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I haven't been there since it was Six Flags and desperately want to return and for some reason, the fact that they make the pretzels from scratch just really impresses me and makes me happy.

 

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Your reports are great! I’m glad you had a great time at Holiwood Nights. I think I saw you in passing a couple times!

 

The only thing I have to disagree with you on is Kentucky Flyer being perfectly smooth. For such a new ride, I thought it tracked really poorly—similar to Mine Blower. I’m not sure if it’s a construction thing or a Timberliner thing, but even though I thought both coasters were super fun, they both bounced around enough to give me a little headache after a couple rides.

 

Thanks! I've definitely felt shimmies on some of the Gravity Group compact woodies like Twister, Roar-o-Saurus, and Mine Blower, but I don't recall experiencing one on Kentucky Flyer. Maybe it was because I was calibrated to riding Voyage all weekend.

 

i think I might need a return to holliwood nights next year. I haven't been since the year they opened thunderbird and I forgot how great if an event it is.

 

Do it! You won't regret it.

 

I haven't been there since it was Six Flags and desperately want to return and for some reason, the fact that they make the pretzels from scratch just really impresses me and makes me happy.

 

David

 

They can't top the Busch Gardens pretzels since they wrap those things in bacon, but they're as good as Wetzel's Pretzels, which is a big compliment from me.

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More parks need rides like Lightning Run. Why more of these coasters haven't been built perplexes me.

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Storm Chaser is definitely best designed as a bull that drank four loko. Well done you've won TPR today.

 

Haha thanks!

 

More parks need rides like Lightning Run. Why more of these coasters haven't been built perplexes me.

 

I agree! The only thing I can think of is marketability. So many of these parks want to advertise records or gimmicks. Lightning Run has neither; it's just a fantastic ride. The only flaw with it are the restraints being a bit restrictive, which slows down loading.

 

lightning run gives great airtime is compact and can't be that expensive. It would work great in a place like funspot orlando.

 

It would work great in most places. I'd love one in New England.

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Both your HW TR and your KK TR were great. I found it funny how The Chicken Wings/Fish Station and the Nacho Bar kept the coaster lines short! Welcome to the Midwest. If there'd been a free chewing tobacco station you would have had walk-on rides all night.

 

Why hasn't anyone else built one of these. They're awesome!

^Lightning Run

 

I know. I seriously don't understand that either.

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I vowed to ride The Voyage one day after watching a TPR onride years ago and as it happened my brother and I finally made it from the UK for Hollowood Nights 2019. Thus my first experience of this incredible coaster was trimless, in total darkness, with absolutely no prior knowledge of what was coming up. I clung on for dear life! Amazing. When we hit the double-down I had no idea what had just happened!

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Six Flags New England- Cyborg Review

 

Some Six Flags parks that take an eternity to open new rides (cough: Magic Mountain: cough). Through ice and snow, whether it be an RMC conversion or flat, Six Flags New England always seems to get their new additions open around Memorial Day. Like clockwork, Cyborg opened on May 25.

 

However, I didn’t find myself at Six Flags New England until a month later. Yukon Striker, Holiwood Nights, and Toy Story 4 took precedent.

 

From the park that has two boomerangs and two frisbees comes Cyborg, an indoor, next generation Chance wipeout placed next to another Chance wipeout (Kryptonite Kollider).

 

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Why are we queuing on the midway? More on that in a bit.

 

The addition is even funnier if you know a little bit about SFNE’s history. Kryptonite Kollider used to run inside Cyborg’s building as Joker’s Wildcard. If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

 

Thankfully SFNE learned from the sins of their past. Fire code has long been a thorn in SFNE’s side. It’s the rumored reason why Joker’s Wildcard was moved outside and why we have Gotham City Gauntlet instead of Mexico’s Dark Knight coaster. But Cyborg is good to go.

 

The fact that Joker’s Wildcard never had air-conditioning must have been a cruel joke from the Clown Prince of Crime himself. For that reason, I was ecstatic it was added for Cyborg. But then I saw the queue set-up.

 

Cyborg has a well-themed, air-conditioned queue. However, you barely spend any time in there. SFNE set the building’s entrance as the merge point for Flash Pass/ADA access. So despite the fact the indoor queue could easily hold 3+ cycles of riders, the park has a temporary queue set-up on the midway under the hot sun.

 

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Theming and AC makes the indoor queue quite nice.

 

The ride itself was solid. At is max height, Cyborg gives 1-2 small pops of air. And at the end of the ride, Cyborg hits its max speed…however, it only does this for one rotation.

 

That’s my biggest gripe with Cyborg- the cycle. It’s laughably short. I think the ride is at its max height for a total of 10-15 seconds. I’m optimistic they’ll lengthen it once Cyborg’s hype dies down.

 

The effects are nothing special (lighting, tv monitors, and audio), but it does elevate an otherwise basic flat. I just wish the audio was a bit louder since it was near impossible to hear over the ride. This is another thing I’d love to see SFNE tweak.

 

So in a nutshell, Cyborg is a nice addition. It’s already one of the park’s stronger flats and I think it has the potential to improve. 7 out of 10

 

Wow I think that may be the longest review of all time for a flat ride.

 

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I'm really impressed SFNE went the extra mile for this flat.

 

The star of the park is still Superman. SFNE put new wheels on Superman earlier this year. This resulted in Superman running faster in April than I can remember. Since Superman notoriously speeds up in the summer, I was intrigued to see just how fast it would be running on a hot day.

 

It was no faster.

 

On one hand, I was a bit disappointed Superman wasn’t any faster. On the other hand, I’m thrilled SFNE found a way to have Superman run in peak form year-round. I’m sure it’d run great in December now…

 

Superman’s layout is perfection. The first half consists of camelbacks loaded with sustained ejector. The second half then morphs into a twister alternating between high-G helices and quick pops of ejector air.

 

Yes the restraints are still the ride’s kryptonite, but Superman is able to overcome them and deliver an outstanding ride, particularly in the front row. 9.5 out of 10

 

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Superman was running loud and proud.

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I'm so lucky to have this coaster nearby.

 

Meanwhile Wicked Cyclone was in the midst of its annual summer slump. Wicked Cyclone joins Great Adventure’s Batman as the only two rides I’ve ever seen that run better in the cold. It defies all logic.

 

At its best, Wicked Cyclone is a middle-of-the-road RMC. It’s an aggressive barrage of airtime and hangtime. At its worst, Wicked Cyclone is arguably the worst RMC. That’s still a fantastic coaster though.

 

It’s still glass-smooth. And you still get a ton of ejector air until the last lap. At that point, it feels like Wicked Cyclone will valley. But rest assured, it won’t. That job belongs to Flashback and Goliath. 9 out of 10

 

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A wicked storm is coming.

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When Wicked Cyclone runs slow, the already amazing hangtime gets even better.

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It may be crawling like a baby, but it still has air.

 

I’m glad I rode the New England Sky Screamer since it has been closed the past two visits. I go back and forth whether this or Harley Quinn is my favorite flat ride in the park.

 

Harley Quinn is a tantalizing combo of airtime and positive Gs, but there’s just something about spinning like a top 400 feet in the air on such small chains. That’s especially the case when you ride Sky Screamer on a windy day and dance like a marionette. 9 out of 10

 

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According to SFNE, this is still the world's tallest swing ride. I guess the one in Orlando doesn't count lol.

 

I also got my first ride of the year on Pandemonium. Using the good ole, unmarked single rider line, I boarded in less than a minute. And I got my dream pairing- two small kids and an adult.

 

As expected, we spun like crazy. It’s the perfect family coaster. 7 out of 10

 

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I so wish this coaster existed before I hit the magic 48-inch mark.

 

I also took a lap on Thunderbolt Thunder Blues. Here in Boston, we took the Bruins loss hard. We’ve grown accustomed to winning everything. At least we have our Red Sox and Patriots titles to fall back on.

 

Thunder Blues was like the Bruins season. It was mostly positive (pops of air on most hills), but it was also bumpy at points (specifically in the valleys). 6 out of 10

 

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Thunder Blues.

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At first glance you may think Six Flags needs to replace some bulbs, but this was a clever touch.

 

I didn't ride Harley Quinn this visit, but it sure does look incredible at night.

 

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Who needs Christmas lights when you have Harley Quinn?

 

It’s actually surprising it took me until the end of June to make my second visit of the year to SFNE. It’s not surprising that I had still yet to ride Goliath this year.

 

I saved Goliath for my next trip. And when I say saved, I mean that there was some parallel universe where Goliath operated while every other headliner crapped the bed.

 

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I have to take a picture every time I see it running just to make sure I'm not having a nightmare.

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Man I hope Superman gets its TBars back one day or even something like El Toro’s restraints. I doubt just about anything could beat Superman for me with better restrains.

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I don't think they'll ever get the T-bars back, but I'd love to see Intamin's newer lap bar they've been using on coasters in Europe like Taron and Red Force. But considering the ride is still the headliner, I have a feeling it'll be a while before we see them invest in all new trains.

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that flash pass merge point on Cyborg sure is familiar! it's the same issue I have with SFFT: they spent all that time and effort making an "almost Disney Level" queue for Pirates of the Deep Sea.

 

and then made the merge point the building entrance - so any line at all, ends up outside in the Texas heat. and when they let the next batch of people in (since no Flash pass folks showed up), you rush thru the entire queue and walk right onto the ride, bypassing all the wonderful theming they did.

 

I so wish Six Flags didn't DO crap like this

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^ I understand when an older ride has a skip-the-line pass added later like Space Mountain or Indiana Jones, but it's surprising when it happens on a new ride. That being said, both Cyborg and Pirates reused another building so I guess they made the best of the situation.

 

I still find it funny that we're asking to spend more time in a queue line.

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Canobie Lake Park

 

It was one of the hottest days of the year. When I set foot into my car, I thought I was going to melt. I flipped on the radio and heard the familiar jingle:

 

“When the sun is blazing and the summer gets hot, Water Country’s a very cool spot.”

 

Except I wouldn’t make it there before they closed. The same could be said about Funtown, Lake Compounce, or Six Flags. But I could make it to Canobie to experience their new for 2018 2019 water park, Castaway Island.

 

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It was the perfect day to check out Canobie's new...wait what does that sign say?

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Son of a biscuit.

 

I was stunned Canobie would close their water park so early. They always kept their water play structure open until 6. After consulting the website, it got even more perplexing.

 

WTF? We aren’t a bunch of Floridians. We are New Englanders. We risk frostbite every year watching the Patriots in the playoffs. If sunny and 81 degrees is inclement weather, I guess global warming is real.

 

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WTF?!?

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For reference, here was the weather.

 

The world wasn’t ending. In actuality, Castaway Island was closed for a private function. Apparently the park’s website had no other way to notify guests the water park would be closed they issued a weather alert “that wasn’t necessarily a weather alert”. No seriously. Reread the text description in the above photo.

 

So Castaway Island will have to wait another visit. Considering it was delayed all of last year, I think I can wait another month.

 

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It's small, but it sure does look nice.

 

As a consolation prize, I took a lap on the Policy Pond Log Flume. This is still one of the best traditional flumes around. It has a good layout, some mini drops, a great final plunge, and the perfect amount of wetness.

 

Speaking of wetness, that holds true even if a guest drops a quarter. Canobie is too mainstream for water cannons. Instead, they hide sprayers. Last year, I was hit by one in the teepee tunnel. This year, I learned one of the overhead lights was turned into a shower. Well played Canobie.

 

I had noticed the park chopping down a lot of trees around the flume in recent years. I'm glad to say the park has started to plant new trees along the course. The wooded setting really helps make the ride. 9 out of 10

 

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Can you find the water effect in this photo?

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It looks like they're planting a tree for every one they chopped down.

 

Up next was my annual ride on the Corkscrew. But this trip was different. For 20 years, I have walked across railroad tracks en route to the main entrance. Not in 2019. No, I walked over your garden variety, asphalt pathway.

 

Long story short, the park rerouted their train ride to accommodate Castaway Island so the train no longer passes in front of the Corkscrew.

 

As for the Corkscrew, it was decent. Per usual, I rode in the back to get some air on the drop and the ride was smooth outside of the first turnaround (granted that’s like a quarter of the ride). 5 out of 10

 

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The Corkscrew thankfully didn't do a lot of screwing.

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Speaking of the train, here's the sexy new station by the water.

 

As more parks rip out their rotors, my love of the Turkish Twist increases. Not only is it one of the last examples of a dying breed, but it is also the best rotor I’ve ridden by far.

 

The Gs on this thing are ridiculous. Yes it’s short, but I totally understand why since it’s already too much for people. If this were Roller Coaster Tycoon, I’d position a handyman by the exit 24/7. 9 out of 10

 

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The Turkish Twist is a delight.

 

Up next was the crowd barometer, the Yankee Cannonball. The coaster regularly has a full queue even on a random summer weekday. So I was stunned to see it was only 1-2 switchbacks deep all night.

 

Luck was truly on my side since I got two front row rides. I still prefer the back, but I won’t shoot a gift horse in the mouth. For those unfamiliar, Canobie counts off exactly 18 riders into a holding area. It is then first-come, first-serve for seats. And you are not allowed to wait an extra cycle.

 

I’ve ridden the Yankee Cannonball just over a hundred times and I think I can still count on one hand how many front row rides I’ve taken on it. In the front, the coaster has tiny pops of air on most hills except for the start of the return trip. Dang you GCI and your reprofiling!

 

In the back, the Yankee Cannonball has less instances of airtime, but they’re more powerful. The best parts are on the final turnaround and the first drop. And it’s glass smooth too, a remarkable feat for a 90 year old ride. 7 out of 10

 

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I'm pretty sure I can recite this sign verbatim after all these years.

 

The only thing more disappointing than Castaway Island closing early was Star Blaster. I really hope I caught Star Blaster on a bad day because it made a mini Moser tower look like Zumanjaro.

 

New for 2019 were seatbelts. And nobody knew they were there. I wish the park went all Cedar Point and announced “seatbelts first, lap bars second” because everyone blindly lowered their restraints. This resulted in the operators constantly having to unlock the restraints. Needless to say, loading was glacial.

 

But the real disappointment was the ride. The launch audio wasn’t synchronized, the launch was lifeless, and there was absolutely no airtime (the belts weren’t the issue). 2 out of 10

 

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If you look closely, you can see the new seatbelts that go across your waist.

 

Thankfully I got my airtime fix from Untamed. Like all Eurofighters, that first drop delivers a powerful burst of air. There’s also some decent hangtime in the loop and barrel roll.

 

Now you do need to lean forwards though. The ride has some rough transitions on the cutback and helix. Failure to prepare for these moments will end in pain. 6.5 out of 10

 

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Roar!

 

I had about an hour left, so I scurried across the park to ride Mine of Lost Souls. Canobie veterans know to hit this ride at the end of the night. Midday, it often has a 30-60 minute wait. At night, it’s more dead than the ghosts on the ride.

 

Outside of backlit text in the opening hallway, the ride was its usual WTF. Somehow this mine in New Hampshire leads to Egypt and a date with the Grim Reaper. If you’re confused, join the club. That’s the Mine of Lost Souls for you. 7 out of 10

 

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Enter if you dare.

 

After the crazy short cycle on Cyborg, I felt compelled to ride Wipeout. Canobie only runs the ride in one direction (protein spills were common back in the day), but they run it for quite some time. And it’s run fast enough to deliver some tiny pops of air and borderline painful lats at the end. 8 out of 10

 

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Hehehehee Wipeout.

 

It was now 8:20, so I made my way to the Yankee Cannonball. The park diligently closes the queue a half hour before closing on busy days. On slow days, they have a trigger-happy employee by the entrance who closes the queue without any warning.

 

They closed the queue at 8:45. When the employees realized they only had 2 trains left, they channeled their inner Six Flags and slowed to a crawl. We even heard them laugh and say, “Make sure you really take your time checking restraints.”

 

It was only funny for me because I was on that last train.

 

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It's not cold. I was just too lazy to put my new hoodie in the car.

 

Without a doubt, I’ll be back at Canobie a few more times this summer. Along with rerides on my favorites, I finally want to experience the water park that has been teasing me for a year now.

 

There’s also another new attraction under construction, a double decker carousel. Canobie must have caught SFNE-itis since this will be their third carousel. But the rendering sure does look nice!

 

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No clue if this is for 2019 or 2020. Canobie has a history of opening flats late in the year.

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Here's the construction site as of late June.

 

Canobie is a wonderful home park. It really is a charming place that always puts a smile on my face. Most people clamor for new rides. I just dream of the day when Canobie offers a season pass.

 

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Remember, it's a crime to text and drive. Even on Antique Cars.

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Six Flags New England- Only Riding Goliath

 

Me- “What if I told you I visited Six Flags New England and didn’t ride Superman or Wicked Cyclone?”

 

Friend- “Holiday in the Park?”

 

Me- “True. But what if I told you I visited Six Flags New England and only rode Goliath?”

 

Friend- “You need to enter the NFL’s concussion protocol.”

 

It sounds like a nightmare. It sounds like some sort of sick joke. But it was real.

 

Springfield was our meeting place to carpool up to Lake George. Since I arrived an hour early, I figured that was just enough time to squeeze in a quick ride on Superman.

 

I made my way towards Superman. With its new wheels, Superman has been squealing like a baby pig. But it was eerily quiet. Was it closed?

 

I was hopeful the park was practicing its 10 minute dispatches. That’s probably the only time I’ll ever utter such a phrase. Plus I knew it was unlikely since Superman usually has the best crew in the park. But no, Superman was parked on the lift. Normally I’d wait it out, but I didn’t have time.

 

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Superman was taking its typical afternoon nap.

 

So I hightailed it over to Wicked Cyclone. While it wouldn’t quite beat a front row ride on Superman, it’s darn close. More like darn closed.

 

Of course Wicked Cyclone was also closed.

 

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The weather forecast was calm and not calling for any wicked cyclones.

 

Since I was in the area I figured I might as well ride the New England SkyScreamer at sunset. I’ve ridden it during the day, night, cold, wind, but never during sunset. The views would be stunning.

 

Too bad 24 invisible riders were getting the longest ride of their lives. If you couldn’t read through the sarcasm, it was also closed. The gondola was parked atop the tower.

 

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I hope those ghosts enjoy the view.

 

At this point, I probably should have admitted defeat. But then I realized I was in a parallel universe.

 

Superman, Wicked Cyclone, SkyScreamer, and god knows what else were all closed, but Goliath was somehow running. Yes freaking Goliath. The ride that takes 7 month vacations and calls in sick more often than not was open.

 

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What are the odds Goliath would be open and the other rides would be closed?

 

With each ride on Goliath, my opinion has soured.

 

- In its first two seasons, the ride was fantastic with the original Vekoma trains.

 

- In its third and fourth seasons, I defended the new train. While others bashed it, I had yet to experience a ride I would call rough or uncomfortable.

 

- In its fifth season, I finally got a rough ride in the middle of the train.

 

- In its sixth season, it was rough everywhere but the front and back.

 

- In its seventh season, it was rough everywhere but the front.

 

I felt like I was walking to my own grave, but by some miracle I was awarded the front row. The first drop was pure bliss. Even in a park with an Intamin hyper and an RMC, it’s my favorite drop in the park.

 

But then the pain began. It was a brutal concoction of headbanging, back slaps, and ball pinching. I’ve now been converted. I now see the light. This ride is bad.

 

In its eighth season, Goliath is rough everywhere. David may have beaten Goliath in the Bible, but this Goliath was beaten by the new trains. While enthusiasts seem to share similar sentiments, the ride seems to remain quite popular with other guests. 2 out of 10

 

I decided to commemorate my experience. There was no on-ride photo, but I least I have this beauty from the clearance section of the gift shop. Maybe that's a sign.

 

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Since SFNE is one of my home parks and it was en route to my final destination, I found the whole experience laughable. Superman and Wicked Cyclone probably were just temporarily closed, so I was just unlucky. No big deal since I go there so often.

 

Plus I was able to console myself with Nicky’s Pizza. Anyone who buys the $40-50 large cheese pizza at Six Flags should be forced to stare at this pizza for eternity. Four grown, ravenous adults couldn’t finish it. And it was only $20-25.

 

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I love pizzas that are two humans wide!

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Great Escape + Lake George

 

Parks with great in the name are usually great- Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America, California’s Great America. And then there’s Great Escape.

 

The park isn’t bad. It just has a distinctly different feel than every other Six Flags park. It’s more about the charm than the roller coasters.

 

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Welcome to the Good Escape.

 

Lake George was the focus of the trip, not Great Escape. That being said, we decided to pop in for an hour solely to ride the Comet. But there was an interesting development at the ride closure board.

 

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Here's the ride closure board and...wait...is the Alpine Bobsled actually open

 

QueueTimes had reported the Alpine Bobsled being down for the past month. The Six Flags app also listed the Alpine Bobsled as closed. Either the board out front or the app was wrong. I thought it would be odd for the app to wrongly list the Alpine Bobsled as closed for a month straight…

 

But as we walked towards the back of the park, I heard the unmistakable rumble. Then I saw something rarer than a unicorn. I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. The Alpine Bobsled was open.

 

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I was excited to finally ride this after years of being teased.

 

I say was because the queue was now closed for the day. Due to noise restrictions, the Alpine Bobsled closes at 6. It was an unfortunate miss since the ride is perpetually on the chopping block and it had been several visits since I had ridden it.

 

Had I known the Alpine Bobsled were open, I would have gotten to the park earlier. I later learned from an employee that the park has decided to perpetually list the Alpine Bobsled as closed since it usually is. I can’t decide if that’s sad or funny.

 

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Well that's a buzzkill.

 

At least I still had the Comet to console myself. It’s usually an airtime buffet.

 

We started in the front of the red train. On the bright side, the ride was perfectly smooth. On the downside, it felt like I was riding Wolverine Wildcat. There was hardly any airtime. That was unthinkable for the Comet on all my past trips.

 

I gave the Comet a chance to redeem itself and we boarded the back of the blue train. Thankfully, that was the Comet I remembered! Every hill had some sort of airtime and the turnarounds had strong laterals too. I guess the Comet is now a back row coaster?

 

So we took another spin in the back of the red train. I could tell something was wrong. We got another ride with barely any airtime and it felt like the train was dragging a sack of bricks on the turnarounds.

 

Maybe the blue train was considerably faster? We tested our hypothesis and boarded the front of the blue train. While waiting, I chatted with a ride supervisor, who was also a fellow enthusiast, and he confirmed the blue train runs faster than the red train.

 

And he was right. My front row ride had airtime in droves. Maybe it’ll improve in the future, but as of late June, I can only recommend the Comet in the blue train. The two trains are night and day. 8 out of 10

 

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This is why I come to the Great Escape.

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The blue train was flying.

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The red train felt like it was dragging a sack of bricks.

 

I also want to note the operations. They were abysmal. Below is what the station looked like.

 

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Keep in mind, this was a Saturday around the 4th of July.

 

However, we were only able to get four rides in an hour. And this was with the Comet running two trains. The root cause was an RMC style restraint check process. The attendants would check everyone’s seatbelt before lowering the restraints. They also wouldn’t perform height checks until riders were seated.

 

But there was one delay even I had to chuckle at. The staff had just locked the train. After performing their visual scan, they found something.

 

Op- “Whose beverage is this?” (Hint- it wasn’t water)

Guest- “Mine.”

Op- “You either need to get off or we’re throwing it out.”

Guest- “Can I chug it?”

Op- [Pauses] “Sure I don’t see why not.”

 

So the operator unlocked the restraints and this proudly stands up in the middle of the train. The attendant handed him his drink and in unison the train started chanting “Chug, chug, chug!” I’ve never seen a station more fired up before.

 

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I'm speechless really.

 

While our stay at Great Escape was short, we continued to have a Six Flags day at their hotel across the street. I know what you’re thinking, a Six Flags hotel sounds horrifying, but the Great Escape Lodge is actually really nice.

 

It’s basically a Great Wolf Lodge. The decor is the same. And the amenities are the same too, including an indoor water park. None of the slides are anything special, but it sure beats your regular hotel pool.

 

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And the water park had some party lighting at night too.

 

For all you diehard credit whores, there also may be another credit down the road. The park formerly known as Magic Forest used to have a Herschell kiddie coaster. For 2019, it has been rebranded as the Lake George Expedition Park.

 

However, their website doesn’t list any of the park’s attractions. I had no intention of stopping, but we did drive by. I can confirm the park is operating. I saw the Ferris Wheel running. And they appeared to have a new kiddie drop tower. But RCDB now says the kiddie coaster is gone.

 

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Has anyone been here?

 

We also took some time to appreciate the natural beauty of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains. We decided to drive up prospect mountain highway and it gave one heck of a view. I highly recommend it. I think it was $10 per carload.

 

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What a view!

 

But the highlight of every Lake George trip is the mini golfing. Lake George is home to three of my favorite courses anywhere- Goony Golf, Around the US, and Around the World.

 

I admittedly suck at mini golf. But I’m a happy loser. Anything that can go wrong, does go wrong for me. I finished in second place on Around the US, but claimed last place on the other two courses.

 

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This sums up my day at mini golf.

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For example, I literally got my ball stuck on this turntable. That took some serious skill.

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Um...that's an interesting windmill design.

 

Lastly, I have to highlight Martha’s Dandee Creme. If you know me, you know I hate ice cream. More specifically, I hate anything sweet (yes that includes Dollywood’s cinnamon bread).

 

But for the other 99% of you with a sweet tooth, this is a can’t miss attraction. It’s literally right across the street from Great Escape and I have never seen a larger ice cream in my life.

 

I’m not even exaggerating when I say this, but the ice cream was half Emily’s height. More importantly, she said it was delicious. Plus it only cost 4 dollars and change to find out if you’re lactose intolerant.

 

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This is the Kingda Ka of ice cream.

 

Lake George is an annual weekend trip for us. It’s the northeast’s Pigeon Forge if you ask me. Except instead of Dollywood, you have Great Escape. While I’d be hard-pressed to spend a full day at Great Escape, I’ll always make a point to ride the Comet when I’m in the area.

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Nice report, I swear I've been doing all the same parks as you this year lol, I literally did SFNE and Great Escape this past weekend after also doing Kentucky Kingdom/Holiday World.

 

I'm happy to report that this weekend, the red train and blue train seemed to be running the same. I got about 8 rides in, split roughly half and half, in both front and back, and the coaster was running excellent! I also got to ride Alpine Bobsled as well, so at least they're making an effort

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^ Thanks! So I'm guessing you went to Story Land or Coney Island afterwards?

 

I'm glad the red train was running fine for you. I'm just glad the supervisor thought the same on the blue train at least for my visit so I know I'm not going crazy.

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