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Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 9:18 pm
by Canobie Coaster
2017 is shaping up to be a really good year for me park wise. As usual, I plan to hit several of the parks in the Northeast but I will also be hitting some new parks such as Holiday World and Six Flags Great America.

Posted Trip Reports
Revere Carnival- See Below
Six Flags New England (Opening Day)- Page 1
Lake Compounce- Page 1
Six Flags New England (Joker's First Day) - SFNE Discussion Thread
Michigan's Adventure- Page 2
Indiana Beach- Page 3
Holiday World- Page 5
Splashin' Safari- Page 5
Six Flags Great America- Page 6
Dollywood minus Lightning Rod- Page 7
Dollywood's Splash Country- Page 7
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Mountain Coasters- Page 7
Pigeon Forge Tourist Traps- Page 7
Six Flags Great Adventure- Page 7
Casino Pier- Page 8
Playland's Castaway Cove- Page 8
Gillian's Wonderland Pier- Page 9
Morey's Piers- Page 10
Sesame Place- Page 10
Funplex- Page 10
Clementon Park- Page 10
Hersheypark- Page 12
Knoebels- Page 13
DelGrosso's Amusement Park- Page 14
Idlewild- Page 15
Kennywood- Page 16
Waldameer- Page 17
Great Escape- Page 17
Huck Finn's Playland- Page 18
Story Land- Page 18
Attitash Mountain Resort- Page 19
Whale's Tale Water Park- Page 19
Brockton Fair (aka sketchy carnival in the ghetto)- Page 20
Canobie Lake Park- Page 20
Dollywood (Still no Lightning Rod)- Page 21
Goats on the Roof, GA- Page 21
Fun Junction- Fun Spot America Discussion Page
ZDT's Amusement Park- Page 22
SeaWorld San Antonio- Page 22
Six Flags Fiesta Texas- Page 22
Sandy Lake Amusement Park- Page 23
Six Flags Over Texas- Page 24
Canobie Lake Park, Visit 2- Page 25
York's Wild Kingdom- Page 25
Funtown U.S.A.- Page 25
Adult Night at the Boston's Children's Museum- Page 27
Berkshire Mountain Coaster/Lake George- Page 28
Six Flags New England in the Rain-SFNE Thread
Canobie Screeemfest- Page 28
Foxwoods- Page 29
Lake Compounce Haunted Graveyard- Page 29
SeaWorld Orlando & Aquatica- Page 29
Universal Orlando/Islands of Adventure- Page 30
Fun Spot Orlando- Page 31
Fun Spot Kissimmee- Page 32
Legoland Florida- Page 32
Busch Gardens Tampa- Page 33
Six Flags New England Holiday in the Park- SFNE Thread
Dollywood at Christmas and Lightning Rod!- Page 35

Revere Carnival

My adventure began with a surprise credit. Back in March I was driving to the local supermarket. I passed a few gas stations, some car washes, a movie theater, a roller coaster, a gentleman's club... wait did I see that right? I pulled into the gentleman's club parking lot and did a double take. Yes there was actually a roller coaster in a parking lot in mid-March, and a full-sized Galaxi/Zyklon style coaster too (not just a kiddie coaster). Then I remembered Revere always has their spring carnival ridiculously early in the year. I did some research on the Fiesta Shows (midway provider) website and saw they recently acquired an Interpark coaster named the Super Cyclone and made plans to return on the next clear day, which was 2-3 days later if I recall correctly. The weather was rough for this carnival per usual.

Fiesta provides most midways up this way and as far as I can tell, this was the first carnival where Super Cyclone was set up. When I got there, the coaster was down. Great just my luck. It was a cold and windy day, so I wasn't sure if that would keep it down all day. Thankfully they got my first credit of 2017 up and running within an hour. The first test run was something you'd only see at a carnival. One employee was standing on the track near the brake run when the train was dispatched for a test run. After the train cleared the lift, the employee on the brake run shimmied down a support and walked through the structure to the station. Only at a carnival would you see something like that :lmao:

My friend and I were the first two to board. I had been on two other Interpark coasters at carnivals (one in California and one at the Big E). The restraints on this one were a bit overkill. There was the standard lapbar but then shoulder straps like Tempesto or Coney Island's Thunderbolt. It was probably the conditions, but the Super Cyclone was really crawling through the course. While the other two Interpark coasters I rode had small pops of air on the first drop, this one had nothing. The ride was a pretty boring coaster, but it was smooth and a credit I wasn't expecting. 3 out of 10

The rest of the midway consisted of your typical carnival rides. They had a KMG Freak Out, a swinging ship, some spinning rides, a Larson Fireball, and the crown jewel of the fair, the Zipper. I took rides on the Freak Out and Zipper and felt a little queasy afterwards which is something these rides hadn't done to me in the past. However, the cycles on these rides were really long and intense like any good fair.

I'm glad Fiesta added a full-sized coaster again after the problems they had with the Fabbri spinner a while back since a large coaster was the only thing missing in their repertoire. Hopefully the Super Cyclone speeds up and rides like the other Interparks in the summer.[/fbvideonew]

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 9:57 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Six Flags New England (Opening Day)

Here is the first of a few Six Flags New England trip reports. Despite having a certain park mentioned in my screen name just 25 minutes from me, Six Flags is my most visited park since they actually offer season passes. Not only that, but the Six Flags season pass is still the best deal in the industry. I can't believe that one low price gets me into all of the parks with free parking.

I am really a big fan of the park's 2017 additions. There's the Joker free fly coaster, which I finally got to ride after several failed attempts on the New Jersey one, which is getting more publicity now. But honestly the addition I am most excited for is Holiday in the Park. Halloween has typically been a bitter sweet holiday for me since I get to enjoy Lake Compounce's amazing haunt, but it also means the end of coasters for a few months in New England unless you want to board a train of kids at either Fun World or Santa's Village. Holiday in the Park will actually offer some adult coasters to give me a winter coaster fix that doesn't require a plane ride or a 5-6 hour drive to New Jersey.

Opening Day got off to a pretty rocky start. Wicked Cyclone nor Superman were ready at park opening. I decided to go to Wicked Cyclone first which ended up opening a half hour late. It's a pet peeve of mine that the park never has these rides ready to go at opening, but once I boarded I quickly forgave them since Wicked Cyclone now has choice seating! I was able to pick the back and Wicked Cyclone was flying and giving plenty of ejector air despite the 40 degree weather. I was only able to get two rides since Wicked Cyclone had 1 train operations, which caused the line to reach about an hour when I checked back later.

Superman was less than 15 minutes for most seats all day. I did wait about 45-50 minutes for the front about halfway through the day, but I have to get that seat at least once per visit since it's significantly better than any other. I would like to commend the park on the operations since Superman was often sending out the next train before the previous one returned to the brake run. That's something I barely have seen over the past few years. Superman still has one of my favorite layouts and I'm so glad there is no more VR.

Speaking of VR, Mind Eraser had a lot of issues with the VR due to the cold. However, the new restraints are a significant improvement and the coaster is now rideable. It's still jerky but at least you aren't bashing your head against a restraint. I'd say it's a 6/10 ride now compared to the 2/10 ride it was previously.

Batman also had some improvements. The first was the addition of a single-rider line. While Batman doesn't tend to get a long line any more, this is a welcome addition in the event the line backs up on a busy day. The ride also got freshly painted trains. The black OSTRs don't stand out like the old, yellow ones, but they received a much needed paint job.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 6:03 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Lake Compounce (Spring)

Unsure SFNE's Joker would be open (it ended up being open so I stopped by afterwards), I decided to pay a visit to Lake Compounce since the two parks are about 45 minutes apart. I bought a season pass this year since they were only $55 which is a real steal considering Funtown charges double that for their's and Canobie doesn't even offer season passes. It had been a very long time since I had been to Lake Compounce during the day, but I've been there the past 4-5 years for the Haunted Graveyard. I can't pass up the opportunity to experience the best park haunt in the area and get rare night rides on my favorite wooden coaster, Boulder Dash.

Speaking of Boulder Dash, the park did some great track work on the coaster this offseason. Last year the once awesome triple up became a bone-jarring element. The rest of the coaster was its normal great self but this section was brutal if you didn't brace yourself. Thankfully the park converted this section into a double-up and it now rides much better. Still gives great air-time but it's not uncomfortable (there was some vibrations over this section but nothing awful). They also retracked the far turnaround so if you like laterals, be prepared to be pinned to the side of your seat. Boulder Dash was running really well this early in the season. The ride was flying through the course combining insane laterals with a mix of ejector and floater air. I got 8 rides on this coaster. 6 walk-ons in the first hour and then two 20 minute waits later in the day when the ride warmed up.

Phobia was a great sidekick to Boulder Dash and giving outstanding ejector air over the top. Zoomerang was a boomerang. It's the best boomerang I've been on, but that still isn't saying much. Wildcat was in pretty good shape but not quite ready to open. It looks like the first drop is the last major section they need to install. I got a glimpse of the nice new Millennium Flyer trains and couldn't believe how short they were (appear to be 7 rows).

I was happy to see the two water rides open before Memorial Day. Thunder River didn't have all the effects and rapids turned on, which was probably a good call on a 65 degree day. The ride was great as always and reminded me how frustrating it was that Canobie scrapped plans for their rapids ride this year. The flume was fun, but had the longest wait of the day (30 minutes) due to only 4 boats running. The water park wasn't open yet, but the park had a lot of construction going on just beyond Riptide Racers. It almost looks like they're trying to create a full loop around the lake which would be really nice since the rapids ride and sky ride are at a dead end.

Speaking of the Sky Ride, the park no longer allows single riders which is a disappointment. The park's Sky Ride is the best one out there since it is a relaxing 30 minute ride up the mountain. I wonder if this is another response to the Idlewild accident. I saw people posting on the Kennywood discussion thread that the park changed many of their height requirements; I think Lake Compounce may have done the same. The most striking one to me was the 42" height requirements on the Zoomers antique cars and log flume. I definitely remember riding the latter as a kid when I was below 42". Then a 42" minimum for antique cars seems overkill.

With the season pass, I plan to stop by a few more times this summer as Boulder Dash gets faster and to try the newly renovated Wildcat.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 6:42 pm
by thrillseeker4552
Nice report. We drove right by Lake Compounce on our East Coast trip last year on our way to Six Flags New England. We would have stopped had we had more time, but maybe a few years down the road. Boulder Dash is a must-do, and Phobia is a bonus as well. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 7:28 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Definitely stop in for a few hours during your next visit since lines are never bad at Lake Compounce. The worst wait is for Boulder Dash if they're running one train and even then it never exceeds a half hour except in rare cases.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 7:35 pm
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
Amazing report! I need to hurry up and add Six Flags New England/Lake Compounce to my park credits! I always wanted to visit! =)

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 8:26 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Don't forget Quassy if you're visiting those two. After the big 3 coasters (Superman, Wicked Cyclone, Boulder Dash), Quassy's Wooden Warrior is the best coaster in that area.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 2:17 pm
by The Great Zo
Great pictures and writeup to start the report! I'm looking to do a northeast trip in the next few years, and Lake Compounce has certainly made the list of places to go. I'm just going to have to bribe somebody to come with me so I can get on the sky ride.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 2:47 pm
by Canobie Coaster
I'd be happy to stop by if you're in the area. I still owe you one for driving me back to the hotel last year so I could stay at Kings Island until midnight.

Lake Compounce is one of those parks that mixes the old and new very well.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 4:51 pm
by Philrad71
Great report as always!

I really, really like Lake Compounce...classic and thrills with some quirkiness thrown in for good measure.

But I have to is TPR's new best quote of the week/month:

This is the best boomerang I've been on, which is like saying you're the best player on the Cleveland Browns.

And one could feel free to substitute the Buffalo Bills over the Browns into that little zinger too! :lmao: