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Re: The Great Escape (TGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat May 19, 2018 8:55 pm

Great report and glad to hear the Comet is still running well.
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Postby Sluggo77 » Sun May 20, 2018 1:01 pm

bert425 wrote:Not familiar with this park, but it looks like a smaller Six Flags park? seems a great place to spend a few hours, thanks for the pics.


It’s not a big park compared to others but I’d say it’s great for families. They have a nice included water park to. This was the first “big” park that I went to as a kid. It was known as Storytown back then and a lot from that era is still around. As mentioned in the report Steamin’ Demon was the first looping coaster that I ever went on. I remember being scared to death and then feeling addicted after finally riding it LOL. I’ve never lost that addiction since so it’s great to see the park keeping that family feel for future coaster enthusiasts along with adding some newer rides now that SF’s owns it.

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report and glad to hear the Comet is still running well.

Thanks! It really is. I thought it was running even better than a couple of years ago. The team running the ride was doing a great job too. Even with low attendance and only one train operation they were trying to get trains out ASAP.

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Postby Philrad71 » Sun May 20, 2018 1:13 pm

Nice report!

We had a great time when my Dad and I drove out to meet Michael (before he moved to NY) and his daughter, husband and granddaughters at Lake George many moons ago.

We camped in the campground just down the street - we really liked the theme park, water park and the surrounding area. It was a great thrill to ride Comet after hearing about the one at Crystal Beach all my life and never being able to ride it. Glad to hear that they are keeping this running smooth as butter - it really is the star of the park!
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Postby coasterbill » Mon May 21, 2018 6:07 am

Great report!

bert425 wrote:seems a great place to spend a few hours, thanks for the pics.

Eh, you may want to budget for an entire day once you see their operations. :lol:

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon May 21, 2018 6:10 am

^ Or budget for a Flash Pass.

Edit- Actually it looks like Great Escape has the Go Fast Pass instead since they still seem to resist all attempts of flagging. And since the Bobsled isn't included on that pass, that one ride can eat up a good chunk of your day, which is unfortunate because it's easily the park's second best coaster. You have to be lucky to hit it right when it opens (which is never with the park) or else you'll be in stuck in a slow moving line of a coaster that frequently breaks down.
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Postby Vonni » Mon May 21, 2018 11:57 pm

Great Escape looks really charming.

Did Pandemonium replace any existing ride or structure?

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Postby xVicesAndVirtues » Tue May 22, 2018 12:33 am

^There used to be an old Chance Trabant in that space on a portable-style platform, which the park removed around 2012ish. They then used the ride's platform as an awkward seating area before removing it entirely. Nice to see that they're going with all permanent ride pads with everything they've installed over the past few years.

Great report to what used to be my home park and a park I worked at for a few years! It's also really nice that despite the fact that they haven't gotten (and likely won't get) a coaster in quite a few years, they always add something new every single year, and the past 5 years or so they've really beefed up their flat ride collection, plus expanded what was already a great admission-included waterpark. For those who haven't been keeping up on the park, they've done new flying scooters, a small frisbee-style flat ride, a mat racer/tube slide combo, a Larson loop, and now Pandemonium, all in the past 4/5 years.

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Postby qwimjim » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:34 am

how are the crowds at this park on a weekend? it's not super close to any big cities, does it still manage to get slammed like laronde, new england, great adventure?

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Re: The Great Escape (TGE) Discussion Thread

Postby xVicesAndVirtues » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:54 am

It doesn't get anywhere near as busy as the above parks, but operations are pretty slow and laid-back at this park. It can be the busiest day of the year and you might have a full station for the Comet, which might take 20 minutes max, and a 4 or 5 train wait for the Boomerang. The longest wait in the park is usually Alpine Bobsled. I haven't been to the park yet this year, but I know the past few seasons they've operated with just the front loading platform, which can make the wait take eons. I'd recommend doing it early because it also breaks down or goes down for light rain, then take your time with everything else.

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Re: The Great Escape (TGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:08 pm

^ Yeah the Bobsled is the one really bad wait you'll encounter. The tricky thing is that the ride doesn't usually open with the park.
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