Arnolds Park reveals renovations to Legend roller coaster
The Legend at Arnolds Park has been clocked 5-10 seconds faster than in previous years.
Another sign that summer is almost here, Arnolds Park Amusement Park is getting ready to open. When it finally comes, the 13th oldest roller coaster in the world will deliver a less "rickety" ride.
"Before, it was really rickety. It took a beating on our cars," said Dalton Nelson, operations manager at Arnolds Park Amusement Park.
And now, part of this historic wooden roller coaster offers a smoother ride, which it starts at the Point of No Return.
Arnolds Park Amusement Park has invested $250,000 so far to replace part of the track on this nearly 90-year-old ride.
"It makes wonders. It's so much smoother than before," said Nelson.
It used to have kind of a clickety-clack, and now it's just really smooth and almost silent coming down the hill," said Scott Pyle, general manager at Arnolds Park.
This year, they've replaced nearly 600 feet of track, including several dips after the drop off. In the next three to five years, they hope to have the entire track replaced with new wood.
"I have no doubt in my mind that a couple years down the road, after this renovation is complete, it's going to be the same old shape, but a whole different animal," said Pyle.
Park officials say riding the Legend won't be as jarring, but they say it'll still be fast and fun.
"I'm excited for all the older people," said Nelson. "Just to get back on this thing, because before it was just so rickety. Now, they'll be able to enjoy it without going to the chiropractor or something like that."
"The Legend has been part of the park, as long as the park has been, and that's important that we keep that here," said Pyle.
The roller coaster's been clocked five to ten seconds faster with the upgrade. Arnolds Park is open May 18 and 19, and will open for the summer season on May 25th.
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