Holiday World Refurbishing Raven Roller Coaster
Wooden roller coasters are fun because they’re alive. They contract and expand in the weather. Depending on what time of year you visit, the time of day, how many trains are running, where you sit, the experience can be totally different. They have a mind of their own. Wooden coasters are demanding and high-maintenance attractions. They need small repairs and big repairs depending on the year, but the coasters essentially have to be rebuilt every five to ten years.
Holiday World has been focusing on renovating their wooden coaster lineup. Over the past few seasons both Voyage and Legend have undergone large renovations, with the latter receiving all new elements. The Raven, the first major coaster installed at Holiday World, has been somewhat overlooked. In the winter of 2020, Holiday World announced the “Raven Evermore project“, an extensive overhaul of the Raven roller coaster.
The project consists of a major renovation. Track ties, ledgers, walk boards, and all eight layers of wood are being replaced for about 530 feet of the lake turn. Some of the original timbers being replaced have been there since the attraction was built in 1995.
In addition to replacing wood, the park is also re-profiling some of the track to make it smoother and possibly even faster! The image below shows the work being done to create the smoother experience going into the lake turn. Rebuilding this turn is going to be a total game-changer for The Raven.
Along with the 530 feet of track around the lake turn, an additional 120 feet of track is getting work done on the top two layers elsewhere. With these adjustments, over 25% of the coaster will be renovated creating a much more enjoyable ride.
Holiday World’s Roller Coaster Maintenance Manager, Chris, provides a detailed update on the Evermore project in the video below.
For more info including tickets, visit the official website by clicking here.
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