A Retired Canobie Lake Park Rollercoaster Has Some Big News
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Have you ever wondered what happens to retired attractions? Over the years, Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire, has seen many changes to its attractions. When I say changes, it could be a retheming, a new look or name, or the attraction was taken out of the amusement park.
One of the rollercoasters at Canobie Lake Park was around for many years but in 2021 it was time to say goodbye to the attraction. I am talking about the steel rollercoaster that sent you upside down, the Corkscrew.
Personally, I had a love/hate relationship with the Corkscrew (okay, "hate" may be too strong of a word, but you get my point). I remember seeing people sitting there while the rollercoaster was stuck upside down a couple of times in my younger days, so it wasn't until 2019 that I decided to finally go on the attraction. Therefore, my time with the Corkscrew wasn't very long, but when I did finally go on it, I loved it.
If you were a fan of Canobie Lake Park's Corkscrew, or just want to relive some memories by seeing it again, you will have your chance but you will have to fly (or take a long drive).
According to the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives' Facebook page, the Corkscrew will be getting a new home.
That's right, Canobie Lake Park donated this iconic attraction and the Corkscrew is moving to Texas to be in a rollercoaster museum.
According to the National Rollercoaster Museum, they aim to "discover, preserve, interpret and share the historical heritage of the roller coaster for present and future generations. [...] to protect these artifacts and make them accessible to those who love roller coasters and amusement parks."
With five truckloads of rollercoaster parts, who knows how long it would take for them to put all the pieces back together? When they do, the Corkscrew will again become a landmark for the world.