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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:47 pm

Mike240SX wrote:If you ever find yourself in or around Asbury Park, NJ, check out the Silverball Pinball Museum. It's a good time, and Asbury Park is a much nicer town than it generally gets a rap for (so long as you stay on the ocean-side of the rail line that runs through town LOL). They apparently have one in Delray Beach, FL as well.


I'm pretty sure I've driven past this town before on the way to some of the seaside parks.

PeoplemoverMatt wrote:If a hotel doesn't measure up to the brand, the brand rips its name off the building. I'm no legal scholar about licensing deals, but if they can, Nascar should immediately remove their trademarks and images from a place like this if it's run that poorly.


I'm not privy to licensing deals, but this place definitely didn't represent the NASCAR brand well.

Mike240SX wrote:LOL at the concept of NASCAR fans expecting anything other than complete tragedy. Or doing anything other than chugging Coors Light. NASCAR has bigger problems than worrying about a failing half-amusement park, like the fact that their viewership has plummeted in the past few years, that their mechanics are going to have to learn how to work on post-1950s technology, and that their drivers are going to have to learn to shift more than 4 gears.


Speaking strictly to the park, having honest and competent customer service is something critical for any business. That was my gripe with the park. It had nothing to do with the NASCAR brand.

bert425 wrote:where is that NASCAR park? wanna be sure to avoid it.


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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:29 pm

Carowinds- Just Before Winterfest

Whenever I visit Dollywood, I have a big choice to make. Do I want to fly out of Atlanta and visit Six Flags Over Georgia? Or would I rather fly out of Charlotte and go to Carowinds?

I know Knoxville exists, but I can't get there directly and visiting one of the two above parks is more fun anyway.

Now I do really like Six Flags Over Georgia, but they aren’t home to Fury 325. I also wanted to get some rerides on Copperhead Strike now that it was running more reliably. There was just one problem- the weather.

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Sunny skies and 50 degrees. Aka winter down south.


Carowinds actually closed early the day prior. But the park did open for its last day of non-Winterfest operations and it was a ghost town.

The park was so deserted that they actually ran one train on Fury 325. This was the only ride with a line and even still, it was no more than 15-20 minutes. Compare that to my last visit when the entire queue was filled with three train operations.

I also think the one train operations were for another reason. If you’ve ridden Fury, you know how fast it feels. It seems almost inconceivable it could valley. But the morning’s empty test trains barely made it into the brake run. It all made sense. They couldn’t risk an empty train.

But with a full train, Fury hauled per usual. The first half showcases the speed. It felt like the cool air was trying to rip my face off. But my face was prepared for this. It was used to Nitro in the teens. :lol:

And with all that speed, Fury also delivered plenty of airtime. The first drop alone gives 4-5 seconds of sustained floater, but then you also have those incredible three return hills and some surprising sideways airtime that would make RMC proud. 10 out of 10

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Planes love to photobomb Carowinds.

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The test train hauled through the first half, but it crawled through the finale.

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It's like Orion with an extra 50 feet.

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I love how Fury interacts with the entry plaza.


I think Copperhead Strike was the only coaster running multiple trains and it was warranted. It had the second longest line in the park at a whopping 5-10 minutes. It was nice being able to ride this coaster again since it was hardly open during my March visit.

Copperhead Strike is a jack-of-all-trades. It has airtime (both floater and ejector pops), insane hangtime, a whippy corkscrew, quick transitions, and some nice theming. Really the only part where Copperhead Strike lets up is the little twister segment before the final bunny hill. 9 out of 10

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So much hangtime.

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Oh so much hangtime.

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And also airtime for good measure.


Afterburn was running particularly well. I’ve always enjoyed Afterburn, but I never remember it being this forceful. This thing was pulling some serious Gs like Montu, particularly on the batwing and final corkscrew. And it was still as smooth as a baby’s bottom despite being 20 years old. 9 out of 10

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I found it hysterical they were playing the Top Gun theme in the station.

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More inverts need batwings.


Another ride that pulled some Gs was the Carolina Cyclone. However, that ride is not as smooth as a baby’s bottom…unless that baby’s bottom is coated in rocks and dried turds.

There was no headbanging (for me at least), but every transition was a bit shaky. However, the ride is worth experiencing for the pop of air on the drop and forceful vertical loops. 5 out of 10

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Dolly has her Coat of Many Colors. Carowinds has its Coaster of Many Colors.


I had met up with a fellow enthusiast and we decided to take a token lap on Hurler. If you know me, you know I have a very strong resistance to rough rides. So my fellow enthusiast chose a wheel seat (row 2) and I didn’t even bat an eye.

While he found the ride rough, I found it pretty decent outside of the low-to-the-ground turns on the far-side of the ride. Those were quite bumpy. But the rest of the ride wasn’t rough at all and even had some weak pops of air. 5 out of 10

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Do I hate Hurler? No. Would I prefer another Twisted Timbers? Yes please!


One of the most underrated rides at Carowinds is the Mountain Gliders. These are one of my favorite sets of flying skooters. While they aren’t as fast as the ones at Knoebels, these ones have one key advantage.

The operators don’t care if you snap. In fact, I’ve seen them encourage it on a past visit! And for that reason, I was bouncing about to the delightful and unnatural sound of steel cables snapping. 9 out of 10

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When I saw the riders before me snapping like crazy, I knew I was in the clear.


I also made sure to ride Electro-Spin since it was closed back in March. Since this wasn’t the German fair circuit, I boarded with tempered expectations. I expected a short cycle with minimal flips.

Much to my shock, I got a long cycle in both directions with too many inversions to count. There weren’t too many fast flips, but there was plenty of drawn-out inversions loaded with hangtime. When a top scan is run correctly, it’s one of my favorite flats. 9 out of 10

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But the highlight of the visit was the 1.5 hour marathon on Fury to close out the night. Remember how Fury was only running one train earlier in the day? It was fully warmed up now and running two.

And not only were they running two, but the crew was firing on all cylinders. The crew set a record for the most dispatches in an hour with 36. And that was with just two trains! A+ for them! And the funny part is that I later found out this was apparently a Cedar Point crew. :lol:

Some enthusiasts like to be on the last train of the season to win a pissing match. I just like to be on the last train since parks with enthusiast ride operators tend to give double rides. And that proved to be the case with Fury. It was great wrapping the night with back-to-back night rides in the front row on Fury.

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So this is why it's called the treble clef.


I don’t think I’ll ever be at Carowinds on such a light day ever again. In fact, I think half the people in the park were enthusiasts. So it was a great day to make some new friends and get countless rerides on the park’s big three steel coasters.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby michaellynn4 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:27 am

Mike240SX wrote:If you ever find yourself in or around Asbury Park, NJ, check out the Silverball Pinball Museum. It's a good time, and Asbury Park is a much nicer town than it generally gets a rap for (so long as you stay on the ocean-side of the rail line that runs through town LOL). They apparently have one in Delray Beach, FL as well.


I can vouche for this place (and the town, as well, Asbury Park has REALLY bounced back in the last ten years). Rikki actually held my surprise 30th birthday party at this place a few years back. It's a blast any time we go hang out there, plus there are some really great restaurants around it (not to mention the legendary Stone Pony across the street).
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Postby grsupercity » Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:46 am

I love Carowinds. Have not been since 2016. I have a lot of missed credits at this park since I just kept wanting to ride Fury and Afterburn. My folks live in Charlotte and I really need to get back and ride copperhead strike. . I am also in a small group of people who really enjoy Nighthawk and wanna ride it again before CedarFair kills it
After riding Lightning Run I can not understand why parks are not lining up to buy some Hyper GTX models. That little ride rocks

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:57 pm

^ I do enjoy Nighthawk and I would have ridden it if it were open. Unfortunately, both that and Intimidator were closed since I visited so late in the season.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:47 am

Stratosphere Tower

Space shots, wave swingers, and junior pendulum rides aren’t the most exciting rides on the planet. However, if you place them atop a 1000 foot tower, you have officially piqued my interest.

The Stratosphere Tower (or as they now like to call it, the Strat) is one of the most imposing structures in Las Vegas. It is situated at the end of the strip and towers over everything!

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The Strat is so tall that it stretches into the (wait for it) stratosphere.


The views from atop the tower are breathtaking. Las Vegas is a gorgeous city in a picturesque location. You have the bustling lights and energy of the strip contrasted with a mountain backdrop.

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We got high. Really high.

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It's incredible you have the mesmerizing lights in one direction.

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And snow-capped mountains in the other.


The views are even more impressive from the thrill rides. The most famous attraction is the Big Shot. And it’s probably the best.

The initial launch is quite thrilling. It’s not the most forceful, but it’s impossible not to think of the Roller Coaster Tycoon scenario where you shoot over the top and fall to your fiery death on the Vegas Strip.

But what steals the show is the airtime. I’m used to these S&S space shots giving a meek pop of air at the top. On Big Shot, the vehicle stalls before it reaches the top. This completely ejects riders. And then the vehicle is launched downwards, so the ejector airtime is sustained for a good 2-3 seconds.

Big Shot also has a second launch that is more typical of your other S&S towers, but it’s just gravy on-top of the insane airtime of the first launch. Big Shot is easily one of my favorite drop towers anywhere. That setting makes this ride. 10 out of 10

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Being launched off the top would be karma for everything I've ever done in Roller Coaster Tycoon.

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Big Shot only goes about 2/3 up the tower, but this stall results in some insane airtime.


The scariest ride is undoubtedly X-Scream. I never thought I had a fear of heights. But then I rode X-Scream and almost crapped my pants.

Whoever thought it was a good idea to have a tilt track over the side of a skyscraper is a mad genius. This turned a mundane kids ride into a bonafide thrill ride. If you don’t have a death grip on that restraint as you hurtle towards the Strip, you’ve deceiving yourself. 9 out of 10

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I can't think of anyway this could end badly.

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I was smiling on the outside, but I really looked like the guy next to me on the inside.


Insanity seemed to be the most popular ride. It was certainly freaky staring at the ground and feeling the arms dance in the breeze. And it was faster than expected. But it was sort of difficult to appreciate the view spinning at a rate that fast. 8 out of 10

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I wonder how many people have been hit with vomit down below.


I also returned at night to try SkyJump. Having recently gone skydiving as well, I was interested to compare the two experiences.

In terms of overall thrill, skydiving was definitely more intense. It's hard to top 45-50 seconds of pure freefall that included a flip or two. With SkyJump, you only have a half second of freefall before the mechanism starts controlling your speed.

But that first step is scarier than jumping out of a plane for skydiving. For tandem skydiving jumps, you're at the mercy of the instructor you're attached to. For SkyJump, you have to be the one to take that step off the edge of the platform. That "Oh crap" moment is the real thrill. And it's just icing on the cake to have the breathtaking views of Vegas as well.

Would I do SkyJump again? Not for full price. The experience was almost surreal, but it was pricey. However, returning jumpers can jump for half price. And that's good until the end of time provided I show my certificate.

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That's me (as my girlfriend watches in fear).



Of the attractions in Las Vegas, the Stratosphere was probably my favorite. Those thrill rides really give one-of-a-kind experiences and the views were simply incredible.
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Postby grsupercity » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:22 am

That looks like a lot of fun. My wife has been wanting to do a Vegas Trip. How much did the skyjump cost you?
After riding Lightning Run I can not understand why parks are not lining up to buy some Hyper GTX models. That little ride rocks

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Postby bert425 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:46 am

I'm not terribly scared of heights. . but nope, nope, nope on all the attractions at the top of the Stratosphere tower.

the high cost, was a nice deterrent anyways, but ... nope.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:18 am

grsupercity wrote:That looks like a lot of fun. My wife has been wanting to do a Vegas Trip. How much did the skyjump cost you?


I paid $90 with a Groupon, but the base price can be $120-$150. Return jumps are $45.

bert425 wrote:I'm not terribly scared of heights. . but nope, nope, nope on all the attractions at the top of the Stratosphere tower.

the high cost, was a nice deterrent anyways, but ... nope.


The Stratosphere is the perfect example how a ride's setting can make the experience.
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:08 pm

I enjoyed The Strat when we visited earlier this year. I wish I had planned to do SkyJump but I'll give it a go next time. Thanks for sharing this report with us Michael!
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