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Canobie Lake Park 2014 Opening Day PTR
Topic Started: May 11 2014, 02:29 PM (553 Views)
mrceagle
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Spring is here and with that park season has begun. After a week delay, Canobie is finally open for the season. Weather was warm but there were overcast skies and a risk of rain which seemed to scare many people off. I saw a greater than normal amount of people buying any-day tickets and driving off.

I grabbed lunch on the way at a Dairy Queen and managed to get to the park just before opening. Guests were already in the park and rides were testing or already going. I bought 2 tickets and upgraded one left over from last year. So after visiting today I have tickets for two more trips. After the bag check and the gates, I saw that they had many of the Canobie Critters out to greet guests.

I didnít go straight to a ride but took in the park. Frisbee and Wave Blaster were not operating today. From the looks of things they simply hadnít been completely put back together after the off season. While this was disappointing, the rain and weather made it a bit understandable. Later in the day, Crazy Cups went down and despite a noticeable effort they never came back up that day.
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Ride Count
Cannonball x5, Untamed x5, Mine of Lost Souls x2, Star blaster x2.
I then took 1 ride on Zero Gravity, Wipe out, Rowdy Roosters, Log Flume, Pirata, Corkscrew, Ferris Wheel, Canobie Express, Blue Heron Lake Cruise, Da Vinciís Dream, Boston Harbor Patrol, Turkish Twist, Skater and PsychoDrome.

Whatís new?
Frisbee will be getting a test seat but itís not in place yet. Davinciís Dream also has a new control system which works off the original operating console. Star Blaster got new concrete and some of the railing was replaced and all of the railing has a silver paint color. Riders now are lined up by number not colors. Sky ride will be getting new tubs. Canobie Express got a new propane tank and in car lighting.
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Many attractions saw new paint: The mine cars on Mine of Lost Souls, Canobie Express, Locomotive and cars. Caterpillarís structure was repainted and has a cartoon like grass and bug display.

One big change is the Old Man Climbing Wall will be removed and put up for sale. The park will add a new game in its place a rope ladder challenge. The guess your weight game has also returned seems the High Striker was destroyed by a fallen tree limb sometime last year

Another change is the corn maze area is no more. All the sets like the entrance and Porch stage have been relocated behind Untamed. It is now called the Magic Seed. The area will again feature a petting zoo but no word on whether it will hold a corn maze. There is also no definitive answer to when it will open. The attraction in the past was only featured during Screeemfest.
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The newly expanded parking lot which was not finished for last summer and in turn never used is finished and will dramatically increase parking capacity. I suspect we will see this lot used more often and the two grassed lots used only when needed. Shuttle busses will be used less often. Now letís see them put that shuttle bus money to good use

The park has a new food option in 2014. The Funnel Cake stand will now offer grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, salads, and soda. Options range from traditional Grilled cheese to melts with various meat or veggie options and are combos with chips and a pickle spear. Prices are a bit expensive with prices ranging from $6.99 for a traditional Grilled Cheese and all other options costing $8.49. Upgrades are meat $1 dollar Cheese .25 cents and Veggie .25 cents. Soup is $5.25 for a cup.
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Opening Day is always a short schedule 11-6 so I didnít spend much money. I refilled my souvenir cup at Portofinoís for $1.08 after tax. I was surprised to see this pizza/pasta shop opened it normally doesnít open till summer. I also spent some time in the Palace Arcade. Pinball games are now all a quarter so I played a few. I was especially impressed by the new Wizard of Oz Pinball which included a large LED Screen that showed video clips from the movie.
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Rides were running well and they all looked great. The staff was friendly and on their game. Getting on rides was quick so it made for a great day for hitting rides. I do wish more people had opted to come out and enjoy the park and the beautiful weather the day delivered. I just wish I could have picked up more tickets. Next trip will be after the shows start. Michael Jackson will return. Madonna will return after a couple years away and host a new show in the dance hall. A one direction tribute and magic show will round off the summer shows. I also look forward to Screemfest and the new Rocktober fest coming this fall.

Check out the Main PTR page with links to albums containing more then 50 photos - http://photos.newwhalom.com/Trip%20Reports/Canobie%20Lake%20Park/openingday2014/2014openingdayreport.html
Edited by mrceagle, May 12 2014, 01:27 AM.
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Nice report. Sounds like a fun day.
Was Yankee running well this year? Last year my elbow got badly bruised. It was rough on the turn back into the station.
Untamed is really rough in the helix I heard.
Where could Canobie out a new wooden coaster?
Name one reason Iron Cyclone is a good idea other than its a world class coaster. :(
You can't. :D
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May 12 2014, 09:24 PM
Nice report. Sounds like a fun day.
Was Yankee running well this year? Last year my elbow got badly bruised. It was rough on the turn back into the station.
Untamed is really rough in the helix I heard.
Where could Canobie out a new wooden coaster?
It was a very fun day

Yankee Cannonball was running very well. a retracked section on the second/lower dog leg was amazing. coaster went through it like a hot knife through butter.

Untamed is a but rough, especially in the helix finale.

There are a few places a new wood coaster could go. but the best location woudl require the removal or relocation of other attractions. Timber plash's spot, Canobie 500's spot. In kiddie land 2, behind untamed(but this would but 2 new coasters on top of each other).
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Great report. It could be possible to add another coaster in the parking lot now that they've expanded it.
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They would need to expand the parking lot further before that woudl be an option. Down fall is much of the parking lot is zoned residential. But if Timber splash was removed or relocated they might be allowed to expand into the parking lot slightly to accommodate a larger attraction.
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