We went out to Long Island yesterday to ride Hurricane as we'd never been to Adventureland before and figured this was a good time to go. We only live "90 minutes away" according to Google (if you've ever been to Long Island you know how funny that is) but have never been there because going to Long Island is usually a nightmare. Like most New Yorkers we haven't done any of the big tourist spots in New York (Montauk point, Niagra Falls, the Statue of Liberty...) so we figured it was time to head out to the Island and see what it had to offer.
We decided to make a day of it and actually made it out to Adventureland with "only" an hour's worth of traffic delays. The park itself is pretty nice and it's amazing how much they managed to cram into a small area. Tickets are pretty expensive here with the major rides being between 4 and 5$ each so we only rode the 2 coasters and the haunted house. We would have rode the flume but it seemed to be closed for the season.
We don't ride kiddy coasters for credits but the family coaster here seemed respectable enough to take it for a ride without any shame and it was actually pretty good. The park added a tunnel and some nice landscaping around it which made it a pretty cool experience... the park is tiny but you can tell the owners take a lot of pride in it.
Next we rode the haunted house which was awful. We knew it would be but had to see for ourselves... this is only worth a ride if you have a wristband or if you're completely hammered.
Finally we went over to the Hurricane. We were excited to ride it since I grew up with the one at Rye Playland and haven't ridden one in a long time. Unlike the one that used to run in Rye it was a very enjoyable ride... the lap bars were a great modification by the park. It's a shame they're getting rid of this ride, I have a hard time believing the new coaster can be an improvement on this but I guess we'll wait and see.
I have to say as much as we enjoyed the park one really strange thing happened though that left a bad taste in our mouths. I had remembered that Hurricane coasters feature a pretty awesome twisting drop mid-way through the ride that provides a great experience in the back seat and since we were only going to ride it once we wanted to make sure we sat there. The ride was a walk on but we asked the operator if we could wait for the back seat on the next train (we were the only people in line but 2 kids were sitting in the back). He proceeded to make the kids sitting in the back get up and move to the front of the train.
I could tell the operator didn't understand english very well (which is totally fine with me) so I tried to explain nicely that we didn't want to make the kids move and would gladly wait for the next train. He just yelled "you... there" and pointed to the back seat so we felt pretty awful about making the kids move and didn't really enjoy the ride as much as we should have. The man also checked everyone's lap bar 3 times and at one point went into the control booth to look for a sign for the new coaster and hold it up so everyone on the train could see it before checking our restraints a 3rd time. The whole thing was really bizarre.
After that we went out to Montauk which was supposed to be 90 minutes away but it ended up taking us a little over 2 hours. Not too bad for Long Island... If you're going out of your way for Adventureland this is probably a worthy add on as they let you up in the lighthouse and the scenery on the tip of the island is incredible. Be warned though that you should never do this in the summer or on a weekend. The return trip was amazingly awful...It took us 4 1/2 hours to get off the Island and as much as we enjoyed our day the traffic was a bit of a bummer. Still... I recommend checking this park out and making a day out of it so you can visit some other popular sports on Long Island. Just give yourself a lot of extra time. There was one point in Eastern Long Island that it took us 90 minutes to go 2 1/2 miles. I'm not joking.
Thanks for posting that great video. Kind of funny to call a video of a coaster being dismantled great, but I love this park. Grew up close by so it was my first home park. Used to go there all the time in the mid to late '70's Rode my first coaster there, the Galaxy What a hoot. Glad to see they're keeping the park up so well and adding new things.
This is actually milst1, posting on cherylbs's account. I did this whole report on Cheryl's laptop before realizing that it was logged in as her. Well, she needs to up her posts anyway.
I had to be at school last week in preparation for the new semester so I decided to drive around a little to see if I could get a glimpse of the new coaster. You can see a large crane from the road, so I drove around to get a better look, which, unfortunately, wasn't really there. But I did find some signs of progress, mainly track in the parking lot, which I share with you today.
Sorry that I forgot to bring my camera and I just had my iPhone. Most of these photos look alike: there was track in the parking lot!
As the promotional art has shown, it's green track with yellow supports. There's also a big pile of dirt in the parking lot.
More track and more supports. It's not a big coaster or a big footprint, so it's hard to tell if the erection of the track has even begun.
This could be the entirety of the support structure, for all I know.
I'm going to call my "park connection" and see if I can get on-site to take some more pics.
Now I'm sweeping the camera back over the the left.
I realize that we've covered this ground already.
But I was happy snapping away.
Now I moved closer to the fence and stuck my arm through to get these supports on the left. You can see Adventure Falls from here.
The hits keep coming.
I think these are the same angles but my arm is through the fence now. Not trespassing, exactly.
Okay, last shot.
I then drove around the block to see if I could get a better shot of the construction area, but this was the best I could do. This is from the parking lot of the neighboring Target store. You can see Ghost House from here, which shows how narrow the park is at that point of the midway.
I also happened to notice the back of the Food Court area. Look at all the detailed theming that only the Target shoppers get to see. Reminds you that the park is one of the older things in the area. This must have been pretty rural in 1962 when the park opened, although I admit to not knowing from when this structure dates. The water tower, which is on the far side of the park's northern border, again highlights the narrowness of the property at that point. Anyway, thanks for checking it out with me! I hope I get some more good stuff soon.
Thanks for the update, Martin! I made a special visit here to ride Hurricane before it was removed, but I unfortunately didn't have any time other than ride it and Ladybug and leave. I'm very excited to come back to ride Turbulence and see the rest of the park!
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