Monday, June 13, 2005 6:06 PM
We are planning a trip to several parks for next summer and were looking into going to the great escape in new york.
My question(s) is this....
Is it a whole day park, or can it be done in a few hours? Also, why do certain rides close at dusk?
Also, do they have any of the dark rides left over from freedomland park that used to be in new york?
Any info would be great....thank you.
Monday, June 13, 2005 6:55 PM
Well seeing how this is a family park and my home park, it can easily be done in a few hours. Im not exactly sure what the deal is with some rides closing at dusk but I guarantee you will get on everything atleast 2-3 times, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. They only have one dark ride there now, and it's called Chipper's Magical Mystery Ride and its basically a scrambler in the dark with loud music. They used to have a ride called Tornado which was an old fashioned car ride in the dark which always made sharp turns just before running into walls, but they took it out due to their newest roller coaster known as the Canyon Blaster.
Monday, June 13, 2005 7:00 PM
Unless you plan on going on a Sunday or Saturday during Summer, then all rides close at dusk... 8pm to be exact. Weekends they close at 10pm, and this is probably mainly due to the stingy neighbors of Queensbury. (NIMBY neighbors)
The park is not a whole-day park unless you want it to be. You can ride pretty much everything in half a day unless you stretch it out by seeing every show, checking out all themed attractions, & re-riding several rides. 2006 may hold some surprises for us with the possible flagging of the park & first full season of the hotel... but currently it's only a half-day park if you just want to ride once or so. Most lines aren't long except Nightmare which is low capacity.
...as far as I know... no rides are left from Freedomland, since there are no more dark rides at tGE except Nightmare coaster which came from Darien Lake in 1999 which came from another park prior to that in '96. Tornado is gone, Chipper's Magical Mystery Tour (indoor scrambler) is now outdoors.
Monday, June 13, 2005 7:06 PM
They also have Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon which is a coaster in the dark simular to Skull Mountain but has single cars instead of trains.It's right next to Canyon Blaster. From what I heard some rides close early because the town has strict rules for Great Escape. You can do the whole park easy in a few hours even the waterpark get there early.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 9:25 AM
Anyone know of any good discount for the park? I tried calling, but the recorded message was no help at all.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 11:44 AM
Sounds like we could do the whole park in a half day. Does anyone know what came of the tornado dark ride? Was it relocated?
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 11:55 AM
Andy, there are usually Pepsi or Coke cans in the Albany/Schenectady/Troy market with Great Escape discounts. I am not around that area right now so I can't say for sure. Also, I'm sure you know this, but your Six Flags pass gets you into Great Escape as well...
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:11 PM
The Tornado ride is currently in storage on Great Escape property and the can of choice this year is Coke cans for (I believe) a seven dollar discount.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 1:26 PM
Thanks Matt. I'll be bringing a guest (or more accurately, she'll be bringing me).
Thursday, June 23, 2005 11:42 AM
Thanks for all the info.
This helps out a great deal.