Climbed the tower to the Serpentine slides first. Not a huge line, but bad enought walking on tar paper. Very hot. However, the slide was long and great. 7/10. Did a shot gun slide, which drops in a pool, which then drops down a gang slide. Good combo. 7/10. Did 2 laps on the lazy river. The river is narrow, and the stunts did not work, but it was clean. 6/10.
Did the Sky Pond. Only 1 pond on this one. But, it was a good slide. 6/10. This park was designed by the same guy who built both of Morey's waterparks. Now, that is a Sky Pond they have. 4 levels. Anyway, then walked the park, and then went to the childrens area, and played on the Pirate ship. I convinced the life guard it was my first time on a slide, and he let me go down the spiral slide in the back of the pool. Its a great area for kids, and their parental-units can see the whole area. 8/10. Gillians Island is very clean, and the employees are very friendly. Overall. 7/10. This a family park. No pina coladas, no horse play, and activity pools with volleyballs. They have a 2/3 hr, or an all day for $3 more. Between the slide all day and the beach, you can spend solid time here for under $30.
Gillians Wonderland. I walked through to see the new rides. They have a new ride where the riders pedal like a bike to make a loop. The City Jet is gone, which was a good little coaster. They have a Chance Slingshot, which was making lots of noises. It was a heat, but there was not much excitement here. They do however have good western theming on their rides. My theory is that Roy Gillian is a closet wild west buff. No rating.
Playland. The real secret in OC is here. Did the flume. 6/10. Great compact ride. Rode the Flitzer. Smooth. 6/10. Managed to get on ride video of the Pinfari Looper. 6/10. Smooth. Every ride in this park looks new. I rode the new Satori Jumper, themed to a Frog hopping on lily pads or something. They even had it going backwards. If Kennywood ever retires the Kangaroo, this is the replacement. Overall 7/10.
The employees were upbeat and friendly. Then stopped at Jilly's Arcade to play some pinball. I am a 'solid earner' on the Sopranos. Another hidden treasure, located in a restored carousel building.
If you have families, and Wildwood is too much, then stop for a few days at Ocean City. *** Edited 7/12/2005 8:09:22 PM UTC by Agent Johnson*** *** Edited 7/14/2005 4:15:29 AM UTC by Agent Johnson***
The Flying Turns makes all the right people wet - Gonch
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