Canobie Lake's Star Blaster begins to rise

Posted Monday, March 25, 2002 9:57 AM | Contributed by MikeMir87

Canobie Lake is getting an S&S tower ride for 2002. The tower has just gone vertical in construction.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 3:53 PM
OK..........

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Monday, March 25, 2002 3:55 PM
Rumor says that this ride is only 100 feet tall. Seems a little on the small side, however Canobie Lake needs this kind of new thrill to compete with SFNE and Lake Compounce. Happy 100th anniversary Canobie!
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Monday, March 25, 2002 4:16 PM

Thy need a 100 fot double shot to compete with:

Six Flag New England's 2000 Triple 205 foot S&S Tower

Funtown USA's 2001 S&S 240 foot Turbo Drop

Considering that Funtown Splashtown USA and Six Flags New England are there biggest threats and both have built S&S towers over 200 feet tall in the last couple of years, this seems like a pretty lame comeback for Canobie Lake. You might as well go ride Scream or Dragon's Descent that come with parks that already have better packages. Canobie Lake needs to stop building low qued standard rides that evry surrounding park already has.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 4:29 PM

Canobie Lake opened:

Boston Tea Party(normal chute-the-chute) the year after what is now Shipwreck Falls opened at SFNE and Thunder River opened at Funtown USA.

Galaxi Coaster for 2001, same coaster that can be found 45 minutes and 30 minutes away at Old Orchard Beach and Funtown Splashtown USA. Main difference, both other parks had their Galaxi years before Canobie Lake opened theirs. Big difference, Canobie opened the mini version, nothing compared to the one at Funtown.

Turkish Twist: Funtwon already had Twister, Whalom had Spin Out, and Riverside was adding Tomohawk, which was better thatn all three.

Psychodrome:Exact clone of the one at Funtown Splashtown USA, but Canobie built it two years later.

Can Canobie Lake ever add something that's worth the visit and isn't in exsistance at every other park in the area? We can see where Star Blaster will put them, shadowed by Scream, Dragon's Descent, and the Radio Twoer(which is taller) down the road ;)

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Monday, March 25, 2002 4:54 PM
This is a re-posting of a post i made the other day in the forums on the same topic. I'm reposting because i think it's relavant to the discussion going on here.:
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I like Canobie Lake. I remember fondly going there often when i was a kid, and the Yankee Cannonball was my first coaster ride. It's
a clean, friendly, family park. Sure, the double shot is a good ride. Especially for a park without any big name coasters (the newest
actual "coaster" is an arrow corkscrew that's been there more than 10 years).

But, unfortunately, i still don't think that this addition will make me any more likely to go to the park. I'm not one to support
corporate parks over independent ones, especially Six Flags. But, in terms of rides, there's nothing at Canobie Lake that isn't topped
by SFNE, which for me is equidistant. They have not one, but 3 S&S towers, which are 200 ft. tall. Not to mention a Vekoma SLC and
Boomerang, which combined are at least on par with, if not better than an Arrow corkscrew. Throw in two really intense woodys and oh,
say, the number one rated steel coaster in the world, and why would I even bother?

Now, like i said, Canobie is a great park for atmosphere, but let's face it. People want good rides. What I don't understand is why they
didn't go for something a little more original, like a CCI? A new CCI can't be much more than a tower, especially if the coaster isn't
that tall (i.e. Cliff's NM coaster). I'll drive all the way to CT to ride Boulder Dash, even though the rest of Lake Compounce isn't very
exciting at all, but I won't even drive the hour to Canobie to ride a half-assed tower.

I guess it boils down to what they think the GP wants, vs. what enthusiasts want. I'm just disappointed that, yet again, Canobie opts
for a ride that mostly everyone has already been on instead of being creative. Props on the name, though, at least it's not called
Batman: The Half-Assed Tower. =)*** This post was edited by nelson324 on 3/24/2002. *** *** This post was edited by nelson324 on 3/25/2002. ***

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Monday, March 25, 2002 5:56 PM

Am i the only one who is happy about this ride!?

Cmon, its a small family park, what do you expect, they also had an 80ft height restriction so the fact that the tower is 100ft is more important!

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Im the #1 Canobie Lake Park Fan!!!These are my top 3 coasters:
1. S:RoS @ SFNE 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Cyclone

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 2:52 AM
Its a small family park. They have their niche, and they've settled into it well. Vertigo, you should be happy that a smal indepedant park such as Canobie is getting a major attraction this year. Why does it have to be an issue of competition with SFNE, a park that is a jillion times bigger, and always will be? How do you know what Canobie "needs" to build? How many amusement parks have YOU run?
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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 3:44 PM
A small family park like Whalom Park, (the very very small) Old Orchard Beach, Lake Compounce(actually smaller than Cannobie), Funtown Splashtown USA, Quassy Amusement Park, and even the Big E fair can get the idea of saving for something halh decent instead of throwing low quality rides that are found at the three to five nearest parks. None of the parks went in the direction Cannobie Lake has gone, instead they kept it in and then went big with rides like Purple Peril & Blue Demon Falls(gone)@Whalom Park, Sea Dragon & Sky Coaster@Old Orchard Beach, Boulder Dash & Thunder Falls@Lake Compounce, Mind Eraser & Hellevator@Riverside Amusement Park, Dragon's Descent & Excalibur@Funtown Splashtown USA. All of the parks above are small family parks in the area that helled in and saved for a big attractions. The fact is that these are practically all the amusement parks in New England except for Quassy whiched saved up for a water park. Can't Cannobie get something out of this? This isn't a big attraction for Canobie, this is the regular half done attraction that Canobie adds every year as written above. If I wanted to ride a 265 foot S&S drop tower, I could drive 30 minutes to Funtown where I could pay $5.00 to ride Dragon's Descent and Excalibur(a real woodie) without even thinking about a park admission.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 4:03 PM
Ravenguy98, we're still mainly comparing to the small Riverside Amusement Park, who waited seven years before they added their SLC, which was the first time that one of these parks had a long term lead over the rest of the New England parks. For the seven of the eight attractions they built in the last three years they could have bought something from a CCI woodie(the totals do add up), almost any permant water ride, there first flat ride that was actually designed in the last 14 years, and even Darchen Fire. They could have easily bought Thunder Eagle with the money they spent on pinted sized attractions. In the long run, Cannobie has been at the bottom for quite sometime, any they just don't want to lift themselves up. I shared a newspaper add about the Starblaster coming and the entire class thought it was lame and that Canobie is not worth driving for anymore. They just started talking about Scream being taller and how they've been on rides like Stunt Man's Freefall and how 100 feet is nothing now days. Their's the general public's consent for you.
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