For the 2014 season Lake Compounce is adding a new Campground called Bear Creek Campground. The campground will be located in the woods near the main entrance of the park. It will create a unique campground experience for Lake Compounce that will include 20 cabins, 5 tipis, a RV and Tents areas, and much more. From the details presented and look of the campsite, it will be an excellent addition to Lake Compounce. For more information, pricing, and to make reservations, visit the official Beak Creek Campground website.
On Saturday April 5th we went on a private tour of the park and was able to see the site of the campground and the current construction. So far the park has cleared all the land necessary and has recently started physical construction. The site looks very empty, but the area will look totally different in the next few months. While Bear Creek hasn't finished construction, the park is already planing an expansion of the campground for the future. Bear Creek Campground is scheduled to open on July 1st, 2014 at Lake Compounce! Enjoy the pictures and video below!
Photos in order of appearance:
1) The approximate site of the general store, entrance, and tents location
2) The approximate location of where the cabins will be located
3) A picture of one of the 20 cabins that will be in the campground
4) The future site of the expansion of Bear Creek!
On Friday January 31st, 2014 we were very lucky and fortunate to go on a private tour of Dorney Park. The park is closed until late Spring for the winter, so only a few people (besides employees of the park) enter the park during the off-season. We were taken through most of the park, but most importantly we walked through Wildwater Kingdom, the waterpark inside Dorney Park where we got to see the latest construction of Snake Pit.
For 2014 the park is building Snake Pit, a 65 foot tall waterslide complex complete with 6 different waterslides. Construction has started, with land clearing has taken place. Physical construction of the ride is expected to begin in the next few weeks, with an expected opening date around Memorial Day. Below are a few pictures of the current construction progress of the new slide, with a computer generated photo of what it will look like and a birds eye view of the project. Enjoy!
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Saturday December 7th, 2013 was the annual ACE Event "A Christmas Story"Book Land, and it was our first time visiting the park of Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. It seemed crazy to drive over 3 hours one way just to ride a kiddie coaster at a kiddie amusement park, but it was absolutely worth it, as we had a fun and cheerful day at Storybook Land!
We arrived at the park at about one pm for an hour of ERT on Bubble the Coaster (yes, a kiddie coaster) and the Tick-Tock Clock Drop (yes, a kiddie drop tower.) While most people would generally skip over these two small rides, they were the biggest (and best) rides at the park; and surprisingly they were great! Bubbles was a total surprise, as it looked like a normal boring kiddie coaster, but totally blew our expectations. The coaster was one of the best (if not best) kiddie coaster around, being insanely fun and filled with little airtime. It was so fun I personally got 20 rides on it! Next, The Tick-Tock Clock Drop also surpassed our expectations. The drop tower (about 30-40 feet tall) was filled with little drops which gave us butterflies and nice airtime. It also gave us nice views of the little park as it spins around while dropping, lasting almost 2 minutes long. The ride was so cute that everytime we rode it we just had to laugh and giggle, as now it is one of our favorite drop towers (Zumanjaro at SFGA has some competition!)
After ERT the park was generous enough to give us a little tour of their 'little' new ride for 2014, Work Zone!, themed after a construction site. Trucks will travel around a factitious construction site filled with animatronics to give kids the feeling of being a construction worker. Park management showed us the station building and the latest of the track work, making us the first people, besides the park management, to see and take pictures the site of the ride. Enjoy the photos below!
After the tour we were able to walk around and enjoy the park before a little Q&A and door-prizes at the parks picnic area where they were generous to give us free food, toys and prizes! After that it was getting dark and it was time for the Holiday Lights, as the park was light up in fabulous lights! The park, already beautiful, became even more gorgeous. Lights light up the whole park and the atmosphere gave me the Christmas feeling that I had experienced only when I was a child. The park got crowded, but the staff was very nice and organized, making all the general public was friendly. It was an great image seeing so many kids, parents, and workers all smiling at an amusement park and having a great time during the Holiday Season. Storybookland became the perfect place to enjoy this wonderful time of the year, where we were even able to ride some rides!
I know many people are reading this thinking "why do a post about a kiddie park?" Even though Storybook Land is a park designed for kids, we still had a great time riding surprisingly awesome rides and it was perfect to bring out the Holiday Spirit felt only once a year.
On May 4th, 2013, Quassy Amusement Park held its third annual "Wooden Warrior Day." As always, the park held a fantastic event and it was a great day. The park held a two hour ERT session from 10 am to noon, where we got plenty of rides on their iconic Wooden Warrior. Followed was a delicious lunch, and a guided tour of the park by park President Eric Anderson. Mr. Anderson took us took us around the park and through the waterpark showing us the latest Construction of the new rides - Tunnel Twister, Bullet Bowl, Speed Slides, and Fish Pond - to Splash Away Bay.
All photos were taken by us, with proper park permission. Enjoy the photo update!
On August 25th, 2012 was the 13th annual Oc~Boulder~Fest at Lake Compounce. It is a yearly ACE event, with ERT on the one and only Boulder Dash.
The park opened to the general public at 11 am, the same time as registration began. We arrived on time, got set up, and headed straight to ride Boulder Dash, to get a quick ride on the fantastic Wooden Coaster. The ride only had a 10 minute wait, because the park just opened up. We then rode the Ghost Hunt, a indoor dark ride, then headed over to ride Zoomerang, a Vekoma Boomerang Coaster. They both also had very short waits.
It was already noon, and we headed over to the private picnic areas, where the park provided a wide verity of food for us, including BBQ chicken, burgers, beans, corn, salad, ice cream and more. We took our time eating, and waited for the ACE New England Rep, Rus, to get ready for a speech. He thanked everyone for coming out for the event, and talked what was planed for the rest of the day. It was then time for door prizes, which were free raffled off girts. This time, the door prizes were free coupons to use on food, gifts, and more throughout the park. We were lucky to win some, and that was able to pay dinner for us in the park!
After a fabulous lunch, Rus set up a Behind the Scenes Tour of the WildCat Wooden Coaster. Sadly the Wooden Coaster would be closed for the remainder of the 2012 season, but we were lucky enough to go inside where no general public can ever enter! We were able to get on the track, and inside the supports of the Coaster! Inside the head man at the park, Jerry told us the plans for the future of WildCat. They plan on remodeling the supports and track, along the first drop, and possible add in new trains in 2013. Also, each year the park will do some more work to re master this classic Wooden Coaster.
However, we shouldnt forget the reason why most of us visited the park that day, to ride Boulder Dash. As the time for ERT was approaching, we decided to take a ride on the sky ride, and a few other rides around the park. We then decided to hit Crocodile Creek, the water park at Lake Compounce, for a hour. We rode a few slides, including the new RipTide Racer. The new slide looks interesting awesome, but it was a very short.
It was then about 7:30, and we walked the park until 9:00, until the park closed. At 9:00 we all meet outside the entrance of Boulder Dash until ERT started, which was approximately 9:35. It lasted one full hour, until 10:35. I was able to get in a good 16 times, in the front car, and the back car. The ERT was a blast, as Boulder Dash ran very smooth, and it was great flying through the woods in pitch black.
This year, Oc~Boulder~Fest was fantastic! We would like to thank Rus, the ACE New England Regional Rep, and Jerry from Lake Compounce, for setting up the event! We all appreciate it, and cant wait for the event next year at Lake Compounce!
On Monday June 25th, 2012 the Coaster Of The Day crew visited Knoebels Amusement Resort. Knoebels is an old fashioned, classic Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. They have great, classic, one of a kind rides! Overall, it was a great day at one of the best Amusement Parks!
We arrived at the park at approximately 3 pm. We decided to wait until 5 pm to get a unlimited ride bracelet for $23 dollars, instead of $39 dollars for an all day wristband. The Black Diamond Roller Coaster and the Haunted House were not included in the bracelet, so we bought ride tickets for those right away and rode them both. Both rides had no wait and the park was empty for most of the day.
Knoebels did a great gob with remastering the Black Diamond, which was formally Golden Nugget at Dinosaur Beach in Wildwood, NJ. It was nice to see this classic Coaster operating again, where it will be kept in great shape at Knoebels.
Also, the Haunted House at Knoebels was fantastic. It is defiantly one of the best Haunted Houses EVER. If you love Haunted Houses and dark rides, you must ride the Haunted House at Knoebels.
It was then about 4 pm, and we decided to have dinner. Knoebels is known for having fantastic food. It has even won "Golden Ticket Awards" from "Amusement Today", for having the best food at an Amusement Park for over 10 years. We ate at the Alamo Restaurant, which is a sit down restaurant at the park. The food was good quality, and inexpensive.
It was finally 4:50 and we bought a ride bracelet, for unlimited rides. First, we headed over to ride one of the best Wooden Coasters around, Phoenix. Phoenix is a classic "out and back" Wooden Coaster, with great airtime. There are no seatbelts on the Coaster, however; a buzz lap bar restraint system is available. There is amazing ejector airtime due to this lack of seatbelts. The Coaster is also silk smooth, and this is very rare on Wooden Coasters . The line was about 10 minuets, so we rode the Coaster a few times.
We then headed over to ride the Looper. The Looper is a one of a kind ride, and one of the only ones in operation. In this classic Allen Hershel ride, Riders sit face to face and try to loop each other around. This is one of the best looping rides, so we kept on riding it. We then took a construction Update video of the Flying Turns. The Flying Turns is a Wooden Bobsled Coaster, that was going to originally open in 2007, but never opened due to numerous problems. Now, the station track has been removed for work and maintenance, and the trains are not currently at the park.
After getting looped around, we headed over to ride the other Woodie at the park, Twister. Twister is a twisted Wooden Coaster. The ride is very rough and shaky, but during this previous winter, Knoebels re-tracked sections of the Coaster. The ride experience has improved a lot, and is now a more enjoyable Coaster.
After getting looped around, we did a few more rides in the park including the Power Surge and the Log Flume. We even took another ride on the Haunted House, Phoenix, Looper, and the Black Diamond. It was about 8:00 and we decided to ride the classic Carrousel. This Carrousel is one of a kind, and features rings, for riders to catch. We then headed to ride Scooters, which has been voted the best Bumper Cars on the planet, and stay true to their title. These bumper cars are wicked and are an enjoyable experience. Next, we headed over to ride the kiddie Coaster at the park, Kosmos Kurves. Finally, we went on the scenic Skyride, which brings you up a mountain, and you can catch spectacular views of the park. After that, our day at Knoebels was sadly over. We then drove an hour south to Hershey, PA.
Our day at Knoebels was great, and memorable. Knoebels is a great park with amazing Wooden Coasters, Bumper Cars, Carousel, classic rides, and dark rides. If you have never visited Knoebles, we highly suggest you plan a visit to this classic Amusement Park!
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