Adventureland (Iowa) Discussion Thread

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Re: Adventureland (Iowa) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:13 pm

That's good news. Bringing in more families will hopefully mean more future growth for Adventureland. This park is definitely on my radar.

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Postby Shavethewhales » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:29 pm

That is good news. I actually thought about it when I visited for the first time this year. They have some kiddie stuff spread around throughout the park, but not nothing really concentrated into a kid's area. This is a highly needed move for them.

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Re: Adventureland (Iowa) Discussion Thread

Postby AdventureJack » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:23 pm

Here's the link.

I always liked how you could find a top tier kiddy ride in almost every pocket of the park, but the majority of the markets out there have a designated area for the little ones, and it really makes sense to have it that way. Great for families: Older siblings and parents want to go off and ride the coasters, Space Shot, or Storm Chaser? Have grandma stay and spend time in "The Barnyard" with her grandchildren. Plus, if they continue to add to this area, I can totally see them slowly taking smaller rides out from around the park (or moving them) so there's more land for the future.
[Maybe they want to keep the essence of having milder rides scattered throughout their property though, who knows?]

I've always been really impressed with Adventureland's additions, and planning for the improvement to the park, but this younger generation of management has really impressed me. They just have a great awareness to what is happening in the ride industry, and what's the best addition for them. They attend the same big conventions and expos that the Cedar Fair and the Six Flags teams do. But they make intelligent decisions that work for them. They took a chance on Mondial and Gerstlauer in the recent past and it brought recognition, respect, and that sweet sweet $$$$$$$
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Re: Adventureland (Iowa) Discussion Thread

Postby EliHorton » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:36 pm

Seems like this addition is well received with the people of Des Moines. If you look through the comments on the Facebook post you see nothing but positive comments and people saying that their young ones will definitely enjoy it. I didn't see one comment complaining that it isn't a thrill ride. Adventureland seems like one of those family owned parks that isn't talked about enough. I think the two kiddie rides will probably be a Zamperla jump around and I could either see Zamperla barnyard and of course have the barnyard theme to it, or some miniature tea cups. I don't know why but I'm REALLY looking forward to this addition. It just makes me so happy to see parks filling in little gaps like this.

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Re: Adventureland (Iowa) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:49 pm

I had the luck of visiting the park waaaaay back in 1976, when David and I drove back to visit a family reunion.
(He's from Ames). I got to visit two parks just fresh and open to the public: this one and Valleyfair! Great parks,
back then. Good to see that AL is still around and growing very nicely. And supported locally, too! That's
very important I think, with a lot of smaller parks across the country(ies).

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