The catalyst for this trip is the Coaster Craze Day (Friday, July 28, 2006).
Is Adventureland a good park? What about Arnolds Park in Iowa? Also, need Coasterbuzzer feedback on the Mall of America coasters and the small park called Como Town.
Finally, can Arnolds and Adventureland BOTH be done on the same day?
Any adventurous parties wish to join, departing Thursday July 27 and returning Monday, July 31, 2006? Did I mention that I was DRIVING all of this?
Thanks in advance for your feedback.
What kind of advice do you need for the Mall of America? If you're just going for the coasters you could really just run in and run out, but you'd be missing a lot of what this place has to offer. There's nothing at Como Town unless you're a credit whore or into going to the (free) zoo.
Don't miss the Dells if you haven't been, since it sounds like you'll be driving right through on your way to the Twin Cities.
What/where is Coaster Craze Day?
Mall of America I went to back in 02 the day after doing Arnold's Park and even did Valleyfair since it is about 45 mins away. I haven't ridden the new ride, but I remember the rides being reasonably priced.
I'm poor, I'm a new home-owner, new husband and new parent, so I wouldn't be able to do a trip like that. Have fun!
Thanks for the great input. Excellent advice, all.
Coaster Craze '06 is a park-sponsored event, much in the same vein as CoasterMania @ CP and an event I attended earlier this year at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City called Coaster Madness (I think, I get all of these Coaster "Insane" Event Titles confused). I'm not sure how many years they have had it, maybe 3 or 4, but I still have NEVER been to that little section of the country up there and I need to get it marked off my list.
And, as for the Dells, yes, I've been there and LOVE 'EM. Am organizing another road trip to go there for the ACE events in mid-August.
Whew! Mucho driving lies ahead. . .
And I just know I'll love THE LEGEND. . .though I have always been very fond of ANOTHER particular coaster with the same name in Southern Indiana. . .
Unfortunately, the way it's mapping out, Arnold's is the farthest point west for the junket and I'll probably have to do AP in the earlier part of the day and Adventureland in the second half of the day. But, with your suggestion firmly in mind, I may use the early part of that day for sleep, then go to Arnold's in the afternoon to be positioned for the evening rides. Then, drive to Des Moines for Adventureland early the next day. I guess I need to see how late Adventureland is open as well.
Thanks for the excellent advice, as always, M.
Either way, you're bound to have fun.
It's worth a ride just so you, too, can wonder what the hell Zamperla was thinking. :)
As great as it would be to ride Arnolds' Legend at night, it's already fantastic durring the day. I would highly recommend doing Adventureland at night. Lots of colored lights and the Tornado and Outlaw run a little better. Plus it's MUCH easier to find an affordable place to stay near Advenuteland than it is near Arnolds Park. If time permits, I would do Valleyfair and Arnolds in the same day, ending with Arnolds. Then do Adventureland the next day, but make sure you're there 'til close. It is about a 4-hour drive between Arnolds and Adventureland.
Oh yeah, as an alternative route if you wanna be a credit whore, go from Arnolds to Omaha for the kiddie credit, then on to Des Moines. It's not that much more driving, and it will break up the drive a bit, plus the credit (which I don't even have).
Oh, sure...because you're a local and I live in Los Angeles suddenly you're the expert?
I got your back AV, hehe.
Well also being from the same town as AV it is about a 3 1/2 - 4 hour drive from Arnolds to Adventureland because there really isn't an easy way to get from one to the other.
With the problems AP has had lately (trying to save the park), you don't want to miss out on it. I finally made it there last year and I have lived in Iowa for 25 years. It is a small park but very fun. They also have a pay per ride (like Beech Bend) or you can get a wrist band.
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