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Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

When someone mentions the tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" there are words that come to mind that describe the story that can also be used by some to describe a roller coaster ride.

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a timeless tale about a poor schoolteacher named Icabod Crane, who meets his fate in the Sleepy Hollow during a terrifying encounter with the Headless Horseman. The story concludes with a frightful chase through the pitch-black woods with the Headless Horseman in close pursuit of Icabod.

Legend Roller Coaster ConstructionThis year Holiday World and Splashin' Safari, an amusement park well known for their wooden masterpiece the Raven, will introduce a second wooden roller coaster themed after this popular tale.

The Legend, the wooden version of this literary masterpiece, follows the story as train full of brave riders' race through the woods as if chased in terror by the relentless Headless Horseman. Scary...thrilling... suspenseful.... You bet. In fact the Legend is gonna knock your socks off, especially after dark.

Built in the Halloween section of Holiday World, The Legend will travel through thickly wooded, hilly terrain and feature three thrilling drops, multiple crossovers, a double helix, and four riders through the pitch dark. Standing eleven stories tall, this wooden tale will tower over everything at the park.

Holiday World's The Legend RollercoasterThe Legend is also unique since once completed it will be the first roller coaster to use input given by coaster enthusiasts for the design, theme and name. According to the park they received close to 200 emails from enthusiasts offering suggestions, after the park requested for their assistance on an Internet newsgroup.

The story or should I say ride will begin with a terrifying 113-foot drop sending riders screaming along at a speed of more than 65 mph! Fearing the Headless Horseman's close pursuit, riders will further the chase with two more exciting drops, one of 64 feet and a second unusual spiral drop of 77 feet.

Scared of the dark? I certainly hope not...since The Legend will speed through four dark tunnels, one of which will drop underground. Nearing safe grounds, riders will have to endure a fast spin through an lateral G inducing double helix before nearing the completion of 4,042 feet of wooden track and officially outpacing the feared Headless Horseman. Fortunately, for you, riders will not encounter the same fate as poor Icabod Crane.

It certainly sounds like this one is going to be a winner and as Will Koch, Holiday World's president said, "We're going to give our Guests the ride of their lives next year."

So this summer when your schoolteacher requests a summer book report, forget about going to the library. Leave your reading glasses at home and instead head to Holiday World to LIVE the tale on The Legend.

The Legend Statistics

Type of Coaster:
Wooden Freeform

Height: 111 feet
Max. drop: 113 feet
Top speed: 68 mph
Length: 4,042 feet

Four Tunnels, Double Helix, 77-foot Spiral Drop

Number of Trains:
1 - 24 passenger Gerstauler

Ride Time:
2 minutes

$3 Million

Opening Date:
May 5, 2000

Coaster Designer:
Custom Coasters, Inc.

Holiday World &
Splashin' Safari

Santa Claus, Indiana

Additional Information:
The Legend Artwork

Construction Photos

Official Press Release

The Legend Fact Sheet

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