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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:33 pm
by Nrthwnd
Canobie Coaster wrote:...I'm just glad they were able to reopen Coaster. I am interested to know if Coaster got new trains if they could keep the same restraints.

What restraints? :lmao:

The park re-opens on May 2nd. But I'm hoping to take at least a couple of trips out to the park, and circle it's easy perimeter, if I can see/photograph anything new there. Like new trains in the station, or the Corkscrew starting to be dismantled, or gone altogether. Or something totally NEW being built! That'd be a real nice unexpected surprise. Like the Sea-To-Sky Swinger was.

And "if" they get new trains, I hope to gawds they keep the same lap bar, and same nice, comfy seating in the cars that they had in the current trains.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:47 am
by Canobie Coaster
Those trains make the ride. I'd be interested to know what you find out as the season opens up.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:15 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Washington State Fair (Puyallup Fair)

European fair midways are awesome. You have insane flats operated by crazy carnies. Heck, you sometimes even have a portable 5 loop Schwarzkopf coaster.

Most US carnival midways are embarrassing. They’re a wasteland of Orient Expresses and Dragon Wagons. If you’re lucky they may even have a portable galaxy/zklon or one/two great flats. The Washington State Fair (Puyallup Fair) is an exception.

I actually split my visit over two days. After Wild Waves closed, the prudent decision was to start the drive to Silverwood. It was a good 5 hours away. But I couldn’t pass up the fair. I reserved a large chunk of time on Labor Day, but this gave me two shots to ride everything and a chance to see the fair at night.

Welcome to the Washington State Fair.

Is that bigfoot?

On the Friday night, ride lines were minimal to non-existent since there wasn’t a pay-one-price wristband offered. Compare this to Labor Day when the coasters had half hour waits.

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Friday night was pricier per ride, but it was like having a Fast Lane.

My priorities on Friday night were anything that was unique. So my first stop was the Classic Coaster. And I was ecstatic to see the same restraints as PNE Playland’s Coaster. No seat belts, no seat dividers, and a lap bar a good foot above my lap.

My ride up front was pretty tame. Half the hills had small pops of air. Half the hills did nothing. The only shock was when the second-to-last hill tried to launch me into orbit. That hill was great!

So I gave it another whirl in the back and noticed something interesting. This row had seatbelts. I figured there must be a reason and there sure was. The third drop is downright lethal! You get these wicked laterals combined with powerful ejector air. The fourth drop has similar airtime as well. Classic Coaster is undoubtedly a back row ride. Outside of those two hills, it’s a lot of weak pops of air.

Classic Coaster’s third and fourth drops are reasons to plan a visit to the Seattle area when the Washington State Fair is underway. This coaster is very smooth and contains some surprising OFMG moments. 8 out of 10

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What other fair has a wooden coaster?

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Just look how high the lap bar rests.

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Just look at the airtime on the 3rd drop.

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I love how each train has its own name.

Most enthusiasts prioritize the credits, but my next priorities were two flats- Inferno and Tango.

Inferno is a Zierer Hexentanz. If you don’t know it by that name, I didn’t either until a minute ago. This is the same ride as the former Tampico Tumblers at Knott’s Berry Farm and Mall of America. I thought this ride was extinct, so I lost it when I saw the Washington State Fair had one.

The movement is certainly peculiar and it results in countless near-misses. I was disappointed it didn’t result in any airtime though. It would have with some more speed though. In short, this ride isn’t a reason to book a trip to Washington. But it’s an enjoyable flat for its uniqueness. 7 out of 10

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It's so mesmerizing.

KMG Tangos exist to tease me. Canobie used to have one and it blew me away. All the degrees of freedom and range of motion resulted in a truly wild ride. It may also be the reason why they never run.

Equinox was at Canobie for parts of three years, but I only rode it once. Equinox was closed on all but one of my visits and even on the sole visit where it was open, it broke down constantly. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have ever ridden it.

I’d say the one at Canobie was damaged goods, but I’ve had no luck elsewhere. The one at Reithoffer Shows was closed a few years ago and the one at the Washington State Fair was down for maintenance both days I visited. I guess this is my new white whale. :lol:

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Sleeping at night.

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Still sleeping during the day.

Since I couldn’t exactly use my remaining ride tickets on Tango, I figured it would be a swell idea to finish the night with Rainier Rush. This is universally considered one of the worst coasters in existence and I had a morbid curiosity to see just how bad it really was.

Let’s talk about the trains. You’re head gets trapped between this minimally padded OSTR and your knees rest below a metal lap bar that’s too far away for any reasonably sized human being to grab.

As we crested the lift, the ride started with a literal bang. The ride kidney punched me in the back. And if I’ve learned one thing about riding coasters, it’s this. A coaster that screws up a lift hill or brake run is bound to screw up everything else.

The first drop and inclined loop were intense (definitely not 5.8Gs like they claim), but they’re filled with nonstop headbanging. But that isn’t even the worst part. About halfway through the ride, there’s this off-axis airtime hill. Now it admittedly gives great floater air. But remember how I said your knees are below a metal pair? I felt like I got a crow bar to the knee caps.

Folks, Rainier Rush is the real deal. This ride blows. 1 out of 10

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5.8 Gs. Yeah right...

Unfortunately, the fireworks missed Rainier Rush.

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Just look at the profiling on this thing. It doesn't look right.

After two days passed, I returned to the Washington State Fair to reride Classic Coaster, knockout the remaining coasters, try some crappy dark rides, eat some artery clogging food, and give the one fingered salute to Rainier Rush.

I started with a reride on Classic Coaster. Despite every single switchback being full and the queue extending back to the ticket booth, the line was only 30-35 minutes thanks to insanely efficient operations.

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Even though the line stretched all the way back there, it was only a half hour.

Wildcat was a bit tricky to ride as the park has a ban on single riders. After hanging around the back of the queue for 10 minutes, I paired up with a father and his two sons. He just warned me his kids had one requirement, we had to ride in the Seattle Seahawks car. :lol:

For better or worse, Wildcats are basically jumbo galaxy coasters. The helices are forceless, but the second and third drops give quick pops of air. 5 out of 10

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No single riders :(

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The Seahawks car likes to get close to the red car. It's sort of like how the Seahawks like getting close to the goal line in the Super Bowl.

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I love the sign.

I then nondescriptly made my way into Sillyville to grab the kiddie credits. Dragon Wagon was off-limits to adults, but there was no such ban on Speedy Coaster or Tiger Express. I waited far too long for both coasters, but at least I can say I’ve ridden them.

Speedy Coaster was a wacky worm. It was slow and uneventful. But it was perfectly smooth. 2 out of 10

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I'm sure they have the rights to use Speedy Gonzalez.

Tiger Express was torture. After being stapled, I was treated to not one, not two, not three…but 13 freaking laps on this rattly dumpster fire of a coaster. 1 out of 10

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I'd say this isn't worth it, but I know that won't deter any of you.

I have a low bar when it comes to carnival dark rides, but the two at the Washington State Fair failed to meet that.

All the effects on Haunted Mansion were mistimed. That could have been forgivable had they not looked like trash and the ride been hotter than a furnace. At the time, I thought it was the worst dark ride I had ever ridden. 1 out of 10

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That ain't no mansion.

But the I rode Ghost Pirates. After hearing a loop of Pirates of the Caribbean’s theme in the station, you are treated to a ride that takes the term “dark ride” a little too seriously. It’s mostly an empty building. There were at least two spots with audio and no discernable visual effect.

If a long ride has two effects out-of-commission, there’s still enough there to compensate. But Ghost Pirates wasn’t even 30 seconds long! That meant those two effects were like half the ride. This ride is so bad that it may have beaten Rainier Rush as the fair's worst ride. 0 out of 10

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I don't think I've ever given a 0 before. Even that is too high for this ride.

Due to the lines on the coasters and dark rides (yes I actually waited for Ghost Pirates), I only rode one additional flat in El Nino. I believe this ride is known as a KMG spinout and it was a lot of fun.

When the ride transitions from rightside up to upside down, you are treated to a surprise pop of ejector air that morphs into sustained hangtime. And at the same time, you’re still getting high Gs from the spinning. It’s a work of art. It’s just a shame the ride is as short as Ghost Pirates. 8.5 out of 10

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I also took a roundtrip journey on the Skyride. The views of the midway were spectacular, but I really can’t share any since the windows were so dirty.

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All aboard.

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This was by far the best photo. And I know it looks like some awful Instagram filter.

Of the non-rides, the highlight was undoubtedly the pig exhibit. You had a litter of 9 piglets cuddling their mom. It was such a heartwarming scene. It makes you see pigs for more than bacon, but rest assured, they have a sign above the exhibit reminding you which section of the pig pork and bacon comes from.

When I showed this to my girlfriend, she told me she wants a pig as a pet.

Last but not least, let’s talk about the food. I went with the tried and true fried dough and a unique chicken and waffle bowl, but they had some odd items here. The most notable was deep fried butter. Yuck!

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Look at all that food (and a $20 per ride S&S tower).

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That seemed like too much butter.

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Ok maybe I'm being a bit hypocritical...

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Best dish at the fair by far!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Washington State Fair. While it can’t quite match the electric atmosphere of a European fair, the ride lineup is comparable and obliterates anything else you’ll find in the US.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:25 am
by Canobie Coaster

It had been almost a decade since Emily had visited Disney World. That is simply too long! So we decided to spend a super long weekend at both Disney and Universal.

Where we'd start would come down to what FastPasses we could get last minute. Since our friend provided us with complimentary passes, we could only book things a few days out. That made it difficult for the attraction deprived parks.

Since JetBlue has free wifi, I spent my flight constantly refreshing the Disney app until I got a Fastpass to my liking. After a bazillion tries, a Test Track Fastpass appeared and you can bet I took it.

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The FastPass gods determined we'd start at Epcot.

Even better, we got an early Fastpass for Test Track. This ended up being a major blessing since Test Track had a lot of (predictable) downtime in the afternoon due to rain.

After designing a vehicle had could single-handedly cause global warming, we boarded Tron Test Track. And per usual it was great. The dark ride bit is enjoyable and the high-speed outdoor bit is exhilarating. 9.5 out of 10

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I was sort of disappointed we didn't score lower in efficiency.

We then used our second Fastpass to skip a 50 minute wait at Spaceship Earth. This is one ride we were sure to prioritize with the 2-year refurbishment on the horizon.

I’m sure this ride bores kids. In fact, I know it does. I was bored out of my mind on it when I was younger. But now, I enjoy the leisurely voyage through time. And I know it shouldn’t be the highlight, but I do love the cartoony future finale.

Usually it grabs your face and photoshops it onto these comical scenes. However, Spaceship Earth goofed and grabbed the face from my Slinky Dog hat. The end result was priceless. 8 out of 10

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I guess Emily is going to be marrying Slinky Dog someday.

Since we were visiting on a beautiful Saturday during Food and Wine, the park was slammed. This made standby waits prohibitively long. For reference, the Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride and Journey Into Imagination had half hour waits.

Thankfully, Epcot has World Showcase. You don’t even feel like you’re at an amusement park when you’re in this area. Emily and I went Around the World in 30 Minutes while we waited for our Via Napoli reservation.

I never thought I'd see the day when Donald had a half hour wait.

This felt exactly like Germany...except with more mouse ears.

Some will probably call me stupid for skipping the unique items of Food and Wine for this Epcot staple. But I simply love Via Napoli too much to visit Walt Disney World and not eat there.

The wood-fired pizza is orgasmic. I had some great pizza when I was in Italy, but Via Napoli trumps anything I ate over there. In fact, this may be my favorite pizza outside of a Lou Malnati’s deep dish or the original Pizzeria Regina in Boston.

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Mmmmm pizza.

We then braved the Frozen Ever After line. While the ride is probably not worth a 100 minute wait, it was a must since Emily loves Frozen. Plus it’s a fantastic ride. No one ever said that about Maelstrom.

The ride has some of the most impressive animatronics at the resort. The Olaf ones are particularly stunning. When you mix those animatronics with a beautiful soundtrack, you have a real winner. 9 out of 10

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I don't miss Maelstrom one bit.

We then used our final Fastpass to walk right onto the Orange side of Mission Space. I’m still stunned an attraction this forceful exists at a Disney park, but I am certainly not complaining.

I will complain about how autopilot won’t let me sabotage the mission. :lol: Thankfully, Disney saw the error in their ways and added a different motion simulator that can be sabotaged by a guest. But more on that later… 8 out of 10

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This is the most visually stunning pavilion if you ask me.

We then checked the remaining Fastpasses. One did pop up for Illuminations, which was very tempting considering it was the revered show’s final weekend. However, we found something much better- a Flight of Passage FastPass! Needless to say, we park-hopped over to Animal Kingdom.

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Oh, and sadly this shirt was only available in kid sizes. That mad me sad.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:09 pm
by bert425
the Slinky Dog pic from Spaceship Earth is priceless.

why is that not your profile pic yet!


Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:38 pm
by Canobie Coaster
^ I feel like someone named Canobie Coaster should have something related to Canobie as their avatar. :lol:

Otherwise I'd have the photo of me in my Slinky Dog hat riding the Slinky Dog ride in Paris.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:55 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Animal Kingdom

After a half day at Epcot, Emily and I met up with our friends the wildest park in the wilderness, Animal Kingdom. This always used to be my least favorite Disney park, but it has definitely grown on me*.

* Plus I visited Paris’s Walt Disney Studios this past year. That place owns the bottom of the list now.

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Welcome to the wildest park in the wilderness.

We started with Dinosaur. I really like Dinosaur. The wild motion of the EMVs is incredible and when paired with the detailed dinosaur figures, you have a winner. Who could find a flaw in that? 9 out of 10

That’s right, Disney fans could. I know the joke is that Disney ran out of money making Dinosaur. You have these amazing dinosaurs at the start and end of the ride. But in the middle, you have a lot of darkness and empty sets. But guess what, Indiana Jones Adventure has some dark bits too!

I’m pretty sure most people would have a higher opinion of Dinosaur if Indiana Jones Adventure didn’t exist. But I don’t want to think about that dark reality.

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Universal may not let us go back to the future, but at least Disney lets us go back to the past.

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Even with Chip n Dale wearing dinosaur costumes, I'll never be on board with Chester and Hester's Dino Rama.

Everest had a sizable queue, so we used the single rider line to board in less than 10 minutes. Emily hit the jackpot and was assigned the front row. I was seated two rows behind her.

Everest has to be one of the most visually stunning coasters on the planet. I know Disney has made some marvelous mountains, but this is arguably the grandest. And the coaster utilizes that mountain to the fullest.

Plus it actually has some force to it! The big drop has a pinch of air in the back and even the most jaded enthusiasts have to admit that backwards helix pulls a surprising amount of Gs. Heck, even the outdoor helices have some Gs. 8 out of 10

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We then debated whether or not to hit Kilimanjaro Safari. On one hand, we knew it would only get darker. On the other hand, we didn’t want to risk missing our Flight of Passage window.

So we made our way to Pandora. Along the way, Emily stopped to rub the glowing penis of power. I know Kentucky Kingdom’s Dick Rock Mountain is one of the Seven Wonders of the Amusement World, but the fact this phallic object exists at Disney is stunning.

On second thought, it all makes sense. I’ve seen the front cover of the Little Mermaid. :lol:

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Before taking her flight of passage, Emily rubbed the Pandora Penis.

I apologized to Emily that she missed Flight of Passage’s well-themed queue. For some reason, she didn’t mind missing a 2.5 hour wait. :lol:

Per usual, Flight of Passage was stunning. It is easily one of the most immersive attractions in the world. The combination of the visuals, sounds, smells, and movement is the complete package. I always come off this attraction buzzing. 10 out of 10

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Pandora at night should be on everyone's bucket list.

We then doubled back to Africa. Emily’s most anticipated attraction was Kilimanjaro Safari. We weren’t sure how it would be in complete darkness. And I guess we’ll have to keep wondering. It was closed.

It made sense though. And to the park’s credit, the fact the ride closed an hour early was clearly listed on the app under the ride. We just missed it. And just for reference, Kali River Rapids closed early too.

So as a consolation prize, we saw Rivers of Light. I’ve never actually seen this show since I’ve always gotten in line for Flight of Passage right at closing. Heck, that was the original plan before the Fastpass gods worked in our favor.

The show started with a water screen a la World of Color. It projected classic scenes from animated films like Lion King and Tarzan. And this was accompanied by an incredible soundtrack. I still have the songs from Rivers of Light stuck in my head.

Then these floats came onto the pond. And then it went dark.

Uh oh.

Thankfully, it was just a 5 minute delay and Disney reset the entire show. So basically I’ve now seen it 1.5 times. I still prefer Fantasmic, World of Color, and Illuminations, but I’ll take this over a generic fireworks show any day.

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I can't decide if I prefer the official night spectacular...

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This park is loaded with nighttime spectaculars. You have Rivers of Light, Pandora, and projection mapping on the Tree of Life.

Our original plan wasn’t to return to Animal Kingdom. However, we couldn’t leave Florida without Kilimanjaro Safari. So we made an executive decision to return to Animal Kingdom the following day at the expense of our Hollywood Horror Nights time.

And we have zero regrets.

We got the coveted sunset ride. The views over the African savannah were stunning. And the animals were more active than usual. The highlights were the lions. I had never seen one move before in person. But even better, they were roaring!

And for those unaware, a lion’s roar is a lot less impressive than you’d think. It sounded more like he was chucking a hairball. :lol: It was like hearing a dinky little horn coming from a Ford F150. 9 out of 10

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Riding the safari at night was definitely a different experience.

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And the lions actually did things...just not in this photo.

It still feels odd for me to visit Animal Kingdom in the evening. For years, this park closed by sunset. But now, Animal Kingdom has a full-fledged nighttime spectacular in Rivers of Light and Pandora (which really is a nighttime spectacular on its own).

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:59 am
by CaptainUnknown
Canobie Coaster wrote:And for those unaware, a lion’s roar is a lot less impressive than you’d think. It sounded more like he was chucking a hairball. :lol: It was like hearing a dinky little horn coming from a Ford F150.

Disney thought so too, which is why they used Tiger roars and Frank Welker in Lion King.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:30 am
by Canobie Coaster
^ And that makes sense the MGM lion's roar is really a tiger too now.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:26 pm
by Nrthwnd
Great part of your trip reports, on Animal Kingdom! Never been there (last time was 1991 and the Studios was 'newish'), and we definitely want to take in the Pandora part of it all. But...not till (probably) 2024! The Nov. Food&Wine Fest, too. So this was a really nice look on everything possible there by you, for now. :smile: