A New Coaster in NEW England

Friday, November 28, 2008 4:01 PM

Well, a small park's putiin' in a new coaster. An it ain't at SFNE. It's a one at a smaller park in Maine.

http://www.funtownusa.com/information.php?info_id=2&osCsid=2980cbe6e617b1e113fec01268f88acc

Just a simple Wild Mouse, but i looks like it could be a hoot.

I've been trying to get up there, I guess this'll gimme a good excuse.

Any opinons? Would it be enough entice more people up to the Pine Tree state?

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Friday, November 28, 2008 6:26 PM

Ugh. I just saw where the park is located and realized I could've gone there back in May of '07...when the Galaxi was still operating. :(

Excalibur looks like a fun little woodie.

Last edited by Vater, Friday, November 28, 2008 6:27 PM
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Friday, November 28, 2008 8:16 PM

Excalibur is fine. The beginning is classic CCI but the end is pretty lackluster. The park really needs a couple more signature rides for me to really want to get back to the place and this mouse probably won't do it, but I'm not exactly in the target audience anyway.

I guess another factor is there's so much awesome stuff to do in Southern Maine there's a lot of competition for my time and money.

And then another factor is it takes me 3 hours to get to Funtown I can get to Canobie going the same direction in 2. :)

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Saturday, November 29, 2008 7:48 AM

It's kind of like that with me. I can be at Canobie in about 45 minutes in one direction and pay no tolls, or be at Funtown in 1.5 hours and be paying about $5 or 6 bucks in tolls, but going in the oppiset driection.

As for the other fun stuff, did you know they opened a Cabela's in Scarborough?

Maybe we could look at this as the start of a new era?

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Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:50 AM

Their galaxi is the most unique one I've ever encountered. It operated (at least when I was there this summer) with individual cars instead of the usual 2-car trains. On top of that, the entire footprint was grown in with weeds. There was no sign of concrete footers. Made it look "totally ghetto" as the kids say. :)

Excalibur starts off totally great, then just gets worse and worse after the midway point.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008 5:45 PM

Speaking of Galaxi's, I seem to remember Canobie having one of these things back around '95 or '96.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008 12:13 PM

This Wild Mouse is from Jolly Roger in Ocean City, Md. http://www.rcdb.com/id1815.htm Glad I got to Funtown a few years ago, sounds like Excalibur has deteriorated considerably - it was REALLY solid "back then"...which unfortunately sounds like alot of CCIs. :(

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Monday, December 1, 2008 8:50 AM

^^ Canobie's Galaxi was operating in 2003... rode it during my visit there. I think either that year or the next was the last for it.

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Monday, December 1, 2008 1:02 PM

Bill, it's hard to imagine Excalibur's last third of track ever being good. It just crawls now. The first third to half is still very good IMO.

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Monday, December 1, 2008 1:05 PM

^^^Wow, and Jolly Roger replaced the mouse with a Anton Wildcat...bonus!

Last edited by Vater, Monday, December 1, 2008 1:05 PM
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Saturday, December 6, 2008 9:44 PM

I went to Funtown for Physics Day back in 2000, and Excalibur was a lot of fun back then. But I wasn't as big a coaster addict back then as I was when I was in College. On a visit to Maine sometime in the last 5 years, I stopped at Funtown on my way up to Bath (where I went to high school), but decided not to waste the money to go in.

The kids that go to high school in this area are lucky they can go to Cedar Point for physics day!

I try to visit Maine every year or two, but am hesitant to go back to Funtown, given that there are much better parks around that are closer to me, and the price is too steep for me for what you get. I somewhat agree with matt. that there is much better stuff to do in Southern Maine than going to Funtown.

-Sam

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Sunday, December 7, 2008 7:28 AM

True. The best bets for a Physics day in NE would be SFNE or Canobie, where I got a first-hand lesson in centripidal force ( thank you Turkish Twist!), and choas theory (Dodgems).

Plus, I credit that trip for sparking my interest in coasters, via the Yankee Cannonball.

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