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 Review of Excalibur Roller Coaster @ Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.
0 Rating Posted by: Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 12:06:00 PM
APPEARANCE: I really like Excaliburs setting, as its nestled in the back of the park around many trees, which hide the layout. Also, just like with Dragons Descent, Funtown dedicated an entire area to Excalibur, and themed the back of the park to Camelot. Excaliburs station is great too as it is a giant castle. The train also is a nice touch, as along the sides of the train are names of medieval knights.

WAIT TIME: 10-15 minutes- As long as you arent picky about your seat, you can get on pretty quickly. Lines for the front and back seats can get up to 20-30 minutes though because the park only runs one train, which is a disappointment considering how long the ride is. Excaliburs ride attendants are top-notch as they were very lively and checked everyones restraints very quickly.

RIDE: Earlier this year Funtown supposedly had work done on Excalibur. Well, it didnt work as the ride is much rougher and slower than it was two years ago. After the fast climb up the long lift hill, Excalibur begins its steep plunge. It still provides great air-time in the back seat, but its nothing like it used to be. Also, the ride rattled me around a bit at the bottom where they take your picture (it is a very good picture though and fairly cheap). Following that is a large turnaround which gives just a little air-time (used to give insane ejector air for front seat riders). Following that is another good drop (no air-time anymore!) and then a really rough curving hill followed by a quick dip. Then comes a small air-time producing hill and you fly up another turn-around hill, which still provides a good burst of air-time. Afterwards is a rough turnaround where Excalibur seemed to lose a lot of its speed. Then came a lifeless drop followed by the rides sub-bar figure eight finale. Still the ride provided no air-time like it used to, but worst of all it lost all of its speed now for the finale. I dont know what happened, but the off-season work definitely didnt improve the ride. I hope I just caught Excalibur on a bad day.

FINAL VERDICT: What used to be one of my favorite wooden coasters, is now towards the bottom of my list thanks to the ride being much rougher now and having less air-time. I used to be able to ride this over 30 times in a row in comfort, but I got a head-ache after two rides this year. If you enjoy aggressive wooden coasters, Excalibur is for you.

Review Comments

mrceagle on 7/27/2005 12:24:52 PM said:
Great review and welcome to the site. its amazing how many locals(well locals to me) the site has been geting. I look forword to reading more of your reviews.
Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 12:44:50 PM said:
Thank you for welcoming me to the site. I have already done 104 reviews in 2 Days.
mrceagle on 7/27/2005 2:22:04 PM said:
Not to bad. keep theme up.
Achibabwa on 7/28/2005 1:20:35 AM said:
Amazing review, glad you enjoyed the ride. Though the info about the ride says it only goes 55, its often faster than that.
Canobie Coaster on 7/28/2005 6:31:29 AM said:
I checked with rcdb.com, they said it went 55MPH. Funtown said it went 62MPH.
coaster05 on 7/28/2005 10:20:38 AM said:
I am looking forward to my ride in about a week. This is the best review of yours I have read so far.
Canobie Coaster on 7/28/2005 1:25:32 PM said:
Thank You.
Canobie Coaster on 8/29/2007 6:18:14 PM said:
Yesterday Excalibur was horrible. I came off with a head-ache after three rides and couldnt ride it again. I think the off-season work ruined a once great ride. Its now much rougher and slower than before. I hope Excalibur will return to being great soon.
mrceagle on 8/31/2007 10:19:55 PM said:
I dont know why your ride was so bad. I have something around 23 rides in for fright fest and While axle seats were quite rough I had little problems on other seats.
Canobie Coaster on 9/2/2007 11:24:47 AM said:
I dont know either. Others had complained about the ride being rough when I talked to them in line.
mrceagle on 9/2/2007 4:06:13 PM said:
I mean it still has some problems and Time and money has lead then to fix little sections at a time. The end was Repaired and wire supports were added. I beleive they added wire supports on a few other places. What really needs to be done is a Complete go over and redesign of some sections.
Canobie Coaster on 9/3/2007 7:13:02 AM said:
Yeah I saw the new wire supports while waiting for Excalibur.
mrceagle on 9/3/2007 5:23:58 PM said:
They agree there is more work to be done but money is a concern and so is Time.
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