We arrived at opening time and we went for a couple spins on Falling Star, my favorite flat prototype. There's also a Joker version by Moser or something....Then we headed for the evil Chance Inverter....Mistake! We then headed over to the log ride by Intamin. This is one where the smaller hill really soaks the person in front. What I was surprised about was all the rapids on the turns and stuff...We actually got wet in the rapids.
Then to the Tornado, a wooden John Allen design. Good first hill, better second hill. Really strong laterals. Bumpy....
Then off to the Raging River, also Intamin. Very classic and themed. Standard. Then off to the new Sidewinder. It's by Moser. It's a one of a kind and it's about 50 feet tall. It's like a mini Huss Giant Frisbee. Great fun. Then we went over to Outlaw, CCI's second coaster. Really good. Best Adventureland coaster. Can't measure up with Ghostrider, but a really really good CCI model. The turns are incredible! Banked and smooth! Great coaster!
Dragon was up next. A double looper. Really really high Gs, especially in the helix. First coaster to make me cry...because it was really windy that day....
Rode a ton of other flats, but that's basically the good stuff. I'd definitely revisit. Overall: 8.5 out of 10.
They actually changed the log ride design a couple years ago, it used to be that you would never get wet on the first hill but now you get more soaked on that then going down the big hill.
Did you happen to do the Space Shot or Galleon? Too very fun rides. I love the Falling Star myself, and I always get people cracking up on it when we stop at the top.
Glad you had fun.
Anyways, the log ride does have rapids. However, the Tornado was designed by Bill Cobb, and I really don't think that it is a bumpy ride at all, and it is truly awesome in the front, and great in the back. Outlaw is also really fun. But, the Falling Star is the best flat ride in the country- nothing can duplicate it. Number two is the G-Force (Breakdance).
Anyways, come visit my homepark! It seems like no one knows about it... or talks about it.
Anyways the good news is that Adventureland was fun and not a bore like Arnold's Park or Fun-Plex here in Omaha. Although Arnold's Park can get old, Adventureland experiences are always different.
I did ride the
About the log flume:
Several years ago, the park replaced the boats with a new model which have a different shaped nose that channels the water away instead of plunging into it and making a huge splash at the bottom of the first drop. The boats also ride a continuous conveyor through the station instead of stopping and being lifted out of the water like they used to.
Before the changes, it was about the biggest splash on any log ride around, but now it's pretty tame except for that surprise after the first little hill. Because of the sharpness of the pullout and lack of a track, the nose of the boat partially submerges and when the boat levels off, a nice little wave rolls over the front kind of like what happened to the back seat riders on the defunct BuzzSaw Falls at Silver Dollar City.
Abou tthe Lof FLume, I love that ride, always a good soaking, much better then the aging rapids ride, which needs to be upgraded.
Falling Star is definitely the best flat in the park, with the Sidewinder and Space Shot right behind. I've been dissapointed the last couple times I went to the park the G-Force was closed, I have yet to ride it!
Matt, we can dream about that new coaster, they are defnitely due for a new one, or the very least, replace the Dragon with something, since it is a pain to ride.
Outlaw is definitely an excellent woodie. It is a short ride, but on slow days ,you can get multiple rides non-stop, which makes up for it.
I'm still praying that we get a 200 ft coaster sometime.
Neuski, you gotta come to Iowa, take in the State Fair and Adventureland, you won't be disappointed.
The park overal is great though, Tons of rides. A Skyride that has to be ridden to believed and good country cookin.
We only left because I being a train enthusiast also had to see UP 4-6-6-4 Challenger that was arriving shortly 25 miles north in Marshalltown IA.
Chuck, who recomenends the park but not only for the coasters
-Andrew, who liked AL a lot, but doesnt wanna go on a trip that only includes that park again.
And to think, I was scared of the Tornado 13 years ago because I thought it was tall, now it is just a "little" coaster to ride but still packs a punch.
First, they took out the Super Screamer a few years ago and put in its place the Inverter. I have never had to wait in line for the Inverter, its always a walk on. Second, the hotel expansion. Adventureland is not a destination park. They spent millions of dollars about 2 years ago on some new rooms, but mostly, new swimming pools with water features. Why? Do they really have that many guests? Adventureland has also spent some money on really weird crap lately. What's up with the fake church with the gospel music stage? Did they really need this? Adventureland has also exchanged the steering wheels on the remote controlled boats. They used to be small and wooden. Now there are big steel steering wheels. Again, why? I have also noticed that the "good employees" have kinda gone downhill in the past few years. It used to be nice to have the old nice people there but it seems like some are bitter and mean and come up with their own rules. There have been rude employees on more than one occation.
Sorry to say all this about Adventureland, I used to like it too. But I've had a season pass for 2 years now and I won't be renewing it next year.
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