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The Comet
Website: The Great Escape Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.5581
TPC Overall Rank: #32 out of 2899 rides.
Reviews: 49
Last Review: 7/8/2008 7:03:00 PM
In User Top 10: 43 times.
User Tracker Count: 93 times.
 

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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SFne201004 on 7/8/2008 7:03:00 PM
This is a fantastic wooden caoster! The airtime is great and it is quite long. It is also in a great location, although there is nothing else back where it is.

5 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coaster05 on 8/21/2007 10:09:00 PM
My second favorite wood coaster on my trip coming in behind El Toro. APPEARANCE-9 Looks good but not great. A little bit of paint and just some general touches would do it for me. CAPACITY-9 Ran very well for a SF. They had two trains on a weekday and loaded pretty quick. RIDE QUALITY-10 Delivered an amazing ride in 3 different seats. Once I got stapled but even that was still fun. Just the right amount of roughness and some good air. FUN-10 I didnt expect much but this ride just gave me eveything I look for in a fun coaster. Great laughs and good memories. RERIDE-10 It is good enough to bring me back, course that was not hard as I love this park. Definately the only coaster that is really worth the reride. OVERALL-48 AVG-9.6. Definately a 10 in my book and in my top 15 wood coasters. Amazing.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up degener8 on 6/3/2007 10:10:00 PM - User's Top Ride #3
It is simply amazing, nice and smooth and fast.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up metssuck on 5/22/2007 4:10:00 PM
Excellent wooden coaster, my favorite actually. My dad used to ride this when he was little at crystal beach so when he found out it was here we went that summer. I was amazed how smooth this was for an old wooden coaster.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up biosciking on 1/8/2007 10:25:00 PM
It is stating the obvious to say that the Comet is the best ride at Great Escape, but it still deserves to be said. This coaster is of similar ilk to the two Giant Dipper coasters that I love so much in California (built around the same time period, though by different designers, and painstakingly maintained). Really everything you could want in a classic wooden coaster is here. There is a very nice first drop that gets the train going good and fast over the small hill that follows it. Plenty of speed is maintained throughout the ride, and there are several quick negative-g airtime moments. Plus there are plenty of lateral gs, especially each time the train tears into the "back" component of this out-and-back coaster. The only part that I felt didnt get executed quite right was the double dip, which didnt deliver so much airtime as a pounding to the back. Still, Im not going to knock this coaster at all. I rode several times during my visit, and each time it delivered a consistently solid classic wooden coaster experience.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/8/2006 10:50:00 PM
This coaster gives a respectably wild ride with good laterals, a little air, and decent speed. This coaster does not amaze in any one area but it is solid in all of the categories that make a wooden coaster good.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rcnk on 8/5/2006 12:41:00 AM
I finally rode this thing after hearing so many good things about it. and i can safely say that it lives up to its reputation. it was an awesome ride! the first drop is speedy and intense, there is some nice air throughout the ride, and the perfect amount of roughness that wooden roller coasters should have. there are some nice laterals too. over all, this ride was fun and intense. its a classic and should not be missed

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Hercules on 7/24/2006 6:33:00 PM
The history of this coaster is fascinating, but that is where it ends. Simply put, I find this coaster to be very over-rated. Its a nice design with a decent ride. That is basically it. Dont get me wrong, the history and story of this coaster does it for me, but the ride itself just doesnt. Im just not feeling it. The drop is good and the pacing is excellent, but the air is not as hearty as what it should be due to some very harsh trims. The turnarounds are relentless, fast, and powerful, which I really like about the ride. There is a major negative that kind really hurts the positives. The first bunny hill after the first turnaround delivers a large amount of bouncing. The train bounces three times over that hill and is borderline jackhammering. The train also bounces once over the next little hop. The coaster is also in an odd location in the back of the park. Its almost like it is lonely back there. I hope that something is built around it soon. So, overall, just not feeling this one. It is good, but nothing near great.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up IconHBK2 on 8/14/2005 12:49:00 AM
This is a classic wooden coaster, and one of the best in the country.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 7/28/2005 10:01:00 AM
Classic wooden coasters are the pinnacle of the amusement park industry, and when one thinks of The Great Escape’s Comet, one can’t help but tribute the park for saving this wonderful classic. As I’m sure many of you all know, this classic woodie almost hit the wrecking ball after Crystal Beach closed back in ’89. Thankfully though, this charming, little family park known as the Great Escape, relatively unknown at the time, swooped in to rescue this wonderful coaster, which alone rocketed the park into a relevant destination for amusement park fanatics.

Located in the very back of the park, the Comet truly is the park’s star attraction and the park certainly is proud of it, as the coaster is maintained quite well despite its age and its snow white paint job still looks great after all these years, though it did seem in need of a small touch up back in 2000. But nonetheless, this classic just looks great in its new home and it really looks as if its spent its entire life there. And not only does the track look great, but the attraction has a spiffy new logo and very well maintained trains which seemed to each have a fresh coat of paint.

Now being the park’s star attraction, lines are sure to be form, right? Oh yes they did. Despite hitting the park on a relatively light day, while most other attractions were a walk-on (except for Nightmare and its horrendous capacity!), this maintained 15-20 minute waits all day. But it definitely isn’t the park’s fault, as both trains were running with fairly quick dispatches, two things atypical of a Six Flags run park. And I swear, at least half the people in the park were in the back of the park either riding this beauty, waiting for it, or admiring it. Talk about a draw!

Once seated in the comfortable PTC trains, the ride begins its very long double out-and-back layout which bears a striking resemblance to the Phoenix in my opinion, which is always a good comparison for a coaster to have. And along with having a similar layout to the Phoenix, each of the Comet’s hills provided some nice air, with a few select hills giving some major ejector air which rivals that of the almighty Phoenix. One thing I can say that this triumphs the Phoenix in is its first drop, as its fairly tall and provides some great ejector air in the back and is the main reason why the back row is my preferred row on this coaster.

Not only is the entire attraction a blast from start to finish thanks to the generous air it provides on every hill, but also the ride is remarkably smooth despite its age. Because of this, it’s apparent that the park’s maintenance staff works very hard to keep this coaster running in tip top shape as there were absolutely no rough or jerky spots whatsoever on the entire attraction. I was absolutely psyched about that since it made many re-rides on this incredible coaster possible, especially due to the fairly short waits the attraction had all day.

The Comet simply is a flawless wooden coaster from start to finish that provides a fast-paced, air-time filled experience while being remarkably smooth. This truly is the park’s star attraction and the main reason for visiting this quirky Six Flags park since the other coasters honestly are sub-par if you ask me. And how good is it? Well, currently it sits behind the Phoenix, Hershey’s Wildcat, and Boulder Dash, but that could easily change after a few more rides on this great since I don’t fully remember exactly how mind-blowing it was. Hopefully Six Flags realizes what a gem they have in their hands and lets this classic continue to thrill many more riders for years to come. Absolutely no visit is complete without this amazing wooden coaster that still gives an incredible ride despite its age.

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