Conneaut Lake Park - 6/24

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Monday, June 25, 2001 7:05 AM
I don't usually write TR's but I thought this park deserved one.

It's been 10 years since my last visit to CLP and I can't understand what's been holding me back. While it's small and doesn't have the biggest, baddest or the best, but it sure does show you a good time.

We started the day off with a spin on the carousel (what a treasure this one is) and then headed off to Kiddie Land so our daughter could have some fun. And fun she did have. She rode every ride at least once, including a $3 pony ride (a rarity in agmonst itself.)

We had a couple of other friends kids with us and they were ready to hit the bigger rides so we left kiddie land and headed for the Blue Streak. Wow does this ride ever pack a punch!! I remembered it being a little wicked but after getting my ribs smashed pretty good on the hill after the turn around, I remembered just how punishing this ride could be. It's not a bad punishing though, like some rides out there today. As I was riding it with one of the kids, I let her pick the seat (which was towards the front) so we didn't experience much airtime. However, my husband sat in the back seat by himself and said he was practically standing the entire ride, thanks to those wonderful NAD trains. They had to be the most comfortable trains I've ever been on, lots of padding and no spleen splitting lap bars. Ended up riding BS 5 times thoughout the day.

Eventhough the park looked and seemed crowded, there was no waiting in line, except for the ride in progress to stop. Which, in some cases, could be a while considering they run their rides forever. Another nice thing about this park is the ride requirements on the rides. My daughter is 2 and 1/2 and is 35 inches tall. She was still able to ride at least 60% of the rides, if not more, if she was willing and able, and she was. She loved riding the spin-n-spews, which CLP has a lot to offer. I was amazed at what she was allowed to ride (with an adult) and how much she enjoyed riding them. As we were leaving for the day, she pointed at the Trabant and said "That one again." Once she got on the big rides she didn't care about kiddie land any more.

For those of you (and I've seen them too) who have seen the gum walls at SFWOA or the gum trees at CP, you haven't seen anything until you ride the Devil's Den at CLP. This had to be one of the most digusting things I've ever seen in my life, but I can kind of see CLP's point of not cleaning it because people will just continue to do over and over. It's not just one wall either. Very dark ride, my daughter didn't like this one too much.

The Ultimate Trip definately lives up to it's name. This Scambler on steroids has to be the craziest ride around. In the dark with the lights flashing and music blaring, what a blast.

Sky Thriller is a sick but fun ride. It's a little painful when you get stopped upside down and the blood is rushing to your head. Note to self...if stopped upside down on a ride, don't scream, it just makes it worse.

One other ride worth noting because I have never ridden it before. I don't remember what the name they gave it is, but it's best known as the salt and pepper shakers. I thought Sky Thriller was sick, this thing has got to be one of the sickest rides ever built. The designer of this ride must of had some real issues. Did you ever notice that the sicker the ride, the more you like it? My husband was laughing so hard he was pratically crying when we got off. Between the screaming which then turned into laughing with screams intermixed, my side hurt so bad, I had to sit down.

All in all I'd have to say, this was the best trip of our season so far (we've been to SFWOA, PKI and CP twice.) We had so much fun and we didn't have to rush around for anything because we knew there weren't any lines. Nice layout, lots of shady places to sit, good food at decent prices, clean (except for gum wall), all over great experience. If you have younger kids, this is a great park.

If you are ever in the area, even an hour or two away, please take time to visit this park and experience the wonderful joys it has to offer.

Thanks for reading.
Lori



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Christ how do you kids do it *** This post was edited by loriu on 6/25/2001. ***
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Monday, June 25, 2001 4:35 PM
Amazingly enough, I've never been to Conneaut. I'm going to fix that this summer, and this report makes me look forward to it even more.

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Monday, June 25, 2001 4:58 PM
Do they still have the Chance "Turbo" or did they take it down?
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Monday, June 25, 2001 5:17 PM
No Turbo that I remember. They did get 3 new attractions this year so maybe it was removed to make way. Where did it reside before?

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Christ how do you kids do it
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Friday, August 10, 2001 12:35 PM
Streak out 3!

I can't wait to go! I'll be there for the STreak Out 3. I grew up with an Ed Vettel coaster: The Zephyr at Pontchartrain Beach. I never got to ride it so for the first time, I'll get to experience what Vettel is all about.
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Friday, August 10, 2001 5:27 PM
That's funny, Superstition Mountain at Indiana Beach has a "stack or barrels" prop that is plastered with gum. What's more, the barrels threaten to topple into your car as you pass. Yuck!

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Yeeee Haaawwww!
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