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Canobie Lake Park to Get Untamed Next Year

By October 18, 2010

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A relatively small, traditional, family-run trolley park that dates back to 1902, New Hampshire's Canobie Lake Park has an unrushed and charming vibe that distinguishes it from its more boisterous and wild corporate brethren, such as Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks. But for the 2011 season, Canobie is going to get a bit more wild--or Untamed to be more precise. That's the name of the new ride set to launch next spring.

The first new coaster to debut at the park since the Canobie Corkscrew opened in 1987, Untamed will be a steel coaster with some striking--and wild-characteristics. A representative of Gerstlauer Amusement Rides says that the company will be building a coaster model known as a compact Euro-Fighter at Canobie. While specifications have not been officially confirmed, it is expected that the ride will feature single 8-passenger cars that will climb about 73 feet straight up a tower and drop around 97 degrees (that's 7 degrees beyond vertical) down the other side. Untamed will reach a top speed of about 44 mph and will likely include three inversions, including an Immelmann loop and a zero-G roll.

The new ride won't come close to breaking any records, but it will bring a thrilling coaster experience not found at many other parks. Dollywood in Tennessee offers a themed Euro-Fighter coaster it calls Mystery Mine. Canobie also features a gem of a wooden coaster, the circa-1930 Yankee Cannonball.

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