La Rhonde & Great Escape

Monday, July 21, 2003 2:18 PM
A group of 4 of us are going to attempt a trip the probably warrants us a pass into the insane asylum. We are arriving on Aug 8(friday) at Lake Compounce when they open and staying until about 2 pm, and the rest of the day will be spent at Six Flags New England. The next morning we are driving up to Montreal to La Rhonde for part of the day and Great Escape the rest of the day. Open until about 2 pm at La Rhonde(4 hrs). Sunday will be at Darien Lake in the first half of the day and Martin's Fantasy Island for a few hours and then its home we go. My question is, how busy is La Rhonde and Great Escape on a Saturday. I do expect crowds but is 4 hours enough time to ride all the coasters at La Rhonde at least once and the same for Great Escape(5 hours)? We originally were only doing Great Escape on Saturday but we really wanted to try and squeeze in La Rhonde if at all possible. Is the Canadian/US border a big nightmare and time consuming also. If we do this completely insane idea(but we love it), any suggestions on what to ride first at La Rhonde that will get longer wait times later. Thanks for anybody's input in advance.
Monday, July 21, 2003 3:37 PM
rentzy basically hit that perfectly. i highly doubt you'll be able to ride all of GE's coaster's since all 6 hardly ever seem to be up and running at the same time.

The Comet is definately a short wait. They get that coaster in / out extremely quick with the 2 train op.

Steamin' Deamon wait is always short, and same with the Boomerang.

Nightmare has been alittle better this year. Each time ive ridden it this year its actually be about a 45min - 1 hour wait.

Canyon Blaster seem's to depend on the time. certain times it seems to take forever and other times its been a walkon so i cant really give an estimated time. if the line looks long though i wouldnt even worry about missing it.

Its gonna be a tight day since the drive from La Ronde to GE is alittle long, but it'll still be a fun day.

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Monday, July 21, 2003 3:41 PM
La Ronde is VERY busy on weekends, they have 7 rollercoasters, and most average nearing an hour. The best time to go is on weekdays. Good Luck!
Monday, July 21, 2003 6:15 PM
I was lucky, when i went ot Great Escape I conqured the whole park in about 45 minutes. every coaster, every flat. Did La Rhonde that same day, the drive was 4 1/2 hours with a half hour to get across the border. conqured la Rhonde in about 2 1/2 spent about 3 hours at GE and about 4 at LR. both good, but dont get lost going through GE, very confusing layout.
Monday, July 21, 2003 7:25 PM
I know you didn't ask about SFDL but you should be able to get though it very quickly. They have 5 coasters. The only coaster that will have a line longer than like 5 min is Superman:RoS. I am guessing it is about 45 min max, but I could be wrong. I have only been there once this season. I might be going again friday though.
Monday, July 21, 2003 7:43 PM
I guess I don't understand why you'd drive from SFNE to La Ronde then *back * to TGE, since you're essentially going to drive right past it on the way to La Ronde. Plan on lines at La Ronde to be *long* because they insist on running only one train on everything (except for the mouse).

And yes, the Bobsled has been open this year.


Wednesday, July 23, 2003 8:10 AM
Well, after much consideration, I think we are going to skip La Rhonde and do it some other time. We are mostly looking forward to Boulder Dash, Superman ROS, and the Comet. I've ridden the Comet before and it is one of my all time favorite coasters. I can't wait. 16 more days. Thanks to everybody for their input to help with our decision and I will let you know when we come back how the trip went.
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 8:59 AM
I was at GE on July 6 (Sunday) and all coasters were open. That includes Alpine Bobsled, however it did close down in the late afternoon hours...We loved AB and went back for re-rides only to find it closed. Had we known how tempermental it was, we would have gotten our re-rides earlier in the day.

I realize that we were there on a Sunday, so crowds were a little lighter than what a Saturday might be, but we didn't encounter a lot of lines.

"Capacity" Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon - 25 minute wait first thing in the morning. Late afternoon was about a 45 minute wait.

Canyon Blaster - a 1-2 train wait all day

Boomerang - Walk-on most of the day.

Steamin' Demon - Walk-on most of the day.

Alpine Bobsled - Walk-on (to the front seat even) in the morning...closed by late afternoon.

Comet - 1 train wait most of the day


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Wednesday, July 23, 2003 9:34 AM
Curt - you're gonna do what you want to do but I'm still going to offer this advice: don't cheat yourself by planning half-days at those parks, especially on summer weekends. None of those parks are in danger of closing. You trip is three days...choose three parks.


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*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 7/23/2003 1:35:04 PM ***

Wednesday, July 23, 2003 5:57 PM
Very well put moosh - I just want to know why you didn't tell them to visit SFGAm now that Deja Vu is NOW OPEN! lol

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