Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Aerial Antics: Canobie Lake Park

Let's head to beautiful New England and take an aerial peek at Canobie Lake Park. The amusement park dates back to the early 1900s, and like so many classic parks it started out as a destination for the local trolley line.

The photos here are somewhat easy to date, going off the photo above of the park's entrance. The 2007 season saw a brand new main gate added to the park, and we can clearly see it under some heavy construction in this photo.

The park's wooden coaster, The Yankee Cannonball, is seen here. It stretches from inside the park out and along the parking area. The ride was designed by Herbert Schmeck and built by PTC in 1936 and has been thrilling riders ever since.

A great example of one of the park's more modern rides is the Boston Tea Party. This splash down ride opened in 1998 inside a two acre, highly themed colonial village inside the park. It features a cover of sorts on the drop to help keep riders screams from bothering the neighbors.

One of my famous 2-fers! The yellow coaster is the Canobie Corkscrew, one of Arrow Dynamics older corkscrew model rides. It first opened at the Old Chicago indoor amusement park before heading to the Alabama State Fairgrounds.

The large water play area is named Castaway Island and opened in 2005. It's a White Water West aqua play structure, and was one of the largest of its kind when it opened. It features tons of interactive water features as well as several slides.

I guess this would be a 3-fer to be technical. Here we see the park's dark ride, Mine of Lost Souls, in the upper left corner. For an excellent piece on this ride, check out Laff In The Dark's article located here.

In the bottom left corner we see the wet/dry slides the park offers, named the Timber Splash Water Coaster. Something I greatly appreciate is the extra theming the park did on the ride's supports to make it fit in with the park's natural landscape.

Finally, located in the grove of trees is the Policy Pond Saw Mill Log Flume. That's quite a name, but it usually just goes by Log Flume. It's wonderfully themed and that paired with it's location makes a log flume lover like me all excited. A fun fact: the ride's station was originally built with lumber taken from trees removed to build the ride.

Here's a link to the Bing aerials.