Arnolds Park Amusement Park “Legend Roller Coaster” Undergoing A Facelift

Arnolds Park Amusement Park “Legend Roller Coaster” Undergoing A Facelift

Post by coastercrazy2 » Wed, 05 Dec 2012 01:29:02


Arnolds Park IA.  Arnolds Park Amu***t Park "Legend Roller Coaster"
is undergoing some renovations. Work is underway to replace 575 linear
feet of track and catwalk, along with adding several concrete footings
just below the "Point of No Return".

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A survey was completed by Great Coasters International, Inc., that
provided a profile of our coaster and what could be done to make it
one of the best (smoother) wooden coasters in the country. And with
the Legend reaching the ripe old age of 86 years, the Board of
Directors and staff at Arnolds Park had an additional, more pointed
survey completed. An additional evaluation was done on the 1,492 feet
of wooden track and the structure that supports it. During the survey
it was determined that the coaster is still in excellent shape as a
whole, but the overall ride quality would be greatly improved and the
speed would be increased if the "Point of No Return" drop were
reconfigured to a smoother more flowing angle. Along with that, the
bottom of the second drop could be raised slightly to improve ride
quality and allow for updated concrete footings as well as ease of
future maintenance.

These changes will affect 1/3 of the total track length and will be
the first of four planned projects over the next several years. This
first phase will be completed prior to opening in the spring of 2013.
"We are looking forward to this improvement as we have been planning
some significant updates to the Legend for a few years," said Scott
Pyle, General Manager at Arnolds Park. "The cost of this project is
just over $250,000 and for us that is a big expense. Our staff and
Board have been working very hard planning and budgeting for this
renovation."

"The Legend Roller Coaster is our #1 attraction, so we know our
visitors love it as much as we do. We are planning to continue with
more updates as we move into the future so she can thrill our guests
for another 86 years," said Di Lorenzen, Communications Manager.

 
 
 

Arnolds Park Amusement Park “Legend Roller Coaster” Undergoing A Facelift

Post by David Sandbor » Wed, 05 Dec 2012 02:28:05

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Quote:

> Arnolds Park IA.  Arnolds Park Amu***t Park "Legend Roller Coaster"
> is undergoing some renovations. Work is underway to replace 575 linear
> feet of track and catwalk, along with adding several concrete footings
> just below the "Point of No Return".

> http://SportToday.org/***t-park-lege...
> -coaster-undergoing-a-face
> A survey was completed by Great Coasters International, Inc., that
> provided a profile of our coaster and what could be done to make it
> one of the best (smoother) wooden coasters in the country. And with
> the Legend reaching the ripe old age of 86 years, the Board of
> Directors and staff at Arnolds Park had an additional, more pointed
> survey completed. An additional evaluation was done on the 1,492 feet
> of wooden track and the structure that supports it. During the survey
> it was determined that the coaster is still in excellent shape as a
> whole, but the overall ride quality would be greatly improved and the
> speed would be increased if the "Point of No Return" drop were
> reconfigured to a smoother more flowing angle. Along with that, the
> bottom of the second drop could be raised slightly to improve ride
> quality and allow for updated concrete footings as well as ease of
> future maintenance.

> These changes will affect 1/3 of the total track length and will be
> the first of four planned projects over the next several years. This
> first phase will be completed prior to opening in the spring of 2013.
> "We are looking forward to this improvement as we have been planning
> some significant updates to the Legend for a few years," said Scott
> Pyle, General Manager at Arnolds Park. "The cost of this project is
> just over $250,000 and for us that is a big expense. Our staff and
> Board have been working very hard planning and budgeting for this
> renovation."

> "The Legend Roller Coaster is our #1 attraction, so we know our
> visitors love it as much as we do. We are planning to continue with
> more updates as we move into the future so she can thrill our guests
> for another 86 years," said Di Lorenzen, Communications Manager.

I really have to get back to this park sometime.  When I visited, way
back in 2000, they had just come back from death's door.  Seems like
they're doing well.

I certainly hope that "smoother" doesn't mean toned down.  This coaster
had quite a bit of old-school sharp airtime that it would be a shame to
lose.  The first drop and maybe the second weren't the really impressive
ones as I recall, so this change probably wouldn't matter too much to
me, but if they start tinkering with the later parts in the ride, it
might really change its character.

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Dave Sandborg
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Arnolds Park Amusement Park “Legend Roller Coaster” Undergoing A Facelift

Post by coastercrazy2 » Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:47:21

Dave,

It is funny that you referenced them coming back from death's door
when you visited in 2000. I would say the same thing about it when I
visited in 93. I wish I could make it back sometime soon as well.

What I remember from the ride in 93, was a long flat section on the
coaster that just did not "appear" to be right. Upon further
discussion with the ride op...we were told that in fact there used to
be a small bunny hop section there years earlier, but that too many
people were coming back with busted out teeth, etc. so they got rid of
that bump in the road. Now I think it was more that they had 1-2
injuries in that section and so they smoothed it out. It was still a
heck of a good ride.

 
 
 

Arnolds Park Amusement Park “Legend Roller Coaster” Undergoing A Facelift

Post by David Sandbor » Wed, 05 Dec 2012 09:19:17

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Quote:

> Dave,

> It is funny that you referenced them coming back from death's door
> when you visited in 2000. I would say the same thing about it when I
> visited in 93. I wish I could make it back sometime soon as well.

I wasn't really aware of the park at that time.  I do remember the later
crisis, and as far as I know they did do better afterwards.

Quote:
> What I remember from the ride in 93, was a long flat section on the
> coaster that just did not "appear" to be right. Upon further
> discussion with the ride op...we were told that in fact there used to
> be a small bunny hop section there years earlier, but that too many
> people were coming back with busted out teeth, etc. so they got rid of
> that bump in the road. Now I think it was more that they had 1-2
> injuries in that section and so they smoothed it out. It was still a
> heck of a good ride.

I think I remember that section of track, and may have gotten the same
explanation.  There were several other pretty strong bits of airtime
elsewhere in the ride--very abrupt in nature.  I remember the best parts
being near the end but it's been a while.

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Dave Sandborg
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Arnolds Park Amusement Park “Legend Roller Coaster” Undergoing A Facelift

Post by Rastus O'Ging » Thu, 06 Dec 2012 00:31:04

The end had some crazy ass hills that were quite ***, which I assume is why such a small ride in a small park had a pretty tall minimum height, iirc.

I thought it was brilliantly quirky, and fit teh park well.  Although it made it a bit tough to warrant the way out of the way drive to get to the park.  If the ride becomes a smooth junior coaster, it won't be worth the destination.  Although it is clearly a park that lives off the lake vacationers.

-R

 
 
 

Arnolds Park Amusement Park “Legend Roller Coaster” Undergoing A Facelift

Post by coastercrazy2 » Thu, 06 Dec 2012 01:27:01

Quote:
> The end had some crazy ass hills that were quite ***, which I assume is why such a small ride in a small park had a pretty tall minimum height, iirc.

> I thought it was brilliantly quirky, and fit teh park well. ?Although it made it a bit tough to warrant the way out of the way drive to get to the park. ?If the ride becomes a smooth junior coaster, it won't be worth the destination. ?Although it is clearly a park that lives off the lake vacationers.

> -R

Yes...they seem to be doing better than CLP when it comes to that.