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Boulder Dash
Website: Lake Compounce Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.8873
TPC Overall Rank: #2 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 83
Last Review: 7/25/2015 7:15:00 PM
In User Top 10: 97 times.
User Tracker Count: 107 times.

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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up nm1234567890 on 7/25/2015 7:15:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
THIS THING IS AMAZING! By far one of the best wooden roller coasters out there! It's a tad rough at times, but it dominates in the airtime category by featuring many hills. The amazing mountain-side scenery adds to the thrill and intensity of this ride.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rdbsports on 6/6/2015 9:15:00 AM
Amazing coaster! It was fast, had lots of airtime, and was a great ride overall.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coast2COASTER on 4/23/2013 8:00:00 AM - User's Top Ride #1
I've been in quite a few wood coasters both east and west coast. I grew up on the Boulder Dash, I lived in Bristol so I thought I was just partial to BD for this reason, but I was wrong. To this day every time I ride another wood coaster I wish I was on BD. Also if I haven't ridden it since 08 you're in for a real treat too, because they added MORE air time in place in the less exciting stretch of "trick track" towards the end of the ride. Boulder Dash is the only coaster I've been on that rides the same anywhere in the train and will even go as to far as to say that the middle is one of the best places to sit, due to the constant speed and air time through the ride in any seat. Truly a remarkable ride and I can not wait to ride it when i go home to visit family. Definitely the number one wood coaster in my mind and number two over all.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up molemaster43 on 12/10/2011 6:09:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
Wow, this is, by far, the best wooden coaster I've ever ridden. Bulleting at 60 mph around a bunch of turns and airtime hills, this is a can't miss ride! After taking a nice stroll in the mountain wilderness, you turn and take a turning drop at blistering speeds at 60 mph. But then you get to the bunny hops, wow! The best ride in the park, the best ride in the Northeast, the best ride I've ridden. Period.

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+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jeopardyfish on 8/29/2009 5:10:00 PM
I certainly enjoyed this coaster. The setting absolutely does add to the ride experience, which is pretty smoooth among woodies. The track layout was excellent.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cmciv on 8/9/2009 3:00:00 PM - User's Top Ride #3
I will never forget my first ride on Boulder Dash. I heard so much about it, it was hyped so much in my head. After hitting the breaks I just screamed 'HOLY SH*T!' It really was that good. The trains on Boulder Dash roar through the entire course and the use of laterals is awesome. I can't help but wishing Larry Bill involved some larger drops. Nevertheless, only one ride experience surpasses this for me and the sheer intensity--note word choice, not roughness--is relentless and the setting is magnificent. As a bonus the ride op's were nothing but fabulous when I visited and on a two train operation the line moved very quickly, which really improved the experience.

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+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bpski13 on 5/29/2009 4:48:00 PM - User's Top Ride #10
I rode Boulder Dash twice in a row in the back seat, and every time, I had a hard time disembarking the train in order to make way for new riders. This rollercoaster is pure bliss. The woods setting is fantastic, every hill has airtime and strong laterals, and it even has one of the best first drops ever. Do not miss Boulder Dash if you go to Lake Compounce, it beats any other wooden rollercoaster I've ever been on in all areas.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SnooSnoo on 2/23/2009 4:38:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
Amazing. This ride does not fail to deliver.. with an ending that will blow your mind. 10/10 and my favorite coaster anywhere.

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CHM on 8/7/2008 8:11:00 PM
It&#39.s hard to add anything to the great reviews below. I rode this August 3, 2008 three times at 12, 3 and 5:30. Each ride was unique: the first near the back was a little rougher but this is what I like about wooden coasters - feeling the ride - versus too-smooth steel coasters. I heard they had refurbished the track but I like the fear-factor of feeling like the cars will fly off the rails. At first I was disappointed that the first drop wasn&#39.t a stomach-churner like traditional wooden coasters, but then realized it was a speed-inducing curve to send you careering through the woods with an out of control feeling. Second ride I went no hands until those last hills that have great air-time and grabbed the side at one point. Third time we waited for the front car. my eyes were tearing the whole time and knowing the curves better it was a no-hands 60+ mph speed thrill and convinced me I could ride the thing 10 times straight in a row. It&#39.s not scary in any way, just wildly exhilirating and with each ride my appreciation grew.

It&#39.s great speed for a wooden coaster, the woods are lush right now and the excellent hills at the end make it a consistently fun rush throughout. A poster below called those hills &quot.cathartic finales,&quot. and they are. Someone has a YouTube video where they filmed from the first car and the blips of silence are the air-times on those final hills. Not sure what the poster below meant by getting &quot.stapled&quot. since with no hands I didn&#39.t experience any negative effects with the lap bar.

The line looked daunting, but we waited no longer than 20 minutes and when they had both trains running I clocked 17 minutes and that was waiting several turns for the front seat. This beats the long Six Flags lines and you feel like you get your money&#39.s worth.

When I was a kid in the early 70s, LC was kind of a rinky-dink park with just the Wild Cat as it&#39.s main thrill. Boulder Dash was a great addition (I was out of state for 15 years), so I&#39.m glad CT has this on-the-chart wooden coaster. I&#39.m giving it a 10 for uniqueness and the wooden adrenaline-rush. Now I want to go back and ride it at night, for sure.

5 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 8/4/2008 8:26:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
Date Ridden: July 4th, 2008. Times Ridden: 3 including a ride in the front seat at the very end of the night in pitch black darkness. I absolutely love coasters that offer a unique experience. The more I ride, the more I find myself preferring coasters with what I call &quot.character&quot. as opposed to gigantic steel coasters with loops and huge drops. For that reason, woodies now take up approximately 75 percent of my top 20 and Boulder Dash is a perfect example.I had read the reviews and watched the videos so I knew this was a &quot.terrain coaster&quot. using the wooded area on the other side of the lake as part of the overall experience. However, I really did not know this thing was actually built on the side of a mountain!! The lift hill takes you up that mountain. As you rise, you look over and can see the ground not 2 feet below you despite the fact you are rising approximately 100 feet. This is a true &quot.mountain&quot. coaster. However, this is definitely not just a gimmick ride. There is a great first drop, unbelievable airtime on the trip out including some serious ejector at one point, and the ride back to the station featuring the triple-up and insane drop where your picture is taken. I think this is the most complete wooden coaster on the face of the earth. There are no steel supports, no pre-fabricated wood, and this thing was not built back in the 1920&#39.s. It is a good ride simply because it is well-designed, long, unique, and fun. I would have to look but I think this is the ride that dethroned Raven&#39.s 5 year run at the top of the Golden Tickets back in 2004. Lastly, all three of my rides were from the middle of the train up. The line breaks in half at one point with half going to the back and half going to the front. We intended to ride the back first, but there was a line there and an empty seat toward the middle so we jumped on there. We then intended to ride the very front car but once again we walked into an empty third car and dove on. Our final ride, we waited a little extra for the front and it ended up one of my best experiences on a coaster ever. It was fast, out of control, and crazy with the total lack of lights anywhere on the track. It has been said that the back is a little rough and that Boulder Dash runs much better after the track has warmed up. Well, we caught it exactly right. As the most complete all-wooden non-prefabricated coaster it gets a perfect score.Overall score - 10

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