Saturday, April 28, 2001 10:48 PM
Todays in and around Chicago weather(Sat, April 28th): "Partly sunny and low 70s". Perfect for a park outing.
This was kind of a last minute decision to visit the park. My daughter and I have been itching to get on rides and experience the awe of an amusement park so we geared up and arrived at the park around 1:00 PM. The park was not crowded but it was not empty either. Kind of the perfect amount of croud.
I decided to purchase their new membership passes. You pay $47.50 per person and then its $5.00 for each visit. I figured since I visit the park about 4 times a year that its worth the money. Admission also includes free parking and unlimited Pepsi Cola softdrinks.
The park as usual is clean and orderly. The original rides from the 1920s are still in great shape and all of the modern rides were running great as well. We first hit their one and only coaster.
Little Dipper (1952 PTC junior woodie): An ACE coaster classic and by rights it should be. Nothing has been changed as far as modifications. The train looked really goofy because it only had 2 cars attached instead of 4. A ride op said they were working on the other 2 cars. A fun little ride that doesnt disappoint. Lift hill, dip, turnaround, double dip, turnaround, small dip, back into the station. The nostalgia behind this ride is phenomenal.
The arcade still has some classic games from the 80s. Games like Donkey Kong, PacMan, Joust, Dig Dug, and Ms. PacMan were apart of the lineup. I was hooked on Donkey Kong. Still can master the game after all these years. Actually got bored with it after the 3rd Pie factory stage and just walked away from it.
Lastly is the good assortment of flats and misc. rides. From the Tilt-a-Whirl to the Galleon, we had a great time.
Well, with a membership to the park, it will be great to frequent it quite a bit this season. Hope you enjoyed this small scale amusement park TR.
"SAVING THE WORLD BEFORE BEDTIME" Powerpuff girls
Sunday, April 29, 2001 8:41 AM
Great TR. This park was the first one i ever visited and holds a lot of sentimental value for me. It has been a while since i returned, and reading your TR makes me want to visit again. I love the nostalgia of the place, it reminds me of Holiday World a bit. I think if they purchased the abandoned driving range next door they could do something great with expansion, maybe add a great little CCI just like HW did. Just a thought, but perhaps all that would just never be possible $-wise.
I dinna cry when me own father was hung for stealing a pig. But I'll cry now.- Willie
Sunday, April 29, 2001 9:03 AM
They have a great PTC three abreast carousel as well!
Wednesday, May 2, 2001 2:31 AM
Kiddieland was my first park experience as well. It's a charming little place, and I'll always remember the first time I rode Galleon with my friend and mom, when I was a small 5 year old. I was so small, I slid out from under the lap bar on the swings, and my mom had a death grip on me to keep me from gettin some real "airtime". I was hooked. ;)
"God help us, our lives are in the hands of engineers..."
Thursday, May 3, 2001 6:24 PM
Great Trip Report. I'll always remember my first visit to Kiddieland. It's a great little park that has some pretty good rides.