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Website: Arnolds Park Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.5000
TPC Overall Rank: Rides need more than 25 reviews to be ranked.
Reviews: 9
Last Review: 7/11/2013 9:04:00 PM
In User Top 10: 1 times.
User Tracker Count: 10 times.

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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Midwest55 on 7/11/2013 9:04:00 PM
Wanted to ride this for so long - ever since my grandfather told me he used to go to Arnold's Park in his youth in the late 1940's. This coaster's story started before he was even born! Three distinct ride experiences depending on seating location: Middle is the tamest, back and front both give great airtime. The front was, perhaps, bordering on too rough - my collision with the lap bar on the last bunny hill might have left a bruise...

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/3/2007 9:01:00 PM
Incredible coaster that was well-worth my special trip to Arnolds Park just for this coaster. The first drop is very small and it looks like it will be quite tame. However, the drop was vicious as it pinned me to the side of the train and gave a pop of air-time to boot. Following that were many sudden bunny hills that were absolutely packed with insane ejector air-time that sent me skyrocketing upwards. The turns the ride had were speedy and very sudden creating some insane laterals. The ride was over really quickly though. While not the longest or tallest coaster out there, this is certainly a hidden gem.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ih10 on 5/20/2007 1:56:00 PM
This ride is very fun and kinda dangorous.Its very old and that kind of scares me.I rode it twice.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 8/19/2006 1:41:00 PM
The Legend is a wood out and back coaster built by Arnold's Park/Harry C Baker Co. Designed by John Miller. It was built in 1927. It is 63 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. This coaster is the highlight of the park it wraps itself around the whole park in a figure 8. Very well maintained coaster with alot of airtime. Gives a nice view of the lake also. This is a classic. It was saved from demolition several times. Get out here and ride this coaster you wont be disappointed.

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Scott on 1/5/2005 4:11:00 PM
I havent gone on this since late 99, so my review may be a bit outdated.... After parking and walking through the park I had finally made it to the legend! I stared at the legends station hovering overhead. This roller coaster incorporates the parks entrance as well as 2 additional rides into its structure. It wraps itself completely around the park in a very odd figure 8 design. So I walked on to the legend... no need to wait here! Once on I sat in the next to last seat. Apparently the back seat is coveted among locals and is usually the first to go. As I was grabbing for my seatbelt, the lady in front of me said, "You dont have to put your seatbelt on here." I shrugged, pulled the single lap bar into position. And off we go! The first thing I noticed about the legend is the strange sound the chain makes. Is it the anti-rollbacks that make it? It sounds very much like a choir of bells. Its something you rarely hear on a coaster. At the top of the lift hill there is a sign that reads, "The point of no return" and indeed there is no stopping this baby once it takes its first twisting plunge! A fierce lateral shoved me into the side of my seat as we headed down the twisted first drop. A nice pop of airtime followed, on the second hill. The turnaround was followed by some SEVERE ejector air that sent my thighs ramming into the lap bar. That was followed by a very unusual bit of straight track, which ran at ground level for quite a long time. While straight track on most coasters would be scoffed at, but on this one it works! At ground it heightens the sensation of speed, particularly while hurtling past 2 buildings on either side. The coaster then ascends another airtime producing hill. The lady in front of me got her hand smacked by a branch! Then came the next turn... the next turn, is... scary. TOTAL EJECTION from my seat! I was screaming my head off! I mean whoa God, scream your head off ejection! This was completely unexpected... kinda like when I first hit the Kennywood jackrabbits double dips! We then went over 2 bunny hops, both which sent me airborne. The coaster then made its final turn and came to a stop in the station. Whew!..... That was not what I had expected! I had expected a fairly lame ride with not much memorable slamming. However, the Legend really delivers!!! After our first ride we sat up front. Wow the front is amazing on every hill I swore that I would be thrown into the lake. The ride ops on this were really great. In the morning theyd say things like, "Hey you, come ride the Legend. The greatest coaster youll ever ride!".... just like a bunch of carnies! They were very friendly and even had their on little fan club going in the way of several 10 year old girls. One of them in particular deliberatly let people go in front of her. NOT because she wanted the front seat, but because she wanted to talk to the op, Terry despite the fact that he never once would answer back. LOL "They wait for me after the park closes" he said. "Sometimes they get mad if I dont wave to them while their going up the lift hill." I LOVE the history behind this 78 year old machine. Love it. Im glad Arnolds park never closed, as planned... and I hope The Legend continues to thrill its riders! On my last ride of the night, as we rounded the lakefront stretch of the ride, the paddle wheel ride was skimming across the lake, and all of the many rides lights were shining on the lake. It is this image of Arnolds park that I will remember for the rest of my life...

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sscadam on 8/17/2003 11:31:00 AM
A great classic! you need to ride this rollercoaster before it is out of operation!!!

3 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SEAMASTER on 7/10/2003 1:45:00 AM
One of the oldest coasters in the U.S. Small but still a classic.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up arndtb on 2/1/2003 4:50:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
A classic by all acounts - ride this ride while it still exists!!!! We saved it from demolition so get to Arnolds Park and ride this gem. Tremendous, sometimes almost dangerous, airtime out of a coster that looks like it has no thrills.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up wint119 on 8/23/2002 1:11:00 PM
This is a fun ride. Although its pretty small, it has great airtime and a great view of "Lake Okaboji". The whole park is also pretty neat and the person almost never takes your ticket so you can basically ride it as much as you want without buying a all-day pass. -Eric, clix.to/CoasterZone

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