Canobie Lake Park
A few weeks before I was scheduled to go out to Boston for SFNE, I got an opportunity to head out to London for meetings which I naturally took! A welcome side effect of this change meant that instead of having a flight that left at 5am EST on Sunday AM, I could tkae the red eye from BOS to LHR which gave me the majority of the day in Boston. If you’re reading this site, you can probably guess what route I took: a new park! My first thought was Lake Compounce but unfortunately, they weren’t open for the Halloween season yet so the next up on my list was Canobie Lake Park. Luckily Canobie wouldn’t take me terribly far out of the way and I was excited to hit another Eurofighter!
I ended up getting to the park a few minutes after opening and immediately headed to what I thought would get the longest lines: Untamed.
Untamed - 62/100
As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, I like my Eurofighters/Infinity coasters to have a coherent idea in mind that they execute on: with Monster, that focus is hangtime. Untamed actually follows in a similar vein. The drop gives a really nice pop of airtime and the loop is taken slowly enough that you hang for a second or two. After a quick overbanked turn and turnaround, you get to the dive loop which again gives a really nice bit of hangtime. I only had two complaints with the ride: 1. it’s a little short. I don’t hold that against Canobie too much since they are a smaller park and 2. it’s fairly rattly towards the end. But despite the negatives, this is a really solid ride and a great addition to Canobie!
After walking back to Yankee Cannonball, I was surprised with the longest line of the day: about 20 minutes.
Yankee Cannonball - 55/100
Outside of El Toro, I haven’t had a ton of luck with wooden coasters lately. It seems like they always end up being rough and/or boring so I wasn’t particularly excited for this one. But it ended up really surprising me! That started with the restraints. I love the buzz bars even if they did have seatbelts (I can’t wait to ride Phoenix at Knoebels)! The layout was also interesting enough and when combined with the airtime you get due to the permissive restraints, it gave a great ride!
Canobie Corkscrew - 45/100
I have a love/hate relationship with these types of rides. I generally really appreciate the history behind them and what they meant for the industry and there are plenty of good Arrow loopers (Viper @ SFMM is the first one to mind) but on the other hand, if you ride a random Arrow looper, more often than not I walk out with a headache. Well Canobie’s definitely leaned toward the former. The ride was just about as smooth as a 40+ year old Arrow rides and had pretty good set of corkscrews.
Dragon - 30/100
It’s a powered kiddy coaster, what more can I say about it?
At this point I had ridden every credit at the park so I decided to grab my backpack from my locker, grab some lunch, take some pictures and head out. For lunch I went to Sons of Liberty tavern which had some pretty good and reasonably priced theme park food. Also shoutout to the enthusiast ringing me up who told me that his 250th was Railblazer! After I ate I got some shots and took off, getting to BOS in plenty of time.