LeSourdsville, August 4

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Monday, August 5, 2002 2:17 PM

Yesterday was my wife and I's first year anniversary. She was more than happy at my suggestion to hit LeSourdsville and then a nice dinner. So off we go to get there at opening. We arrive a happily pay our $4 to park. It is high, especially for the size of the park. But I'm more willing to give it to the little guys, especially one that has already closed once and can again. A few minutes later and we are being welcomed to "Our playground" as a lady at the entrance stated.

Have to ride the Serpent right away since it's right there. Nothing too special, but a coaster nonetheless. Nice little feeling in the stomach on the hills, but a predictable ride. It gives you what you see.

After wetting our appetite we had to hit the Screechin' Eagle. Considering the Screamin' Eagle at SFStL is my favorite woodie (for sentimental reasons) I figured I'd like it's little brother. First ride in the back seat. Off the lift and over the first hill. Nice airtime over the first two hills, but the third one. Holy cow, it's bliss. I'm thrown out of my seat and on my feet, laughing uncontrollably. A nice little double up feature into the turn-around. Then quite possibly one of the best airtime moments around. The curving turn off the turn is just fabulous. On your feet again. This repeats for every drop for the rest of the ride. I particularly like the last little hop. It offers similar, but not as intense, airtime to Cornball's first hill after the helix. You get airtime while simultaneously getting thrown to the side. Beautiful.

Next we hit the front since there was no wait and we didn't even have to walk around. Still a great ride but the airtime is in different places. The tops of just about every hill had some airtime with a couple stellar moments. Top notch ride no matter where you sit. I usually don't rank coasters, but I would say that this would be my #3 behind Screamin' Eagle and Cornball Express.

At the end of the day I got 5 trips in a row in the second to last row, what a way to leave a park. Grinning ear to ear.

We then decide to ride the log flume. We decided to walk and we regretted it. It was so hot out it was quite a treat to get a water ride. I've heard people here say you get wet on this ride and they mean it. As we neared to ride we could see that the people getting off were absolutely soaked. Sweet, this is the first time in a while that I want to get absolutely soaked at a park (I usually just like the splashing that most log flumes provide). So we took a spin in one of the best log flumes I've ever ridden. It's fun, has several areas where you get wet, and a great drenching final drop. Don't miss this when you hit LeSourdsville, it's a treat.

Those were the big rides that I wanted to devote specific time to. As for the rest of the day, we basically rode everything that was open except the kiddie rides. We even hit the minuature golf for an extra $1 each. Spent 15 minutes on the Roll-O-Plane until my legs throbbed from hanging upside down on them. Spent $20 playing Fascination and we actually got some decent prizes. Played a couple of games of skeeball and used our tickets to buy some candy. Go ahead and try to break my records on the pinball game in the arcade, I'm STL.

All in all we had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed our time at LeSourdsville. You just have to take each park for what it is and remember to have fun, that's what it's all about. I hope this park has many profitable years ahead and can continue to provide enjoyment to all who pass throught the gates.

And dinner was fabulous.

Monday, August 5, 2002 4:53 PM
Its sounds like you had a great trip. I love visiting a new park that I have never been, and Lesourdsville sounds like a park I'd like to visit. I have it up there on my list of parks to hit. I like good wood, and a fun long flume adds to the attraction. How big exactly is this park? I enjoy playing some fascination myself. Good Trip report.
Monday, August 5, 2002 5:05 PM
Happy anniversary.

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2002 5:16 AM

First, Happy Anniversary!

Second, I am glad you got to LL as the park needs all the GP attendance it can get, Other than the ACE regional and a few family reuinions and stuff they don't have much company picnic buisness right now.

Third, Screechin Eagle, A 1927 John Miller coaster. Dude, I love this ride. I currently am having a hard time choosing between Villain and SE for best woodie in Ohio so I will not choose :)

How about that Flume? I read a TR the other day of a guy who just stopped in for a hour to ride SE and never got around the park. At least he visited but was short on time.

If parks were based on the fun you could have, Lesourdsville would be among the best. The park is definetly on the upswing from it's long 20yr degridation and finally closure.

With friends and or family, I can have as much fun if not more at Lesourdsville Lake as I can at most bigger parks with more coasters. Why have 15 coasters if only 3 of them are decent?

Anyhow, Thanks for the TR and thanks for visiting SW OHIO's Traditional park.

Chuck, who can't wait for Screechfest this comming Saturday! :)

Charles Nungester.
Visit Lesourdsville Lake :) Park phone is (513)539-2193

Tuesday, August 6, 2002 6:19 AM

Just wondering Charles, if you've ridden Screechin Eagle, then you mustve ridden Beast, right? It's only about 30 minutes away, I think.

I really think you're decision would really change if you've ridden Villain lately. Sfwoa is my home park and I honestly am starting to like Big Dipper better now. Villain is so out of control in a bad way. It's just starting to hurt now. Unlike Ghostrider's out of control but smooth feeling, Villain just sucks now.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 7:48 AM
Coaster Fantom, I can't spit out any numbers on the actual size but it is deceptively large. The park basically surrounds a small lake, off the top of my head I'd guess a 30 acre lake. The majority of rides sit at one end of the lake. The Log Flume, Scrambler, Roll-O-Plane, a closed Wave jammer (I think) and some little ride sit in a western themed area at the other end of the lake. You can take the miniature RR, ride in a paddlewheeler replica or walk to the other end. The walkway is only on one side of the lake and the RR runs on the other. The walk is rather long for such a small park, but nothing like you'll put on at any major park. I'd say it's similar to the bridge across the lake at SFWoA, that would be about the length of LeSourdsville Lake, but not too wide.
Tuesday, August 6, 2002 11:10 AM

Charles Nungester said:

How about that Flume? I read a TR the other day of a guy who just stopped in for a hour to ride SE and never got around the park. At least he visited but was short on time.

Hey, I rode the Eagle THREE times, and also got on The Serpent and the Flying Scooters.... ;)

I only had limited time since I was heading to Kentucky so my girlfriend could spend some time with her family. Now that I know her brother-in-law is a coaster fanatic (no pun intended, Chuck!) too, we're hoping to hit PKI in September, and if LL is open... we may even make another stop.

Ray P. (who doesn't like getting drenched!)

Tuesday, August 6, 2002 3:51 PM

Lesourdsville lake is open every saturday and sunday in Septemeber with $9.95 arm bands from 12-9pm

Unfortunately I think PKI is only open to the public maybe 2 or three days in September!

Well, Maybe it is fortunate anyhow, For Lesourdsville that is.

Chuck, who hopes all can enjoy a afordable day at LL soon.

Charles Nungester.
Visit Lesourdsville Lake :) Park phone is (513)539-2193


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