Waterville, U.S.A. - 5/25

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Wednesday, May 28, 2003 1:59 PM
My last trip to the Gulf Shores area was a little more than 10 years ago, well before I had any interest in coasters. Therefore my number one goal on this trip was to hit Waterville, U.S.A. and try out The Cannonball Run.

This is a nice little park that fits in well with the area. There is a water park area that has 3 sets of slides, a small wavepool, and a kiddie splash area. The amusement park side has the coaster, an arcade, go-carts, mini-golf, some kiddie rides, and laser tag. A $30 ticket gets you unlimited access to everything except the ejector seat, which wasn't working.

We hit the coaster first thing. The ride was no more than a single train wait all day long, so we got plenty of rides in. The great thing was that even if there was a small line they would let you take two laps each time you got on, however they would make you get off after the second lap, even if there wasn't anyone in line.

The Cannonball Run is a small out-and-back woodie. The first drop sweeps to the left, much like the first drop of Rampage. It provides a great float down from the back seats. This is followed by a nice airtime hill which gives good float time in any seat. The coaster then proceedes into a double-up into the turn around, followed by two more hills and into the breaks. A very short coaster, but lots of fun. We got in 10 rides easy, and could have gotten much more if we wanted. The best ride was in the back with nice airtime up until the turn around, then it kind of fizzles out. Not the best coaster ever, but a fun little coaster for this small park.

We spent the rest of the morning at the water park riding the slides. They have a freefall slide that is about 60-70 feet tall which will beat the heck out of your back.

After heading back to the hotel for lunch and a short nap we went back to spend time on the amusement side. The go-carts, which are free with the $30 pass, were fun. They were mini-NASCAR carts that had decent speed and a fun track. Didn't try the laser tag because we went at the end of the day and you had to get reservations for it, which the earliest were for a time later than we wanted to stay. And for you DDR fanatics, there wasn't a DDR machine in the arcade, you'll have to go to Adventure Island to do that.

All in all this is a fun little park to hit if you are ever in the area and have a day (or even half a day) to kill. The $30 ticket may seem expensive, but with both the go-carts and coaster at $5 per ride, you can easily get your money's worth in an hour or two.

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