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  1. The earliest I was allowed to roam a park by myself was probably when I was 11 or 12.  My parents gave me a walkie talkie at Santa's Village so I could go on the larger rides wile they saw a show.  It worked well until someone else had the same frequency as me.

    I wasn't allowed to be in a park entirely by myself until high school.  That was when I had a cell phone so I could be reached.

  2. The Haunted Graveyard is no longer working with Lake Compounce.  They are now partnering with Quassy just down the road.  This is a major win for Quassy and their first scary Halloween event.

    Meanwhile, Lake Compounce announced Happy Hauntings as a replacement.  This will be a daytime only Halloween event.  The event is catered more towards families.

    Lake Compounce losing (what I think is) the best haunted walkthrough to their rival is bad enough, but it also stinks the park will be closing before nightfall most days in the fall now.  That used to be the best time of the year to get Boulder Dash night rides since the park is rarely open late enough.

  3. Earlier this summer, I took a day trip to Maine to hit all the parks that I had to skip in 2020 due to covid.  I had a goal of visiting Aquaboggan, Funtown, and Palace Playland in the same day since they're all within 15 minutes of each other.  However, I made one critical error.

    I visited on a Monday.  As I would later find out, this is the busiest day of the week for Aquaboggan and Funtown.  Aquaboggan does a half off promotion on Monday, so that made sense.  However, I was confused why Funtown was so busy.  The line for Excalibur stretched back to the Camelot bridge and the park had to close the line for it early.  In my past visits, I've never had to wait more than 1-2 trains for Excalibur.  And many of those visits took place on summer Saturdays.

    Aquaboggan

    This is a fairly small water park, but the rules are far more lax than corporate parks.  The park allows you to ride backwards down most slides if you so choose, which is one of the reasons their halfpipe slide (Stealth) is one of my favorite slides out there.  Those halfpipe slides are downright freaky when you go down that steep drop backwards.

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    The park's other slides are located on a hill.  For 2021, the park added a new addition in Yankee Ripper.  For this slide, you lug this heavy sled atop the hill, travel down this relatively steep drop, and then skim across the water.  If you don't keep your balance, you will comically wipeout in the water at the end.

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    If I didn't get to Aquaboggan at opening, I would have had difficulty riding everything in a short period.  But because I got to the park a half hour before opening, I was able to ride all the major slides in about 90 minutes.

    Funtown U.S.A.

    Excalibur received a lot of trackwork this past off-season and I'm happy to say the ride is running better than it has since the early 2000s.  In 2019, the turn under the lift hill was brutal.  Now, it's very smooth and the ride carries more speed through the rest of the layout.  Excalibur is a great coaster when it's running like this.  The ride has an excellent setting in the woods, some strong airtime in the first half, and powerful laterals in the second half.

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    I spent most of my time waiting for Excalibur, but I also took rides on the park's best non-coasters.   Astrosphere was a spectacle as always.  Dragon's Descent is still one of the most forceful S&S drop towers.  Thunder Falls is a great log flume, but you have to watch out for the geysers at the end.  And then the kiddie swing ride still has Donald Duck on top pumping gas.

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    The one weird thing with this park is that it's impossible to get free water unless you're pregnant or a veteran.  That was especially annoying with the water fountains turned off.  In the past, water cups cost 25 cents but now they charge as much as a soft drink.

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    But at least Funtown doesn't charge to use the bathroom like Palace Playland.

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    My visit to Old Orchard Beach was more about getting the food on the boardwalk.  The Shack makes amazing lobster rolls and Pier French Fries makes (you guessed it) amazing fries.

    I did intend to take a few laps on Sea Viper, but the park's signature coaster was closed.  The park's kiddie coaster was also in pieces.  I'm unsure if that ride ran at all in 2021 and I wonder the ride is on the way out now that they have the SBF Visa spinner for kids.

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    I did ride Power Surge, which is still one of my favorite flats in New England.  The base no longer spins on this one, but it runs a pretty long cycle and offers a disorienting experience with plenty of flipping.

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  4. 17 hours ago, coasterbill said:

    2) It’s Six Flags and I get 4 line skips. I’m sure the process of picking them up will be maddening and overly complicated because it’s La Ronde but realistically I should be able to get in and out of that place in like 2 hours, ride the hypothetical new ride that’s going to get me there, ride the only other good coaster and then probably ride that Dragon thing like twice with my other line skips because it’s actually so stupid it’s fun. Then I could get the hell out of there.

    Because it's La Ronde, Dragon isn't eligible for the Flash Pass or skip the line passes.

  5. As far as I'm aware the Corkscrew hasn't operated at all in 2021.  Recently, the ride was removed entirely from the website and park map.  The park has taken closed rides off the website before, but this is the first time I've seen them remove a closed ride from the map entirely.

    Given Corkscrew's location next to the small and highly popular Castaway Island water park, I suspect the park is getting ready to expand their water park onto Corkscrew's plot.

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