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On Saturday, June 11, coaster enthusiasts and Park guests gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of UNTAMED, Canobie Lake Park’s newest roller coaster. Winners of the Park’s “Very First Riders Club” charity auctions and giveaways were escorted by limousine from the front gate to the coaster area to ride in the first two UNTAMED cars open to the public.
The charity auctions that Canobie established raised over $3800 for area non-profit organizations. In addition, the Park presented commemorative items marking the honor of being in the UNTAMED “VFR” Club to 2500 guests taking their first ride on the new coaster. The event was the culmination of months of planning and hard work by the Canobie team. Construction for the coaster began at the end of the Park’s 2010 season and continued throughout the winter and early spring.
The only roller coaster of its kind in New England and one of only four in the United States, the ride was custom-designed to Canobie’s specifications with an “UNTAMED” Grizzly bear theme. The coaster’s cars, which hold eight passengers each, feature a roaring Grizzly bear on the front of the car. The station and surrounding area are designed in a rustic “Adirondack” style with the coaster’s track supports made to resemble birch trees.
The ride itself is what the manufacturer, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides of Germany, calls a Euro Fighter. A “vertical lift” coaster, it features an initial climb that takes riders 72 feet into the air. From there, riders plummet into a 97 degree drop that should elicit plenty of screams before they zoom through a series of loops, twists and zero-gravity rolls over 1184 feet of track.
UNTAMED is the largest coaster to come online in New England since 2002 and the first coaster to be added to Canobie Lake Park’s four roller coaster line-up in 20 years. The Park’s other roller coasters include the Corkscrew Coaster, the Dragon Coaster, and the Yankee Cannonball, one of the most popular and historic wooden roller coasters in New England marking its 75th birthday at the Park this year.
Father’s Day Special
In addition to celebrating the new roller coaster, families can also celebrate Father’s Day at Canobie Lake Park where Dad will be entitled to free Park admission and a free lunch served from noon to 3PM. Several vehicles from Lee USA Speedway, one of NASCAR’s premier short track venues, will also be on display for Father’s Day. Details about how to obtain the Father’s Day and other special discounts, as well as Park hours and more information about UNTAMED, are available on Canobie’s website at canobie.com.
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