1st stop: Vidalia, Georgia.
2nd: Wild Adventures!
3rd: Savannah, Georgia.
4th: Washington D.C.
5th: New York City
6th: Syracuse, NY.
7th: Colombus, Ohio.
So over my Christmas break, we went on a vacation, “we” being myself, my mom, and one of her best friends. The Friday that I got off of break, we left for Georgia. We drove there. That’s a veeeeeeeeeeeeery long drive! It took us about 26 hours total. We were in Georgia for one week visiting my mom’s friends family. While there, we went to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, and went to eat at Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons, which was reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally good!
Next Saturday, we went to D.C. We drove past Kings Dominion. I305 was visible from the interstate, which with all the trees, you could see nothing but the Eiffel tower and I305. It is HUGE.
In D.C., we saw all the sites. It was a lot of fun. No, the Obamas weren’t there. They were in Hawaii. I love photography, so this was a ton of fun for me! The next day, we were going to go to New York City leaving at 6 a.m., but I woke up at about 4 a.m. with the sorest throat every very achy, and one of the worst fevers my mom said that I’ve had. She said it was the warmest she’s ever felt me be. We thought it was strep because I get that a lot, but it wasn’t. At 4 a.m., no doctor’s office is open, so we had to go to the ER. Ugh. It was laryngitis, but we got some medication and we were on our way. We ended up leaving D.C. at about 10 a.m.
We stayed in Jersey City and took the train to NYC. The first thing we did was walk around a bit, then went to TKTS. TKTS is a thingymajig in Times Square which gives huge discounts to Broadway shows, day-of only. The discount is usually 50%. The show we wanted to most see was Shrek: The Musical. I was hoping and praying we could see it. We waited over an HOUR in line in the BELOW freezing New York cold to hopefully get tickets to *A* show. We got to the front of the line and got the last THREE OF FOUR tickets!!! I was so happy! We didn’t get to sit together, but that was fine. Why? 2nd, 3rd, and 5th row seats. HOW FREAKING AMAZING IS THAT??? For those of you who don’t know, Shrek had its last run on Broadway a couple Sundays ago, January 3rd. This was one of the big reasons I wanted to see it.
A lot of people in the Wichita school district are going on a trip to NYC that happens every 2 years. About 7 of the shows they planned on seeing have closed. Shrek being one of them. So some people were mad at me that I got to see it.
SHREK WAS AMAZING. That’s all I have to say. Also, my dream is to be a Broadway performer. Music theater is my passion. The next day in NYC was very windy, but we got to see what we wanted and do some shopping.
We stayed in Syracuse for a few days. Nothing to report there.
We stayed in Colombus, Ohio for the night on our way home. My mom has friends there. We are going back this summer and I’ll be going to Kings Island. Possibly Cedar Point. Anyways, onto what you’re here to see, Wild Adventures!!!
This is the theme park where Zombieland was filmed.
We got to the park about 10 minutes before opening. There were maybe 20 cars in the parking lot or so?? Hardly ANYBODY. Like most big parks, they take your picture when you enter. They also do it throughout the park, even in the loading stations for some rides! It was really great! But anyways, hardly anyone was there. All day. The place was freaking deserted.
Boomerang: This was our first ride of the day. We first rode in the front. Not butter smooth, but it was still smooth enough. Then we rode in the back, mind you that we are the only people on this ride, let alone that entire section of the park. Back was smooth as well. I can’t ride Boomerangs a lot because the high g-forces give me a major headache. I was a little disappointed at how close the Tiger exhibit was to the Boomerang. It was RIGHT next to it. I’m sure the tigers get annoyed a lot.
Cheetah: Closed for that one million dollar renovation. WOW is that thing torn up! Sections of track are missing in places. I’ll have some pictures. I really wanted to ride it, but oh well.
Gold Rush: This coaster, I learned a couple of days ago, was removed to make way for the 3 new rides for 2010.
Space Shot: Closed
Fiesta Express: They let us ride
This is a Zamperla mini-mouse. My mom actually got scared on this. Oh my gosh. That was embarrassing, BUT we were the only ones in that whole half of the park, so no one saw!
Hangman: My second SLC. Nice! We rode in the front because there was no wait, obviously. SMOOTH!!! Yes, a smooth SLC!!! So much fun! We wanted to ride again, but they made us go all the way around through the exit and back through the entrance. I know this is policy, but really? There’s no one even in this area of the park! We’re the only ones here! Oh well. Later, they let us stay on. Anyways, because no one was there, I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the wheels and what not. The next time, we rode in the back. It wasn’t as smooth. It was still good though. Front seat, FTW!
Swamp Thing (Vekoma Junior suspended): This thing goes directly over an alligator exhibit. LIVE alligator. Poor guy
I’m sure things have dropped on him before. This thing was a little rough. You go around twice. It was alright. Nothing special, but good for a family coaster!
Bug Out: Fun little family coaster!
Ant Farm Express: Fun kiddie coaster. Actually, pretty intense for such a small ride!
I honestly don’t think this place is going to last. It is a great place, it really is, but there’s no one there! It’s several miles off of the interstate in literally the middle of nowhere. It just snuck up on us. It was kind of strange, actually. Location is awful for business.
They had a Safari Train, which was just like any other mini train you’d find at a theme park, but it goes throughout their animal section, which you can only see IF you go on the train. It also goes right by Cheetah, and depending on which route they choose, it can also go under and around Cheetah. This ride was the only one we waited for. Since they only had one train operating, that explains the wait. It was only like 5 minutes though.
There is a swampy path thingy that’s really cool! It’s just a lot of pathway right above swamp land and you get to see lots of animals. It’s cool.
The bird house was cool. Lorikeets come and land on your shoulder. Yay!
If you’re passing through, visit this park! If crowds are that minimal, you can get through it all in less than an hour. There really isn’t anything in the area for vacations, but I believe it’s not very far from Orlando. Go to this place. It’s neat!
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