New indoor track and park in Illinois

Sunday, November 17, 2002 7:58 PM

I dont know if anyone else has heard of this place(just found out myself) but a new entertainment complex opened up in Villa Park Illinois. Its a 3.5 million dollar project occupying an old Montgomery Ward site (so its probably pretty big). It states that it has multi-level go-cart tracks and the largest indoor coaster in Illinois. According to RCDB, this place opened in September.

Here is a briefing of the facility at this site. Just scroll down a little bit. Its the 8th topic down.

http://www.e-kmi.com/news_123101.html

Some pics.

http://www.invillapark.com/biz/safari.htm

Here is also some pics from RCDB. Looks like a pretty well themed indoor kids coasters.

http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery1628.htm

The park is called Safari Land and the coaster is called Tiger Terror. Guess where myself and 'Lil Chi' will be visiting this weekend?


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*** This post was edited by Chitown on 11/18/2002. ***

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Monday, November 18, 2002 2:13 AM

Thanks Chitown! Also based on where it is located this has the potential to be a great sideshow for No Coaster Con in January!

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*** This post was edited by beast7369 on 11/18/2002. ***

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Monday, November 18, 2002 3:50 AM

Do not go there!!!!!!! I cannot warn you enough!!!!! Multiply any rude ride operators and senseless workers at Six Flags and multiply them by 400 and you got the Safari Land People. It is always packed with people, and the faculty do not know what the hell they are doing.

Since the line was overflowing the short queue for the roller coaster, they slashed the price in half and gave you one circuit instead of two or three on a fairly small coaster (about 500 feet). So it was a complete waste of time to even try to get on it, because the ride only lasted 45 seconds. It was alright for a junior roller coaster, and even had some airtime, but the awful operations kept me from trying it again.

And the "Go Karts"- they only run 4 cars on the 2-story one even though they have about 12 cars. Each cycle took 10 minutes, so the line was horrendus! Also, the track was pretty tiny, so it was not worth it at all for $5...did I mention they offered no "all day" pass. The other go kart track was like bumper cars...It was one tiny level and I didn't try them.

The games were a ripoff, and there were obnoxious little kids running around pressing you buttons and messing you up.

The tilt a whirl was the worst I've ever been on...the cars dont spin!

The bowling might be the only thing worthwhile, but I didn't give it a try.

Do NOT go to this place!!!!!!!!

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Monday, November 18, 2002 4:20 AM

Well Ben G., I am going to form my own opinion and visit the place anyway. They have only been open for 2 months, so It might be safe to say that they are..."learning" so to speak.

Still looks like fun.

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*** This post was edited by Chitown on 11/18/2002. ***

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Monday, November 18, 2002 8:14 AM
yeah Chitowns right it does look like fun. Just because you had a bad time there doesn't mean anybody else will. I might have to take a trip here, it looks like a pretty cool place.

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Monday, November 18, 2002 11:19 AM

Maybe I'd except the excuse "they were just learning" if the place hadn't been open for four weeks. However, I'd encourage you to go and try it, because it *possibly* may have gotten better. I was just upset because they advertised more than they really had.

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*** This post was edited by Ben G. on 11/18/2002. ***

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Monday, November 18, 2002 11:41 AM
I've passed that place before. I thought it was just some type of Jeepers thing (sounds a lot like it) I'd stay away from it since it centered towards the smaller ones from what I hear.
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Monday, November 18, 2002 2:12 PM
I went there....

There was absolutely no one waiting for the coaster so i had to ride it all by myself (kinda funny looking). There was also barely anyone in the place, maybe 5 people riding the Go-Karts. As with regular parks...dont go on a popular day of the week. At one time (i think it was a preopening deal) they had a ride all day for $10...this did not include the Go Karts however.

So theres a positive opinion for you to counter that negative one...also i dont know how the games are a ripoff. I played a few games and they were the same price youd see at any other arcade....although the downside was that there was no DDR :)


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Monday, November 18, 2002 3:17 PM
This looks like the same layout as Python Pit at Jeeper's, which there are numerous locations around the USA. The closest one to me is in Olatha, KS at Great Mall of the Great Plains.

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