SFNE's competition? (SFNE visitors only please)

Wednesday, April 18, 2001 6:59 AM
Hey, I'm a big SFNE fan and visitor and was wondering if you other patrons of SFNE think that Lake Compounce is competition. Some people say it's no competition at all, others say it is the reason for Boulder Dash and SROS. What do you think?
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:54 AM
Lake Compounce is definitely competition for SFNE. The park may not have the sheer number of rides as SFNE, but the quality of the park's rides and grounds make it a very worthy competitor. Any amusement park in the New England area is competition for SFNE, and right now, I'd say that The Lake is the number one competitor of Six Flags.

For that matter, Canobie Lake is also a major competitor. They have a huge marketing campaign in Boston, perhaps even a bigger one than SFNE's. I'd say that Bostonians head for Canobie just about as often as SFNE due to a bigger advertising campaign, and a shorter drive.

The Lake, however is unknown in Boston. Being that they are about the same distance as SFNE from Beantown, I think they should really consider advertising here, although I am kinda glad they don't since the Lake tends to be uncrowded even on weekends where SFNE is quite honestly only worth visiting in the early and late season due to the masses that flock to its ride collection, the largest in New England.

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E.J.
Webmaster: Theme Park New England
http://tpne.8m.com
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 1:21 PM

I'll have to agree with themeparkne here. I'd say any park within an hours drive or so is competition. It may not be a heated race like other parks are having (Dorney vs SFGadv vs Hershey) or (Cedar Point vs SFWOA) but there is some.

IMO I think SFNE is actually helping The Lake with advertisement. People driving to SFNE seeing billboards for The Lake.

As for two parks nearby each adding coasters the same year it could be just a fluke. I just think ROS came last season so the superhero section had a signature ride and of course to draw more people. A great ride it is too.
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Hello, My name is Dan and I'm a coasterholic.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 2:59 PM
I think The Lake is small competition for SFNE. If the had more major rides, they would be more of a draw.
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Saturday, July 7, 2001 11:29 PM
yes there is competition, it just dependes on what you like better thrill rides or family fun, but boulder dash is good competition for SROS.
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Sunday, July 8, 2001 7:23 AM
While Canobie and Lake Compounce provide some competition I really feel that SFNE's real competition is themselves. They already attract enormous crowds to both the water park and the main park. Its how they deal with those crowds that needs work. Too many rides break down too often or are just never open. They also do need at least one more really premier ride. Cyclone and Superman are both great. Especially the Cyclone after getting a minor face lift. But the lines are almost always too long. God forbid one of them breaks down, actually SROS is doing that quite a bit lately. If that happens the park grinds to a standstill with the overflow. One or two new big rides would really help.They could start by dumping the Mind Eraser. That thing is a heap. If they put in a launch coaster there that intertwined with SROS it would be great. Heck they could call it Krypto or Superboy or something silly like that. That's my two cents.
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Sunday, July 8, 2001 3:17 PM
they are getting a standup and/or floorless for 2002. www.tpne.8m.com
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Sunday, July 8, 2001 3:23 PM
Hey, thanks for the plug. ;) That is the rumor going around right now, but there is no real confirmation. I hope it comes true with all my heart, but I wouldn't state it as fact quite yet.

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"If we built a ride that everyone wanted to ride, it would be called an elevator, and that's not an amusement ride."
-Stan Checketts, S&S Power
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Monday, July 9, 2001 2:07 PM
are you the guy who runs the theme park new england site?
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Tuesday, July 24, 2001 8:49 PM
stupid question. You have a great site there. and i have a question for you or anybody else who knows, how many trims are there on cyclone?
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Wednesday, July 25, 2001 2:44 AM
I think there was only one trim on the Cylone and that was near the end of the ride. The ride is still great.

Personally, I don't think Lake Compounce is too much competition for SFNE, simply because LC is marketed as a family park, and with the exception of Boulderdash it's pretty poor. That's just my opinion and I wouldn't even bother going back to LC.


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Parks done 2001: BPB, PKI, SFWOA, CP, KW, HP, DP, Knoebels, Astroland, SFGAdv, SFNE, SFA, LC, Moreys Pier, PKD, PCW, BGW, DMP.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2001 8:16 AM
I have heard about some messed up rumours about Lake Compounce installing another wooden coaster somewhere in the park (a twister). Another rumour has been that they are getting a hyper and that they now can afford one because they are owned by kennywood. Now, where can they fit a hyper? They should really put it near the sky ride up the mountain and the turnaround section of Boulder Dash, if they have any room. My guese would be that it would either be a Chance-Morgan or an Intamin. No park can go wrong with an Intamin.
-MiKe
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Friday, May 3, 2002 5:49 PM
Well Lake Compounce owns most the mountain, so a hyper over it is possible

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

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Friday, May 3, 2002 6:21 PM
Don't know why this thread was brought back from the dead, but Canobie is a family park. I assume Lake Compounce is too. SFNE is just a flat out ride park, and it keeps getting better and better.
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Saturday, May 4, 2002 3:35 AM
No, I bet if they do get a hyper, it will be similiar to Goliath @ SFH, a Junior Hyper. I may wrong, but I just can't seem LC getting a hyper or a B&M looper. I don't know where they could fit a wooden twister in the park, but I do know for a fact that they had Setpoint there for a new suspended coaster over the lake itself. I've heard that Setpoint's cost estimate was too high, especcially right after the buying of Boulder Dash. In my opinion, the Lake would be a massive park if it got the RUMORED B&M looper, hyper, or Setpoint. Hoepfully one of those 3 rides will be built and possibly a free fall ride as well. Then the Lake would be a destination!

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Make it to SFNE for S:Ros and BDK!!!!

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Saturday, May 4, 2002 6:04 AM

Lake Compounce has the room to fit any type of coaster on the market here. Problem? When would Kennywood build a 416 foot tall coaster to go over the hillside and back? Lake Compounce owns mountains and there's not a whole lot that you can do with that.

I would have to say that Lake Compounce is zero competition to SFNE. The Lake is completely unknown to Bostonians and I have yet to find a person who has actually been their besides me. Funtown(and all the seadside parks) and Compounce(and Quassy) have their own competition and part of that is SFNE, but these parks don't effect SFNE that much becuase no one knows about them. Not to be rude, but it seems as if most Bostonians only know about thing within the Metro area. They'll think that they have the best or the biggest when they really haven't stopped to find what else is out their. You'll here nothing but "Six Flags is the best!!!" and you'll ask "which one?" and the responses vary bu everyone up here thinks that this is the only Six Flags park. We haven't seen much up here before so when a park like SFNE comes along, the whole state played the public advertisement role. The only park that they'll talk about is Six Flags New England, no one wnet to Riverside either and the people that move to Mass. say that their not that impressed with the park(and they're the real critics because they've actually been somewhere else.) Only part of the park that lives up to the hype that was created was Superman:Ride of Steel. Island Kingdom was there already, the wooden coasters were twice as good before Six Flags came, and the park actually had a real family atmosphere along with a real area for kids(not a tiny lot squished up into the most dormant part of the park with some Looney Toon mark ups made of cardboard).

Six Flags New England, as said before, is its own biggest competition. The park is drawing major crowds and losing them at the same time due to unsatisfication of the customers and have a park that is not well rounded at all.

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Saturday, May 4, 2002 7:16 AM
I would beg to differ. A local newspaper I read had an article about BDK back in February when it was announced. They reported that Six Flags had reported in it's filings to the city of Springfield that Lake Compounce is their main competition, as well as Great Escape slightly. This makes sense to me. BD is advertised in theatres around the area, so I think they cut into Six Flags heels a little bit. Especcially the customers that live closer to the Lake and don't like SFNE. I believe the only reason SFNE loes profit would be due to their own lack of quality experience-but it also depends on what day you visit the park IMO.

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Make it to SFNE for S:Ros and BDK!!!!

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