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September 10, 2012

New ride planned at Canobie Lake Park

Canobie seeks approval for new ride

SALEM — It twists, it twirls and is enough to make you sick to your stomach.

But if thrill seekers and officials at Canobie Lake Park have their way, The Equinox will soon become the park’s newest attraction.

Riders will have to hold their hats — and their stomachs — as three large mechanical arms lift them 75 feet up into the sky, spinning and swinging as they go.

“It will be like you are completely gyroscoping in the air,” park spokesman Chris Nicoli said. “When you get off this thing, it’s going to take a while to recover.”

Nicoli said they hope to open the ride next month before the park closes for the season Oct. 28. But first, Canobie needs site plan approval from the town Planning Board.

The board will review the request at its meeting Thursday, according to town planning director Ross Moldoff. He doesn’t anticipate any major obstacles to receiving approval.

“It seems like it will be a big enhancement, especially if you are not one who gets queasy easy,” Moldoff joked.

If approved, The Equinox would replace the Matterhorn, a longtime favorite at the park that was retired from use in 2008, Nicoli said. A hot dog stand now occupies that spot, he said.

The Equinox would become the newest ride at the park since the arrival of the popular roller coaster, Untamed, two years ago, Nicoli said. Canobie receives about one new attraction a year, he said.

There are 52 rides at the 110-year-old amusement park.

While Untamed is one of Canobie’s most popular rides, the 76-year-old Yankee Cannonball roller coaster is still the favorite, Nicoli said.

When a Hollywood crew descended on the park last month to film “Labor Day,” starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, Brolin and others couldn’t resist taking Untamed for a ride.

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