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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:47 pm

Skycoastin Steve wrote:
MayTheGForceBeWithYou wrote:I'm guessing that's me you're referencing on that sign? :roll:

Why the eye roll? Are you shy or something?

Kinda shy, I guess.

Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:04 am

Wow, it's been almost two weeks since my last update. To all my fanboys, my apologies!

Next up is Canobie Lake Park, and I gotta say, this was my favorite park on the trip. Despite their coaster collection being rather below average, the park itself was wonderful. It had fantastic theming all over the place, TONS of shade (thank God!), a beautiful setting on a lake with clean water (thank God!), and probably the friendliest staff I've ever encountered (yes, even including Holiday World). My only real negative on the park is the coaster collection, but when it has so much else going for it, it doesn't really matter if the coasters are that great.

A few thoughts on a few rides, Untamed was fairly decent. It was WAY too rough in the front, to the point where it didn't even feel like a new ride. The transitions from element to element weren't that smooth, and there was some head banging thrown in there. It seemed like the only smooth ride you could get was riding in the two middle seats in the back row. It was still a nice, compact layout with a terrific barrel roll, which was the best part of the ride apart from the first drop. Yankee Cannonball was a bit of a let down, but it was still good for an old woodie. I was expecting better airtime, but sometimes those old woodies just don't deliver the way you think they will. But no worries, it was still a fun little coaster! Canobie Corkscrew hurt, that's all I really have to say about that ride. And I'll give my thoughts on the flats in the picture captions.

On to the pictures, full album is on facebook here!

Comments are appreciated, thanks for reading!
I was loving the entrance, it gives a nice preview to how good the park looks on the inside. For once, the outer beauty matches the inner beauty!
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More of the entrance.
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Time for ERT on the newest Eurofighter in the U.S.!
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As is the case with all past-vertical drops, this one delivered.
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The barrel roll was the best part of the ride after the first drop.
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Look at all those empty seats, ERT rocks!
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This was easily the most painful portion of the ride. Reminded me of all those Arrow inversions that test your skull's fortitude.
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Odd. After experiencing an eclipse in Maine the day before, we got another one the next day in New Hampshire. Must be a New England thing.
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They went crazy all out with the theming for this ride, but I think it would have been better if they had live bears roaming the midway.
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Three-bench trains FTW.
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Ooohhhhhh an S&S Double Shot. Score! The pop of airtime after the first launch is quite possibly my favorite moment of airtime on any ride.
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Once again, the theming was amazing for this entire ride, but I think it would have been better if they had entire deer carcases hanging from the ceiling.
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Anybody want a bear hug?
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Teddy Grahams?
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If Canobie Lake had taken my advice and used live bears, this picture would have been a lot more interesting.
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Drag On Coaster: The RuPaul Ride of Fabulousness
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Sing it with me, "I've got the power!"
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Speaking of Arrow coasters that test your skull's fortitude.....
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I will say the airtime in our usual "Arrow" seat was fantastic on the first drop. Just everything after that f***ing hurt.
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I have to admit I'll be sad when the last Arrow is torn down.
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TPR members doing their best New Kids on the Block, they're hanging tough. oohhh ooooohhhh oooooohhhh OOOOOHHHH oh!
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Yeah. Artsy.
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Whaddaya know, there's a lake at Canobie Lake Park!
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I got excited for a moment when I thought the wave swinger swung out over the lake, then I saw it didn't and I was sad. True story.
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Apparently this is what they call water fountains in New Hampshire.
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My first caterpillar experience, what a silly ride.
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More Untamed.
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Another damn eclipse!
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I wonder how much loose change falls under this track?
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Overlook of the layout.
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Ok, I promise this is the last picture of Untamed. Nice station.
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And now for the food stand portion of the trip report.......
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Any idea what they sell here?
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The Fried Dough stand had great airtime in the front, but lacked significant forces anywhere else. The pacing was nice, though.
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They sold pizza here. True story.
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We did a fatty spin on the log flume. We got wet. The end.
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Where did the boat go?!?!
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Others have commented on this ride, and you've seen Robb's video. It was so awesomely bad, I gave it three thumbs up.
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Like I said, there were lots of trees and shade in this park. Someone from SFNE should spend a day at Canobie and learn a few things.
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They had a nice, relaxing boat ride around the lake that showed off the ridiculously expensive homes on the water front. It basically just made me angry that I'm not rich.
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Best looking dorks EVAR.
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The park hides itself well on the shoreline, I'm guessing because the ludicrously rich people on the other side of the lake want it that way.
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Copyright infringement?
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Pretty much the greatest bumper sticker in history.
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:30 pm

Fried Dough Stand 1 looks too intense for me.

Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:18 pm

^It's not as bad as it looks. The restraints were comfortable, too!

Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:45 pm

Untamed is oddly rough for a brand new coaster. Dare Devil Dive is a lot better in my opinion. Canobie is awesome though, and the Corkscrew used to operate on the ghetto side of Birmingham, a couple miles from my apartment.

Mystery Mine > Dare Devil Dive > Spongebob > Untamed

Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:33 am

^Yeah, the only other Eurofighter I've done is Mystery Mine, and it's light years better than Untamed. Didn't know about Corkscrew, that's kinda cool. There were small Alabama connections everywhere on this trip!

Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Best part about Canobie; "Drivin' along, I'm drivin' down a neighborhoo- HOLY **** an amusement park!" ;)

Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:24 am

I'm really taking too long to get these updates over with. Here's La Ronde.

I don't have too much to say about La Ronde, other than it might be the worst park in North America. It has a beautiful setting ruined by filth, crappy employees, and slow operations. As usual, I had a great time there thanks to TPR, but I can pretty much imagine how much I would hate life if I went there on my own. The only real redeeming qualities of the park were the Batman clone, Goliath, crepes, and the fact that they sold liquor at drink stands! It's the only place I've been where you can get a Jack and Coke at a theme park, so they got an A+ from me on that one.

Goliath made it above Nitro on my list of B&M hypers (even though it's shorter than 200 feet, we'll still call it a hyper), but below the rest of them (which isn't a knock on Goliath, the rest are just awesome). Overall, it's in my top 20 steel. If I remember correctly, the back had better airtime than the front, which seems to be the case for most B&M hypers. The return run in the back row was especially good, your butt hardly hits the seat!

Anyway, onto the pics, please comment! Thanks for reading!

Full batch of pics can be found on facebook here.
As you can see, La Ronde is settled on an island in the middle of a river.
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We got to park in a super secret parking lot behind Le Monstre.
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You know you're in French Canada when......
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High voltage en Francais!
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The cereal themed monorail. The way Six Flags themes their rides is brilliant!
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B&M mini-hyper. Yes.
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It's the credit roller coaster!
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It has twisty bits of airtime.
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Le Crap-stre.
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Oh Mondieu, it's all in French!
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This was actually a good wild mouse.
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What's the French word for "disgusting"?
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Hello Hans! Why yes, yes I am American!
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Oh, there's a back to your shirt.........Nope! Not nice at all!
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Gravy and cheese curds on fries. Odd but tasty.
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Like I said, full bar in a theme park. For the ultimate win!
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Best indoor coaster ever? You roll into a dragon's mouth and he poops you out into the station!
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An S&S tower that doesn't launch to the top. I gotta say, what's the point?
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La Ronde's "new hotness," a used SLC.
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It pretty much hurt just like every other SLC. Almost seems as if it was sitting in a field for five years before it came to La Ronde......
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Nice ride sign, though.
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Vekoma corkscrew, this actually wasn't as bad as everyone thought it would be, but it was still boring.
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Ugh, the stand up looms over there in the corner of the park.
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But it's time to ride the Batman clone first!
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I can get artsy, even in French Canada.
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This was definitely the best Batman clone I've been on, and I honestly don't even like Batman clones that much.
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Twisty piece of track, I just thought it looked cool with the blue sky. I'm also a photography dork in case you didn't know.
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"Excuse me while I kick the sky!"

beeeer-neeer-neer, ba-neer-neer-NEER, ber-neer-NEER!!!
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Crappy Canadian beer and the park flag.
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Is it just me or does this cobra look FABulous??
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The overgrown weeds really give this ride lots of charm.
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If you could get inside the brains of everyone on this train, they would all be praying for a quick death rather than finish the ride.
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More overgrown weeds, this place should win Best Landscaping instead of BGW!
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At least you get a nice view of this beautiful bridge from the Flash Pass queue of Cobra.
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Kinda disappointed the tower says "Pizza Pizza," and not "Le Pizza Pizza."
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Looking at this picture, you wouldn't think the park was gross!
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And there was a nice little marina behind the park. Doesn't quite stack up to the one at CP, but it's nice.
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Yeah why don't we just go ride that one again?
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Ya know, I wonder if when we keep saying "weeee!!!" on all these rides, if the French Canadians wonder why the crazy Americans keep saying "yesssss!!!" on the rides.
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Crepe time!
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Random art at the front gate.
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When your debt goes up, your score downs down, when you pay a little off it goes the other way 'round.....
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It's just the same for everybody, every boy and girl, the credit roller coaster makes you wanna hurl!
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So throw your hands in the air and wave 'em around like a wanna be frat boy tryin' to get down.....
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Then bring 'em right back to where your laptop's at,
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Log on to freecreditreport.com stat!
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:44 am

Thank you Steve, I now want a crepe. The Nutella, banana and strawberry one that I had was oh so delicious.

La Ronde wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. Nice park, but crappy operations like most have said. If they ever build a new coaster, then I'll consider visiting again. But for now, I want to stay far away from French Canadia as possible. They're so primitive there, our hotel didn't have electricity but we had water, oh yeah and tons of alcohol. ;)

Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:11 am

^They better build Leviathan 2.0 there if they want me to go back. :lol:

I think my crepe was banana, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream, and it was amazing!
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