Austin the Ninja
Sunday, June 25, 2006 3:01 AM
My family recently moved to Omaha, Nebraska and the nearest park (around 2 and a half hours) is Adventureland Iowa in Des Moines. I have been there once a few years ago and thought the coasters were well-rounded, but I don't know how much better or worse the park has gotten since then. Has anyone been there? If so, share your thoughts on the park. The purpose is I want to know whether it's worth buying a season pass. The worst thing about living in Omaha is the lack of... well, pretty much anything, let alone roller coasters...
Sunday, June 25, 2006 8:50 AM
Short version - it's a lovely park, an atmosphere generated by the staff, none of whom could have been less than sixty years old.
Longer version - see my trip report.
Dan D McD
Sunday, June 25, 2006 10:00 AM
Being from Iowa, I've made the trip to Adventureland over 20 times, and have loved every single visit. They have the most courteous staff I have ever met. As Richard said above, most of thier employees are retirees, who live at the campground they own, and work at the park during the season.
It has a great amount of flat rides, including a nice Space Shot, and some of the newer flats like Sidewinder and their new one just added this year, The Splash Over.
Their 2 woodies aren't going to make most people's top 10 list, but are both fairly good. Their steel coaster and Underground coaster aren't worth mentioning however.
The park is well kept, and is very relaxing, a good way to spend a weekend. It's never too crowded except on weekends, and on slow days they allow rerides without getting off.
If coasters are your thing, you might just want to visit once or twice, instead of going for a season pass. Their coasters are fun, but you won't be dying to go back every other weekend like Six Flags Great America, or Cedar Point might tempt you too.
Likewise, if you enjoy relaxing in a beautiful, clean park, with friendly people, and enjoy flat rides, it's well worth every penny.
Sunday, June 25, 2006 12:59 PM
Hey Austin, I feel your pain. I have lived in Omaha my entire life. Adventureland is a neat little park, and their two wooden coasters are pretty good. However, in the past few years have made more trips to Worlds of Fun instead.
Sunday, June 25, 2006 2:01 PM
Austin the Ninja said:
My family recently moved to Omaha, Nebraska and the nearest park (around 2 and a half hours) is Adventureland Iowa in Des Moines.
You might also want to check out Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO. It's only about 2 hours and 45 minutes away from Omaha and everytime I go, there are quite a few people from Nebraska at the park. It's a pretty descent park. They have a Morgan hyper, a B&M invert, a woody, a spinning coaster, and a boomerang.
Monday, June 26, 2006 10:26 AM
They have a GCII coaster that isn't a GCII coaster! ;)
Monday, June 26, 2006 11:02 AM
WoF's woodie is a huge pile or steaming carp! Thankfully there is Mamba, Spinning Dragons, and Patriot to make up for it.
Monday, June 26, 2006 11:28 AM
A pile of steaming carp, eh?
Monday, June 26, 2006 12:03 PM
I actually kind of liked Timberwolf. To each his own.
Monday, June 26, 2006 12:07 PM
^A pile of steaming carp with some good airtime and laterals, though. ;)
And yes, Adventureland's Outlaw is sort of an honorary GCI in that it was designed by the co-founder of GCI while he was with CCI. If you like loops, Dragon isn't that bad. The loops are definitely powerful. It's the overall layout that is nothing special. And The Underground is fun if you appreciate cheezie dark rides (like I do) and it gets bonus points for being a wood coaster. :)
Don't forget Arnold's Park! The Legend rocks! Also, you have a kiddie credit at FunPlex right there in nothing-to-do Omaha. ;)
P.S. Thanks for helping me to appreciate living in Des Moines a bit more. ;)
Monday, June 26, 2006 1:19 PM
Des Moines has three wood coasters... can't be that bad a place!
Monday, June 26, 2006 4:03 PM
Worlds of fun is 2 and 1/2 hrs away austin. I live in Bellevue. *** Edited 6/26/2006 8:10:12 PM UTC by TonyBlackjack***
Monday, June 26, 2006 4:34 PM
Rob, it's certainly closer than Omaha to more coasters. ;)
Monday, June 26, 2006 4:43 PM
Thats for sure.