Yes, by all means you may want to take a one day visit there. It's a bit nostalgic and although there are no serious thrills there, it has a lot of charm and the Big Dipper uses the old style flyer trains. The Li'l Dipper is nothing special, but I think it's one of the rare wooden kiddie coasters with steel frame supports.
I grew up outside Huntington, WV and always became excited when we would take outings there. I always liked the Haunted House because of it's cheesyness. If you don't carry really high expectations, you probably will have a lot of fun.
Happy coastering and tell the Big Dipper and Li'l Dipper "Thanks for being my first ever roller coasters"
Hand-operated brake levers are the DEAL! :)
Great flyers, and one of the best Mangels' Whip rides left.
It's my closest "home" park and I was there over Memorial Day weekend as well. Although I am still sad that the Tbolt died years ago, the new golf course that took it's place makes the area look 1000 times better. It was getting to be an eyesore there for MANY years.
They are actually advertising that golf course on commercials now. I can't wait to see it once the landscaping is done! Heck, they even re-paved the entire parking lot! It's AWESOME to see that management is actually taking an interest in preserving the park, especially in this day and age where the little parks are dropping like flies. :(
It is WORTH the trip, Jeff. The park looks SO much better and is apparently doing better financially from just a few years ago. I am excited that many of my friends from out-of-state have visited in the last couple of years and I always try to meet up with them since I feel "obligated" to offer a "tour" so to speak. ;)
Actually, any excuse to ride the flyers is good enough for me, although I "heard" they won't let you snap anymore. The park has a LOT of rare rides, including the hand cars for the kids. The only other ones I have seen were at Idlewild.
Plus you just can't beat the Dippers even though they are "tame" by today's standards. I mean where are you going to find a couple of coastes with no seat belts and no seat dividers? "Old school" coasters are a rare thing nowadays. The Big Dipper also has some suprising ejector air. ;)
Go for it, dude!
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In all honesty, the problem is more that there is nothing else that really compels me to go to WV. It is a very pretty state that is nice to drive through, but I'm not really into white water rafting or hiking. And besides, who needs charm? ;)
And stop calling everyone Shirley. :)
Ever heard of Plato? Socrates? Aristotle? Morons.
My daughter is such a park hound already. When she heard it only has two coasters, she protested. "Do I have to go? I wanna go somewhere with a *lot* of coasters!"
Three hours was plenty.
I just got my photos up. The golf course still needs a lot of work but damn.....that area looks SO much better!
I would agree that Camden is a bit pricey for what it has especially when compared to some of the small parks in the Eastern Great Lakes region such as Waldameer, Seabreeze, and Martins Fantasy Island. For the same price or less you also get a waterpark in each of the other cases. Of course Camden does not have competition from other comparable parks nearby, only from bigger parks far away.
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