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

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:08 pm

That'd be awesome news! I had a feeling their replacement coaster would have been something like a wild mouse but that has me excited. I would love to finally see a wooden coaster by the Atlantic again.
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:05 am

Boston Children's Museum looks pretty great. We've been to a number of children's museums, so some of the exhibits are somewhat familiar. Oklahoma City has a roller coaster marble thing like that, and we had so much fun with it.

Keep this up! Love seeing cool places like these that are very far from me.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:19 am

Thanks! I haven't really explored other children's museums but that'll be something after I have kids.

Though the City Museum is something that is going to happen much sooner.
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Postby adamico2 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:22 pm

cfc wrote:I approve of Funtown's choice of "Fire on High" for their scrambler.

It was a sad day when Seabreeze removed their Gyrosphere, though they had stopped playing "Fire on High" several seasons before it closed.
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Postby Guy T. Koepp » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:22 am

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:30 pm

:lmao:

Is there any other way to flavor that?
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:31 pm

Berkshire Mountain Coaster & Lake George

Last weekend, we made a quick day trip up to Lake George. My girlfriend had never been and it had been a few years since I visited what I consider the mini golf capital of the world. I made a pit stop at the Great Escape on the way home from Pennsylvania earlier this year to ride the Comet, but skipped it on this trip since she didn't have a season pass and I couldn't justify spending a majority of our day there with everything else available in the area. It felt like a foreign concept driving by a Six Flags park like that, but this one is also among the chain's weakest.

We did however get our roller coaster fix in at the Berkshire Mountain Resort. Instead of forking over cash to Massachusetts to take the Pike (they already get enough of my taxes), we took the scenic route. This allowed us to pass the most depressing fair ever (they only had a VHS sale, kiddie pool, and some paintings), an awesome looking fair that wasn't open yet by Reithoffer Shows, and most importantly the Berkshire Mountain Resort, which is home to one of the best mountain coasters out there.

The resort also has mountain biking if you are coordinated enough to not kill yourself and a great looking ropes course. But I wasted no time signing my life away to board the Thunderbolt Mountain Coaster. Unfortunately, it did have a bit of a wait (20 minutes), but the staff was doing a great job spacing everyone out so there was no one close to you. I'll happily wait 20 minutes to make sure I can get a ride at full tilt than to have a mother and daughter riding like it's a school zone down the mountain.

This mountain coaster is the longest I've been on and it's currently the longest in North America until the new one at Copper Mountain opens. Along with being a crazy long ride, this one is more intense. There are 5-6 little dips that give pops of air on the way down and the first few turns in particular are taken very fast and produce some amazing laterals. I'm a major fan of mountain coasters and this one along with the one at Attitash are in a class of their own. 9 out of 10

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5 minutes later you will reach the top.

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You get actual airtime on this one!

Two hours later, we reached Lake George and Route 9 which is one of those strips in a tourist trap town with all sorts of food, motels, and mini golf courses. Lake George is also a town proud of its history, so if you are a history buff you will also find all sorts of forts and historical reenactment areas. I'm not kidding about the latter, every tenth person I saw walking down the street was dressed like George Washington or Abigail Adams. No thank you; I'll stick with my $4 Lake George T-Shirts.

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"An" historical impact... Whoever printed this is clearly from the south.

And of course there is a huge lake. We considered hiking but didn't realize just how large Lake George was since most of the good hiking trails were 35-45 minute trips from the town of Lake George. We decided to see the lake the American way and just drive up to the lake. Since it was a beautiful 70-75 degree day, we saw tons of people out on boats or parasailing. After dipping my toes into the frigid water, I was strongly against it.

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Lake George is really beautiful.

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Note the lack of people in the lake. That dog was the only brave soul in the water.

The first mini golf course we stopped at was Goony Golf. I am a sucker for mini golf courses with obstacles, so this course was wacky enough for me. Every hole had some type of obstacle to go through and some of them were truly crazy with my favorite being the dinosaur with a caveman on a yo-yo (yes you read that right). They also had a little arcade with some older games I hadn't seen in a while such as the skeeball variant with the basketball hoops.

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Goony Golf is a very apt name.

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The caveman is literally on the dinosaur's yo-yo. That's amazing.

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The ghost on the left pretty much looks like a scrotum.

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That's a menacing looking bird.

As amazing as Goony Golf is (it's probably in the top 5 of courses I have played), the two courses down the road are significantly better. That's not a knock on Goony Golf at all. Rather it's just how amazing the Around the US and Around the World mini golf courses are. Situated right next to the lake, there are two very well themed 18 hole courses with some of the best obstacles anywhere.

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This is hands down the best mini golf course I've been to.

Around the US could only represent 18 of the states with holes (though they creatively made a Golden Gate bridge walkway), but they did a good job mixing in states from all regions of the country. Some of the highlights include the Texas hole that combines an oil refinery and football, the Las Vegas roulette hole (you launch the ball into a roulette and have a 1/4 chance of getting a 1, 2, 3, or 4, or if you're me you have a 100% chance of getting the 4), and the New York hole. The latter is a very well themed subway station (right down to the graffiti) that gives you a chance to win a free game.

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Oil refinery? Check. Dallas Cowboys? Check. State Pride? Check. This hole sums up Texas perfectly.

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I swear I always get the 4 on this hole. This is why I will never gamble in Vegas.

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New Jersey had a cool hole too where you had to go through this carousel.

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The subway is the highlight though. The attention to detail is amazing.

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You can try to win a free game, lost some strokes on your score, or fail spectacularly like me.

Of the two, I prefer Around the World and I think that's a consensus judging by the crowds at this course compared to the stateside one. In an hour I was able to avoid being raped by Paul Bunyan in Canada, have Napoleon go all Captain Morgan on my golf ball, and smash a kangaroo in the face. The latter is involved with the best and most dangerous mini golf hole I have ever seen.

For Australia, there is a kangaroo. If you hit the ball off a ski jump and into the pouch, you get -2 of your score. You can either take this challenge or be boring and safely putt around the kangaroo. Thankfully no one intentionally does the latter since the results are hysterical. 5 out of 10 people miss the kangaroo entirely, 4 out of 10 drill the kangaroo somewhere other than the pouch, and 1 out of 10 will launch the ball into the parking lot or onto another hole. You may think I accidentally missed hitting the ball in the pouch, but I didn't. It's really dang hard to do so. My sister did it a long time ago, but that's the only successful shot I've witnessed. You still have to go for it though.

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Beer for Germany. How fitting with Oktoberfest coming up.

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Paul Bunyan looks like he is going to rape you.

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Napoleon decided to Captain Morgan my ball and I somehow got my ball stuck under that yellow plate.

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The infamous kangaroo hole. You are going to fail hitting it in that pouch, but you have to try.

We also explored the village for a bit. The place was buzzing at 9-11 at night. I'm not sure if this is the usual crowds or if it was larger because of the big Mayweather-McGregor fight that was happening that night. We got some great pizza at a place called Pizza Jerks, found a book store going out of business and almost bought the Great Big Book of Sex and a Children's Bible for $5 total (we really wanted to see the clerk's reaction), and stopped in a few arcades. The arcades ranged from older style games to the phone app/Dave and Buster style games.

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So many tourist trap activities. This was a hybrid kiddie park/arcade.

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We saw a drunk girl come out screaming and then run across the street yelling her name. That seems like a smart decision.

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Big Bertha finally escaped after all these years.

The closest we got to the Great Escape was when we stopped for ice cream at Martha's across the street. After losing 2/3 rounds of mini golf, I owed her an ice cream. This place has the largest soft serve cones you will ever see as the large is 2 feet tall! Seriously Yelp this place if you want to see the largest ice cream cone you will ever see. And it was only $4 to boot.

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This is the closest we got to the Great Escape. You can see Sasquatch towering in the background.
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Postby anonymouscactus » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:17 am

Almost made it to Great Escape this year when I was in Albany, but alas it wasn't meant to be. Had I known some awesome mini golf was up there, I probably would have made it for sure. Just means I'll have to take a trip next time I'm somewhat in the area. Thanks for the non-theme park reviews, too! We love stuff like that.

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:27 pm

For a tourist town, the main stretch of Lake George is really nice. They definitely have enough activities to stay busy for a long weekend.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:25 pm

Canobie Lake Park- Screeemfest

I made my third and final visit of the year for their Halloween event, Screeemfest. Yes they spell it that way with 3 Es in a row. No that is not some weird New England thing. It's just some weird Canobie thing. As often as I've gone to Canobie, I have actually never been for their Halloween event so I was intrigued to check it out.

I had a loose idea what I wanted to hit during the visit. I wanted yo get a few Yankee Cannonball and Untamed rides, try out the new Ice Jet flat, and do the two haunts I heard good reviews on (Carnivus and Culling). When I arrived at the park, there was still some daylight. But about 15 minutes later, the sun succumbed to the darkness. It was nice to get 5 hours at Canobie in the dark. Usually I only have an hour after the sun sets and I ride the same 3 rides at that time (Flume, Mine of Lost Souls, & Yankee Cannonball).

I started with the Yankee Cannonball. I figured I could hopefully get a few rides in before the crowds arrived. 9 out of 10 times, it has a full queue, which is a 30 minute wait. I beat the rush so I got two quick rides in about 20 minutes. As mentioned in my first Canobie review, you can't wait for a seat. So it's a bit of luck what you get. I got the 3rd from the front and 2nd from the back, so two nice seats. It's the star of the park and is a perfect fit for the traditional park. It's impeccably smooth and has 3-4 pops of air. And they're good pops thanks to the buzz bars. 7.5 out of 10[b]

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The woody that gives any Canobie fan a woody.

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Points for a Halloween theme. Double points for tying it into the Yankee Cannonball's theming.

The crowds had doubled Cannonball's wait so I moseyed on over to Star Blaster. A one cycle wait, it was fun. I used to be much higher on Star Blaster. It was my first drop tower, but then I rode others that went much higher and more importantly, weren't S&S versions. The ride isn't the least bit intense but it does have two nice pops of air. [B]7 out of 10


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Blast the stars. Though this is the one area of New Hampshire you can't see stars thanks to light pollution from Mass.

Next was Untamed. With the single rider line, I was on in 5 minutes. After riding Hydrus at Casino Pier, I can't help but wish this one had those amazing lap bars as well. I actually got a mostly smooth ride on it this visit, which was great since the ride was still its normal intense self. The drop has some powerful ejector air and I really like the first and third inversions. I thought about going again but the single rider line was 5x longer than usual (aka there were 5 people there). 7.5 out of 10

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Untamed looks even better at night. Still one of the most surprisingly well themed coasters out there.

I did the Cullen next, my first haunt. Overall the park was quite busy but the ride lines never went beyond 20 minutes. The haunts meanwhile got busier and busier as the night went on. I waited about 20 minutes for the Culling but the line doubled in length by the time I got off. Guess I got lucky.

For those unfamiliar with Canobie, the park has a corn field behind Untamed. The Culling takes place in that corn field. The setting alone could make the haunt creepy, but the park pumped in a boatload of fog and animal noises. The premise of the haunt is that there's a creepy cult (that from my experience only speaks gibberish). It's a pretty long and dark haunt. There were a decent amount of scare actors. I didn't find any particularly scary but they used their surroundings well. They bounced in and out of the fog, dressed like their environment, and hid behind laser projections. And there were plenty of lasers. 8 out of 10

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It says the Magic Seed, but this was really the Culling.

Realizing the haunts were going to have the longest waits, I made a beeline to Carnivus. The queue was a little confusing. The map made it seem like the entrance was by the ballroom, so I stupidly pulled on the door with no luck. After looking like an idiot, I followed the crowd and realized the entrance was by the Boston Tea Party (which looked creepy being drained for once). The other confusing bit was that the queue for the Hotel Canobie haunt was right next to the one for Carnivus. I got in the right queue and ended up waiting 35-40 minutes.

I loved the premise of Carnivus and the execution was superb. It's themed as a haunted, abandoned carnival. Having been to my fair share of carnivals, it was definitely an ominious feeling walking down a lifeless midway without having carnies aggressively trying to rip you off. The detail was impressive and because I was so in love with the environments, I repeatedly let my guard down unlike when I'm walking through a spooky castle, dungeon, or something else of that ilk. Several of the actors popped out of well-hidden corners to make me jump. The second half also had some cool fun house effects such as a mirror maze (so that's where Tiki Maze went :lmao: ) complete with scare actors and one of those vortex tunnels. It was a short haunt, but extremely well done. 9 out of 10

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If you don't like clowns, Carnivus is not the haunt for you.

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I'm not kidding.

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It's a pretty terrifying entrance into an awesome haunt.

I tried riding the Turkish Twist, but right before I boarded the ride went down. Actually I shouldn't say the ride itself broke down. The latch on the door hiding the drum from the queue wouldn't lock, so they had to shut it down until maintenance could pull out their handy dandy screwdrivers. It was a bummer since it's the fastest rotor out there, but I ride it enough. I thought about hitting the Frisbee since it had just reopened after being down for a year (the closure was so long it was removed from park maps and the website lists it as "Now Open" almost as if it's a new ride), but I skipped it in favor of Ice Jet.

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Speaking of their website, I think basketball fans will recognize the tall dude on the Pirate. It's none other than former Celtic Kelly Olynyk. As a player I don't miss him, but by all accounts he was amazing for the community. I believe in this photo he was there with a group of underprivileged kids.

Ice Jet is in a cursed spot, but I'm excited to finally see a ride there again. Most recently it was home to Equinox, which ran less than a 500 pound man, so it was removed. Before that, it used to be home to the Matterhorn, the world's fastest and best run flying bobs ride (though the one at Oktoberfest was just as good). They ran that thing so fast that it tore itself apart, but it resulted in swinging nearing 120-130 degrees!

I was hopeful the new one would run as fast, but realistically I figured it'd be tamer and I was right. It ran about as fast as the typical one you'd see at a fair but it ran in both directions. It also had a weird cycle where it would speed up, start to slow down, and then accelerate to its top speed. I've never seen a himalaya do that before and it caught me off-guard. One other thing that I was excited about was that the ride didn't have music. Usually that's a negative for these rides, but not when you're mere feet from a classic carousel pumping the midway with its glorious band organ. I don't see myself riding it every visit, but it's nice to have another option. 6 out of 10

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First new ride in 6 years! Unless you count the ill-fated Equinox.

I made my way back towards the far end of the park. I noticed the Cannonball now had an almost full queue so I decided to pass a little time before returning for my last rides on the year. I decided to ride Wave Blaster. I hadn't ridden the ride in a few years since it has an odd location in Kiddieland. It's one of those bouncing rides. From my observations, it seems that the heavier the car is, the higher and wilder the bounces will be. I got 2-3 bounces with small, abrupt pops of air, but the two offensive linemen in front of me had a ride so wild the ops actually asked if they were ok. 6 out of 10

I was in the mood to spin, so I went with Over the Rainbow. It's one of those Zamperla balloon towers and they're one of my guilty pleasure rides. Since their primary audience is kids, they are exceptionally easy to spin. I treated myself to a ride that spun so fast my balloon started to bounce. 8 out of 10

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Would you believe my first ride on this came before I saw Wizard of Oz? Sad but true.

One of the other unique attractions at Canobie is their pinball parlor. Pinball is hands down my favorite arcade game so it's amazing to see a room with 25 or so pinball machines from multiple eras just waiting to be played. I gave $5 worth of quarters to several machines (Star Trek, Spiderman, Star Wars, AC/DC, Monopoly, Roller Coaster Tycoon, and Shrek). I could have easily spent more time and money in there, but it was an hour before closing and it was time to hit Cannonball again.

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You knew this machine was coming.

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Shrek (pinball) is love. If you miss the reference, Google it and prepare to have Shrek ruined for you.

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Pinball porn.

I finished off with 2 rides on the Cannonball. I got extremely lucky in that I got both the very back and the very front. As many times as I've ridden it, this was probably only my 3rd ride there due to the seat selection process. It was a great way to end the year.

Overall I really liked Screeemfest. All of the park's rides were running outside of the water ones and the Mine of Lost Souls. While the other haunts in New England have the haunts as upcharges, Canobie includes them with admission. I prefer Lake Compounce's haunt simply because of how long it is, but Canobie's is nice in its own right and I see myself making it an annual visit now.
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