The Great Escape
Queensbury, New York
May 26, 2014
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The last, and only other time I had visited The Great Escape was on
a whim. While on the 2009 Negative-G Road Trip while visiting Six
Flags New England on our last day we decided to make a run up to The Great
Escape while on our way home. It was a couple of hours out of our
way to get there, we'd only get there with a little under two hours to enjoy
the park and it had been raining all day long with a forecast of nothing
but rain up at The Great Escape. Fortune favors the bold so we sped
up to The Great Escape in New York fighting thunder, lightening and rain
the whole way. As we pulled in to The Great Escape's parking lot the
coaster gods took favor on our bold action and literally the rain stopped,
the clouds parted and we were left with a completely empty park to enjoy
at our pleasure.
The five of us took the park and had our way with empty ride after empty
ride. We had one simple goal and that was to ride everything once
and then spend the rest of the time riding The Comet until the park kicked
us out. The Great Escape was amazing and magical but sadly Bond was
not there to share it with me. He had just started riding coasters
a few weeks before and the trip was budgeted for and planned well before
that for just me. Bond missed that trip but I knew Bond would
love The Comet so one day I knew I'd get him to The Great Escape to take
it for a ride..
With our plans to head to Montreal for the wedding of the
Negative-G Forum Member Paul
"Bratman" Schroeder's wedding we decided to head down to Connecticut to
see one of Carrie's friends as part of the trip. It is a six hour
drive down to Hartford from Montreal but it is always nice if you can break
up a drive and The Great Escape just happened to be two hours into the drive
from Montreal making a perfect pit stop and coaster break.
The Great Escape started out as Storytown U.S.A. in 1954 as one of the first
theme parks in the world.
The Great Escape has kept much of the vintage theming from when it was Storytown
"There was an old coaster enthusiast who lived in a shoe..."