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A Legend in the making...

Bookmark this page and revisit throughout the winter and spring months
and watch The Legend grow and grow and grow...
(Click on any picture to view in full-screen format.)

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It's a long way up! This is the lift hill of The Legend. The clickety-clackety climb up this steep hill will take riders up 111 feet. That's the beginning of the first drop in view to the right of the top of the lift hill--before the 113-foot drop, there'll be a second or two for riders to get a great view of Holiday World and Splashin' Safari (those who have their eyes open, that is). In case you're wondering, there's still work to be done--there's no track yet! But the tracking process is underway and will be ready in plenty of time for opening day, Saturday, May 6.  (3/00)

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Here's the first drop of The Legend.This dramatic 113-foot drop will get the ride off to a smashing start. Hold on to your heads! (3/00)

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Here's how the first drop will look from the top of the lift hill. Scary, huh? Sorry, it's too late to turn back...and the Headless Horseman is in hot pursuit. Ride on! (3/00)

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Okay, we're back on top of The Legend's lift hill. On the way up the hill, take a quick peek over your left shoulder and there's The Raven! That's the high-dive pool in the lower left of the picture. And fear not, once spring arrives and the trees green up, the scene will be a lot more colorful. Both coasters are in the Halloween section, which makes it so convenient to ride one and then the other, then back to the first, and... (3/00)

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We're still at the top of the lift hill...this is the turn heading into the first drop. A quiet, peaceful time to gaze at the water park and the theme park from on high, and then--WHOOSH! Time to scream your head off! (3/00)

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The Legend is one of only two roller coasters in the entire world with four tunnels! This is the under-construction underground tunnel. Two of the other tunnels will be on the double helix. All of the tunnels will be completely enclosed (except for the entrance and exit, of course). Can you imagine the roar that will engulf you as you careen through each tunnel? Will it cover the relentless screaming and the sound of pounding hoofbeats? And the wild laughter of a unseen rider?   (3/00)

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This is the stretch of track coming away from the double helix. By now the ride is nearing its fantastic finish. This is one of the many crossovers (or crossunders in this case) in the twisted path of The Legend. (3/00)

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This is near the very end of The Legend, following the crossover we just looked at. That orange diagonal going through the center portion of the picture is the lift hill for Frightful Falls Log Flume. (3/00)

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The Legend's chief designer, Larry Bill, said he was especially challenged to make the end of the ride memorable because of the reputation The Raven has for providing a wild ride through to the last second. The ending will not disappoint! (3/00)

Construction Photos from December, 1999

Construction Photos from November, 1999

Construction Photos from October, 1999

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Construction Photos from September, 1999

Construction Photos from August, 1999



SANTA CLAUS, IN-----June 15, 1999:  The biggest expansion in Holiday World & Splashin' Safari’s history was announced this morning as the parks’ president, Will Koch, revealed plans for The Legend, a $3 million wooden roller coaster.       

"We can’t think of a better way to start off the new millenium than by building a huge new roller coaster," says Koch. "Construction of The Legend is already underway and our Guests to the park this season have been very excited about watching the work in progress…sort of a ‘Legend in the making.’"

Themed around the classic Halloween story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Legend will be located in the hilly, wooded terrain of Holiday World’s Halloween section. "We’re going to give our Guests the ride of their lives next year," says Koch, "as The Legend races through the woods as if chased in terror by the relentless Headless Horseman."

In comparison with Holiday World’s top-ranked Raven roller coaster, The Legend will be approximately half again as long, with three major drops of 113 feet and 64 feet, plus a rare spiral drop of 77 feet—and a double helix. The new coaster will also race through four tunnels, including an underground tunnel. The Legend is expected to exceed The Raven’s top speed by eight miles per hour.

"Through the internet news group rec.roller-coaster, we asked roller coaster enthusiasts from around the world for their input concerning the coaster’s design, theme and name," says Koch. "We were inundated with close to 200 emails, and we used a number of their suggestions to fine-tune the design. Plus The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was by far the most popular suggestion for name and theming." The logo, design, and statistics for The Legend are now featured on Holiday World & Splashin' Safari’s website at www.holidayworld.com, which will be regularly updated with construction photos through next spring.

The Legend will be one of the featured attractions next summer when Holiday World & Splashin' Safari host the American Coaster Enthusiasts’ summer convention, with between 700 and 800 coaster enthusiasts from around the country expected to visit the parks for two days next June.

Koch expects the addition of The Legend to increase Holiday World & Splashin' Safari’s attendance by 20 percent in the year 2000. Two new full-time maintenance jobs will be added due to the expansion, plus another 100 seasonal positions.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are now open daily. For more information, call 1-800-GO SANTA, or visit the parks’ website at www.holidayworld.com.

THE LEGEND Roller Coaster Fact Sheet

DESCRIPTION: The Legend will be Holiday World’s second wooden roller coaster to be located in the Halloween section of the park. It will be the largest wooden coaster in Indiana and Kentucky, taking over the spot from The Raven in Holiday World, which has held that position since it opened in 1995. The theme of The Legend will be The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as riders race through the woods as if chased in terror by the relentless Headless Horseman.

FEATURES: The Legend will consist of four rides through tunnels—including an underground tunnel, a series of dramatic drops—including a spiral drop, a double helix, and multiple crossovers with existing rides in Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. The ride is through thickly wooded, hilly terrain.

TRACK LENGTH: 4,042 feet

RIDE HEIGHT: The maximum height difference on The Legend will be 116 feet.

DROPS:  The most dramatic drops on The Legend will measure 113 feet, 77 feet, and 64 feet. The 77-foot drop will feature a rare spiral drop.

HELIX: The Legend will include a double helix.

RIDE TIME: 2 minutes

SPEED: Expected to exceed The Raven’s speed by 8 mph.

TRAIN: Single 24-passenger train, with six cars seating four riders each.

LUMBER: Southern Yellow Pine

RIDE CAPACITY: 550 Guests per hour

RIDERS HEIGHT: It is expected that Guests will need to be at least 48 inches tall to ride.

INVESTMENT: $3 million, largest ride project in Holiday World history.

RIDE DESIGNER: Custom Coasters, Inc., West Chester, Ohio.

MEDIA CONTACT: Paula Werne, Director of Public Relations
1-800-GO SANTA, extension 209; JPWerne@holidayworld.com

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