larrygator's 2017 Coaster Affirmation Tour

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Re: larrygator's 2017 Coaster Affirmation Tour

Postby prozach626 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:42 pm

Fantastic news! In that case, I already like Indiana Beach more than Holiday World! Thanks, Larry.

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Postby TheTristanA » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:21 am

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Did there used to be a room, with multiple doors, where only one door was an actual exit?

Absolutely, positively. Very disappointing if that's gone; one of the highlights of a top-quality haunted house.
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Wait what? I went in July and they had the door room. It was totally worth the price to see my friend nearly have a heart attack on the "balcony."

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Postby larrygator » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:52 pm

Sorry folks the first two weeks of the school year were pretty hectic, but now I have time to continue my report. I had a whole day in Chicago to do as I pleased as I built in an extra day in case I got rained out at any large park. This was my third trip to Chicago for coasters and I had only gone to two or three small parks or FECs in the past, and none of those exist anymore. So I spent the day driving around Chicagoland picking up missing credits. But first I had to visit the largest of those parks Donley's Wild West Town and Santa's Village Azoosement Park.

Donley's Wild West Town has a nice Wild West Museum along with other rooms devoted to Americana including a huge collection of Thomas Edison inventions. I'm a history guy so I loved this part. Back in 2016 the park was up was sale for $7 million with an ad in Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. The park founder is in his 80's and continues to run the park until he can find a buyer who will maintain it as a park and museum. The actual theme park is more about activities and experiences than rides for the 3-12 year old. Besides seeing old buildings you can learn to throw a tomahawk, pan for gold, paddle a canoe, rope a cow, shoot a bow and arrow, ride a pony and fire a slingshot. And of course there is a traditional corny Wild West Stunt Show.

More on Santa's Village, later
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Donley's Wild West Town
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You enter the park through the gift shop and go straight into the museum
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Of course I was drawn to the Wild West gaming paraphernalia
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I guess that's the result of visiting too many casinos and staying at Harrah's in Joliet during this trip.
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Outside of the Wild West items they have a huge collection of Thomas Edison pieces
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Including many products I did not know Edison dabbled with such as cement.
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and there were themed time period rooms, such as these early 20th century instruments
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and an automotive garage
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Here is a poster listing all the activities. My favorite was the tomahawk throw, even though I also hit the target, I could not get it to stick.
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Large play area for kids
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Lots of cowboys roaming around running the rides
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Too big for the ponies
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and the hand cars
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Ka-ching, I don't mind paying for a park like this (versus an FEC). You can tell the owner put his heart and could into this place and all the kids were enjoying themselves outside.
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Corny stunt shows with puns are always worth the time.
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Besides the slingshot range, you could purchase them.
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and a target
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This could be interesting
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Not interesting, just punny
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Re: larrygator's 2017 Coaster Affirmation Tour

Postby Philrad71 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:55 pm

Wild West with Edison looks like an interesting combination...and the roller coaster looks just like the one that we have at Midway State Park across the lake from us!

And yes, I am with the others that said that Indiana Beach could be a really solid vacation destination if they put more heart and soul into it's upkeep/preservation. I really enjoyed sitting at the Beach Bar having a couple of beers while people watching - and they have a great selection of coasters and flats.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:53 am

^^ That's an interesting little place. It reminds me of Six Gun City quite a bit.
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Postby larrygator » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:11 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:^^ That's an interesting little place. It reminds me of Six Gun City quite a bit.


Donley's Wild West Town is much nicer than the Six Gun City.
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Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:21 pm

Just curious Larry, but did you see what the sling shot ammo was made of? :?r
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Re: larrygator's 2017 Coaster Affirmation Tour

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:36 am

larrygator wrote:
Canobie Coaster wrote:^^ That's an interesting little place. It reminds me of Six Gun City quite a bit.


Donley's Wild West Town is much nicer than the Six Gun City.


That's not hard to do. I visited Six Gun City when I was 4 or 5. I just remember the place being pretty dumpy and begging my parents to leave to go back to Santa's Village.
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Postby larrygator » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:09 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:Just curious Larry, but did you see what the sling shot ammo was made of? :?r


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Re: larrygator's 2017 Coaster Affirmation Tour

Postby cfc » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:45 am

Yes, the classic "baby rattlers" gag. They used this one at the amusement park on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, too.
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