There are two types of himalayas- the newer flying bob style ones and the traditional ones. I for one typically enjoy the traditional style significantly more, and guess what? The Great Escape has one and it’s a pretty good one too. Back in 2000, the Cannonball Express was far and away one of the best himalayas I had ever been on! Now, the Cannonball Express is just a decent himalaya in my opinion due to the park neutering the attraction, as it no longer runs both forwards and backwards.
Located in the Fest Area of the park adjacent to a plethora of kiddie rides, this himalaya looks great with the vibrant mosaics scattered throughout the attraction. Not only that, but the attraction seemed very well maintained, supported by the attraction’s bright, lightning yellow paint scheme that really stood out like a mule at a Kentucky Derby. Lines thankfully are not an issue at all with this, as thanks to its high capacity, I’ve never encountered a wait at all, even though the attraction loads woefully slowly.
Once the attraction began, I was treated to a very pleasant experience. The max speed attained by this was quite impressive, and subsequently the laterals produced by this attraction were really strong. However, the ride’s program is really short. Back in 2000, the ride’s length was double that due to the aforementioned backwards travel; however, the thrill that the ride provides is able to off-set the short cycle.
The Cannonball Express is an out-of-control experience that really demonstrates what a great himalaya can be. If you have some time and enjoy this type of attraction, I highly recommend giving this himalaya a ride since the laterals and speed alone are worth it.