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Raven, Holiday World - Review

Raven - Review

Holiday World

Ride Facts and Info

To celebrate its 50th season in 1995, Holiday World introduced the Raven wooden roller coaster. Located in the Halloween section of the park, the Raven features 86-foot and 61-foot drops, a low, banked curve over Lake Rudolph, and a 120-foot tunnel.

Raven has one PTC train with individual ratcheting lap bars and seat belts for restraints. The station has a very nice haunted house appearance on the outside, and includes a dark stairway leading up to the platform. The majority of the ride is located in the woods.

Ride Layout

The ride begins with a left-hand turnaround just out of the station, leading on to a straight stretch of track that takes the train back past the station and to the lift. The lift begins at the foot of the woods, and climbs about 80 feet high. At the top of the lift there is a right-hand turn that leads to the first drop. The first drop is 86 feet and features some really nice airtime in the back of the train; at the bottom of the drop there is a 120-foot tunnel.

Upon leaving the tunnel the train rises back up and into a right-hand turn, producing some good airtime in the front of the train. There then follows a small, yet airtime filled drop, before the train makes a picturesque banked curve over Lake Rudolph. By now the train is really starting to motor, although only traveling at a maximum speed of 48mph, the ride feel much faster!

After the curve, the train re-enters the woods and climbs up to take a left-hand turn. A small drop follows, featuring yet more airtime for the back of the train. There then follows a surprise 61-foot drop that produces major negative g's all the way down for the entire train - Wow! However, that's not it; from now on the ride just goes totally insane! The train is now racing through the woods, passing over sudden turns that produce some wonderful laterals. The train is totally out of control, and in the dark you just don't know which way you are going to go next.

Ride Evaluation

The ride is rather short, but you won't be disappointed! The Raven delivers a great airtime-filled first half, and an insane out of control second half. If only there was another 1,000 feet of track like the last! Even so, Raven is a great woodie, particularly in the back seat at night.

Related Links
  • Raven - Stats / Pictures
  • Holiday World - Park Info
  • Holiday World - Pictures
  • Holiday World - Review

    Ride Experience:  9/10
    Theming:  8/10
    Landscaping:  10/10
    Queuing Area:  8/10
    Station:  9/10



    Times Ridden:  16
    Best Seat:  6:2
    Best Part of the Ride:  5th drop
    Popularity:  100%
    Satisfaction:  94%
    On-ride Photo:  Yes

    Riding Sensations
    Airtime:  High
    Lateral G's:  Medium-High
    Positive G's:  Medium-High
    Out of Control:  High
    Intensity:  Medium
    Discomfort:  Low

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