Suggestions on Canada/New England

Thursday, January 25, 2007 9:33 PM
Anybody aware of any other coaster events that we may be running into??

We are particularly proud of the Dorney-Knoebel's-Dorney Hat Trick. . .

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Thursday, January 25, 2007 9:34 PM

Thom25 said:
Matt, I live in Boston and agree Canobie is a unique and wonderful place, but second best coaster in New England?

And I meant that for wood, and steel. If we're ranking wood and steel together (something I generally hate to do) I would do it like...

1. Boulderdash
2. Yankee Cannonball
3. S: ROS
4. Cyclone
5. Thunderbolt

and then everything else. I actually think my #2, #4, and #5 are three of the most underrated coasters in the country. I may a bit biased (or unbiased?) on the Cyclone ranking, I never rode before the first drop was neutered.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007 9:41 PM
^Have to agree with you on how fantastic the Cannonball is, allthough Im very biased. The Cannonball was my first (when I was 3, pre height limit, the next summer I couldnt ride it because I was too short) and probably still my most ridden coaster (allthough Im sure Magnum will pass it this summer if it hasnt allready moving halfway across the counrty 15 years ago has really been a drag on its count.)

I would also have to say it is the most pure "airtime machine" of any wooden coasters, after you crest that lift hill your butt hardly ever touches your seat the rest of the way.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007 10:20 PM
That big a fan of Cannonball and Magnum, *and* born just a month before me in 1983?

Let's be BFFs.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007 10:34 PM
^Well seing as you also happen to be a big Disney fan, I have to wonder if we arent related somehow; were so alike its spooky ;).
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Thursday, January 25, 2007 11:14 PM
Very ambitious schedule. Hope the weather cooperates for you. I have been to almost all of the parks on the list and I think it will be a great 10 days with lots of coaster variety.

I highly recommend a quick stop at Niagara Falls if you haven't been there. We did it last summer at the last minute before going to Martins and it was a real highlight.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007 11:16 PM

matt. said:

Thom25 said:
Matt, I live in Boston and agree Canobie is a unique and wonderful place, but second best coaster in New England?

And I meant that for wood, and steel. If we're ranking wood and steel together (something I generally hate to do) I would do it like...

1. Boulderdash
2. Yankee Cannonball
3. S: ROS
4. Cyclone
5. Thunderbolt

and then everything else. I actually think my #2, #4, and #5 are three of the most underrated coasters in the country. I may a bit biased (or unbiased?) on the Cyclone ranking, I never rode before the first drop was neutered.


*rant mode on*

I don't mean to sound like a jerk, Matt, and I wouldn't want to offend anyone, but man... are you serious that you'd rate the Yankee Cannonball above SROS? Seriously? Have you ridden any other wood around the country? If so, you'd have to know that although the Cannonball is a fun little ride, it's certainly nowhere near the top of the heap amongst wood coasters, let alone SROS. You can't possibly be referring to the SFNE version. Then again, re-reading your post, it certainly looks like it.

Seriously?

*end rant mode*

Anyways, Canobie is a must, Barry. Screw the coasters. The flats are amazing. Amazing, I tell you. That Trabant is just sick. :) *** Edited 1/26/2007 4:19:31 AM UTC by nasai***

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Friday, January 26, 2007 12:17 AM
Nasai--thanks for the excellent reportage. I talked to Ryan tonight and we are now soooooooooooo looking forward to Canobie. It's interesting how you don't hear about a small park like that when you live in a different section of the country until you put the feelers out and get other peoples' reactions.

BTW, that Twin Peaks area of the country that you're from--are the Douglas firs everything they make them out to be??? I think I'd like it there very much, indeed.

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Friday, January 26, 2007 12:38 AM
I'd be tempted to throw in Quassy on the way down from "The Lake" to Rye (virtually no detour)....time permitting, two credits in under a half-hour, one of them a COOL Herschell mouse like Puyallup's.

Since nasai is so hot on the Trabant (and deservedly so), we'll have to come up with a few other "don't-miss" flats. For starters:

Rye - Old Mill, Derby Racer
Astroland - Zipper (solo rides still happening?)
SFNE - SWAT (by any name, it's a SICK contraption) :)
Conneaut: Tumble Bug, flyers, Erieview dark ride
Waldameer: Whacky Shack.... :)

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Friday, January 26, 2007 12:55 AM
Why not make a trip to Hershey Park it's not that far from Dorney Park and I know its not in New Jersey. I made a trip their last summer and had a great time and they have a good ride selection. Just don’t forget to get some chocolate well your their.

*** Edited 1/26/2007 5:56:08 AM UTC by wicked_twister_man***

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Friday, January 26, 2007 1:05 AM
Jared, Ryan and myself all LOVE Hershey and have been there a number of times, including for the ACE Con in 2000 (?) when we all first met. We just decided to make it the sacrificial lamb since there were so many other places we wanted to fit into the schedule.

Hershey, personally, is one of my Top 5 favorite parks in the country.

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Friday, January 26, 2007 1:30 AM
Barry, yes.... the Douglas Firs are as big (or bigger) as they mentioned on Twin Peaks back in the day. I actually live in the town it was shot in (but I guess you knew that).

You certainly need to make it out here, where we have some amazing wood, be it Silverwood, Puyallup or PNE (and God). It's all good here. :) *** Edited 1/26/2007 6:31:27 AM UTC by nasai***

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Friday, January 26, 2007 1:55 AM
I was a HUGE Twin Peaks fan. . .still one of the strangest shows to ever air on television. 28 minutes into the pilot, everybody knew that something clearly unique and UNconventional was unfolding. . .

I see Kyle has resurrected himself on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES this season. . .

I would LOVE to come to where you are; still one of the few "pockets" I have left to hit in the country.

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Friday, January 26, 2007 7:07 AM

rollergator said:
I'd be tempted to throw in Quassy on the way down from "The Lake" to Rye (virtually no detour)....time permitting, two credits in under a half-hour, one of them a COOL Herschell mouse like Puyallup's.

I concur. I actually made that exact trip late this past summer (with SFNE thrown in for good measure the day before).. SFNE friday night, LC Saturday morning, quick stop at Quassy for the 2 credits, and then ending the day at Rye before driving home to eastern PA

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Friday, January 26, 2007 7:23 AM

nasai said:

*rant mode on*

I don't mean to sound like a jerk, Matt, and I wouldn't want to offend anyone, but man... are you serious that you'd rate the Yankee Cannonball above SROS? Seriously? Have you ridden any other wood around the country? If so, you'd have to know that although the Cannonball is a fun little ride, it's certainly nowhere near the top of the heap amongst wood coasters, let alone SROS.


You seem to find my completely subjective opinion somewhat incredible but I find your reaction about 10 times more so...yes, I've ridden several of the best wooden coasters in the country, but if you notice, I never insinuated that that Cannonball was near "the top of the heap."

I'd pick at least 20 wooden coasters I've ridden over S:ROS, maybe that's unusual but not *that* unusual.

It's called subjective opinion, maybe I'm mistaken but it doesn't seem like you've struggled with that concept here in the past. *** Edited 1/26/2007 12:23:48 PM UTC by matt.***

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Friday, January 26, 2007 8:54 AM

Barry Williams said:

10 Days. 20 Parks. 112 coasters. 1 waterfall (and what a waterfall--Niagara!). 1 Broadway Show (final perfs. of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST). 11 States. 2 Countries. 3300 Miles. 57.5 Hours of Driving.


If you want to add to that... while visiting the "waterfall", be sure to have a little extra cash on hand. Among the many MANY side-attractions at Clifton Hill on the Canadian Side, you might want to check out the WWE Drop Tower (Zamperla), or the giant enclosed gondola wheel... or better yet, traverse two miles SouthWest, and hit up Marineland to ride a very original Arrow called Dragon Mountain, and hit up their 450' triple-drop tower (S&S), and their new Tower Toppler (new for 2007). If you're into flats, they also got a nice rock-n-tug as well.

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Friday, January 26, 2007 11:36 AM
Barry,

This is too funny as my wife and I are doing a mini version of your trip at the same time you are leaving on yours but our places are a little different. Here is our itenary.

June 2 - SFNE

June 3 - LC, Quassy and Rye

June 4 - SFGAd

Talk about a weird coincedence.

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Friday, January 26, 2007 11:37 AM
Oh also to throw something out at you SFGAd lets you in a hour early Monday - Thursday if you are a season pass holder starting in June with 2 coasters to open early.

Now only if we go it is KK and El Toro, here is to hoping.

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Friday, January 26, 2007 12:29 PM

matt. said: You seem to find my completely subjective opinion somewhat incredible but I find your reaction about 10 times more so...yes, I've ridden several of the best wooden coasters in the country, but if you notice, I never insinuated that that Cannonball was near "the top of the heap."

I'd pick at least 20 wooden coasters I've ridden over S:ROS, maybe that's unusual but not *that* unusual.

It's called subjective opinion, maybe I'm mistaken but "it doesn't seem like you've struggled with that concept here in the past.


Nope, I never have struggled with anyone's opinion, nor am I really struggling with yours. I just don't understand it. :)

I guess I need to put more smileys in my posts, eh?

Perhaps I read your post incorrectly, but it sure looks like you really haven't been around, and that your list was a top 10 for all, even though it said New England. I have no idea of your age, and yes... I do find it fascinating that anyone could rate "at least 20 coasters" above SROS.

My opinion too! :)

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Friday, January 26, 2007 1:40 PM
The list was clearly referring to just New England coasters.

At any rate, though, seeing as Yankee Cannonball comes it at #56 here

http://www.ushsho.com/detailedwoodrollercoasterpollresults2006.htm

and there are 2 steel coasters I like more than SFNE's S:RoS, too, there's probably a good chance there are at least 50 coasters out there I'd like more than S:RoS given the chance to ride them.

That's just how it works here from my arm chair, if the ride is running on steel it pretty much has a snowball's chance in hell in my rankings no matter how good it is. At least compared to wooden coasters.

Another reason I think ranking such things together is pretty ridiculous, it's like apples and oranges to me. *** Edited 1/26/2007 6:41:26 PM UTC by matt.*** *** Edited 1/26/2007 6:47:34 PM UTC by matt.***

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