The Raven wooden roller coaster flies wildly through the thickly wooded hillside of Holiday World’s Halloween section. Although it’s not the tallest or longest coaster at Holiday World, it is a fan favorite for its low swoop over Lake Rudolph, surprise fifth drop and extreme finish. The Raven features a 120-foot tunnel, drops of 85 and 61 feet, sharp turn over Lake Rudolph and a double-banked “s” curve at the bottom of fifth hill. Just like a good book, The Raven leaves riders wanting more … evermore! Check out these stories, videos and photos about The Raven here on our HoliBlog.
Evermore! Experience this top-10 coaster to see why it was featured in PBS’s “Great Old Amusement Parks” and The Discovery Channel’s “Wild Rides.” Read More »There’s nowhere in the park you can stand and see all of The Raven. Its route remains a mystery – evermore!Think you’ve figured The Raven out? Ride it after dark!The incredible “S curve” coming out of the fifth drop was added to the design in order to save a row of trees.
Tips For Your Visit
- Work your way up by riding The Raven first, then The Legend and finally The Voyage.
- Unless you are a first-time coaster rider, ride the Voyage first for shorter lines.
- Its lift hill greets you as you enter the park at the beginning of the day.
- You can find the ride entrance through the black gate. The big wooden bridge is the exit.
- Sit in the front seat for the view and in the back seat for the air-time.
- Wait times tend to be longer for the front or back seats
- Lines are shortest in the afternoon.
- Don’t forget to leave any loose items you wish to keep, including those in your pockets – especially cell phones and keys – in the station’s lockers so the Raven won’t steal them.
- Lockers are provided free of charge per ride cycle for any valuable items. Holiday World locker keys are permitted on the ride as long as they are properly secured.
- Spooky facts: The name “The Raven” was chosen for our first wooden coaster exactly 145 years to the day following the death of Edgar Allan Poe. The poem “The Raven” was first published in 1845; our coaster by the same name premiered 150 years later, in 1995. Ravens used to thrive in Indiana. The last sighting of ravens nesting in southern Indiana was in 1894. This was exactly 100 years before construction of The Raven roller coaster began in the town of Santa Claus, Indiana.
- Want more? There are lot more stories, videos and photos about The Raven wooden roller coaster here on our HoliBlog.
Height limit: Minimum of 48” to ride
Type: Wooden terrain roller coaster
Opened: May 6, 1995
Vehicles: Two PTC trains, holding 24 passengers each
Theme: Named for Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting poem
Designer: Custom Coasters, Inc.
Track length: 2,800 feet
Height: 110 feet, highest to lowest point on the ride
Ride time: 90 thrilling seconds
Top speed: 50+ mph
Terrain: Ride is through thickly wooded terrain