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Canyon Blaster (Great Escape)

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Park section  Ghosttown
Opening date  June 27, 2003
Opening date  1972
Height  17 m
Height restriction  1.07 m
Status  Operating
Park section  Doo-Wah Diddy City
Address  Queensbury, NY 12804, USA
Max speed  72 km/h
Opened  27 June 2003
Canyon Blaster (Great Escape)
Status  Relocated to Great Escape
Similar  Steamin' Demon, The Comet, Alpine Bobsled, Boomerang: Coast to Coaster, Frankie‚Äôs Mine Train

Canyon Blaster is a steel roller coaster located at Great Escape in Queensbury, New York.

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HistoryEdit

This particular coaster previously operated as the Rock n' Roller Coaster at the now-defunct Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee. At the Great Escape the coaster is slightly changed structurally and welded to fit its site in the park.

On May 30, 2013, Great Escape announced that their Canyon Blaster roller coaster would be running backwards for the first time ever during 2013 season for a limited time during the summer.

Ride experience and themingEdit

The Canyon Blaster is a gentle family-style coaster designed as a runaway mine train featuring two lift hills and a double helix. The ride has a red track with beige supports. It has three trains, blue, brown, & red, but in the past few years only the brown train has been used. When the roller coaster was brought to the Great Escape, the system was modified to only accommodate one train due to a change in design features to fit the Great Escape.

In keeping with the Old West theme of the Ghosttown section of the park, the coaster is decorated with broken and crumbling artifacts from the era including a stagecoach, a broken steam train and the fake bones of dead animals. The outer fence is painted with mine blast warnings and notices of when the last (again fake) accident was. Many of the decorative artifacts were once part of the defunct Ghost Town Railroad route that Canyon Blaster replaced. The broken steam train is one of the engines from the Ghost Town Railroad.

References

Canyon Blaster (Great Escape) Wikipedia


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