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Lake Compounce First Timer 8/11

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Chase Hathorne, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. Chase Hathorne

    Chase Hathorne

    Jun 27, 2015
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    A few days late with this, but oh well better late than never. Have another Gradv report coming up too when I finally decide to stop being lazy. As a life long New Englander I finally made it to Lake Compounce for the first time today and what a wonderful little park this is. The park looks absolutely wonderful, the setting is amazing, the staff is amazing, and they have two awesome coasters.

    Boulder Dash (x10). This thing is worth all the hype! Unbelievably intense, insane laterals, good airtime, paced absolutely perfectly, and an absolutely amazing setting. The night ride I got was absolutely bonkers! But my god, this thing is brutally aggressive. I don't think I could do more than 3 or 4 rides in a row, this is not a smooth coaster at all. It completely knocked the poop out of me on the first few rides before I learned to ride it defensively. That's partly why it's my #2 woodie and didn't surpass El Toro. Doesn't have quite the drop, airtime, smoothness, or re-rideability of Toro. Still an absolutely amazing coaster and forced it's way into my #3 spot, behind STR and El Toro.

    Phobia (x8)- This ride surprised the hell out of me. This ride has amazing positive G's, 2 or 3 good pops of ejector air, and the hangtime at the top is absolutely insane. Sooo underrated but man, those trains are so tiny. I'm skinny and I had a hard time getting in and out of them lol.

    Thunder N' Lightning (x4)- After today I think these S&S Scremain' Swings are my favorite flat rides. Staring straight at the pavement from that high in the air was definitely something. Had a few nice pops of air as well. Wish there were more of these around they might be the best flat ride out there!

    Down Time (x2)- Standard S&S Drop tower. Nothing special.

    Zoomerang (X1)- Probably the smoothest of the Boomerangs I've ridden, still not that great tho. Pretty much just for the credit

    Revolution (X1)- Looked fun from the queue line. The ride smashed my balls to a pulp so that killed any enjoyment I could've gotten out of it

    Twister (X1)- Lake Compounce's versions of the Tea Cups I guess?

    Thunder Rapids (X1)- Probably the best of the 3 Rapids rides I've ridden got absolutely soaked and so did everyone else in my group

    Ghost Hunt- I suck A$$ at these shooting Dark Rides but it was pretty cool I guess lol.

    What a great day at the park tho. Crowds were never too bad, longest wait was Boulder Dash waited about 20-25 minutes for 3 front row rides with the last being an absolutely phenomenal ride at night. All in all LC is a wonderful park for its size and I can't wait to come back again!
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  2. mrceagle


    Oct 3, 2010
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    Nice report and I'm glad you had a good time. Not a bad thing you were there on a slow day made for easy re-rides.

    I'm also not a far on Revolution. can;t say I got squished like you did I anticipated that and sat strategically to avoid issues. the ride itself is simply mild and not much fun.
  3. Lifthill


    Mar 7, 2014
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    ^^Nice and very descriptive trip report Chase. I can relate to your enthusiasm. If there's one thing I enjoy more than riding BD, it's riding it with a first timer. No amount of review reading or pre - video watching this coaster can possibly prepare anyone for the fate that awaits them once they start up that lift hill. It does become an experience that will be remembered for the rest of your life and your description was spot on. I'll admit though, it is a skeleton shaker.

    I'm still laughing so hard at your anatomy analogy on Revolution that I think I'm dying inside. I can just picture you having fresh squeezed kids someday. It's not a ride shy of centrifugal force by any means.

    Phobia turned out to be a surprise for me. It doesn't look too intimidating from the ground until you ride it and find out fast that it means business. With the acceleration of an aircraft carrier launch, it hurdles fast into the twists and plunging turns that make it enjoyable. The barrel roll alone is worth it.

    I like the flats, but they need more (don't all parks?), and the scenery with the lake seem to make a landscape that complements the park well. I'll be looking forward to your future trip reports.

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