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 Review of Astrosphere @ Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.
0 Rating Posted by: Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 12:08:00 PM
The Astrosphere at Funtown U.S.A., is one of the best scramblers ever! First, the ride is located near the Galaxi, making it easy to find. You cant miss this ride, as its located in a massive, yellow and white striped dome. I think that the dome could use a new, fresh coat of paint, but I dont mind, because its not whats on the outside that matters, its whats in the inside. Funtowns Astrosphere has a fairly nice sign, that gives it a space feel. The lines for the Astrosphere usually arent too bad, as they usually are 20 minutes or less. To board the ride, you enter an enclosed tunnel, also themed to space. I am not a big fan of the tunnel, because it can become cramped, and the Astrosphere operators tell you to lean against the slanted wall. Many people usually bang their head against the wall, and it hurts. Then, you can board your car on this excellent scrambler. This scrambler is a normal Eli Bridge Co. scrambler. Unlike Canobies Psycho Drome, this scrambler loads very quickly. Before the ride begins, the scrambler appears to be lime green, because of a light. Once the Astrosphere begins, you are dazzled by the best indoor light show ever! It is even up there with EPCOTs Illuminations! There are many lights, and sounds, that greatly enhance the ride experience. For sights, there are strobe lights, images of faces and items, and other projected items or lights. Best of all, the operators can control, so they can make the ride better and better every time! For sounds, you hear the song Fire on High by Electric Light Orchestra. Unfortunately, this is a slow scrambler, and I prefer fast scramblers like Canobies Psycho Drome. I do understand, that the Astrosphere isnt fast, so that people can enjoy the best light show ever. However, the Astrosphere is still a great ride. Overall, the Astrosphere is my second favorite scrambler, behind the Psycho Drome. This is a "Cant Miss" ride at Funtown U.S.A. I recommend this ride to anyone who enjoys scramblers, or wonderful light and sound shows. Do not bring children on this ride, that are afraid of the dark, afraid of some-what scary images, and afraid of strobe lights.

Review Comments

mrceagle on 7/27/2005 12:34:19 PM said:
Interesting review. How much faster do you think they coudl runit wihout sacraficing the show element.
Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 12:43:46 PM said:
They should do a little bit of each. I think that they should do the show the first part, half fast speeds for the second part, and then finish up with the show. If they did that, Id love it a lot.
mrceagle on 7/27/2005 2:23:14 PM said:
Not a bad idea. perhaps they could speed it up just at the launch segment I think that woudl add to the show.
Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 2:53:03 PM said:
Yeah, that would be a lot better.
Achibabwa on 7/28/2005 1:18:12 AM said:
Thats a really neat idea, however when opperating the ride alone, its a lot of work just to do a good light show and get the ride stopped in time. Very cool thought though.
Achibabwa on 7/28/2005 1:18:12 AM said:
Thats a really neat idea, however when opperating the ride alone, its a lot of work just to do a good light show and get the ride stopped in time. Very cool thought though.
Canobie Coaster on 7/28/2005 6:30:27 AM said:
Yeah, so my idea probably wont happen.
Achibabwa on 7/29/2005 2:17:41 AM said:
If we ever went all automated ::shudders:: then maybe.
mrceagle on 7/29/2005 2:33:52 PM said:
It woudl be nice to see a more siplifide controle setup for the ride I think it would be easyer on the ops.
Canobie Coaster on 7/29/2005 3:45:56 PM said:
That would work.
mrceagle on 7/29/2005 4:48:13 PM said:
I just wish the park would get a few more rides like this. take somthing basic and turn it into somthing great.
Canobie Coaster on 8/3/2005 6:56:37 AM said:
They should do that with many rides, like put the Flying Trapeze inside a building, and give it outer-space effects, like flying comets, stars, and planets. That would be unique. They should try that with other rides too. Also they should add a few tunnels on Excalibur, that would make the ride even better.
mrceagle on 8/3/2005 12:48:00 PM said:
i would like some tunnels as well. but forst of fi woudl ike to see them get at least one new ride. even a used parratrooper or Spider woudl be great.
coaster05 on 8/6/2005 5:06:32 PM said:
Do you have any idea how big the building would need to be to house a flying trapeze? The astrosphere does not need to go faster. The world has like 10,000 scramblers if you want a fast ride go to one of those. If you want pure quirky fun ride this. Just repaint it please.
Canobie Coaster on 8/23/2005 11:23:10 AM said:
Funtown Does add a major new attraction every 4 years, so a major attraction should be heading to Funtown next year. In 1998, they added Excalibur, and in 2002 they added Dragons Descent. I heard a rumor about a ride near Excalibur. No clue what. Maybe a family coaster, a flat ride, or a water ride? Funtown may add something that takes you upside down, because none of their rides currently do.
Achibabwa on 9/22/2005 2:46:35 AM said:
Hate to correct you, but Dragons was in 2001, then a water park re-furb in 2002 (slides got their sweet new colors), then Pirates in 2003, 2005 saw the new theme for the kiddie canoes as Cactus Canyon, the new website, and 9 new lasers in the Astrosphere. I cant wait to see what comes next!
Canobie Coaster on 9/22/2005 6:32:03 AM said:
Didnt Dragons Descent open in 2002? Possibly it was built in 2001, because the park maps for 2002, said "New for 2002, Dragons Descent". Do you think new rides will be addded for 2006?
mrceagle on 9/22/2005 4:15:43 PM said:
I woudl hope so. they have had three years to build up funds for a new atraction or atractions. even with the small improvments they made they should have had money left over.
Achibabwa on 9/23/2005 1:38:58 AM said:
2001, my first year working rides in the park.
lets you see the website from each year.
mrceagle on 9/23/2005 11:22:12 AM said:
Nice find.
Achibabwa on 9/24/2005 12:54:52 AM said:
Yeah, the web archive is amazing.
Canobie Coaster on 9/24/2005 10:30:57 AM said:
That website is fantastic. You were right, Dragons Descent opened in 2001.
mrceagle on 9/27/2005 1:20:00 PM said:
Its interestign to see how much has changed in the park over the years. Its easy to forget the little things.
Canobie Coaster on 9/27/2005 6:08:16 PM said:
Yeah, like little improvements, including improving rides.
mrceagle on 9/28/2005 5:19:02 PM said:
Though the park has grown a bit they still have aways to go. They need at least a half dozon more rides includign a couple trill ride, another water ride, and another coaster. with this the entrance price might actually be worth it.
Canobie Coaster on 9/28/2005 7:42:47 PM said:
I know. Canobie is a bargain, with all the rides they have, and its only $26. Funtown needs to keep the same price, and add a bunch of new rides.
mrceagle on 9/29/2005 11:58:47 AM said:
Even some better atraction or shows. would help the park allot.
Canobie Coaster on 9/29/2005 4:50:01 PM said:
They need more rides, than shows.
mrceagle on 9/29/2005 6:49:54 PM said:
Yes they do Im jsut saying that if they cant add a ride that particulare year get an interesting show. that at least adds somthign to the value.
Canobie Coaster on 9/29/2005 7:52:50 PM said:
That would help, but rides would help more.
mrceagle on 9/30/2005 11:02:20 AM said:
Im jsut sayign in the case of a situation where there isnt a ride adition. for exapmple a year or two in between the rides.
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