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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:01 pm

CenturyFlyer wrote:I love me some sketchy fair goodness. I'll be riding my first Flitzer in about a week in Ocean City, MD. I have EXTREMELY high hopes. ;)

Those fun houses don't even try to avoid copyright like some do with airbrush designs - I mean, the Frozen characters look like they were copied and pasted!

Thanks! So Ocean City is where the Jenkinson's Flitzer went.

When I Google searched the characters, the images on the side of the fun house all match some of the first results. :lol:

bert425 wrote:your fair pics are fantastic, thanks for sharing.

and I'm envious as all hell that you got a carousel ride in the post-park-opening hours! So Jelly!

Thanks! Glad to show off a carnival as a change of pace from the usual parks.

Not only was SFNE's carousel open late, but it's a classic one from 1909.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:10 pm

Story Land- Coasting for Kids

It’s important to give back to the community. For that reason, Emily and I were glad to do our part and ride roller coasters for Coasting for Kids, an amazing event for Give Kids the World. We decided there was no better place than Story Land.

For New England kids, Story Land is essentially Disneyland. It’s a ridiculously charming and well-themed children’s park. Both of us have incredibly fond memories of the place growing up (and for me, more recent thanks to Roar-O-Saurus).

We were the only two members of Team TPR, but there were about 30-40 people total. Between Emily and I, we raised $408. Thank you to friends, family, and forum members who donated. In total, I think the event raised almost $7,000!

When I told my coworkers I was going to Story Land, their response was "We already did our time there." I guess they lost their inner child.

The morning started with ERT on the Polar Coaster, one of the cutest family coasters around. The Polar Coaster is the epitome of a terrain coaster. I don’t think it gets more than 5 feet above the ground as it carves its way down the hillside. 5 out of 10

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The Polar Coaster is a cool ride.

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Story Land's zero cars are incredible.

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If this isn't the textbook definition of a terrain coaster, please let me know what is.

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Helix of death...ok not really but this is the fastest part of the ride.

But the main course was Roar-O-Saurus. This coaster has single handedly turned Story Land into a park I feel compelled to visit annually as a grown adult. And I have no shame saying that. It’s amazing!

Anyone who has been on one of these junior Gravity Group woodies knows that they pack a serious punch. And Roar-O-Saurus is easily the best of them in my opinion. Yes it shuffles a bit on the ridiculously tight turns, but the airtime is something special.

Ejector air on the first drop, pops of air on a double up, floater on a camelback, airtime in a tunnel, pops on a double down, and one of the best finales of any coaster. The finale reminds me of Steel Vengeance.

Yes I just compared Roar-O-Saurus to Steel Vengeance.

If that’s blasphemy, Lightning Run also works. The finale consists of four consecutive bunny hops with powerful ejector pops. You don’t even have time to return to your seat before the next pop happens.

Even seasoned enthusiasts are caught off-guard by the power of Roar-O-Saurus. I think Emily and I were the only two who stayed on Roar-O-Saurus for the full half hour. This coaster is legit. 9 out of 10

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This is why you all need to get out to Story Land.

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We were glad to all do our part and ride for charity.

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This is the part where Roar-O-Saurus makes you think you're on Steel Vengeance.

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I love how Story Land publicly shames those who fail to stow loose articles.

Since it was 90-something degrees out, we made our way to Dr. Geyser’s Remarkable Raft Ride. This is a “river rapids” ride without any rapids. That probably sounds awful, but bear with me.

Dr. Geyser’s instead uses a series of water effects. Some are innocent sprayers and misters, but some are downright evil geysers. You’re basically playing Russian Roulette with those things. 8 out of 10

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Dr. Geyser's is the perfect prescription for a hot day.

The cutest ride in the park is the Bamboo Chutes. If you don’t look at those logs and say “aw,” you aren’t human. Just look at those pandas!

In terms of layout, the Bamboo Chutes is a very short flume. But I just love how well it uses the park’s natural terrain. 7 out of 10

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Since we were already down the rabbit hole of an unacceptable level of wetness, we took a spin on Splash Battle: Pharaoh’s Reign. This may be the best splash battle out there.

The layout is short, but this one has a big advantage- children. Young kids give zero effs about getting wet. This is the first time I have ever seen every single water cannon around one of these attractions manned. And they took no prisoners. 7 out of 10

So naturally we came off soaked. And Emily took it upon herself to get revenge on the kids afterwards.

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If you hate water, stay far away from this ride.

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Emily took no mercy.

Since it wasn’t enough to blast kids with water guns, we also launched some foam balls at them in the Loopy Lab. It must have been at least 15 years since I had gone in there, but I felt like a kid launching balls across the room.

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First she shoots kids with water. Now she shoots them with balls. What's next?

Story Land used to have a Slipshod Safari ride. Basically it was a knockoff Jungle Cruise ride where kids rode in cages (yes you read that right) and parents made sure to document the moment. It was also very well done. The old safari scenes were numerous and detailed.

For 2019, the whole experience was rethemed to the Rap-Tour Safari. While kids can still ride in cages, the ride experience has been dramatically altered and I’m sad to say it’s not for the better.

The whole ride came across as tacky and half-baked. The new ride had riders trying to locate Bob, a lost explorer. Most of the ride was dead space outside of 3-4 dinosaur figures. 3 out of 10

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No seriously, kids can ride in cages.

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Oh look, a dinosaur.

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Looks like poor Bob doesn't have a face. Maybe Nick Cage stole it?

Thankfully the Los Bravos Silver Mine Tour was just as a remembered. This is a really unique walkthrough that combines a crooked house, fun house, and cave tour all into one.

But the highlight was the 5 or 6 year old girl who joined us. I guess imagination isn’t her foray, as she contradicted every point our tour guide made.

Guide- “Here is silver.”
Girl- “That’s not real silver.”
Guide- “Here are the miners who got lost.”
Girl- “Those aren’t real people.”

Props the guide who kept calm, composed, and didn’t break out of character. 7 out of 10

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Who needs a casino when you can go to the silver mine?

Story Land had a dearth of water rides on a manmade lagoon. Unfortunately, the water levels have receded. As a result, the park quietly retired the Story Land Queen in 2019.

Guests can still set sail on the Buccaneer though. Admittedly, that was a mistake on such a hot day. Instead of enjoying the corny pirate jokes, we couldn’t wait to return to land.

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We would have gladly walked the plank to cool off.

Once back on land, we took a spin on one of the most unique carousels anywhere. Unlike most carousels that go up and down, riders manually rock the Antique Carousel back and forth. I have never seen another carousel quite like it.

As a grown adult, it was pretty easy to get the horses rocking. However, it was an absolute bear as a child. It was even more of a workout than Toy Story Mania! 8 out of 10

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This carousel rocks (both literally and figuratively).

Walt Disney World isn’t the only place where kids can meet Cinderella, you can also do it at Story Land. What really makes the experience magical is that Cinderella arrives at her castle in a pumpkin coach at set points during the day.

While we didn’t care to get our photo with Cinderella, we took full advantage of the opportunity to ride the pumpkin coach back down the hill.

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You know, I think Disneyland's castle may actually be taller than this one.

It's the little touches like this that make Story Land special.

The last ride we did was Alice’s Tea Cups. It’s one of those old PTC tea cup rides with the double turntables. Unfortunately, those versions do not allow riders to control the spinning. I prefer the ability to spin like a lunatic. 5 out of 10

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Cinderella isn't the only Disney IP featured at Story Land.

We had an absolute blast at Story Land. Yes the park is aimed towards kids, but anyone who appreciates a beautiful, well-themed park (or a wild, airtime-filled wooden coaster) will leave Story Land with a smile on their face.

Thank you to Story Land and Give Kids the World for putting on a great event and we’re glad we could help do our part at 2019’s Coasting for Kids!

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Story Land brings back so many memories for us.

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Emily picked the wrong bench.

We'll be ba-ba-back.

After leaving Story Land, we also made a quick detour to ride my favorite alpine coaster in America, the one at Attitash. There's nothing worse than having a slowpoke ahead of you. Attitash had us covered. They barely had any cars on the track.

There was at least a minute between each dispatch. While that resulted in a painfully slow queue, I knew I could go full tilt down the mountain without careening into someone. This one has a sizable drop under the lift, a few double downs with quick pops of air, and some borderline violent turns. I love it. 9 out of 10

This was about a 40 minute wait.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:22 pm

Story Land looks like it remains pretty nice. I'd never heard of the tilt house before! I had heard of the safari ride, though, and it looks like Palace Entertainment has struck again!

I was hoping to maybe do "Coasting for Kids" at Six Flags America this year, but it's not to be. Oh well, it'll happen someday.

Thanks for the report and pictures.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:15 pm

That Polar Coaster just looks sooooo cute and fun. Actually, the whole park does. There looks to be some unique spins on rides.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:17 pm

Looks like y'all had a great time, Michael!

so glad I didn't miss your report! LOVE that Carousel. Never seen one that unique, where you can control the "gallop"

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:25 pm

CenturyFlyer wrote:Story Land looks like it remains pretty nice. I'd never heard of the tilt house before! I had heard of the safari ride, though, and it looks like Palace Entertainment has struck again!

I was hoping to maybe do "Coasting for Kids" at Six Flags America this year, but it's not to be. Oh well, it'll happen someday.

Thanks for the report and pictures.

No problem. I'm always glad to show off Story Land since it's a place most enthusiasts don't make it out to.

For the most part, Palace/Parque Reunidos has done a good job keeping Story Land similar to how it always has and I can't complain about them adding Roar-o-Saurus.

djcoastermark wrote:That Polar Coaster just looks sooooo cute and fun. Actually, the whole park does. There looks to be some unique spins on rides.

Yeah Story Land really goes the extra mile on the appearance of their ride vehicles. I think Dr. Geyser's, the train, and the Antique Cars are the only plain vehicles in the park.

bert425 wrote:Looks like y'all had a great time, Michael!

so glad I didn't miss your report! LOVE that Carousel. Never seen one that unique, where you can control the "gallop"

We absolutely had a great time for a great cause. I'd love to know more who manufactured this carousel and if more exist, but so far it's one of a kind for me.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:18 pm

Adventureland (NY)

I’ve only been to Long Island twice, but it’s a bear to get there. If you like gridlock traffic and a choir of horns, Long Island is for you. Long Island is also for you if you love crazy spinning coasters.

Adventureland is arguably the narrowest amusement park I’ve ever seen. Most of the park is wedged between a Target and some warehouses. The plot is so narrow you may even have to parallel park!

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For every new ride Adventureland adds, they basically have to remove one due to their space limitations.

I visited on a blazing hot day. I think my car said it was 100 degrees. Fortunately, Adventureland had us covered. The park had misters and fans above the midway. What a great touch!

These were absolute godsends on such a hot day.

The park is also prettier than you’d expect. Despite being pressed for space, they have several trees, flowers, and figures scattered about the park. It gives it a nice charm.

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Now that's my type of flower pot.

Hmmm, I don't remember the bat suit having an Adventureland logo on it.

But I was there for Turbulence, one of the most underrated coasters anywhere. I love Mack spinners. I said that even before Time Traveler was a thing. These coasters are glass smooth, spin a ton, and pull more Gs than you’d expect.

The biggest Achilles heel of most spinners is the pacing. For obvious reasons, they don’t go full tilt start to finish. I guess not everyone has an iron stomach. Turbulence throws that aside and is a fast-paced blur from start to finish.

Once your car starts spinning, it doesn’t stop. Combine that with a super compact layout filled with tight transitions and you have one of the most disorienting coasters anywhere. Then throw in a surprise pop of air on speed hill and sustained Gs on the final helices, and you have a real winner.

I love Turbulence. I’d take it over a lot of B&Ms. I’d take it over some hyper coasters. Do not underestimate this ride. 8.5 out of 10

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This is your captain speaking, we will encounter some turbulence.

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The amount and speed of the spinning is incredible.

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These would fit in at any park.

The other two rides were a bit problematic. No one else wanted to suffer through Long Island traffic, so I was flying solo. That was an issue for Mystery Mansion (dark ride) and Adventure Falls (log flume).

Despite there being a sign saying “no single riders,” the attendant at Mystery Mansion said I could ride alone. She explained the rule is in place for kids. That made my life a lot easier so I boarded the suspended (yes suspended) cars.

Unfortunately, the ride didn’t really capitalize on the unique seating. I think there was only one effect that took advantage of it. I didn’t find the ride particularly scary, but it had decent set design. And it was a long ride as it spanned multiple stories. 7 out of 10

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Cool ride system. Not fully utilized though.

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This poor guy was scared to death.

Unsurprisingly, Adventure Falls had a bit of a wait considering the temperature. Fortunately, I was able to skip the last third of the queue since a parent didn’t want to purchase a ticket to ride with their child.

I’m stunned Adventureland sports a custom flume considering they’re pressed for space. But most importantly, it had two solid drops. They were decently tall and had tiny pops of air at the start. And the splash was perfect on a scorching hot day. 8 out of 10

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I can't believe such a small park has a sizable flume like this.

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Just make sure you aren't flying solo. That's not allowed.

Two hours was plenty of time to get my rides on Turbulence, the dark ride, and the flume. One could easily spend more time if they ride all the flats, but none of them stood out to me. Plus, Adventureland was just a pit stop en route to my final destination, Coney Island.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:04 pm

Looks like poor Bob doesn't have a face. Maybe Nick Cage stole it?

Bringing your A-game with these Face Off references... Well played! :lol:

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:17 am

^ Glad someone else appreciated it. Face Off is so bizarre that it's wonderful.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:58 am

Adventurer’s Park Family Entertainment Center

On the way to Coney Island, I decided to make a pit stop. RCDB informed me there was a wacky worm with my name on it just one mile away.

That brought me to Adventurer’s Park Family Entertainment Center. Let’s just say appearances were not the park’s strong point.

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Here's the parking lot.

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Which also doubles as the park's graveyard.

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You can either go through the modest main entrance.

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I really like how the park used blue tarps to decorate their fences.

Unfortunately, the two dark rides and rare Huss flipper in the Park Index are no longer at the park. I’d say at least two thirds of the park now consists of kiddie rides.

I took a courtesy lap around the park to fill in gaps on the park index. That probably took all of two minutes since the park is very compact.


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I'm torn whether they're building something in that area or if it's just a graveyard.

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Oh look I found the Coney Island Cyclone...Racer.

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This was by far the park's tallest ride.

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They're having fun. It's called the Fun Slide after all.

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This sounds like the name of a go kart place, not the ride itself.

The Train was probably the nicest looking ride in the park.

And then it was time for the TL*3 Coaster. I have no clue what that name is supposed to mean. Is it the New York slang term for a wacky worm? Honestly that name was the most notable thing about the coaster. 2 out of 10

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What does this name even mean?

If you’re already going to Coney Island, this place is a quick stop. It looks a bit rough around the edges, but if you’re a credit whore, it’s an easy stop. Both parking and admission are free. And you can be in and out in less than 5-10 minutes.
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