Wikipedia describes a cult following as: a term used to refer to a group of fans who are highly dedicated to a specific area of pop culture. It goes on to define it as a: small but very passionate fan base. I think the term accurately describes coaster enthusiasts love for Holiday World (and years ago) Raven in particular. Before The Voyage brought international attention to the Southern Indiana park, the Raven was a fan favorite. I remember seeing it atop many a top ten list on the message boards back in the day.
However, when I rode Raven back in 2006, I was a bit underwhelmed. I don’t think that my expectations were too high as I knew what to expect. I just didn’t (and still don’t) get the love affair with the ride. I would imagine that the unique terrain ride with a short, but fun trip through the woods scratched old-school woodie fans right where they were itching. And, I’m sure the small enthusiast-friendly amusement park only enhanced the experience.
Don’t get me wrong, Raven is a fun ride that I’m looking forward to riding again someday. Personally, I’d just classify it as a bit overrated. But, on the other hand, an overrated ride couldn’t have happened to a better park. If it’s success helped make Legend and The Voyage possible then I’m not complaining. See more overrated roller coasters.
What’s Your Take?
What do you think of Holiday World’s Raven? What do you think of this photo? What roller coasters or theme parks would you consider as having a cult following? Leave a comment below.
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