Lake Compounce Trip Report 08/11/02

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Sunday, August 11, 2002 1:02 PM

This was my first ever visit to "The Lake," which was weird since I only live one hour and twenty minutes away. I just never got around to going there before. Anyway, I’ll try to keep this as short as I can.

We arrived at the park at 10:50, and walked under Lake Ave. through this tunnel thing. The entrance to the park looked amazing, with the Wildcat in front. It "towered" (Wildcat is pretty small) over the entrance gates. Very cool looking, I wish I brought a camera or something. The park opened at 11, and out first ride of the day was Boulder Dash. I was very excited to ride this, and I had high expectations. We waited for about 5 – 10 minutes and boarded the front row. Only the red train was in operation. Boulder Dash starts out by turning left, and climbing up the mountain, you’re never really that high up, the highest you ever really go above the around is only about 40 – 50 feet. You turn to the right, do a swooping turn, and you hit so many hills, little turns, and bunny hops. The turn around has some lateral gs and the final stretch is a whole bunch more of airtime hills. The way I just described this coaster is actually pretty lame, but the coaster is awesome. Probably my favorite, or second favorite right behind Villain at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.

(Edit - My favorite [wooden] coaster.)

We went on the Musik Express afterwards because it was a walk-on, and then we came back to Boulder Dash, which was a mistake. The restrains on the red train got stuck, and they took forever to fix it. Then they put the yellow train on the track, and took the red one out. It took so long, but after that we took a ride in the back seat. This part of the train provides a wilder ride, and is a bit "rougher" but still awesome, and the lateral gs on the turn around seem to be more powerful.

Next was Wildcat, celebrating it’s 75th birthday this year. It’s an alright ride, nothing special though. Took one ride around, and went to the Sky Ride. This was amazing, and I highly recommend it. It may sound boring, but it’s so cool going all the way up the mountain and seeing those huge rocks. And on the way down, the view was spectacular. I am more of a thrill junkie, and I normally hate "boring" rides like this, but this was so cool, I had an excellent time.

We walked back to the main area of the park, and since we were pressed for time, we only had a little while left before we had to leave. We went on Zoomerang, which was a walk-on. The head restrains were uncomfortable, but the overall ride was … kind of smooth. As smooth as a Vekoma boomerang will ever be I suppose. I would have gone on it again, but alas, I was being rushed since we had to be home soon. Took a spin on the Pirate Ship, and Enterprise. Pleasant flat rides. Top Spin was broken down today, so I couldn’t go on that. I wanted to go on Ghost Hunt, it looked interesting, but the line was too long, so we took one last ride on Boulder Dash.

Overall, I had a very good impression of this park. It was clean, and the staff were very polite and many were enthusiastic. The park has a nice layout, except for where the Sky Ride and Thunder Rapids Raft Ride are, but I cannot blame them for this, I don’t know what I would do with this area of the park myself. The free soda and water gimmick actually tuned out pretty nice. This is definitely a nice park to visit at least once or twice a year. Hopefully next time I will be able to go on some more rides. Boulder Dash and the Sky Ride alone were worth the admission, and everything else is a treat. I cannot wait to see if this park will grow, and what they will get next.

*** This post was edited by RiFT on 8/11/2002. ***

Wednesday, August 14, 2002 8:12 PM
Great TR! Potential is a buetiful thing!

See THE ULTIMATE in Orlando TR'S! Right now in the TR fourm!

Wednesday, August 21, 2002 5:52 PM
Did you go on Wild Cat?

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

Friday, August 23, 2002 3:08 PM
Finally someone else who enjoys the Villain. Its my favorite woodie. Good TR.

I'd rather being riding coasters... or playing Halo:)


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