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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:08 pm

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. :lol:

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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. :lol:

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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. :lol:

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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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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby xVicesAndVirtues » Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:13 am

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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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:06 am

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

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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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:34 am

That blue and vanilla ice cream!!! Love that you got a picture of the guy chugging the beer haha. Guess he figured he'd kill it by the first drop? Haha.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby coasterbill » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:40 am

Great report. That mini golf course is great. Sorry about the crappy bobsled.

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:58 am

PKI Jizzman wrote:That blue and vanilla ice cream!!! Love that you got a picture of the guy chugging the beer haha. Guess he figured he'd kill it by the first drop? Haha.


I think she got cotton candy and something banana flavored? But I'm no ice cream expert. :lol:

I'm also no beer expert, but I know he got that drink down fast.

coasterbill wrote:Great report. That mini golf course is great. Sorry about the crappy bobsled.


Thanks! I think the bobsled seems better than it really is since the rest of the park's steel coaster offerings are putrid.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby coasterbill » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:00 am

It's actually a good ride, it's just stunningly unreliable and has been forever. I have no idea how they've kept it this long.

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:21 am

I agree it's an enjoyable ride. I'm so thankful it has the two across seating as opposed to the inline style on the one at Over Texas.

I'd be curious to know if the one in Texas has as many problems.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Condor » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:11 am

Comet is a coaster I had been looking forward to for a long time, but all of my rides unfortunately felt a lot more similar to your red train experience than blue. Good to know it's still giving the quality rides it was known for.

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:27 am

^ I've been riding it since 2000 and the red train rides were the only lackluster ones I've ever had.
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