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Balloon Race
Website: The Great Escape Homepage
Ride Type: Flat Ride
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.0000
TPC Overall Rank: Rides need more than 25 reviews to be ranked.
Reviews: 8
Last Review: 6/3/2007 10:37:00 PM
In User Top 10: 2 times.
User Tracker Count: 21 times.

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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up degener8 on 6/3/2007 10:37:00 PM
It is much more thrilling than it looks, and can make you pretty dizzy. Dont go on it after eating.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 7/28/2005 10:07:00 AM
I’ve always enjoyed these balloon race attractions, and this one holds the distinction as being the first one I’ve ever ridden back in 2000 when I visited this great, traditional park. Located in Storyland, the attraction just really fits in well with the cheery, colorful atmosphere of the area with the beautiful, vibrantly painted balloons flying overhead. The attraction is just very well maintained, and not only that, but this never had a line at all during my visit, which was very nice since it is easily one of the park’s best flats!

As with all Zamperla models like this, you have the option of sitting either forwards or backwards. I myself personally enjoy facing backwards significantly more since it makes the attraction much more exciting and disorienting in my opinion. But anyway, compared to the other version of this I’ve been on, this one was run quite fast, leading to a great feeling of flight being attained along with some decent forces being produced during the ride. Not only is the attraction a delight, but it also is fairly long as well and it just gives a complete, satisfying ride.

The Balloon Race may not seem like its one of the park’s better attractions upon first glance, but it really is due to how well run it is. I mean, the combination of good speed and a long cycle make for one of the best balloon races I’ve been on. After riding this and Knoebels’ I just always ask, why can’t SFNE’s be this good? I mean, theirs is an identical model to this one, but SFNE just chooses to run it at half the speed and for half the time of this one. Well, I definitely recommend giving this a ride since it’s always a walk-on and surprisingly good for all ages.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up IconHBK2 on 7/24/2005 12:59:00 AM - User's Top Ride #4
It is a great ride, similar to flying trapeze, but this tilts to the side. It is in the perfect location by the little pond and international buildings. And you can just see it from the road.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Seabreezem on 3/11/2005 7:32:00 PM
This is a very nice family ride in a nice area of the park

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rentzy187 on 9/8/2003 6:16:00 PM
This is a nice family ride and it has a great location. Its good to see they finally added it to the map!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Yankees69 on 7/22/2003 1:00:00 AM - User's Top Ride #8
This ride is really fun. I went on it 4 times in a row once, and its nice in the summer because it cools you down. If you get dizzy easily, dont go on it 4 times in a row.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up staiebomb on 5/10/2003 3:19:00 PM
Great family ride with a nice placement by the creek.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up mrceagle on 3/19/2003 1:21:00 PM
I like these rides. they give you a great fealing and they can be riden by the intire family. another good thing is they dont take up much space. Well run and looks so good in its location.

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