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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:52 pm

I probably should actually get around to seeing Monty Python at some point. :oops:

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:19 am

Edaville Family Theme Park

I’ve always called Canobie my home park. I mean, look at my screen name. But I have a confession to make; I actually grew up closer to Edaville. And it only took me 26 years to visit this place. :lol:

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Here's my true home park in all its glory.

Why so long to visit? There are a few reasons.

1) Edaville caters towards the younger crowd, but the park was SBNO throughout my childhood in the 1990s.

2) It’s expensive. Without a discount, Edaville will cost you ~$35.

3) I kept waiting for Kersplash to open.

It has become increasingly apparent that Kersplash may not open at this point. Originally it was supposed to open in 2016. Then 2017. Then 2018. Now the park has stopped giving updates about the ride.

The coaster has been fully assembled since 2015, but no one has seen the cars. The park’s famous train ride is narrated and it ominously goes silent as it passes Kersplash. It’s basically a giant elephant in the room.

Further, the ride is completely disconnected from the park. It doesn’t even have a path leading to it. I hope it opens someday, but I’m certainly not holding my breath until the park gives a firmer update.

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I'm pretty sure you could have gotten the same view of Kersplash back in 2015.

Kersplash Overview.jpg
Where's the path?

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Maybe one day I'll see this running. Until then, I have photos of it back in Washington.

It’s possible the park could be doing some secret work behind the scenes much like Knoebels did with Flying Turns all those years; however, I’m wondering if Edaville simply bit off more than they can chew.

You see, Kersplash isn’t the only half-finished construction project at Edaville. It’s the most prominent among enthusiasts, but the train route also passes an abandoned go kart track that’s also completely disconnected from the park.

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At first I thought this was some sort of maintenance road. Turns out, it was supposed to be a go kart track.

There’s even a mysterious ride rumored to be in the main park. As a whole, Edaville actually looks quite nice. But then there’s this plain white tarp covering one of the buildings.

Way back in 2016, this very white tarp was added advertising Pirate Adventure as “coming soon.” Sometime later, they removed mentions of Pirate Adventure ride but kept the tarp in place. I’ve heard it was supposed to be some sort of dark ride.

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Most of the park looked really nice. Take this Main Street.

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So the abandoned construction site of Pirate Adventure sticks out like a sore thumb.

I’ve spent enough time talking about what could have been or what may one day be, but I now want to talk about what Edaville actually has. It really is a cute, little park.

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I guess there are fish in there?

The anchor of the park is that train ride I’ve alluded to. It’s the only reason this park even exists. This historical railroad has been operating for over 70 years, but sometime recently it was rethemed to Thomas the Tank Engine.

The train loops around the entire park and then some. Edaville owns way more land than they know what to do with. You pass by Thomas Land, but then you keep going through the woods and pass by some ponds, cottages, and cranberry bogs. 7 out of 10

Two notes on the train. One, it’s long. I’m pretty sure it’s 20 minutes in length. Two, it only departs at set times. If you’ve been to Dollywood, this steam train is operated in a similar manner.

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I think I can. I think I can.

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There are the cranberry bogs.

The park is split into three areas- Thomas Land, Dino Land, and Cran Central. Yes, they have a land themed to cranberries. However, none of the rides tie into that theme. Basically, it’s just a land of carnival rides.

That included classics like a Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler, and Ferris Wheel. However, I rode none of them. The Tilt-a-Whirl was closed for maintenance and the others banned single riders. I’ve never seen that rule on a scrambler before, so that was a bit disappointing.

I've never seen that rule on a Scrambler before.

I was able to ride the Spinning Ladybug Coaster without any problems though. And I got my dream spinning coaster scenario. I was paired with two parents and a child. The result? Constant spinning.

I think we got around 8 laps. These SBF Visa spinners are more common than Pidgeys, but I do enjoy them. I just won’t take them over an adult coaster unless that adult coaster is a cruddy SLC. 3 out of 10

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Kersplash was a bust, but at least there are still two other credits.

The other coaster was considerably taller than expected, the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster. I figured this would be a dinky little oval, but this was a sizable 30ish foot tall junior coaster.

It’s a clone of the Circus Coaster at Coney Island. Fortunately, the main layout tracks better than that coaster, but this one has a brutal lift hill. About halfway up the lift, it feels like the train momentarily stalls and then violently jerks forwards. 3 out of 10

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I didn't feel completely dirty riding this one.

Up next was the park’s big, bad drop tower, Cranky’s Crane Drop. It stands a whopping 40 feet tall and offers brief views of Kersplash off in the distance.

The drop is very controlled, even more so than your usual junior tower, and it consists of a series of bounces. However, I did find the second drop had a good deal of weightlessness. 5 out of 10

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The whole Thomas Land area looked fantastic.

I was intrigued to try Toby’s Tilting Tracks. It looked like one of those crazy barn/crazy house flats minus the elevation. And that’s exactly what it was. The ride did dish out some funky outward lats at the start, but those quickly evaporated once it started to tilt. 4 out of 10

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I feel deceived. There aren't any tracks there.

The last ride I tried in Thomas Land was Winston’s Skyline Express. It’s a small monorail that loops around the area. It’s pretty similar to those junior monorails you see in Planet Snoopy at a Cedar Fair park. This one did have narration though. 6 out of 10

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Ok I watched Thomas the Tank Engine growing up. But who the heck is Winston?

Enthusiasts usually look down on Dinosaurs Alive. Not only is it an upcharge, but it simply isn’t good. I think I speak for all of us when I say we’d rather see a coaster there. Well Edaville did that. Sort of.

Their Dino Land has a story. Once upon a time, there was a roller coaster called the Gnome Coaster. One day, it was overrun by dinosaurs. I thought it was a clever way to link the area to the rest of the park, but I was shocked to see the area actually had the ripped up remnants of an old Molina kiddie coaster.

As far as dino areas go, this one was very long, well shaded, and had a nice mix of static and animated dinosaurs. 6 out of 10

Dino Land Entrance.jpg
I feel like I've seen this entrance somewhere else...

Dino Land Story.jpg
I love how they try to tie the area into the rest of the park with this story.

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I see a dinosaur and a coaster in pieces!

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I don't know how many people have this credit.

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What about mom?

After using the bathroom on the way out, I noticed a set of Bumper Cars tucked next to the arcade. And I saw one of the saddest sights you can see in an amusement park, a solo ride on a set of bumper cars. I felt sorry for them, so I decided to join them. They should at least have one target to hit.

But holy moly, these bumper cars were awful. The arena was tiny and had a series of column posts running down the middle. If that wasn’t bad enough, all the empty cars were haphazardly scattered about the center of the arena. 2 out of 10

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Oh and this ride has a "one way" rule as well.

Would I return to Edaville? I mean it this time, but I will not return in the summer season until Kersplash opens. It’s a very nice looking park, but it just doesn’t have enough major rides to justify the price point.

However, I would consider returning for their Christmas event, Festival of Lights. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it from my non-enthusiast friends.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:25 am


Full disclosure, Zoomarine wasn't supposed to be my first park in Italy. I had much dirtier plans. Just 5 minutes down the road was a little park with a wacky worm. But this was no ordinary wacky worm. This was a wacky worm themed to a wiener dog. I had to ride it.

In what was probably a good thing, Fantasiland Luna Park was closed. The place looked like a dump. If you remember TPR's 2012 Italy trip, this was the closed park where they bribed an operator to let them on a galaxi coaster. No really, that's what they did. :lol: Link to TPR's 2012 Report

So instead my first park was Zoomarine, which is basically SeaWorld on a super budget. It doesn't do any one thing well, but it dips its toes in animal exhibits, amusement rides, and water slides.

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See that Arrow/Vekoma coaster in the logo? That doesn't exist here. And according to RCDB, it never has.

Saddened how I missed the dachshund themed wacky worm down the road, I consoled myself with the wacky worm themed to a shark. It's called Squalotto, but just call it the Baby Shark (you're welcome for getting that stuck in your head).

Wacky worms will never be confused with Steel Vengeance, but this one was exceptionally bad. I think baby shark needed some lube since it was screeching along and almost stalled on the top section. 1 out of 10

I was also reminded that operators in Europe place way more trust in riders than they do in America. Squalotto was the first of many coasters on the trip where the ops didn't physically check the restraints.

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I think Rome has a thing for wacky worms.

The star coaster at the park is Vertigo, a Schwarzkopf looping star. Despite being a portable model, Vertigo has several adult trees in the middle of the layout. It was surprising for a coaster that was relocated there less than a decade ago.

Vertigo also seemed to be running slow like the Baby Shark Coaster. The loop started with the positive Gs you'd expect from a Schwarzkopf, but the second half of the loop felt floaty. I can't think of any other Schwarzkopf loop that feels quite like it. Then the speed hill at the end lacked any air while I got some on the clone at Nagashima Spa Land.

The rest of the ride had the usual Schwarzkopf goodness- some nice laterals and a very smooth ride. It's quite remarkable how well Schwarzkopf coasters have aged. 7 out of 10

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Fortunately this Vertigo ran better than the one at Walibi Belgium.

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Schwarzkopf loops are always awesome.

The park's flume is the other notable ride. To start, it has not one, not two, but three drops. I can count on one hand how many flumes I've ridden with at least three drops.

The first and third drops were just ok, but the second drop was something else. It was a double down with an very surprising and abrupt pop of air. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting this little Italian park to have such an active flume.

Unfortunately, the rest of the course wasn't anything to write home about since it was just a wide open plot of land baking in the sun. That being said, it's still a solid flume mostly because of that double down. Just hold your nose since the water reeks. 7 out of 10

Blue River Drop.JPG
That double down in the background was a nice surprise.

By contrast, the water on Hirakiri (wet/dry water slide) may have been too clean. The water looked soapy.

With 4 lanes, Hirakiri emphasizes the racing element. The actual slide portion is basically the water slide version of your carnival fun slide. 6 out of 10

Harakiri Overview.JPG
I chose the dry water slide.

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But if you want to get soaked, go for it.

Last but not least, I did the park's haunt, Galeone Maledetto. If I remember correctly it was an upcharge like most haunts in Europe. If so, save your money for the one at Rainbow MagicLand.

My favorite type of haunt is one that focuses on the atmosphere and theming more than the scares themselves. That being said, I can appreciate a haunt that tries to make people crap their pants. The one at Zoomarine did neither...unless you're scared of the dark.

The haunt was so dark I couldn't see anything including the path. I think the park is aware of this issue since the op follows people inside and barks directions (right, left, not there, etc). Beyond him, I think there was only one other scare actor who did nothing more than yell boo. If I want to hear boos, I'll go to the Celtics game when Kyrie Irving returns to Boston. 2 out of 10

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It took me a long time to find the entrance to the haunt because it was unmarked and literally next to the bathroom.

My tummy was rumbling so I grabbed a pizza. Unless you're in central PA, theme park pizza can be hot, greasy garbage. But since Zoomarine is in Italy, it guaranteed the pizza would be amazing. The margarita pizza was as good as the best wood fired places back home.

This was the worst pizza I had in Italy. And it was still great.

My visit was short and it didn't coincide with any of the animal shows, so my visit didn't extend beyond the amusement rides. I don't think it's a full day park, but it's close enough to Rome's best parks that you can shoehorn in this Schwarzkopf.

One last note, the park really pushes their Fast Pass when you purchase an online ticket. Having visited the park, it seems laughable anyone would need it. I visited on a sunny, summer Saturday and everything was a walk-on. Even Dorney gets worse lines.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:23 am

Cinecitta World

I previously called Motiongate Dubai a budget Universal park. Cinecitta World is a budget Motiongate or a super budget Universal Studios. Choose whichever description you prefer more.

The journey between Zoomarine and Cinecitta World was treacherous. I felt like I was on Kilimanjaro Safari minus the animals. It was an uneven and bumpy dirt road. But eventually I reached my final destination.

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That's an awfully generic entrance.

Fortunately there was a much grander entrance hiding behind that archway. And that set the tone for the park. In general, Cinnecita World looked fantastic outside of a few large show buildings that stick out like sore thumbs. But would the rides deliver?

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The entrance behind the entrance looked way better.

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I definitely got Universal vibes from this park.

I started with Aktium, which is a contender in the "is it a coaster" debate. Here you have a splash boat using the Mack water coaster system. RCDB doesn't consider it a coaster, but I sort of feel like anyone who counts Atlantica Super Splash needs to count this as well. The elevated turns are gravity driven and there is fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo hop after the final drop.

Whatever it is to you, the two drops are quite good. Each had some nice airtime and even the speed hill had a little air. And while the resulting splash is massive, it projects the water outwards rather than onto the riders.

But beyond those drops, most of the ride is spent slowly meandering around an unshaded plot of land. I found myself just wanting to get to the action. 6 out of 10

Aktium Turn.JPG
There's an argument why this could be called a coaster.

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Peer through the ancient ruins.

I then made my way into Spaceland (that's actually the name) and rode the park's signature coaster, Altair. This is one of those 10 inversion coasters like Colossus at Thorpe Park, but Altair has two major modifications.

One, this one replaced the forgettable first drop of Colossus with a steep twisting drop. If you're in the back, you'll get a quick pop of air. Two, Altair has lap bars as opposed to OSTRs. Like most enthusiasts, I absolutely love the freedom of a lap bar, particularly on coasters with inversions.

The rest of the ride was just like Colossus. You have a forceful loop, a speed hill with no air, a cruddy cobra roll, two decently snappy corkscrews, and the signature quintuple barrel roll finale. I love how each barrel roll starts with some whip and then flawlessly transitions to ridiculous hangtime.

The ride is good and undeniably disorienting, particularly due to the finale. But it isn't quite as intense as some of Intamin's other offerings like Fahrenheit. 7.5 out of 10

I still can't believe it's called Spaceland.

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[Star Trek music plays in the background]

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This is one of the rare parts of the ride where you aren't upside-down.

Altair Barrel Roll.JPG
This is more indicative of Altair.

After passing through the wild west area, I was greeted by the most confusing flying theater I have ever seen in Volarium. Now admittedly I don't speak Italian, but the themes just didn't match up. The queue gives a futuristic theme.

Then the preshow gives more of a cartoony vibe. You have some dude who looks like Colonel Sanders being interrupted and electrocuted by this floaty blob thing. Still with me?

After a quick elevator ride, you board the flying theater. You know that shot in a historical movie where they slowly pan over a golden-brown document? That's how the ride began. It's a bizarre way to start a flying theater. But it only gets weirder.

They then show that naked guy who represents the perfect ratio and you fly towards his penis. It then jump cuts to the Mona Lisa. :lol: I think the ride is supposed to be a tour through history and art.

The movement was fluid, but the image was pretty washed out and the scenes just didn't lend themselves to a flying theater. It felt like we were just panning over an image rather than going on a journey like Soarin'. Simply put, this is the worst flying theater I've done. 3 out of 10

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You'd think this would lead to some high-tech, futuristic ride, but it delved more into classic history.

Jurassic War is a ride that would make Universal cream their pants. Basically it took the King Kong Skull Island ride system and themed it to Jurassic Park. They even had the 3D glasses and water sprayers for thoroughness.

The concept is fine. I actually like Skull Island. The problem with Jurassic War is one of the same problems of Volarium, the image quality. It's terrible. It's unfortunate since the ride movement is actually pretty convincing. 4 out of 10

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Oh man, Universal ripped off this random ride in Italy.

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I love how the t-rex has blood dripping from his mouth.

At that point, I decided to finish the day with two Intamins. I figured I couldn't go wrong there.

Inferno is their indoor coaster. The grim theme of hell and volcanic destruction is something you'd expect from Merlin. What is it with these Intamin family coasters always having dark themes like this- Skull Mountain, Thirteen, and now this? :lol:

Now there will be some spoilers, so skip to the photos if you want to avoid them.

The ride is more forceful than you'd expect. The helices have some decent power and there's even one of those rapid transitions that combines airtime and lats. But the star is a freefall drop track. These are always a blast if you ask me.

The finale is pretty dull. I think they just needed to get back to the station so you slowly launch around a turn or two. But everything up to that point is quite good and definitely augmented by the darkness. 7 out of 10

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Is it hell or is it a volcanic eruption?

The last ride was actually my favorite Indiana Adventure. It's a giant drop tower built in an elephant's rear end. The lunacy of that alone brought a smile to my face, but it grew even bigger when I saw the floorless, tilting side.

Few rides genuinely terrify me, but those things do and I love it. The drop is particularly suspenseful. I always have a fear my nuts will get squashed, but they never do. It's a natural born fear.

And the drop itself is breathtaking. You float the whole way down. It feels like you're base jumping towards the ground. 10 out of 10

Indiana Adventure Overview.JPG
More drop towers need to be built out of an elephant's butt.

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The stand-up floorless side wasn't too popular.

So my thoughts about Cinecitta World are mixed. You have a trio of good Intamins and some great architecture. However, the ride experiences often felt hollow. It's like the park spent all their budget erecting these grand buildings but they ran out of cash to fill them.

I wouldn't recommend adding it to a Europe coaster trip on its own, but if you're in Rome, it's probably the area's second best park (foreshadowing the next update).

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:10 am

Great report as always! I didn't know that Altair was lap-bar only. Sounds much better than the OTSR Colossus.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:15 pm

Thanks! I didn't find Colossus rough, but having a free upper body for those inline twists is fantastic.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:35 am

Well this comment from February 6 after my visit to La Feria didn't age well. :oops:

Canobie Coaster wrote:I just hope Quimera hasn't torn itself apart by then.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:06 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:...The stand-up floorless side wasn't too popular.

Many, MANY GUYS would agree on that, for sure, lol! (Yay, Movie Park Germany's one)

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:23 pm

The one at Movie Park Germany didn't bother me since it was a smooth stop. The one at Rainbow MagicLand meanwhile...

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:27 pm

^ That's good. They probably had too many complaints about
the really FAST STOP it would do, and many howls of protest, did occur. :wink:
(2008) Larry REALLY wanting to get off. And Brian, checking to see that everything's "still there." :P
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