I went to Canobie Lake Park yesterday, and it was great! It's a nearly perfect old-school park. The scenery was really nice, there were plenty of trees and flowers, and they even have some actual solid theming in places! The architecture and coaster stations are really wonderful. The seafood in the Boston-themed area was really good actually, especially for an amusement park. The only things the park needs to improve on is the slow operations, and I think they could use one more high-capacity coaster that really stands out. Overall it's just a nice park that has a lot of nice details and is a lot of fun to just walk through. Rides:
Yankee Cannonball x 2 - Both of my rides were in the back row, and I was quite impressed. It's nothing too intense, but it's super smooth while having an old wooden coaster feel, thanks to the great trains. I got eight moments of great floater airtime on both rides, with the ones on the first drop and second-to-last hill being especially strong. Starblaster Psychodrome - Love these indoor scramblers! Caterpillar - Not intense, but really strange and almost feels homemade. Untamed - I knew some of the transitions in the turns would be rough, and I braced for them the best I could, but they really ruined the ride. The first half is great and almost as good as Hydrus, but the rest of the ride causes a headache. And this is coming from someone who LOVES Mystery Mine, which is considered to be a rougher eurofighter. At least the theme is great. Turkish Twist - So happy I got to experience such a rare ride. A little freaky! Corkscrew - A 42-year-old Arrow that runs smoother than a 6-year-old Gerstlauer! I was in the back row so the drop was great, the corkscrews are wonderful, and the transition going into the corkscrews was the only really bad part. Policy Pond Log Flume - Wonderful log flume. The terrain interaction and location is nice, there's a good mix of slow and fast/bumpy sections, and the drops give a perfect amount of wetness. Mine of Lost Souls - I love weird dark rides like this. Zero Gravity - The arm goes to a really steep angle, and is one of the better round-ups I've been on.
Top 3 Parks: Knoebels, Dollywood, Cedar Point Top 3 Steel Coasters: Steel Vengeance, Phantom's Revenge, Skyrush Top 3 Wood Coasters: Voyage, Lightning Rod, El Toro Top 3 Flat Rides: Knoebels Flyers, Zipper, It 185 coasters
Great news! Canobie received conditional approval to move forward with Tidal River, an addition that'll include a wave pool, lazy river, and slides to give them a water park. Up to this point, they have just had Castaway Island, one of those water play areas.
This is an excellent fit for the park. On most summer days, Castaway Island is swarmed and filled to capacity. The structure has served the park well for 14-15 years but it was apparent the park needed something else to compliment it. The addition of a small wave pool, lazy river, and some larger slides gives the park a small, but legitimate water park.
The one thing Canobie really lacked compared to the other competing New England parks like Six Flags, Lake Compounce, and Funtown has been a water park. Honestly this addition looks like what Quassy did and it has worked wonders for that park. Quassy used to just have a water play area (a smaller one too) but they slowly built up a small water park.
I had a hunch the park would be going the water park route. When I saw them reroute the train loop and clear the land adjacent to Castaway Island, that was the perfect spot for a water park. Then there were also some rumors of sewer work going on in the background at the park. And lastly with the river rapids ride being cancelled last year, I knew they must have had some money available for a larger addition.
I'll definitely check it out when it opens (doesn't say 2018 in the article), but I don't see myself using it that often. I will pick rides over water slides 95 times out of 100. But it will help draw crowds away from the ride area and it filled a true need.
In other good news, Canobie opened a new for 2017 flying bobs ride a few weeks ago called Ice Jet and was recently able to reopen the Xtreme Frisbee after it had been down for a year.
I stopped in tonight. I plan to post a TR sometime in the next week, but a quick summary.
Ice Jet is a solid addition. It looks very much like a carnival ride, which is a weird contrast to the Carousel next door, but it sure looks a lot better than not having a ride there. It definitely wasn't as intense as the old Matterhorn (nothing except one on the German fair circuit is) and ended up being about middle-of-the-pack for a flying bobs type ride. It did run both forwards and backwards. Also it's nice that they don't play music since you can still hear the carousel's band organ loud and clear.
I tried 2 of the 5 haunts. The ride lines maxed out at about 15-20 minutes, but each haunt had at least a half hour wait. I heard the best two were Carnivus and the Culling, so those were the two I did. The Culling took place in a very misty corn field and added a bunch of lasers. I wouldn't say it was particularly scary, but it was a decent walkthrough and some of the optical effects were well done (like the employees diving in and out of the fog).
Carnivus was excellent. It was themed as an abandoned carnival so naturally I liked the theme. It's pretty spooky walking through a lifeless midway with no carnies aggressively trying to steal your cash, but that quietness was quickly ruined by scare actors jumping out. This maze had a lot of crevices for the scare actors to pop out from and they took every opportunity. The ending of the maze includes a mirror maze (I wonder if that's where Tiki Maze went...) and then a vertigo/spinning tunnel.
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