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Re: La Ronde Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:33 am

njcoasterguy34 wrote:I'm planning a visit to La Ronde


Why?

njcoasterguy34 wrote:Should I budget for a Flash Pass?


Probably. The park doesn't have to be crowded for them to turn station waits into hour long, hellish experiences with their miserable operations.

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Re: La Ronde Discussion Thread

Postby njcoasterguy34 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:12 am

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njcoasterguy34 wrote:I'm planning a visit to La Ronde


Why?


Because it exists and I've never been to it. One of the things on my bucket list is to ride every non-shuttle, non-kiddie coaster in North America.
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Re: La Ronde Discussion Thread

Postby Jobo » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:35 pm

People overlooked it but Screamscape also is reporting today a rumor of La Ronde getting a superloop from their source. SF is adding a Raptor at SFFT,but they also may still be adding their clones like superloops, skyscreamers, etc..

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Re: La Ronde Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:01 pm

One big thing to watch out for with La Ronde is how long it takes to get in the park. It took me a half hour to navigate from the bridge to the island with the park and then 1.5 hours (yes you read that right) waiting in line to get in.

If the back entrance is open, I highly recommend that if the front one is a total madhouse.
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Re: La Ronde Discussion Thread

Postby njcoasterguy34 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:20 am

My hotel is a couple blocks away from a Metro station, so I plan on taking the Metro to the island and using the shuttle from the Metro station to the entrance. I also plan on getting to the park before it opens.
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Re: La Ronde Discussion Thread

Postby JT325 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:44 am

I hope you have a good time at La Ronde.

My only trip there was a couple years ago, and despite the place being a ... sad dump of a park (sorry, have to be honest), there were a few things that were AWESOME:

1 - Le Monstre. With the PTC trains (I assume it was sluggish with the Morgans, per the standard), this thing really is a monster. It's got that Bill Cobb kick-you-when-you-least-expect-it feel to it. Loved it. My favorite woodie in the SF chain.

2 - That silly little portable Vekmoma corkscrew. Man, does it look to be in bad shape. The single train was ripped apart and full of graffitti. It would have been at home at Coney Island around 1992. But the ride was surprisingly good! Maybe my 2 rides were a fluke. It was no pleasure trip, but still enjoyable. I attribute the strange feel of it to all the movable points in the structure; it's not welded together like the standard Arrow/Vekoma, so much of the shock and vibration was absorbed before it came through the seat. Don't get me wrong, there is a still a running vibration due to the old wheels and chipped paint, but the micro-accelerations that usually hurt are mostly gone. Subtle stuff, but think about it.

3 - The mini-monorail. A great view of the park. Made me think how much potential the park has. I dream Cedar Fair would buy this place one day (along with Magic Mountain and a few other SF parks).

4 - The condor ride. Holy cow, is this running on a German fair program? It was fast as hell. I've never experienced a condor that fast, so it really took me by surprise.

They have a dilapidated old sky tower. It was orange, and a trainwreck. Hot inside, just a mess. Such a shame. So many great rides, a great location, and a reasonably great set-up. So much potential! I thought there should be a walkway connecting the area from Dragon to the other side of the park. Oh well, do your best!
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Re: La Ronde Discussion Thread

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Re: La Ronde Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:38 am

JT325 wrote:I hope you have a good time at La Ronde.

My only trip there was a couple years ago, and despite the place being a ... sad dump of a park (sorry, have to be honest), there were a few things that were AWESOME:

1 - Le Monstre. With the PTC trains (I assume it was sluggish with the Morgans, per the standard), this thing really is a monster. It's got that Bill Cobb kick-you-when-you-least-expect-it feel to it. Loved it. My favorite woodie in the SF chain.

2 - That silly little portable Vekmoma corkscrew. Man, does it look to be in bad shape. The single train was ripped apart and full of graffitti. It would have been at home at Coney Island around 1992. But the ride was surprisingly good! Maybe my 2 rides were a fluke. It was no pleasure trip, but still enjoyable. I attribute the strange feel of it to all the movable points in the structure; it's not welded together like the standard Arrow/Vekoma, so much of the shock and vibration was absorbed before it came through the seat. Don't get me wrong, there is a still a running vibration due to the old wheels and chipped paint, but the micro-accelerations that usually hurt are mostly gone. Subtle stuff, but think about it.

3 - The mini-monorail. A great view of the park. Made me think how much potential the park has. I dream Cedar Fair would buy this place one day (along with Magic Mountain and a few other SF parks).

4 - The condor ride. Holy cow, is this running on a German fair program? It was fast as hell. I've never experienced a condor that fast, so it really took me by surprise.

They have a dilapidated old sky tower. It was orange, and a trainwreck. Hot inside, just a mess. Such a shame. So many great rides, a great location, and a reasonably great set-up. So much potential! I thought there should be a walkway connecting the area from Dragon to the other side of the park. Oh well, do your best!


I was expecting the worst on that Vekoma corkscrew, but Super Manege was actually a lot of fun. The drops had good air and the corkscrews weren't rough at all for me.

As for Le Monster, I remember one side being decent when I rode in the front, but my ride in the back row on the other side was pretty bad. That ride is just screaming for a RMC makeover despite how it won the chain's Tournament of Thrills a few years back.
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Re: La Ronde Discussion Thread

Postby JT325 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:01 am

If anyone is interested in "old" La Ronde stuff like promotional pictures, postcards and brochures, I have an auction up on eBay. Not too surprisingly, there is only 1 person "watching" the auction on my end. La Ronde was such a nice park at one time! So much potential there. These great pictures of Super Menage and Le Monstre were sent to me by the park in the 80s. Back when you had to hand write a letter to a park and kindly request information. They sent out really cool stuff like promo folders stuffed with STUFF! Back before the internet and all this awesome instant stuff we have now.

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Also, anyone remember the 80s movie "Breaking all the rules"? That was the first time I saw a (*gasp!*) Vekoma Boomerang. I thought it was so cool, almost unreal! Remember, this was like 1985... no internet and all that. Who'da thunk the Vekoma Boomerang would one day be considered a lame cookie-cutter ride? I'd be suprised if there are more than 2 of us on here who have seen this movie. It's sorta sentimental for me... strange! Really bad 80s stuff, but the views of the park are great! I wish it would be released on blu-ray, cleaned up of course. This clip reminds me how much I LOVE Schwarzkopf Wildcats!

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Re: La Ronde Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:17 am

La Ronde, in Montreal, is celebrating all things family with Carnaval en Folie—a new carnival-themed family zone, complete with three, fun new rides sure to delight the young and young at heart. Guests will be fully immersed in an atmosphere inspired by fairs and carnivals of yesteryear featuring rich, vibrant colors and festive music and lighting. Torsade is a spinning tilt-a-whirl where parents can ride with their children; Petit Roue is a fun-size Ferris wheel that offers the best view of the Carnaval; and Tourbillon is the perfect ride for thrill seekers in training.
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