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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby ThemeParkJunkie51290 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:17 pm

Great report! =) But there's one thing that I really need to know about Beech Bend: Does this park offer any park/guide maps at the front entrance? I collect maps from new parks that I visit and I was just curious.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:18 pm

bert425 wrote:nice update from Beech Bend. . .very impressed they have an Air Race, I don't see them that often, and certainly not in Texas parks for the most part.


Thanks! I'm not surprised the larger model hasn't spread since it takes up a surprising amount of room, but I've seen the smaller one (like Beech Bend's) popping up more recently at carnivals.

ThemeParkJunkie51290 wrote:Great report! =) But there's one thing that I really need to know about Beech Bend: Does this park offer any park/guide maps at the front entrance? I collect maps from new parks that I visit and I was just curious.


Thanks! They definitely have maps. I believe I got mine at the ticket booth.

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Postby ThemeParkJunkie51290 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:39 am

^ Thanks! =) I pass by this park all time heading to Michigan and I never stop by. Hopefully, I can squeeze in a visit next year.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:55 am

No problem. I definitely recommend popping in for Kentucky Rumbler at least. I highly doubt you'll have lines considering I visited on a holiday weekend and didn't have to wait for anything outside of the mouse.
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Postby PKI Jizzman » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:10 am

I've been to BB once during the Winter event and we accidentally showed up before they were letting cars in. So we asked the lady at the gate if there was anything in the area to kill time and she replied, trying not to brag obviously spilling over with legit excitement, "Well.....we have *TWO* Super Walmarts."

That's it, thanks for letting me cameo my TR, Michael! :lol:

Reading your report also had me thinking:
Kentucky Rumbler is a fun GCI.
The Zero G ride up gave me a lesson on how quickly they could disassemble the ride and rebuild it.
Sounds like Bowling Green, KY hasn't changed much, haha.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:01 am

PKI Jizzman wrote:I've been to BB once during the Winter event and we accidentally showed up before they were letting cars in. So we asked the lady at the gate if there was anything in the area to kill time and she replied, trying not to brag obviously spilling over with legit excitement, "Well.....we have *TWO* Super Walmarts."

That's it, thanks for letting me cameo my TR, Michael! :lol:

Reading your report also had me thinking:
Kentucky Rumbler is a fun GCI.
The Zero G ride up gave me a lesson on how quickly they could disassemble the ride and rebuild it.
Sounds like Bowling Green, KY hasn't changed much, haha.


She didn't tell you about the fle-market? There's a hell of a flea market. Bowling Green is a great town for what it is, but yeah not much there.

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:35 am

PKI Jizzman wrote:I've been to BB once during the Winter event and we accidentally showed up before they were letting cars in. So we asked the lady at the gate if there was anything in the area to kill time and she replied, trying not to brag obviously spilling over with legit excitement, "Well.....we have *TWO* Super Walmarts."

That's it, thanks for letting me cameo my TR, Michael! :lol:

Reading your report also had me thinking:
Kentucky Rumbler is a fun GCI.
The Zero G ride up gave me a lesson on how quickly they could disassemble the ride and rebuild it.
Sounds like Bowling Green, KY hasn't changed much, haha.


Aw man, I'm more of a Target fan. ;)

I think the newest thing at the park is that water slide tower in my report. Judging by the people flocking to it on such a hot day, I think they made a wise investment.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:33 am

Holiday World

For me Holiday World is unquestionably a full day park. It has an elite wooden coaster collection, an awesome water park, and an all-around great atmosphere. Due to an oversight, I didn’t realize Holiday World was just one hour from Kentucky Kingdom until I saw a billboard driving down the highway. I already had tickets to Kentucky Kingdom and Beech Bend, so it would have been moronic to eat the cost.

So I faced with a tough decision. I could either scrap Holiday World entirely or visit knowing I didn’t have enough time to experience everything. Ultimately, I decided some Holiday World time was better than no Holiday World time. After time at Kentucky Kingdom and Beech Bend, I only had 2 hours remaining for Holiday World. I was optimistic that would be enough time to ride all four major coasters. However, I was battling against Labor Day weekend crowds and the park’s policy that they close queues early.

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Of course I wasn't going to say no to Holiday World.


I prioritized the wood coasters, so my first stop was Raven. The coaster still proudly displays its best wooden coaster Golden Ticket even though it has been outdone by one of the park’s other coasters (and a coaster 50 years older than it in Elysburg, PA that people finally realized is better but that’s an entirely different conversation). There I encountered another obstacle; the park was only running one train. With only time for one ride, there was little doubt where I would sit- back row.

I remember thinking my first ride on Raven was really underwhelming last year. But I attributed that to the coaster running slower in the morning as it did get better with each subsequent ride. Now I was riding Raven in peak conditions- late afternoon, 95 degrees, max humidity. So we crested the first drop and I fully expected to be launched into the lap bar. Yet I only got a tiny pop of air. That was followed by another tiny pop on the second hill. Then the third and fourth hills had absolutely no air.

The odd thing was that the coaster was absolutely hauling. I was beginning to wonder if the vaunted fifth drop would have airtime and that hill punished the non-believer, launching me straight into the lap bar. Now that’s the type of air I expect on a coaster previously considered the world’s best. Raven then finishes up with a series of out-of-control turns through the woods without losing a slither of speed. It’s incredible how fast this coaster feels despite its 48mph speed.

Are night rides on Raven so legendary that they can elevate this into the discussion for the world’s best wooden coaster? I find that hard to believe since the park’s other two wooden coasters are far superior with equally as awesome settings. Don’t get me wrong, Raven is a good wooden coaster. It has a wonderful setting and an incredible finale. But everything leading up to that fifth drop is average at best. 8 out of 10

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Raven has everything except a good first half.


Up next was Legend. At the entrance, I was greeted with a sign apologizing for one train operations. While it’s admittedly a nice touch to warn guests about an extended wait, it was still a frustrating sight to see on a coaster as long as Legend and on a holiday weekend no less. The queue was spilling out of the station and I believe I waited almost 40 minutes for the front row.

I love the big first drop that twists into the tunnel and that’s followed by a brief out-and-back section through the water park. The first few hills are a bit too gradual to offer any hills, but there are some nice headchoppers from the slides above. By the fourth and fifth hill, you start getting some good airtime. Then Legend becomes absolutely orgasmic for fans of laterals.

You can fight it all you want, but it’s inevitable that you will end up plastered against the side of the train. That double helix is relentless. Not only are the laterals as intense as any coaster, but this element does not end. It’s crazy that a coaster can hold laterals this strong for as long as Legend does. That’s followed by a nice finale consisting of a few quick turns by the flume and 2-3 pops of air reminiscent of a GCI.

At most parks, Legend would be the star wooden coaster. However at Holiday World, it plays second fiddle. But it’s a very good second fiddle. While Voyage focuses on airtime, Legend focuses on laterals. I would have loved to have gotten another ride, but the queue simply didn’t allow it. 9 out of 10

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I did look back and the queue was anything but short.

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But it did at least offer some nice views of the coaster.

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I love how Legend goes from weaving through the water park to the woods and the back to weaving around the flume.


By this time, Splashin’ Safari had closed and the Thanksgiving area was inundated with people. Voyage’s entire queue was filled. Fortunately it was running two trains and the wait only took a half hour, and that included me waiting extra for the front row. I knew that decision was risky since it could have come at the expense of a Voyage reride or a Thunderbird ride, but there was no way I was leaving Holiday World without a front row ride on this beast of a coaster.

The outward leg is a series of camelbacks more akin to what you’d find on a steel hyper coaster. Each hill offers better sustained floater than the last. That leads into the twister section reminiscent of Superman the Ride’s spaghetti bowl finale. It’s impossible to fully recount what happens, but there are several strong pops of air, many quick directional changes, and some 90 degree turns for good measure.

Voyage comes to an almost full stop on the MCBR and is the only chance riders have to catch their breath. It seems impossible that Voyage could regain its speed, but the coaster masterfully uses the terrain. On the outward leg, you stealthily climb a sizable hill. This is unbeknownst to riders since the coaster is traveling so fast and the elevation changes are obscured by the ride’s many tunnels.

This clever use of elevation leads to Voyage getting progressively faster on the return leg. As the coaster weaves underneath the lift hill, riders are treated to several pops of air. That leads to a second twister section by the station with the ride’s final few pops of air. In many ways, Voyage feels like an endurance test and I mean that in the absolute best way possible.

I hit the brake run speechless and out-of-breath. Voyage truly is one of the craziest coasters out there. I can definitely see some calling this coaster rough, but the only rough patch I noticed was in the final tunnel adjacent to the station. Voyage is one of the most ambitious wooden coasters ever constructed and it’s truly a testament to the park’s maintenance staff that this thing doesn’t turn riders into mashed potatoes. 10 out of 10

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This is the coaster equivalent of running a marathon. This is one incredibly long and intense coaster.


My ride was so breathtaking that I decided to forgo Thunderbird and finish off with a Voyage reride. But I was thwarted by a “Please…no more riders before closing” sign at the entrance. The most shocking thing was that the park was using the honor system to enforce this rule. There were no employees even monitoring the queue so I saw several people hop back in line. Either people didn’t read (entirely a possibility based on the comments on any of Robb’s videos) or they simply didn’t care to follow the park’s rule.

Admittedly, it was tempting to hop back in the queue. One of the world’s best coasters was right in front of me and it was definitely frustrating seeing others still joining the queue. But I listened to the angel on my right shoulder and sought out a different attraction to end the night.

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The sign is polite at least. And the park has a ton of faith in humanity that they'll respect the sign. Usually there's an employee standing guard when the star attraction closes its queue early but not at Holiday World.


My thought was to ride Legend one last time. I was skeptical the queue would even be open, but Frightful Falls was next door and I was confident that ride’s obscure location would keep that queue open. But something else caught my attention and that was Raging Rapids. That may seem like an odd ride to end the night on, but I had my reasons. For one, it was hot as heck. Second, this was closed in my only other visit to the park. Sure enough, the queue was still open and it was a complete walk-on.

I think Raging Rapids is a misnomer. The rapids on this one are incredibly weak. I can’t recall a single one splashing anyone. But Raging Rapids excelled in other areas. For one, the ride was well landscaped and had some solid theming, passing through a western town and through a cave. Second, there were plenty of other ways to get wet such as an unavoidable waterfall and geysers.

I want to talk about those geysers. They are pure evil. Anyone who has ridden log flumes with water cannons know how much guests love nailing unsuspecting riders. Holiday World takes this to the next level by letting observers control geysers. I was hit by at least 5 geysers during my ride. So this river rapids ride doesn’t really have any rapids, but it isn’t lacking in the fun department. 6 out of 10

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Those rapids don't look very raging.


It was an abbreviated visit, but I still had a blast at Holiday World. I still cannot believe how early Holiday World closed (7 pm) on a holiday weekend, but that’s pretty typical for them. This visit confirmed one thing; I need to do everything in my power to make it to HoliWood Nights next year. I am craving night rides on those wooden coasters. I suspect Voyage in particular could enter into my personal top 5. And having ERT on those water slides certainly wouldn’t hurt either.

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:52 am

I really need to get to Holiday World at some point... I appreciate how much emphasis the park has placed on their wooden coasters (save for Thunderbird) and I'm itching to experience The Voyage at some point. Thanks for reminding me that needs to get back on my list of places to go!
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby boldikus » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:46 am

Just getting caught up here. Awesome report, as always. I've heard mixed reviews on Holiday World but would love to get there at some point.

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