McSalsa Posted August 22, 2011 Share Posted August 22, 2011 Hello! I went to Holiday World yesterday, so now, prepare for a very unique trip report. First though, the ride rating system...as usual. 10=Amazing. A briliant ride with only super minor flaws I adored. 9=Excellent. A great ride with only minor flaws. 8=Very Good. A solid ride, but it has a flaw or two. 7=Good. Worth riding. 6=Decent. Worth riding if there's a super short line. 5=Meh. Skip it. 4=Bad. Avoid it! 3=Garbage. RUN! 2=Poop. AAAAHHHH!!! 1=Superpoop. The worst ever? 0=Ultrapoop. I stand corrected on the above. DEPATURE AND ARRIVAL AT HOLIDAY WORLD Our group consisted of me, my best friend, my sister, and her friend. We left our house at 6:00AM, and were headed for Holiday World by 6:30. Around 8:00AM, we got hungry and stopped at a truck stop McDonalds- first time I had ever been to a truck stop before. It was cool, they had lots of neat stuff. None of the 3 stores inside (McDonalds, Subway, or Truck Stop) were able to sell fountain drinks, however, due to a water main break nearby. Thankfully, the Truck Stop had bottled $0.99 Pepsi! After 3 hours of driving, at 9:30, we arrived at Holiday World. The clock went back one hour as HW runs on a different time zone, so we waited for the Halloween section to open so we could run to The Raven. The hour went by quite fast, during which my sister and her friend took pictures with Santa, not avaliable here though. Sorry. The park opened at 9:30, and we headed for Raven, where we got on Train #1 of the day! RIDE #1: THE RAVEN Wait Time: Walk-On (Ran and beat the crowd!) The Raven, a legendary wooden roller coaster famous for its sudden drops, steep turns, and airtime...did something SHOCKING. And, for a coaster enthusiast, the next line may horrify you: RAVEN HAD NO AIRTIME ON THIS RIDE!!! This came as a complete and utter shock to me as well, as I rode Raven back in May 2010 and then it was PACKED with the stuff. This time, nothing. However, even with this key element missing, The Raven was still a fun ride. The twists and turns through the woods, over the lake, and tunnels still did their job. A very good, fun ride but the lack of airtime on a woodie known for it was NOT a good thing. Score: 9/10 After Raven, we headed for Legend. We found the ride had a very short line, in fact, some seats were walk-ons. I began to doubt some comments I heard on another topic I started "Holiday World crowds on a Sunday in Late August" that said "THE PARK WILL BE SUPER CROWDED!". Turns out, my doubts were correct. More on that later. RIDE #2: THE LEGEND Wait Time: 5 Minutes (some seats were Walk-On, but we wanted to ride together) Legend climbed its lift hill, and dropped into its first drop...guess what? Legend didn't have any airtime on its first few drops, either. As I began to loose hope, Legend suddenly came to life midway through the ride...a sudden burst of ejector air, and then strong laterals and roughness...and stronger laterals...stronger! Stronger! Stronger! Well, guess Legend wanted to prove it was still the King of Lateral Gs after Beast showed some to me earlier this year. Legend is by far the most FORCEFUL coaster I have ever been on. Not so much "rough", but the laterals are legendary. The only reason I'm not giving Legend the full 10/10 is because of the slow start. Score: 9/10 Legend was good, but still not running at 100% and left me craving still more airtime. There was ONE wooden coaster left. The Voyage. The #1 rated wooden roller coaster in the world, according to Amusement Today. Surely, it could not fail to give airtime...could it? RIDE #3: THE VOYAGE Wait Time: 5 Minutes (Oh crowds, where art thou?) If my memory serves me correct, last time I rode Voyage, I nearly flew out of my seat and thought I was going to get my head chopped off on every airtime-then-tunnel combo Voyage threw at me, creating an epic ride that launched Voyage into my #1 favorite coaster spot at the time. This time, however, my butt barley even left the seat until the turn-around course, where I got just a little floater air on some of the small hills. What to blame for this? Well, I was STAPLED IN by the ride ops, which was probably a big factor- I don't remember all the way, but I think the lapbar was a little higher when I rode in May 2010, resulting in MUCH more airtime. Add the roughness to the mix, which had increased since my last ride and the wheels sounded like the needed some serious work as though the train hadn't been worked on in a few years. All 3 woodies were good, but not their finest showing... Score: 9/10 Good rides on the 3 woodies, but the lack of any ejector air, save that one burst on Legend, kept them from 10/10 status- especially since I've had better rides on all 3. Well, we moved on to our next ride, and our 1st water ride- Pilgrums Plunge. RIDE #4: PILGRIMS PLUNGE Wait Time: 5 Minutes (are you seeing a theme here yet?) Well, the woodies weren't at their best, but good old Pilgrims Plunge was running great! Rising 140 feet up, tilting, and then coming down at over 50mph into a wave of water...pure fun. Simple, but fun. Score: 9/10 After PP, Splashin' Safari opened up for the day and we headed in. We realized we needed to get a locker and did so, then headed for a nearby attraction... RIDE #5: THE WAVE Wait Time: None (Seriously, why would this have a wait time?) A nice, refreshing dip into cool water...always nice. I made sure to get wet here, even though I would get much wetter soon... Score: 7/10 After the Wave, it was time for a ride I had yet to ride, Bakuli. RIDE #6: BAKULI Wait Time: 5 Minutes (not even Splashin' Safari had long waits...) HOLY COW!!! Bakuli kicks butt! This waterslide sends riders into total darkness, spins them around and ejects you into a giant "toilet bowl"! And at HIGH SPEED! What a fun ride. Sorry ZOOMbabwe, I have a new #1 water ride... Score: 10/10 After Bakuli, we decided to try the ONE thing that would really determine crowd levels. How long was the line for...WILDEBEEST? RIDE #7: WILDEBEEST Wait Time: 20 Minutes (confirmed, not crowded today! ) After being dissapointed with the airtime levels on the 3 woodies, a sudden hero emerged and its name was Wildebeest! Last time, my eyes were sore and I could not enjoy the ride 100%. This time, that was not the case...and wow! A waterslide with airtime!?!? Epic. Even better than Bakuli! And something even greater looms in 2012...Mammoth. Score: 10/10 After Wildebeest, we hit up the Bahari Wave Pool. RIDE #8: BAHARI WAVE POOL Wait: These things get wait times!?!? Not quite as relaxing as The Wave, since the waves are much bigger here...but they have TIKI TIKI WATER DUDES! Always nice to see them. Score: 7/10 Next up was...Jungle Racer. However, I FLOPPED and could not for the life of me figure out how to "Go!". I threw in the white flag and gave up after the ride op seemed to ignore me asking for help. Result: DNF After that flop, we headed to ZOOMbabwe. My former favorite waterslide at Splashin' Safari. RIDE #9: ZOOMbabwe Wait: 15 Minutes ZOOMbabwe was pretty much Bakuli, minus the funnel at the end and much taller and longer. A fun ride but now that I have seen Bakuli, this otherwise great waterslide is just outclassed. Still well worth riding though, and the 3rd best water ride Splashin' Safari has to offer. Score: 9/10 The crowds were FINALLY starting to build up at this point (some attractions finally had some short lines besides Wildebeest). My sister, who had been eyeballing Monsoon Lagoon before this trip, finally saw it in real life and so we did it next. RIDE #10: Monsoon Lagoon This is like a army-style training challenge, but with lots and lots of water thrown in! Climb nets, shoot cannons, and all that good stuff. There were also a few waterslides, but the one I tried sucked. It was super slow and a 5-year-old crashed into me as I hit the bottom! Ouch! Score: 7/10 Next up, we needed some R&R, so it was off to Bahari River. RIDE #11: Bahari River Wait: None, of course...they have like a million tubes for this ride! This was a nice attraction. Basically, you float down a river with canyons of water around you...it is fun when you go right under a waterfall. Or team up with your friends and form a "fleet"! Score: 7/10 After the Bahari River, we got hungry and headed for some snacks. I got the Cheese-Filled Breadsticks, which is supposed to be a Holiday World favorite. They were pretty good, and my sister didn't finish her french fries, which were...ok, but nothing worth writing home about. I'd go as far to say that I perfer most fast-food places fries to these. Afterwords, we got dressed and decided to check out the 4th of July section that I had skipped the previous visit (well, besides Raging Rapids). First ride: Raging Rapids! (LOLZ) RIDE #12: Raging Rapids Wait: Walk-On Raging Rapids is a good ride, but I didn't get very wet at all, but the theming was well done and these are just fun to ride with friends and family. However, I perfer Kings Island's Whiter Water Canyon over this. Score: 7/10 After Raging Rapids, we started to hit up some rides I didn't ride during my previous visit, beginning with Liberty Launch, Holiday World's S&S Power Double Shot ride. RIDE #13: Liberty Launch Wait: 10 Minutes "OK...this thing looks weak and tame...well...OH FUDGE!!!" Liberty Launch actually packs a decent punch, and it's because it has some solid airtime. Besides this, though, it is a little weak. A good flatride, but not great. Worth the short wait it had. Score: 7/10 After LL, it was on to Paul Revere's Midnight Ride. According to Terpy, this ride was better than KI's version. Ride #14: Paul Revere's Midnight Ride Wait: 15 Minutes (loading/unloading is super slow here!) Well, Terpy...you were right! This ride spun a bit more, and had a few tricks up its sleeve compared to the KI version. A fun, underrated ride. Score: 8/10 And then, we decided to head for Pilgrums Plunge, but realized Voyage had a short wait. Might as well give it another chance...it couldn't lack airtime twice, could it? Ride #15: The Voyage II Wait: Walk-On BEFORE THE RIDE... Me: Yay! I am not stapled in this time! Now I will get more airtime! WHOO... (Ride op comes up and staples me in) Me: ...NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOO!!! Well, ok, I was stapled in again...however, we also sat in the middle this time, not the front, so there was an increase in airtime. From "very little" to "lots of...floater fair that would probably be ejector air but haha you are stapled in!". And, the ride was EXTREMELY ROUGH. We were getting thrown around, tossed, turned, and everything in between. My friends all had some sort of pain after the ride. However, what about me? I...was fine. No pain, nothing, actually enjoyed the ride quite a bit in spite of no ejector air. I must be one of those hardcore wooden coaster fans who isn't bothered by roughness or something. Nonetheless, I am well aware that not everyone enjoys rides THIS rough, so...WHERE ARE THE TIMBERLINERS? (Another reason I want them: from the looks of it, seems you cannot be stapled in them like PTC trains!) Score: 10/10, but my friends loathed it due to roughness After Voyage, everyone (save me) was so "roughed up" we headed only for the smooth rides- and Gobbler Getaway was right there for us. Ride #16: Gobbler Getaway Wait Time: 5 Minutes This dark shoot-em-up ride is fun, and well themed. The animatronics were great, and there are a few suprises along the way. Only thing is, I SUCK! My score? 150... Score (Ride Rating): 8/10 My On-Ride Points Score: 150 After Gobbler Getaway, we hit our "target" at last for another ride on Pilgrims Plunge. It was the same as the above, so no need to make more comments on it. Ride #17: Pilgrims Plunge Wait Time: 10 Minutes SEE ABOVE FOR COMMENTS ON THIS RIDE. Then we went to Splashin' Safari again. First up, Congo River. Ride #18: Congo River Pretty similar to the Bahari river, but shorter and less interesting. And I nearly fell out of my raft a few times. Not as well themed either. Still respectable. Score: 7/10 Then, it was time to conquer the FINAL huge waterslide, ZINGA! Ride #19: ZINGA Zinga packed an intense drop and dark tunnel, and the funnel section was crazy. More fun then I remembered this ride being last time. Still only 4th best in the waterpark, though, behind Wildebeest, Bakuli, and ZOOMbabwe. Score: 8/10 After Zinga, we hit Wildbeest and Bakuli again before we decided we had had "a full day", as were all sore (me from sunburn, not wooden roughness) and wanted to get home. Ride #20: Wildebeest II (30 Minute Wait, longest of day) Ride #21: Bakuli II (5 Minute Wait) SEE ABOVE FOR THESE RIDES! However, before we left, there was unfinished business. Last time, I was unable to buy Fudge because my best friend's uncle bulled me into helping buy a Pizza. But this time...FUDGE!!! REVIEW OF HOLIDAY WORLD'S FUDGE AND MS. KLAUS' KITCHEN STORE The fudge at Holiday World is, to put it lightly...AMAZING! It comes in a variety of flavors, all of which looked great. I went with classic chocolate. However, my best friend, upon tasting the fudge, bought 5 of them for $12 (Buy-4-get-1-free sale today!). The store that sells this fudge also boasts a HUGE collection of antique toys and Abraham Lincoln memorabila, so if you ever visit Holiday World, you need to see this shop and try this fudge! They also have free samples. Well, after we got the fudge, we left and now here I am. Final overview: THE GOOD STUFF +Wooden Roller Coasters, even if they weren't 100% on this day. +The Waterpark. This place rocks, and will be even better next year when Mammoth joins the party. +The Staff. Clean and friendly...but everyone knows that! +Clean Park. Do I need say more? +Free drinks, and sunsreen, and more. +Short Lines for almost EVERYTHING...all day! (or 90% of it, at least) THE BAD STUFF -Why did I have to catch the woodies on a bad day...not the park's fault, but it sucks. -Park needs more dry thrill rides. The wooden coasters are great, but the park needs more. We, as thrill seekers, would have gotten bored had it not been for the waterpark. OVERALL Holiday World is a great park, even if it is a bit small, the waterpark makes up for it. With 3 great wooden coasters (read my old HW trip report, they are better than they showed today) and free soda, what more do you want? I hope you enjoyed this trip report. Comments and questions welcome. MCSALSA AWAY!!! UPDATE: 8/27/2011 Forgot about Raging Rapids while writing this trip report! OOPS! Put it in now though, raising my daily ride total to 21 rides on the day...a new McSalsa record! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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