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Captain Jack's Lake Compounce PhotoTR 7/15/07


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Last night my parents asked what we should do on my day off from work, and my dad had mentioned something about Connecticut. First thought, let's check out TPR and see what parks are in CT and if they have good reviews. Let me just say this, Lake Compounce lived up to the strong positive reviews I've read from Robb and the infamous Guy Koepp; the park had FAST, efficient, and friendly ride-ops and was rediculously clean. It was well-worth the two hour drive from Long Island.

 

 

Zoomerang-It's a Vekoma Boomerang...that's all that needs to be said.

 

Wildcat-It was decent...one train operation, not really exciting at all and doesn't really make use of its somewhat tall first drop.

 

Boulder Dash-Freakin' awesome, probably the best wooden coaster I've ridden until I ride El Toro later this summer. It easily could rip Hershey's Wildcat and Lightning Racer to shreds, it was that good. Only complaint...it's a bit rough, and it's rumored to be getting Hershey Wildcat's old trains next year. Save the cash and buy the new MF style PTC trains arriving on the market soon, it would probably make a great ride even better.

 

I'll let the pictures do the talking...

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All in all, it was a great trip...a beautiful well-sized park with an amazing wooden roller coaster in the form of Boulder Dash. Rumor has it a spinning coaster for one of the upcoming seasons, but what they could really use is a good and forceful B&M invert that weaves its way through the mountain. Expensive, yeah. Worth it, yeah...it would be the only B&M invert from New York to LaRonde. Thanks for reading and looking...until next time, "Let's do that again!"

-Captain Jack

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And right as I step out of the park...it begins to thunderstorm and downpour...AGAIN! Perfect timing on my exit though...

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On the way out, a little history lesson. "Let me hit you with some knowledge, LeFleur!"

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One of the amazing perks of Lake Compounce...free Pepsi in 12 ounce cups ALL DAY LONG. You can't beat that, and even their marketing guys are probably going WHY CAN'T WE CHARGE $4.50 FOR THAT!?!?!

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So they had Flyers...in a strange overly-patriotic paint scheme. They were okay, could've had a red white and blue scheme with less...I'M A FLAG!

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This one's all yours Robb.

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Heh...well that's interesting.

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He seems to be enjoying them...

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These electric Corvettes were new for the season, and were really nicely crafted...made to look like '58 Vettes.

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But within the next 45 minutes once it was done severely thundering and lightning, literally 5 minutes after the storm stopped, things were testing and ready to go again. Lake Compounce pretty much owns to the point of deserving the Lou's boob credit...the coveted credit rarely achieved by men other than Robb and Indiana Jones.

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Really pissed off! He was probably mad that he didn't make the list of stereotypes on that napkin...

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Around 3:30...this cloud decided to get pissed off.

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From Vekoma to Arrow...c'mon now, can't beat the level of quality. This was actually a very good flume, the SawMill Log Flume.

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Speaking of the View...no Rosie please, why does Zoomerang photograph so nicely!?!?! Oh, and ironically, the train had the Vekoma logo inbetween the headrests...just to remind you the pain you'll experience in that cobra roll when your head meets the Fockers and the headrests.

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It provides quite a view!

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As I digress...the 30 minute Sky-Ride Finding Nemo Submarine Expedition Up the Matterhorn.

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10,000 points to Lake Compounce for great operations, 5,000 points a piece to Colin, Ryan, and Wayne, and 300,000 points to Richard Simmons.

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And now the yellow train was up and running too, so the ride was practically a walk-on all day. Amazing operations and great ops, you know what that means?

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Ejector airtime...this coaster doesn't lose pace at all as its constantly weaving in and around the mountain side.

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Anyways...back to the best attraction at the Lake, Boulder Dash!

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My first S&S Screamin' Swing, here it's called Thunder and Lightning...it's a pretty awesome ride, I just wish it had a longer cycle.

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Ghost Hunt was decent, better than my home park's (Adventureland LI) Haunted House, but nothing truly jawdropping. It was something to do.

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Quite possibly the worst pre-show ever created...and it loops every 5 minutes for your enjoyment.

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Nearby is a Huss Enterprise, haven't rode one of these in a while because Great Adventure got rid of theirs for no good reason...

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This is where the fun ends and poor engineering begins...upstop wheels that don't make contact until right about now.

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Personally, it's a slight step above Hersheypark's Sidewinder. My guess is only because it's slightly newer and has one of the more recent Vekoma trains.

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The wheels say the name that speaks Dutch quality...Vekoma. And that's Jaws, according to the ops.

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You know who this is for...if you don't, e-mail Dan some Splenda and a poncho and he might respond.

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Ha, well...you knew it was coming didn't you?

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A lot of ejector airtime and makes great use of its terrain!

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So good...

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There it is...Boulder Dash! And you know what, I think that "Through the trees!" has been slaughtered to death by 15 year olds lately, so we'll just say Boulder Dash on the lift.

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Ah, a Wurlitzer organ...you can't really beat that.

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They have a really old Carousel, built in 1911, that has 49 horses and one GOAT. Just as I was about to take a picture of the goat a lady the size of Raspucia from Norbit flattened him to pieces.

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Fast forward about two hours, and I finally arrive to this very pleasant site...Lake Compounce!

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Instead of counting Cedar Fair garbage cans, we can play how many immigrants does it take to do a roof.

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So, this morning I woke up to loud hammering and saw this. Where's the politically incorrect racial stereotype napkin when you need it...

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I figured I might as well start things off properly...

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Great TR! So, how many times did you get line jumped? It happens all the time at LC and the park doesn't do a thing about it! They're also one of the last parks around that still allows smoking just about anywhere.

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I was line jumped zero times and the park employees and security guards were all over the place enforcing the areas in which smoking was prohibited. Like I said before, the park was extremely clean and I had a great time, no complaints.

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Nearby is a Huss Enterprise, haven't rode one of these in a while because Great Adventure got rid of theirs for no good reason...

 

It had a reason, It was old and parts were hard to find. The cost to keep it open wasn't worth it. It's the very same reason all the first generation drop towers ( Stuntman's Free Fall ) are being removed or sold.

 

Oh , btw... I'm glad you enjoyed Lake Compounce. If you get the chance go back in late September for even better night rides on BD.

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I was line jumped zero times and the park employees and security guards were all over the place enforcing the areas in which smoking was prohibited. Like I said before, the park was extremely clean and I had a great time, no complaints.

 

Line jumping is a big problem there. When I was there in June and someone tried to stop the line jumpers, people's lives were being threatened and the "supervisor" just stood there with a dumb look on his face instead of calling security like everyone asked. Everyone there seems to think joining friends/family is acceptable. Robb and Elissa know all about the line jumping problems.

 

How could they be enfocing no smoking where it's prohibited? The whole problem is that they DON'T prohibit smoking. They have no rules about smoking like Six Flags and other parks have.

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How could they be enfocing no smoking where it's prohibited? The whole problem is that they DON'T prohibit smoking. They have no rules about smoking like Six Flags and other parks have.

 

At Lake Compounce, smoking is prohibited on food patios, in Splash Harbor, Garfield's Circus World, and queue lines.

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