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 Review of Excalibur Roller Coaster @ Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.
1 Rating Posted by: coaster05 on 8/14/2005 10:26:00 AM
Let me start by saying this is probably the best ride in the park, but itwont score as high as the Astrosphere since that is the best experience in the park. APPEARANCE-9 The ride looks great and I like the castle, but it just does not quite scream 10 for it looks. CAPACITY-5 This long of ride and they run one train. Reminds me of Mt. Olympus if you are going to charge more then 30 to get into your combined park then your coaster should have two trains. RIDE QUALITY-9 If it could have maintained the front half it would easily get a ten. The drop is great and so is the first hill after, but about halfway through it loses something. IMO it does not get rough or anything it just kind of loses what it had. FUN-8 I liked it better the second time but it was still average fun. I do think the price to get in sort of took from the park. I really wish I could have done a pay as you go. RERIDE-8 If I ever go back this is a must ride. OVERALL-39 AVG-7.8 A very good wood coaster that deserves the 8.

Review Comments

Canobie Coaster on 9/12/2005 6:16:55 AM said:
I know what you mean, about Excalibur losing speed on the far turnaround. It then goes into that helix, which ruins the ride. Theres no air-time. I wish the ride instead had tons of bunny hops, and a quick helix close to the ground. Excalibur has potential to be a top 10 coaster, but Funtown needs Excalibur to have air-time in the helix.
coaster05 on 9/12/2005 3:39:51 PM said:
It is still a long way from a top ten coaster. It is very good for that size of park and the trees are nice, but not top ten.
mrceagle on 9/12/2005 5:17:08 PM said:
Its number 50 in the Goldon Ticket ratings. still somethign to brag about for a small park in ME. I agree the last half of the ride tends to slow and that the coaster shoudl have perhaps stayed closer to the ground to maintain speed. thats as much CCIs falt as the parks. still a nice coaster over all.
Canobie Coaster on 9/12/2005 7:23:40 PM said:
The Golden Ticket Ratings are messed up, because they say the Cyclone at Six Flags New England is better than this. There is no way the Cyclone is better than Excalibur, Id imagine. Also, the Yankee Cannonball isnt on the list, and that has the same amount of air-time as the Comet at the Great Escape, so I dont understand why it isnt on the Top 50 list.
Hercules on 9/12/2005 8:24:42 PM said:
A coaster with the same amount of airtime as Phoenix? If this were coming from someone else I might actually believe it.
Canobie Coaster on 9/13/2005 5:15:55 AM said:
If you ride the Yankee Cannonball in the back seat at night, it has air-time, up there with the Phoenix. It is well-worth the 1 hour wait. You get ejected from your seat, traveling down every drop. The Phoenix however, is better, because it has a quicker line, and every seat gives a great ride.
Canobie Coaster on 9/13/2005 5:20:29 AM said:
Last time I went to Funtown in 2005, Excalibur seemed rougher than in 2004. When was the last time it was retracked? I think it needs to be retracked soon, and they can modify the helix, so you get tons of air-time.
mrceagle on 9/13/2005 4:16:43 PM said:
Im sure when money is available they will get the canadians to fix all the problems caused by CCI. I agree the goldon Tickets are a bit of a biased set up. it gose by regian and the north east is a large reagion and most of the voters likely never have been to Canobie. they have likely been to Funyoun since They have an ACE event every year. Canobie dosnt do that. I do agree that the Canonball is better then some of the coaster on the list.
Canobie Coaster on 9/13/2005 4:40:13 PM said:
Most of the roller coasters on the list, are only at major parks, or at ones that have ACE events. That isnt fair to smaller parks, like Canobie.
coaster05 on 9/13/2005 6:20:44 PM said:
The air on cannonball is nowhere close to Phoenix. I really liked cannonball but that is just a masiively wrong statement.
Canobie Coaster on 9/13/2005 7:54:24 PM said:
Where did you sit on the Yankee Cannonball? Only the back seat gives the insane ride. Also, it has to be at night. If you ride in the back seat, at night now, you get so much air-time.
BobFunland on 9/13/2005 9:01:05 PM said:
LOL First, no air on Boulder Dash, and now you are saying that Yankee Cannonball owns Phoenix? WOW!
coaster05 on 9/13/2005 10:41:25 PM said:
Yoshi maybe this is just how you type but I am really getting annoyed with this know it all type attitude. I am a park entusiast, I drove over 1,000 miles to go to the place but you wonder if I rode the back and got a late night ride. Like those two things are something I never thought of. To say it has the air of Phoenix is just ridiculous. Man Canobie homers really tick me off.
Canobie Coaster on 9/14/2005 5:59:42 AM said:
mrceagle on 9/14/2005 11:46:36 AM said:
I havn;t riden phoenix so I cant coment do I think Canobies coastr is uderrated, yes. but, so are many coasaters in smaller parks.
Canobie Coaster on 9/14/2005 2:42:05 PM said:
That isnt fair, because of how the smaller parks cant spend big money. They should still get recognized, if they have a great coaster, like Canobie. Maybe, if smaller parks, like Canobie hold an ACE event, it would get recognized. They could do one like Funtown.
mrceagle on 9/14/2005 4:48:36 PM said:
Im tryign to get one set. up. think is the reganal rep refuses to compeat with other ACE events and limits the events. she dose a summer time event at LC and cancels Boolderdash which was the best event we had. we barly got an event set up in the northern NH parks and that ws erly in the year when nothing else was goign on. an event at canobie woudl do best of a summer saterday so visietrs can see the shows and firworks on top of the ERT.
Canobie Coaster on 9/14/2005 5:06:47 PM said:
Anyway, they could make it like Funtown. They should work it around the Yankee Cannonball, like how Funtown works it around Excalibur.
mrceagle on 9/15/2005 1:10:50 PM said:
Considerign the only maritable coasters at Canobie is the cannonbal and the corkscrew there isnt much of a choice. maybe next year though.
Canobie Coaster on 9/15/2005 2:52:04 PM said:
Maybe. Is Excalibur getting retracked anytime soon? It is getting rougher and rougher every year.
mrceagle on 9/15/2005 5:35:14 PM said:
The park is constantly workign on that coaster so is Lake Compounce with boulderdash. Im sure its planed but I dont know anythign concret.
Canobie Coaster on 9/15/2005 5:50:41 PM said:
Well, I hope Excalibur is retracked soon. The ride is so wild, that the wood needs to be retracked soon. I dont want this ride to end up like the Cyclone at Six Flags.
mrceagle on 9/15/2005 6:14:52 PM said:
I dont see it ever geting that bad.
Canobie Coaster on 9/16/2005 5:39:21 AM said:
Good point, because Funtown takes good care of it. Maybe, they will fix Excaliburs recording, while you wait in line. It has been off queue, or not working, the last 3 times I have visited.
BobFunland on 9/16/2005 8:39:16 AM said:
Im sorry, did you just generalize the entire Six Flags chain? This is coming from someone who has a SF woodie in his top 10? Both of you? I think you should have said "at least Six Flags New England doesnt own it", since there are quite a few SF parks that take good care of their wood.
mrceagle on 9/16/2005 11:27:05 AM said:
I wasnt trying to down SFI I said nothign about SF in my responce since it was regardign the Cyclone. I dont like Rolling thunder but I feel both the Cyclone and GASM at SFOG are well kept and good coaster. I also like Comet at TGE.
Canobie Coaster on 9/16/2005 6:31:23 PM said:
Good point, because only a few of their wood coasters are in bad condition.
mrceagle on 9/19/2005 5:03:34 PM said:
Teh problem is the caosters in there larger parks in this area are the ones with the porly maitained coaster it sets a pore mindset tords the smaller ones.
Canobie Coaster on 9/20/2005 4:14:31 PM said:
That is disappointing.
mrceagle on 9/21/2005 4:37:19 PM said:
i agree but its what hapons.
Canobie Coaster on 9/22/2005 6:23:23 AM said:
Yeah. Does Funtown even own a second train for Excalibur?
mrceagle on 9/22/2005 4:05:40 PM said:
No they dont. the coaster is only designed with one train in mind there isnt even a transfer track.
Canobie Coaster on 9/24/2005 10:15:53 AM said:
They should add a second train, and a transfer track. That would really help Excaliburs capacity on busy weekends.
mrceagle on 9/27/2005 1:17:52 PM said:
Which is only a few weekends a year. I rahter seen two new attractions then a second train and trainsfer track. it isnt really needed right now,.
Canobie Coaster on 9/27/2005 6:04:48 PM said:
Good point. It doesnt get long lines like Canobies Yankee Cannonball. Canobie needs to run two trains on that, to shorten the wait times. Excaliburs line, is rarely longer than 20 minutes.
Achibabwa on 9/28/2005 1:13:54 AM said:
The Cannonball used to run two trains, right?
Canobie Coaster on 9/28/2005 5:33:30 AM said:
It did until it had an accident, where it crashed, because it uses manual brakes. An operator made a mistake, and the train speeded over the brake run, and crashed into another car.
mrceagle on 9/28/2005 5:04:31 PM said:
Sliped through the brack run is more truthfull the second car hit the front car at 5 mph. its not like the train never tuched a breack. anyways ther eis a comuterized control system now but the bracks are only 100% capable of saftly operating one. because of a very small chance of the trains coliding again they wont operate two trains. I wouldnt mind them at least adding another car untill they can get things worked out.
Canobie Coaster on 9/28/2005 7:46:29 PM said:
Maybe, they could make the station longer, by making the curve after the break run part of the station. They could then combind both cars together, and have a car that holds 36 people. That would help capacity.
mrceagle on 9/29/2005 11:56:26 AM said:
To much presure on the track eith a train that long. no coaster can handle it. One more car is posible and woudl work with minimal work to the station.
BobFunland on 9/29/2005 1:44:07 PM said:
"Too much pressure on the track"... Wrong! It wouldnt change the compression on the track much (if at all) since the added weight would also be spread out over a proportional dimension of length
mrceagle on 9/29/2005 4:01:28 PM said:
true. but keep in mind the lateral forces at the turns which are farly flat you woudl be placing a train that woudl fill the intire turn not just a portion of it. that weight is distributed but your puting more weight on the turn at one interval. There is no way thta wouldnt cause more wair and tear on the coaster track and structure.
Canobie Coaster on 9/29/2005 4:52:47 PM said:
Maybe the train could hold 24 passengers than. Also, they need a better procedure for loading this. Maybe they could have lines, for the front, back, and middle seats. They could just make the station bigger, to make this a reality.
mrceagle on 9/29/2005 6:51:25 PM said:
They likely could fit another car to get it to 24 but two more cars to 30 wont work without rebuilding the station.
Canobie Coaster on 9/29/2005 7:57:12 PM said:
When I went to Funtown recently, the castle looked newer than in 2005. Was it painted recently?
mrceagle on 9/30/2005 11:03:35 AM said:
I dont know I havnt been ina few years. not since 2003 and that was early season. it jsut costs to much to make the drive and get into the park.
Canobie Coaster on 10/3/2005 6:01:44 AM said:
Thats dissapointing, because Funtown is a nice park.
BobFunland on 10/3/2005 2:27:24 PM said:
Didnt you guys create a Funtown thread becuase I asked you to keep the comments that arent directly related to the reviews in the forums? Please guys, use the forums. Create a Canobie thread and use the Funtown thread and have a blast. Ill start deleting and closing again if I feel my authority is being underminded. I am asking nicely now please comply
mrceagle on 10/3/2005 5:09:21 PM said:
To stay with the review The coaster is nice I dont think they will rebuild a station or rebuild a section to add a train. lets let this one drop and stick to the tread in the forums.
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