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Greg HewittBy Greg Hewitt

I discovered something about myself this weekend during our fun family trip to the terrific Holiday World in Santa Claus Indiana.

Somewhere along the line, I’ve become a roller coaster wimp.

I haven’t always been like this–at least I don’t think I have.  I can recall many enjoyable rides as a kid aboard the Screaming Eagle at Six Flags…but then again I also have vivid memories of my one and only time attempt at riding the infamous Tom’s Twister ride from hell.

Let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty. As in, someone get that kid to the First Aid center STAT!

Weak stomach and all, I had no reservations though as I joined my 11-year-old son on his first time aboard “a real roller coaster”

They call it The Raven. “Voted the #1 Wooden Roller Coaster on the Planet for multiple years back in the 1990s through 2002 (it was built in 1995) and continues to be a Top 10 wooden coaster for many.”

I knew something was wrong within the first 4-5 seconds when I found myself screaming…involuntarily, “THIS WAS A MISTAKE!” over and over again.  While my son absolutely loved every moment of it, I was left wondering whether the ride had actually malfunctioned.

Then again, maybe choosing this as our first ride after lunch (and riding in the front row) wasn’t my best decision ever.

As for Holiday World, I can recommend it wholeheartedly.  It was a great time for everyone in our crew and it’s only a 3 hour drive from St. Louis! The kids are already lobbying to go back next summer to check out the Splashin’Safari 

But as far as the roller coasters are concerned however, I think I’ll stick to the mild option. 


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