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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:46 am

Nrthwnd wrote::lol: That 33 cent casino voucher is a pretty good souvenir of your visit. And it's a good Lucky # too.
Great ongoing TRs you've been posting here. Enjoying all of them - especially those food shots. :wink:
OMG that Meat Buffet Section!


Thanks! Those buffets were glorious.

jedimaster1227 wrote:Seeing the Grand Canyon with snow is a pretty awesome sight! Thanks for sharing another great report!


It was iffy if we could get to the Grand Canyon with the snow, but it was worth the trouble.
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Postby Arthur_Seaton » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:55 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:The website listed Desperado as closed until further notice. I just missed it by a few weeks based on some recent reviews.

While I share your view that The Big Apple Coaster isn't nearly as bad as it's made out to be (it's more weird than anything), Desperado is pretty brutal. It's still a must-ride for coaster dweebs, but it jack-hammers like crazy after the first drop and the bunny hills really suffer from old-school Arrow's inability to make curved track. The best ride in Vegas was Speed, and it's a shame nobody snapped that one up after it was dismantled.

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:03 pm

^ Assuming Desperado had seatbelts to go with the Arrow lap bars, I'd use my Magnum trick where you severely tighten the seatbelt to avoid hitting the lap bar.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby bert425 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:50 pm

the Grand Canyon pics with the snow are fantastic.

now you have to go back in the summer, to see it with the colors in the canyon walls!
(and to try the Buffets at Cosmopolitan (Wicked Spoon - my favorite in town, it's basically Tapas), and go down to Freemont Street (and try the Golden Nugget's seafood buffet).

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:13 pm

^ Freemont Street was one thing we ran out of time to see, but it's definitely on our list next time.

The only problem with buffets is that you can really only do one per day unless you want your stomach to explode. :lol:
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:59 am

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Emily hates Six Flags.

I thought the issue was that I took her to the worst of the worst. In the past year, I took her to Darien Lake, Discovery Kingdom, and Great Escape. And she’s sick of Six Flags New England since I’ve dragged her to that park too often.

I had the best day I’ve ever had at Magic Mountain. The park was an absolute ghost town. And the park does an excellent job with Holiday in the Park. As for Emily? She still hates Six Flags.

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It felt wrong to be at a Holiday in the Park when it wasn't sub-freezing temperatures.


I’m admittedly blinded by the coaster lineup (and the sparkling lights), but Emily took issue with the inefficient ops (fair, most things ran one train), park layout (fair, the Helpful Honda Express was closed), terrible food (fair, it didn’t seem fresh), and parts of the park smelling like raw sewage (fair, it did).

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I'm guessing the park only had one of these signs since it was applicable at all coasters.

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Well all operating coasters. Superman was closed.


Our day began with YOLOcoaster. It was a foreign experience for me to see that ride as a walk-on. And this was with it running just one-train (this was a theme for the day).

Me- Love the first and second halves. Not a big fan of the pause in-between. 8 out of 10

Emily- “Short, but sweet.” Thumbs Up

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This shot would be so much cooler if there was a train on both sides. But I know that's impossible...there's no way SFMM could dispatch a train in time.

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The first half ends on a high note, a treble clef specifically.


We then rode one of the most underwhelming hypercoasters in existence in Goliath. While most hyper coasters focus on airtime, Goliath hardly has any. The only real bit of airtime is the third hill.

Me- It’s fun, but bad by hypercoaster standards. 6 out of 10

Emily- Not a fan of the helix of death. Thumbs Down

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"I love how unique Goliath's name is," said enthusiasts in the year 2000.


We then planned to ride Twisted Colossus, but it was having technical issues. This ride hates me. I’ve had it close early for the RMC Recall of 2016 and open 7 hours late in 2018. But I always do get to ride it, just not as much as I’d like.

So instead, we hiked up Samurai Summit to Ninja. This wasn’t exactly the walk Emily wanted to make a day after hiking Multnomah Falls, but the path around the mountain was closed due to construction on their “new-for-2019” attraction. :lol:

Speaking of West Coast Racers, we visited in mid-December and it was closed. The most activity we saw were water dummies sitting in the trains. But the twisted layout looks cool and I’m sure I’ll be back.

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I love how this only opened in 2019 on a technicality.


Ninja is one of the last suspended coasters. It’s probably the worst Arrow suspended outside of Vampire, but I make a point to ride it since there are so few left.

Me- A few good swings, but it feels much slower than the posted speed. 6 out of 10

Emily- “Not worth the hike, but an ok ride.” Thumbs Sideways

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Hi-ya!


I thought Apocalypse was still closed, but it was actually open. Better, it had been recently retracked! It’s no secret the ride had become a jackhammering disaster in recent years.

Me- Amazing sense of speed, some good pops of airtime, and smooth. 8 out of 10*

Emily- “Best coaster in the park!” Double Thumbs Up*

* These were our thoughts if we rode on the left. The operator on the right was brutally stapling riders. I have a bruise from my last ride when the operator jammed the restraint down so far, I was physically unable to push it down any further to unlock it after the ride. The operator had to do it for me.

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This was still a more successful Terminator than the most recent movie.


Tatsu was magical during Holiday in the Park. Seeing all the lights while you twirl through the air was breathtaking. Tatsu really has one of the best settings of any coasters.

Me- The pretzel loop is insane and the rest of the layout is action-packed too. 9 out of 10

Emily- “Great until I thought I’d have an aneurysm (during the pretzel loop).” Thumbs Down

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One of the few benefits of one train ops is not having to lie in that awkward position on the brake run.

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Look...."snow"


I wasn’t sure if Emily would actually ride X2. She hates rough rides and she won’t touch SFNE’s Joker with a 10-foot pole. I warned her it was bouncy and had flipping seats, but she decided to give it a whirl.

Me- X2 is nuts. This coaster does things other coasters shouldn’t. It’s absolutely insane and I think the elements even crazier. It’s just not perfect because it is bouncy. 9.5 out of 10

Emily- When I saw Emily crying mid-ride, I felt like a jerk. She hated X2, just not for the reason I expected. She actually found it smooth and liked the motions. So why was she crying? The restraints. She didn’t feel secure and felt like she was going to fall out. Double Thumbs Down

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X, X, X2


Emily still needed to recover from X2, so she sat out Viper. I love the inversions on Viper. The juxtaposition of the forceful vertical loops, floaty corkscrews, and awkward batwing is brilliant. I just wish the transitions between the inversions weren’t as choppy. 7 out of 10

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Arrows are so photogenic.

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Even more so if they have fresh paint...


Up next was a coaster Emily was looking forward to for sentimental reasons- New Revolution. Emily loves the original National Lampoon’s Vacation film, so she was excited to ride the coaster where Clark Griswold kidnapped the poor security guard. :lol:

Me- Poorly paced, but I like the setting and Schwarzkopf loops are always intense. 6 out of 10

Emily- “Why so many brakes?” Thumbs Sideways

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I promise there's a train somewhere among those lights.


Twisted Colossus was back up-and-running so I eagerly took a few laps on one of my favorite coasters in the world. They were only running two trains, but I consistently got one duel per ride.

Me- I know a lot of people hate the lift hill mid-ride, but I don’t mind it. Both halves of Twisted Colossus are awesome. It’s like having two top-10 steel coasters spliced together. And each half has oodles of airtime mixed with a pinch of hangtime. 10 out of 10

Emily- She liked Twisted Colossus, but it was a one-and-done for her. Emily has a love-hate relationship with the frenetic pacing of RMCs. Sometimes, she can ride Wicked Cyclone multiple times without issue. Other times, the maneuvers make her feel queasy. Thumbs Sideways

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Still one of the best coasters in the world.


We then walked onto Justice League. These are always nice contrasts to the rest of the Six Flags lineup, but the version at Six Flags Magic Mountain is particularly strong.

Me- I love the mix of screens and physical sets. One of the best shooters out there. 9 out of 10

Emily- “Did Six Flags steal this from Disney? It’s too well themed.” Thumbs Up

Emily was still feeling the after effects of Twisted Colossus, so she sat out Riddler’s Revenge and Batman the Ride. Two super forceful, old-school B&M inverts probably wouldn’t have helped.

Riddler’s Revenge is without a doubt the best stand-up coaster. It’s tall. It’s fast. It’s smooth (if you know how to position the restraint). And it makes your legs feel like jelly from the forces. 8 out of 10

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From this angle, Riddler's Revenge could pass as Great Adventure's Green Lantern. Thanks SFMM for keeping Green Lantern's lights on despite that coaster being in another country!


Batman the Ride continued the assault on my legs. The snappiness of the inversions combined with those leg-numbing helices results in one of the most intense and draining coasters out there. 8.5 out of 10

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This bat is good at aero-bat-ics.


I wanted to finish the night with rerides on Twisted Colossus and X2. I had no issue walking onto Twisted Colossus for a few extra rides. And it got better and better each time.

Unfortunately, I was not able to get on X2 again. I was spited by the brutal California weather. Get ready for this. Even Carowinds would poke fun at this.

It was dry and 58 degrees with barely any wind.

For those local to the park, is X2 really that valley-prone?

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I don't think Six Flags Great Adventure owns one of these signs. And that's one of the reasons I love that park.


So as a consolation prize, we took a final lap through the park to admire the lights. Outside of Discovery Kingdom, the chain as a whole does a fantastic job on their holiday lights.

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If only these reindeer could fly me around LA traffic.

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I know this isn't part of their holiday lights, but CraZanity looks just as amazing.


Six Flags Magic Mountain is probably my favorite Six Flags park outside of Fiesta Texas. Emily says it’s the Six Flags park she hates least. I guess that’s sort of a compliment. :lol:
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby grsupercity » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:12 pm

SFMM looks like a coaster nerds wet dream park.
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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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:30 pm

Glad you enjoyed Apocalypse. I also rate that one very highly, and I rode it right after its 2016 retracking. Seems timing is key to enjoying it.

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:40 am

grsupercity wrote:SFMM looks like a coaster nerds wet dream park.


Absolutely! It has almost every coaster type.

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Glad you enjoyed Apocalypse. I also rate that one very highly, and I rode it right after its 2016 retracking. Seems timing is key to enjoying it.


I'm just thankful they invested in extensive trackwork again.
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:51 pm

For sure. That is an easy ride to forget about, so good on them for maintaining it.

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