Friday, December 31, 2004 11:59 PM
I just recently became aware of Maine's Funtown amusement park and CCI coaster, Excalibur. Wow! I'm surprised there isn't more talk about this coaster and park! From what I can gather off Funtown's website (and RCDB), the park looks totally up my alley with a classic traditional feel and great assortment of attractions. I saw that Excalibur rated #28 on Mitch's 2004 Wooden Coaster Poll. Now since I haven't ridden Excalibur nor visited Funtown, I would love to hear any thoughts about either. Thanks.
Monday, January 3, 2005 6:34 PM
Well, not much to say except I think it's a very solid, fun ride. What I really like though is the theming effort from such a small park. The castle station and the theming around the S&S tower is very cool.
Monday, January 3, 2005 6:40 PM
i havnt been myself, but a buddy of mine at college says its an awesome ride, very underrated. hopefully ill get up there this spring :)
Monday, January 3, 2005 7:19 PM
I have a friend who says it's great. I'm hoping to go this season, but it's a 5 hour drive for me meaning it's a full weekend trip.
Anyone know anything else fun to do near Saco, Maine? It would make more sense if I could do something else that weekend, too.
Monday, January 3, 2005 8:44 PM
its one of my favorite woodies around. extremely underrated. its just a solid ride from start to finish.
when in maine, never pass up white water rafting. you might have to drive a little but its more than worth it.
Monday, January 3, 2005 9:26 PM
Its a good ride but nothing to write home about. Wild first drop, good second drop, fun, fast turn under the lift and a nice little bunny hop afterwards. The rest of the ride is pretty much dullsville, but on the day I was there I got to ride it with minimal wait as much as I wanted and I had a lobster later in the day. Not a bad time.
There's tons of stuff to do in the area, but it all depends on what you're a fan of. Tons of great shopping, food, and outdoors stuff to do within minutes of the park.
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 6:27 AM
I don't really want to comment on the park itself, as I only spent a couple of hours there and those were spent riding Excalibur several times. Excalibur itself was a fun ride, with some nice air in the front and back. For me, it seemed kind of in the middle of CCI's family stuff and their more extreme coasters. Supposedly it's a night time coaster but unfortunately, I didn't get to experience that. The thing that really impressed me was the themeing. They have a whole area of the park just dedicated to the coaster with a nice castle station and other various medieval themeing in the area. Each bench on the coaster is even named after a knight of the Round Table. I really enjoy it when a park knows that they have a good coaster and spare no expense to showcase it.
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 9:58 AM
It probably doesn't get talked about too much because it's located in Maine. Still, I can't wait to get there next year as I hear a lot of good things about the coaster and the park itself. Plus I can hit Canobie Lake along the way!
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 10:25 AM
In the summer of 2003 my wife and I took a vacation that took us from Niagara Falls Ontario to the coast of Maine that included 9 parks. Excalibur at Funtown along with the Silver Comet at Martins Fantasy Island were the "surprise" coasters of the trip. Neither are talked about much, but both are very good and very fun coasters.
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 11:00 AM
I finally got a chance to ride the Silver Comet last August- what a great coaster! It ranks up there with my favorites from CCI and I really can't figure out why people don't talk about it more. I mean, Buffalo isn't THAt far out of the way, is it?
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 3:22 PM
I enjoyed Silver Comet. We spent the end of our night at Fantasy Island riding in the back seat with our eyes closed over and over. It was a great way to end a kind of crappy day due to us starting out at Darien Lake.
Aside from the location, I also imagine it doesn't get mentioned a lot because there's not much airtime. It mainly seemed about laterals. Of course, the laterals were great, and Cla and myself had fun smooshing the crap out of each other every time.
At one point, going up the lift hill, we got to watch the nearbye train get "robbed." What a sweet park. And a sweet coaster.