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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:27 am

^ Intamin T-bars are fantastic for airtime and freedom as long as a ride is smooth. Intamins are. This wooden abomination isn't.

I can speed through a smaller park or a park I've already been to, but it was a bit difficult at Parque Warner when there were things I wanted to reride. Their Fastpass also had a rule you had to wait 15 minutes before reriding something, so that also slowed me down.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:24 am

Enchanted Forest

Way back in the 1990s, my parents took me to Rhode Island’s Enchanted Forest. I don’t remember much, but they described it as a rundown amusement park run by ex-cons. Maybe that’s why it’s now closed.

But that wasn’t the only Enchanted Forest. On the complete opposite side of the country, tucked in the Oregon hillside is one of the most charming kid’s parks you’ll ever find.

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Enchanted Forest truly is in a forest.

I’m pretty sure this park was built in the days before ADA compliance was a thing. The hill this park is built on is treacherous. And the park doesn’t hide it either. Check out these excerpts from the accessibility section on their website.

By foot the park was pretty hard to navigate. My prayers are with those in wheelchairs.

This is one of the MORE accessible paths.

The entire park is shaded. Even though it was 100 degrees out, it felt like it was in the 70s. Just try to look at the park from Google Earth. You won’t see anything but trees. You’ll question if a park even exists.

The park is built into two loops- Storybook Lane and another loop with all the rides. And every inch of the park is ridiculously charming. It sort of feels like a discount Disney with the theme music and little areas.

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How quaint.

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I especially love this animatronic that pops out the window.

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Howdy from the wild west.

I’ll start with one of the most bizarre credits in the world, Ice Mountain Bobsled. The park originally had an alpine slide. After a few years, they decided to convert it to a roller coaster. This thing truly looks homemade, almost like a ripoff mountain coaster.

And it only gets weirder when you see the vehicles. WTF?!? Picture a bobsled with swiss-cheese, plastic coverings. You may think these things are stupid, but you’ll realize they’re 100% necessary when you see some of the clearances on this ride. Oh, and there are ZERO restraints.

The coaster starts with a short lift and slowly weaves through the picturesque mountain. But the real fun occurs when you start ripping down the hillside. The profiling on this ride looks wrong in many places. Most places actually. It looks like it should kill you, but thankfully it doesn’t.

And it’s thanks to the cars. They’re well-padded so there’s no pain, only laughter (remember no restraints). It’s mostly laterals, but there’s at least 1-2 spots of airtime. And it was far longer than expected. I didn’t realize how far down the hill this ride went. In fact, there’s a second lift at the end.

This is my type of coaster. It is extremely screwed up and quite frankly shouldn’t exist. But it does and it’s a a riot. This thing gets way more speed than you’d expect and the lack of restraints results in a surprisingly wild ride. 7.5 out of 10

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If the Matterhorn got drunk with a mountain coaster, you'd have the Ice Mountain Bobsled.

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Just look at those cars. WTF?

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100% unique and probably homemade.

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I never realized just how far this coaster strayed from the mountain.

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I know the Swiss cheese holes look bad in photos, but you don't notice them too much during the ride.

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Watch your head when the ride decides to give airtime.

Up next is the Big Timber Log Ride. You may think it’s an ordinary log flume. But it’s actually a coaster. Now the coaster section is admittedly very short (just one drop and uphill bit), but I’ll count it.

I honestly preferred everything else on the ride. You pass by a nice logging scene and the ride feels a good 100+ feet off the ground since it’s built on a hill. And that final drop is great too. It’s massive and even gives a tiny pop of air.

Due to the heat, I declined the complimentary poncho but those water-phobic coaster enthusiasts should hop all over this. While the final splashdown is massive in size, it’s the first drop that’ll get you. 8 out of 10

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If you look hard, you may see the coaster drop.

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You don't have to look too hard to see the regular flume drop though.

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I know it may not look like it, but this drop isn't a soaker. I swear I'm being honest.

Would you believe this little park also has a trackless dark ride? I couldn’t believe it either, but I present to you the Challenge of Mondor. While the show building is extremely small, the ride doesn’t feel it.

The reason is because you stop at several points. Sometimes you just spin in place. Other times you’ll take a quick detour down a dead-end with more targets. The trackless vehicles really help this ride utilize every inch of the building.

I thought the scenes were dark, but what I could see was well-themed. Most of the figures were static, but there were a few animatronics sprinkled in. And the auditory feedback helped me grab the high score for the day. I felt so accomplished beating a bunch of kids. :lol: 8 out of 10

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I have no clue how this park has a trackless ride system, but I'm not complaining.

The park also has a Haunted House. Considering the park’s audience, I expected some cheesy, blacklit garbage. But this was a bonafide haunted house that could scare adults. There were some loud and sudden jump scares.

I thought the scenes were well-done except for the fact that many had a delayed reaction. For that reason, make sure you don’t rush through it. My favorite scene was this Pepper’s Ghost effect of some ghouls rising from their graves.

There were no live actors, but judging by the number of terrified kids in its current state, that’s probably a wise choice. That’s especially true since this is a pretty long haunt too. I really don’t think this is a great fit for the park, but I enjoyed it. 7 out of 10

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If you stand here long enough, you're guaranteed to see a child run out crying.

With the rides covered, it’s time to talk about Storybook Lane. This walkthrough brings all your childhood stories and fairy tales to life. If you’ve been to Idlewild, it’s similar to the Story Book Forest.

Some are single houses or displays. Others are far more involved. For example, for Snow White, you travel through this mine. For the witch and Little Old Lady in the Shoe, you go down slides. But the standout was Alice in Wonderland.

To say this wasn’t meant for adults is an understatement. I saw the small entrance, but I figured it wasn’t more than a few feet. Nope. This is a claustrophobic pathway that’s a good 20 yards in length. If that’s not enough, it leads into an evil maze with more dead ends than I could count.

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I can totally fit!

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About halfway through, I realized I made a grave mistake. If you're wondering why I'm not crawling, the floor was pavement.

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Want to get lost?

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Yes, Disneyland's castle may actually be bigger.

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In general the scenes looked great. Just don't look too closely at their faces...

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Oh Jesus I'm going to have nightmares.

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The Exorcism?

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Mary's Lamb looks like he's about to take a steamer.

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Enter through the witch's mouth. Slide out the butt.

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If you prefer not to be farted out a witch's butt, you can instead take a slide from the Little Old Lady's shoe.

In many ways, Enchanted Forest reminds me of a European park. And I mean that 100% as a compliment. It has that laid back atmosphere and some funky things you never find in America.

I know Enchanted Forest is meant primarily for children, but I loved the park. The park’s theming combined with some unique attractions made it stand out for me.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:29 am

The Mondor darkride uses the same trackless system as Kennywood's Ghostwood Estate shooting ride.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:21 am

^ I forgot that ride was trackless too!

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:08 pm

^I always remembered, the Haunted House being My Best Part of that park. And it's true, the whole place is like a mini-Disneyland of sorts. And all under the blessed shade of the trees that surround it, engulf it, etc.

Great TR of your visit there! :smile: (And YAY for Bizarro-Matterhorn!)

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:27 pm

Thanks! The amount of walkthroughs and things to explore at this park are what makes it special.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:34 pm

I rode the trackless ride back when it originally opened (2006). And I was totally shocked that such a relatively small park would have one of these, much less afford one of these! Best surprise of my last visit there. Been too long. Must go back. :smile:

EDIT: I just checked on who manufactured this particular trackless ride, and it turns out to be the same Dutch company that just completed SYMBOLICA in Efteling Park!

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:14 pm

Very cool to think this little park in Oregon shares something with one of the best dark rides out there.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:40 am

Oregon State Fair

Whenever I plan a coaster road trip, I sometimes do my due diligence and check if there are any big state fairs in the area. 9 times out of 10, that search comes back empty. This was that 1 time out of 10.

My route between Enchanted Forest and Oaks Park would take me right past the Oregon State Fair. I had no clue how big it was, but I saw Rainier Amusements owned a few coasters so I made a quick stop. Worst case scenario, I could stuff my face with fried food.

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The Oregon State Fair is brought to you by Canobie Coaster. Because yes, I was that much of a credit whore to make this pit stop.

The fair was pretty sizable, both in terms of the midway and overall fairgrounds. Since I hadn't eaten yet, I decided to start with the lobster fries, which was a mixed bag. The lobster was great, but the fries themselves were extremely bland.

The lobster corn dog sounded intriguing.

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But I went with the lobster fries. They were ok.

In terms of coasters, the star was Arctic Express. From a distance, I thought it would be one of those Interpark galaxi ripoffs, but this was actually a classic galaxi coaster.

And I have to say the original is better. Beyond the absence of comfort collars, this one was a bit smoother and still maintained the quick pops of air on the first two drops. 5 out of 10

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Turns out this used to be owned by Rockwell Amusements in Rhode Island.

Explain this to me. The fair has two Miler kiddie coasters. Both have the same layout.

The Kiddie Coaster is considered a kids ride and gives 5 laps. The Scream Machine is considered a major ride, so you pay more for just 3 laps. The logic is infallible. 2 out of 10

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Kiddie Coaster 1

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Kiddie Coaster 2 that is advertised as an adult ride for some reason.

At most US fairs, the highlights are the flat rides. And that was certainly the case with the Oregon State Fair. The top ride was a bizarre experience on a Power Surge.

These rides aren’t known for their reliability. Just look at coasterbill’s Pierogi Map or the amount of them whose bases no longer spin. Well apparently the locking mechanisms were acting up. So rather than shut the ride down for maintenance, my good friend the carny had us covered.

He jammed an Allen wrench into the vehicles one-by-one to raise and lower the restraints. The whole process took 10 minutes. After locking my harness, he removed a pin and I immediately rocked to the side. I was confused. That was new.

And when the ride started, I flipped non-stop. I’m not sure if other Power Surges have this magic pin, but it’d be great if they remove it too. :lol: 9 out of 10

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The Power Surge was flippin' awesome.

I also rode my first ever Loop O’Plane. I was a bit apprehensive to try these since I have an odd relationship with pendulum rides. Giant frisbees and screamin’ swings are no issue, but swinging ships can do me in.

I loved the alternating high Gs on the full speed inversions and hangtime on the slow inversions. And it had the perfect cycle. It wasn’t too short, but it ended right before I started to feel queasy. The key takeaway is that I should never ride one of these at a European fair. 8 out of 10

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There was no shortage of ways for people to vomit.

While I spent a little less than an hour at the fair, I could tell it was pretty popular among locals. And for a state without a major thrill park, I could see the midway having a bit more appeal. Definitely don’t make a special trip for the Oregon State Fair, but don’t be afraid to pop in if it’s in town.

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Oh and there were sea lions. Can't say I've seen them at a fair before.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:42 am

Great report. I really want to go to Enchanted Forest just because of how weird it is.
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