It was Thursday July 7th around noontime that I entered Canobie Lake Park, My first trip of the season. For those of you that do not know Canobie Lake Park is about a half an hour drive north of Boston in Salem, New Hampshire. I had about an hour drive north to get there. I went to the park with my 2 friends and we had a blast.
General information on the park visit
Unlike the parks rival in Agawam MA, Canobie Lake Park was extremely well kept when I went there. All the rides were running, but with one exception being the Round up ride. The food and drink prices were high, but nothing compared to Six Flags. It costs only 26 dollars for admission per person, and that is without any discounts! Parking was free. On my visit the crowds were light, the longest wait being under 30 minutes. I also found the park to be clean, except for the gum in the queue lines. O.k. onto the ride highlights.
It is one of those S@S tower rides. Starblaster is one of 3 that I have been on. The other 2 are Power Tower at CP, and Scream at SFNE. Of the 3 Starblaster is the smallest, but also my favorite one. I believe it is only 8 stories tall. Unlike other tower rides that shoot you up. This one does not just loose its speed at the top. Starblaster is forced down once it reaches the top creating airtime heaven, and not once, but 3 times.
Boston Tea Party
An awesome water ride designed to get everyone soaked. Similar to Snake River falls at CP, but not quite that big.
A totally insane attraction that spins rides around. I weigh about 150 pounds. As I boarded the train there was a sign that read Caution heavier rider on the outside. There was an inside person and an outside person. My 130 pound friend was in the inside so we were o.k. So as the ride spun the forces were so great that the inside person had their entire body pining the outside person to the outside of the ride. It was so painful all that weight and my own weight was on my arm. Ouch! Well at least it was not my 230-pound friend who was in the inside. I wonder if I would still be alive now.
I do not know what it was, but I never at any park enjoyed bumper cars more than I did at Canobie Lake Park. My friends and I rode them I think 8 straight times.
It was a classic corkscrew roller coaster.
As I mentioned earlier it was not open. Round up is one of those rides were your forced against the wall.
An indoor ride that spins real fast, with special effects to add to the thrill.
lI saved the best for last. The Yankee Cannonball is the most underestimated roller coaster I have ever been on. It is a small L shaped out and back that packs a surprising punch for its size. The airtime on this coaster rivals the airtime on Superman. It is short, but during the short ride I felt like I was in a dream.
The only thing other than the length of the ride that I disliked was that there was no way to choose your seat. It ran on a first come first serve basis. So me after waiting 30 minutes asked the ride operator if I could let other people cut in front of me so that I could become the first to choose. The ride operator looked at me strangely and said fine. Once it was my turn I ran for that back seat. And it was certainly worth that extra little wait. Wow!
I left around seven from a nice day. I encourage all of you in the New England area to spend a day there. It is a family park, with rides for everyone. For enthusiast the Yankee Cannonball is worth the whole trip. This park is definitely the secret New England amusement, or should I say Family Park. It was a nice surprise to me. *** Edited 7/14/2005 9:29:10 PM UTC by GIGAFORCE01***
-Eric: Major Parks: SFNE(homepark), SFA,SFGADV,CP,BGE,BGA,Kennywood,and Sea World: Track record 65 different coasters ridden #1 is Millennium Force #2 is El Toro and than there are all the others
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