Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:15 am

I think it was likely the state of the ride. It was a 30-40 something year old Arrow.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

Postby TBpony414 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:16 pm

The only thing missing from your Knoebel's update was more pics of the food! I went there about 20 years ago and need to get back since clearly I've been spending too much time at major corporate parks. I remember spending my whole evening back then alternating between snatching brass circles on the carousel and flying on Phoenix.

ETA I just saw you have a trip in 4 days for Lightning Rod. I sure hope it's working for you (and me in 13 days) so will be crossing my fingers that you get on it.

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:01 pm

Haha I usually ate the food too fast to take pictures of it. I've never had anything bad foodwise there.

I'm hoping I finally am lucky this time with Lightning Rod. Missed it last year, missed it last month, and last weekend's CD made me extremely nervous. Though if it's down at least I didn't plan an entire trip for it. I was down there for something else this Sunday.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:31 pm

Idlewild

After missing out on Casino Pier's kiddie coaster and Steel Pier, my plan to make Laff Trakk my 400th coaster got derailed. Laff Trakk ended up being credit 399. With no new credits at Knoebels or DelGrosso's, my next credit was slated to be non other than Kennywood's Phantom! No not the awesome Morgan coaster. No the bait for a credit whore, Lil Phantom. However, on principle I really did not want that credit to be number 400. Or the dinky little coaster at Fun Fore All. Instead I found a park I had never been to in Idlewild.

I had heard the park was a nice traditional park that catered more to kids. If the Rollo Coaster were open, Idlewild would have been a no-brainer but I was originally intending to pass it since the only other coaster they had was a wild mouse. When I thought about it, I decided I'd rather have a mouse as credit 400 rather than a kiddie coaster (skipping the kiddie coasters wasn't something I considered :lmao: ). When I pulled into the parking lot I was greeted with a list of closed rides. Rollo Coaster. Expected. Tilt-a-Whirl. Didn't care. Wild Mouse. No! Don't do this to me Idlewild. The sign did have an asterisk next to Wild Mouse saying it would open later. I hoped later wasn't too late so I wouldn't eat too much into my time at Kennywood. I decided to take a gamble and entered into the park.

With Wild Mouse down, my first stop was the most unique thing about Idlewild, the Story Book Forest. I remember seeing bits of it on Great Old Amusement Parks (still my favorite theme park special) and thought it looked cool. Though the only thing I really remember was the tiny little keyhole and I'm proud to say I fit through as well as a B&M wing coaster.

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Story Book Forest was the real gem of the park.

Keyhole.JPG
This would be a hysterical and cruel go/no go gauge for a roller coaster. "You must fit through the key hole to ride. No exceptions."

The area definitely seems frozen in time. Most of the sections were well taken care of despite their age. The thing that most impressed me was the size. I was expecting a short little area. Instead it was a huge, sprawling area that passed through many of the children's stories I remember loving as a kid. I think the Story Book Forest took up at least half the park's area. This definitely is a must in a visit to Idlewild and shouldn't be skipped over despite there being shiny credits on the other side of the park. It probably took me about a half hour to walk through and it was really relaxing. Shady and laid back.

Castle.JPG
The area is, as our president would say, yuge.

Duke the Dragon.JPG
I remember when Duke was just at Dutch Wonderland. The wannabe Barney has claimed another park. I mean look at him Captain Morgan that barrel.

Pussy in the Well 1.JPG
If you stick your finger in the well, I bet you'll find the pussy.

Jack Jumped Over the Candle Stick.JPG
Jack be nimble. Jack be quick. Jack took the flame to the dick.

The first ride I stumbled upon after leaving the Story Book Forest was Paul Bunyan's Loggin' Toboggan. The flume is kind of in a weird spot as it's off in its own little area (Hootin' Holler) along with a random spinning ride, separated from the rest of the amusement rides. This is where I learned about a major flaw at Idlewild, capacity. While I thought Lake Compounce was bad for only having 4 logs running on their flume, Idlewild beat them by running half that. Despite only having 20 or so people ahead of me in line, I had to wait almost 20 minutes. They wouldn't send out a log until the previous one returned.

Aside from the poor capacity, Paul Bunyan was cute. Not the muscular logger, but the ride. This may be the shortest layout I've ever seen for a flume, but I'll take a short flume over no flume. The drop fits in with the rest of the ride as it's comparably small. I'd guess it's maybe only 20ft tall. However, it was decently steep so it was a solid drop. Overall it was a fun flume and perfect for the park, but I wasn't going to wait for it a second time as the line had gotten a little longer. 6 out of 10

Paul Bunyan's Loggin' Toboggan Sign.JPG
Phew, glad I timed that since it would have been another 2-3 minutes for the next log.

Paul Bunyan's Loggin' Toboggan Turns.JPG
This is pretty much the entirety of the layout.

Paul Bunyan's Loggin' Toboggan Drop.JPG
The drop is equally as short but decently steep. Overall a solid flume and perfect for the park.

I was planning on stopping at Kennywood's Potato Patch later in the day, but I didn't have to wait that long as I passed by Idlewild's version of the popular food stand. Typically I only get the plain fries but on this day I was feeling daring. I was in the mood for an artery clogging mountain of gluttony. Potato Patch provided that with the cheesy bacon fries. The first few were quite good. Extremely cheesy and tons of bacon bits, but by the second layer and beyond had gotten very soggy, which was disappointing. I also started to feel like I'd have a heart attack, and this is from someone who routinely orders one pound burgers at Fuddruckers. I think I'll stick to the regular fries in the future since after the first few fries, they were really diminishing returns due to the sogginess.

Potato Patch Sign.JPG
This outhouse looking building has a name well known with theme park enthusiasts.

Potato Patch Fries.JPG
The first layer was as good as it looked. The second layer and beyond was soggy and I could feel the heart attack.

I decided it was time to check on Wild Mouse. Unlike when I optimistically walked to Jukebox Junction last month only to find a giant wooden lawn ornament, I saw an open queue line and an adorable mouse car high above the treetops. Sweet credit 400 here I come! I just wasn't expecting a 45 minute wait. Much like the flume, the Wild Mouse had a painstakingly slow line. The park only had two cars and they couldn't dispatch the next car until the previous one completed its circuit. Thankfully the line was shady and provided some great views of the ride.

Wild Mouse Lift (Side).JPG
Credit 400!

Wild Mouse Lift (Base).JPG
Your eyes aren't deceiving you. The lift hill is actually banked.

Wild Mouse Lift (Top).JPG
No seriously, it is!

Going in, the only thing I knew about this mouse was the awkward tilted lift hill and it was a Vekoma. I was impressed to see how expansive the layout was for a Wild Mouse. It was nicely tucked between the trees and had a custom layout with quite a few drops. Finally I boarded and everyone rejoiced for credit 400. And when I say everyone, I mean just me. The first two drops were quite fast and had really nice pops of air after, much stronger than air I've gotten on any other mouse. The turns were pretty good and the laterals got heavier and heavier as the ride progressed. Plus the ride felt much longer than your average mouse. This is my new favorite traditional wild mouse.

Wild Mouse Drop.JPG
The first two drops were really good for a wild mouse and the hills after had good air.

Wild Mouse Dip 1.JPG
Just look at that layout. There really is no mouse like it.

Wild Mouse Hairpin Turn.JPG
The laterals got more intense as the ride progressed.

Aside from the line, the only other bad part were the brakes. Typically you have to brace while riding Vekomas, but that's because most of their loopers are medieval torture devices that try and turn your skull to porridge. On this one, the brakes are brutal. The park has signs warning riders since the brakes bring the train to a full and very abrupt stop. This is most evident in the station where the operator by the unloading area is specifically warning riders when the stops are coming. Still this was a minor issue since I knew to brace myself after the first one. Overall this was a great wild mouse coaster and I just wish the capacity were higher so I could have ridden twice. 7 out of 10

Wild Mouse Brake Run.JPG
They aren't kidding. Assume Vekoma brace position.

I got lucky with Wild Mouse opening. No such luck for Rollo Coaster, but I knew that would be the case considering the circumstances why the ride was down. The trains didn't look any different from old photos, so I wonder if they're ordering entirely new trains with new restraints. The ride looked fantastic with the classic station and its natural setting. It reminded me of a mini Boulder Dash. Hopefully the park can get the Rollo Coaster open again soon and I'd love to drop in for a ride when it does open.

Rollo Coaster Station (Front).JPG
Everything about the Rollo Coaster looks like a classic woodie. Hope they can get this running again soon.

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The Skooter has a classic arena too. Let's take a look!

Skooter Arena.JPG
Boo. Those modern cars look hideous.

The Olde Idlewild area is where the park keeps most of the rides. This is the area with the two coasters and a majority of the park's flats. Like the Story Book Forest, their flat collection seems frozen in time since they only seemed to have older rides and all of them were of the family-friendly variety. I took a ride on their Spider and flying scooters. The Spider was fun and the tubs were extremely easy to spin. The Flying Aces (flying scooters) was a major disappointment. With the rest of the park's classics, I was hoping for a snappable set of scooters. Instead I was greeted with a modern Larson installation, which sadly meant no snapping. They were run decently fast, but the fins didn't have enough movement to get any snapping. The cycle was also painfully short.

Spider (Front).JPG
I wish there were more spiders out there. These are some really fun flats.

Flying Aces Operating.JPG
Sigh, Larson scooters. Well at least I got my snapping at Knoebels.

Ferris Wheel.JPG
The always classic Ferris Wheel.

Merry-Go-Round.JPG
The park is very proud of their history. Several classic rides had plaques like the one found on the Merry-Go-Round.

Tilt-a-Whirl Rehab.JPG
They really weren't kidding that the Tilt-a-Whirl would be closed.

Mini Golf.JPG
I'm going out on a limb and guessing this has been closed longer than the Tilt-a-Whirl.

Idlewild also had 4 other areas- SoakZone water park, Racoon Lagoon kids area, Jumpin' Jungle play structure, and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. I didn't venture into the water park, but it definitely seemed to be one of the smaller ones I've been to. I was disappointed to find out Mister Rogers was replaced with Daniel Tiger. I grew up loving Mister Rogers, so finding whatever the eff Daniel Tiger is wasn't a nice surprise for me. I walked over to the area and didn't see a trolley in sight, so I decided to skip out after seeing how putrid the capacities on the flume and Wild Mouse were.

Soak Zone.JPG
Soak Zone is a pretty small water park from what I could see.

Jumpin' Jungle.JPG
These play structures are going to come in handy when I have kids. A key to getting a good night sleep.

Daniel Tiger Bridge.JPG
WTF is a Daniel Tiger. Please don't tell me he replaced Mister Rogers.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.JPG
Sigh, I was bummed to see Daniel Tiger here instead of Mister Rogers. The ride still seemed popular though.

After about 2 hours, I decided it was time to hit the road to get some thrill rides in at Kennywood. Idlewild is definitely successful where it tries. The park is a paradise for kids with the family friendly rides, well-shaded pathways, and laid back atmosphere. I would have loved having this park growing up. As a thrill-seeker, this is one of those parks that I really couldn't spend an entire day at though. I will be back someday when the Rollo Coaster opens, but that will probably be on a day that I also visit Kennywood.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:36 pm

Great TR! I have always wanted to ride that Wild Mouse in the forest!
I've known about it for years, and am glad to see it's still running.

Oh, and by the way.... :wink:

The park is very proud of their history. Several classic rides had plaques like the one found on the Carousel.


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A carousel does not. Apparently, that's the truth. =)
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:12 pm

^ Interesting, I never knew that there was any meaning to the names. I thought parks could just use Carousel or Merry-Go-Round interchangeably. Though on Idlewild's website they call the ride "Merry-Go-Round" so you should educate them as well. ;)
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

Postby coneyislandchris » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:52 am

FWIW: Daniel Tiger is a spinoff from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. It's a new animated series that premiered about 5 years ago, takes place in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, and features the children of many of the characters from those segments, as well as some of the classics like King Friday and Henrietta Pussycat. I personally don't think it has the same charm as the original but as far as modern kids' shows go it's one of the better ones.

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:27 am

The Daniel Tiger character seemed popular with the kids, but for my generation and older, it's hard not to look at him without contempt because of how great Mister Rogers was.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

Postby cparkes92 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:55 am

Your TRs make me want to go to Hershey and Knoebels
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's 2017 US Adventures

Postby coasterbill » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:57 am

cparkes92 wrote:Your TRs make me want to go to Hershey and Knoebels


Everyone should want to go to Knoebels.

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