatever, I just want to be done - that part will be ... DELETED!
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Monday, December 8, 2003 11:08 AM
Well... Raven is a bird... Birds fly... Birds live in trees...

Raven the roller coaster can really fly (speed) and goes through the trees?

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Monday, December 8, 2003 11:53 AM
I heard that it was a relatively long woodie, can't you say that it goes on "forevermore"?

That was really bad I know, I just couldn't resist.

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Monday, December 8, 2003 12:10 PM
Sorry, Turbo. Raven is one of the shortest rides I've ever ridden.
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Monday, December 8, 2003 12:12 PM
Also, keep in mind they are both appropriately located in the Halloween section of the park.
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Monday, December 8, 2003 12:43 PM
http://www.thrillride.com/SpecialFeatures/Raven/Raven.html

Scroll to the bottom and take a look at the three "Eerie coincidences". That may help you a bit.

-Nate

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Monday, December 8, 2003 1:58 PM
You might want to look into Poe's influences. Perhaps Washington Irving's stories had a big influence on him as a kid. And if one didn't influence the other, perhaps there was something about the culture of the colonies and culture that developed a little later that influenced both. Why such darkness? Were they both heavy drinkers? Did American folklore have bearing on Poe's writing? Did American (New York)folklore come unabridged from Dutch folklore?

There are a lot of angles to look into.

By the way, I originally assumed you meant to explain how they relate to each other, not to the ride...in which case, I'd go with the above comments. But if you want extra credit, consider taking a look at how they relate to each other. That'd be neat. *** Edited 12/8/2003 7:00:45 PM UTC by janfrederick***

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Monday, December 8, 2003 2:43 PM
On the Raven , you're in the air most of time , like a bird......

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And that final section is like it swooping getting ready to kill.

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Monday, December 8, 2003 4:53 PM
I used the line, "You feel as if you're riding on the back of this beastial bird as it haunts it's prey", in a paper I wrote last semester for school. Good Luck

Wood - anything else is an imitation

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Monday, December 8, 2003 4:55 PM
FYI, if you're going to use Thrillerman's line in your paper, use "bestial" instead... and drop the apostrophe from "it's." :)

Jeez, I'm the grammar police today. Sorry.

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Monday, December 8, 2003 7:09 PM
I remember one of the spiels they had on The Legend. Well, some of it. It ended with, "as you race across the twisted track, please remember: don't look back." I doubt that'll help, but I thought it was a neat rhyme. The whole "don't look back" thing is about the Legend of Sleepy Hollow since the headless horseman was chasing you.
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Monday, December 8, 2003 7:18 PM
Oops, I'm busted!! Den's right. Sorry, my bad. :(
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Monday, December 8, 2003 7:29 PM
Yea Vater, I mentioned the Halloween thing. Janfred, it was a paper about work, not a literary paper, so I was actually looking at just how the coasters' layouts and such related to the stories they were named for. Thanks for the ideas people, but the paper's already in - senioritis got the best of me and I ended up just leaving it ambiguous =) If she's really that curious, she can hit up www.HolidayWorld.com! One step closer to graduation ... 3 days!
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