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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:06 am

PKI Jizzman wrote:Thanks for the report! I've missed Oaks during my Portland visits, good to know what they have to offer.


No problem. It was a cute park if you're already in the area.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby CenturyFlyer » Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:42 pm

I too am a big fan of the parks in Great Old Amusement Parks. Visiting all of them one day would be a dream! Surprisingly, only Whalom and Astroland have closed since that documentary was made.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:24 pm

CenturyFlyer wrote:I too am a big fan of the parks in Great Old Amusement Parks. Visiting all of them one day would be a dream! Surprisingly, only Whalom and Astroland have closed since that documentary was made.


Didn't the Astroland segment only include the Cyclone? Since that ride still stands, I feel like that segment still lives in spirit.

However, Whalom is long gone. It's sort of sad I never made it to Whalom considering I live nearby, but my parents never took me there since they said it was a run-down dump. :cry:
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby swfan1988 » Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:00 am

Thanks for the report, nice pics!

Oaks has made lots of improvemwnts that last few years (THANK YOU Gerstlauer!), but the loss of the Lusse scooters is a bummer. I remember thoose from the PBS documentary.

I still think though that Oaks is ripe for one of those Gravity Group wooden family coasters. They could stick it in the North end passed the skating rink and behind the mini golf.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:22 am

^ Thanks!

Those junior Gravity Group woodies would be perfect fits at almost any independent/local park.

Thankfully Portland still has some Lusse scooters nearby, but more on that in the next few days.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:02 pm

Seaside, Oregon- Lusse Bumper Cars & Fascination

Lusse skooters are a gift to the world for those with road rage. They’re a way for us to unleash all our anger in a way that won’t send our insurance bills through the roof. But any enthusiast knows these cars are increasingly rare.

Case and point the day prior at Oaks. I went in expecting an awesome set of Lusse Skooters. But to my shock, the cars were gone and replaced by some modern abominations. I was devastated. I needed a pick me up.

Fortunately, I remembered cal1br3tto’s report of Seaside, Oregon! It wasn’t exactly on the way between Portland and Seattle, but I made it on the way.

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Greetings from Seaside, the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail.

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I love how the mountains go right up to the beach.

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I just picture narration by Morgan Freeman when I look at this image.


The Lusse Skooters I was seeking are operated by Insterstate Amusement Co. They’re literally in a garage off the main street in Seaside. I made sure to call in advance to verify they were open since their hours are among the weirdest I’ve ever seen.

Their “normal” summer hours appear to be ~11:30 am – 5 pm. They then take a 2 hour dinner break and reopen from 7 pm – 9 pm. However, it’s entirely crowd dependent. If it’s a slow day they may open late, they may close early, they may not return from dinner, or they may not open at all.

I mean just look at this sign. :lol:

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This is why you call in advance.

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Fingers crossed they return from dinner.

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I love how it's a no frills garage.


Each ride on the Bumper Cars will cost you $3. Like the best businesses out there, it’s cash only. So make sure you have some singles handy or else the ATM next door will steal your life savings.

I’m guessing you have the same burning question I did. Are these bumper cars better than the ones at Knoebels? The Knoebels Skooters are the gold standard of bumper cars.

In a nutshell, no. But they’re still very good.

These Lusse skooters are definitely toned down. Combine that with a super slick and cramped arena and it’s challenging to dish out bone-jarring hits. That being said, it is possible if you avoid skidding and perfectly t-bone someone as they round the corner.

So while these ones don’t hold a candle to the Knoebels Skooters, they still crap over modern cars. I wouldn’t recommend making a trip to Seaside exclusively for these cars, but they’re an absolute must if you’re there. 8 out of 10

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Write that woman a ticket. Texting and driving is a big no no.

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The sound this collision made could be heard down the street. You could also hear the scream of the operator yelling, "One Way!"


Interstate is also home to a Tilt-a-Whirl. And this may be the greatest tilt-a-whirl in existence.

Let me explain why. The attractions at Interstate Amusement all have tip jars. You may ask, “Why would you tip a ride op?” It’s a fair point and I asked the same thing going into the day. But I now understand.

Most tilt-a-whirl operators just press the start button and twiddle their thumbs while the ride cycles. At Interstate, the operator has a big ole lever and adjusts the platform speed. The result is magical.

Nobody likes tilt-a-whirl purgatory. It’s that nothingness when you get caught in an endless cycle of rocking. At Interstate, that doesn’t happen. If you stall out and stop spinning, rest assured the operator will flawlessly adjust the speed to have you spinning like a top in no time.

After a 3 minute ride where I never stopped spinning once, I couldn’t walk straight. I’d say the operator earned a tip. 9 out of 10

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If you want a good ride, give her a tip. A tip. Not the tip.

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Interstate is a bit rough around the edges, but it gives the place character.


The last attraction at Interstate is Tiny Tees Golf, a 10 hole indoor mini golf course. While the building is cramped, this is my type of mini golf course. Almost every single hole is either multi-leveled or has an old-fashioned obstacle.

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10 holes because the last 8 couldn't fit.

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Make sure to follow the rules.


The other star of Seaside (in my opinion) is at Funland. For most, Funland is your typical arcade. It has basketball, pinball, and redemption games. You also have a cruddy set of bumper cars. But most importantly, you have Fascination.

I’m not a Fascination virgin. It’s a staple in any visit to Knoebels. However, I spent far more time playing the version at Seaside. Something about not having Phoenix to distract me had me throwing down quarter after quarter.

But it really got fun at 8 pm. Funland turned off all lights. They called it blackout. Basically it was an hour straight of cover all in complete darkness. The only illumination was from the Fascination rows and columns. And the place was hopping!

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Funland looks like a normal arcade.

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But Fascination is the star. Just look at the eclectic prizes!

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Blackout is awesome.


Beyond Interstate and Funland, I just walked around Seaside. It’s a lovely beach town and reminds me of the places I can find in Maine or Cape Cod.

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The mall has a carousel.

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But it's nothing special. I was intrigued by the cotton candy machine though.

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Seaside had some weird looking stores.

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Take the freaking Buddha Kat Winery for example.

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Or the Man Store.


I’m also glad I visited Seaside before the investable tsunami wipes them out one day. I never realized just how vulnerable the Oregon coastline was. You see, this trip almost didn’t happen.

On the morning I intended to visit, a 6.3-mangitude earthquake happened off the Oregon Coast. However, once the threat of a tsunami was deemed unlikely, I decided to make the detour.

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I hate earthquakes.


As a town, Seaside may not be earth-shattering, but it’s an enjoyable place to spend an afternoon or an evening. There aren’t many places you can ride Lusse skooters and play Fascination.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby CaptainUnknown » Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:43 pm

Those Interstate Amusement Co. hours sound like they were written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll for those not mad enough to know). Though it's something one should expect that close to Portland.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Taylor Finn » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:19 am

I was just checking out Laura's old report from this place yesterday! It is a sort of goal for me to experience as many fascination parlors as I can. So far, got Sylvan Beach, Knoebels, Geneva-on-the-Lake, and Darien Lake. Idiotically enough, I was IN Long Beach a month back and we missed Loof's Lite A Line which now looking at the wiki page for Fascination, is an active parlor. It a slightly different game but similar concept.

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Postby Mike240SX » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:34 am

Taylor Finn wrote:I was just checking out Laura's old report from this place yesterday! It is a sort of goal for me to experience as many fascination parlors as I can. So far, got Sylvan Beach, Knoebels, Geneva-on-the-Lake, and Darien Lake. Idiotically enough, I was IN Long Beach a month back and we missed Loof's Lite A Line which now looking at the wiki page for Fascination, is an active parlor. It a slightly different game but similar concept.


There's also one in Wildwood, NJ, at the aptly named "Retro Arcade & Fascination" at 2900 Boardwalk. It's the new version of what was crazy Randy's basement arcade from the basement of the Boardwalk Mall; much smaller than that location but still quite nice with Fascination and a nice assortment of old-school mechanical games.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:16 am

CaptainUnknown wrote:Those Interstate Amusement Co. hours sound like they were written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll for those not mad enough to know). Though it's something one should expect that close to Portland.


This is why I timed my visit around Labor Day weekend. It seemed like the best bet for success.

Taylor Finn wrote:I was just checking out Laura's old report from this place yesterday! It is a sort of goal for me to experience as many fascination parlors as I can. So far, got Sylvan Beach, Knoebels, Geneva-on-the-Lake, and Darien Lake. Idiotically enough, I was IN Long Beach a month back and we missed Loof's Lite A Line which now looking at the wiki page for Fascination, is an active parlor. It a slightly different game but similar concept.


There's another Fascination parlor a few minutes from where I grew up at Nantasket Beach on the former site of Paragon Park. However, I have never been able to make it there.

The parlor is different in that you play for cash. Because of that, it has an age limit. And I wish I were kidding, but it usually only opens 1-2 weekends per year. I follow them on Facebook, and I think they only opened Columbus Day weekend this year. I tried going, but they ended up closing early due to a lack of people.

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Taylor Finn wrote:I was just checking out Laura's old report from this place yesterday! It is a sort of goal for me to experience as many fascination parlors as I can. So far, got Sylvan Beach, Knoebels, Geneva-on-the-Lake, and Darien Lake. Idiotically enough, I was IN Long Beach a month back and we missed Loof's Lite A Line which now looking at the wiki page for Fascination, is an active parlor. It a slightly different game but similar concept.


There's also one in Wildwood, NJ, at the aptly named "Retro Arcade & Fascination" at 2900 Boardwalk. It's the new version of what was crazy Randy's basement arcade from the basement of the Boardwalk Mall; much smaller than that location but still quite nice with Fascination and a nice assortment of old-school mechanical games.


I'm definitely checking this place out when I make it back to Wildwood. I loved Randy's original location.
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