So far, I'd visited the UK, Europe, and Japan with TPR. Good times, but I hadn't seen too many parks in the USA, outside of California, Virginia, and Florida (along with some time at Kings Island, Holiday World, and the Mall of America's Camp Snoopy). So why not tour the nation's heartland a bit and see some the country's more "eccentric" parks, such as Silver Dollar City and Indiana Beach? Yes, you can see some interesting sights . . .
. . . and meet some interesting people amid the wheat and cornfields of the Midwest.
Here are a few things I learned on this trip.
1. Holiday World's Voyage can be a very good ride early in the season (say, April). But ride it late in the summer, and it's quite bad indeed. Talk about Jekyll and Hyde!
2. Indiana Beach's tacos are surprisingly good for tacos made in Indiana. Fascination is great, too.
3. S&S needs to build more rides like Silver Dollar City's Powder Keg. Seriously, this should be their "flagship" product.
4. Six Flags St. Louis has the best version of the Scooby Doo shooting dark ride ever.
5. Every city needs its own City Museum--and Lambert's.
Well, time to fly to the Twin Cities and see what Spongebob and friends are up at the Mall of America.
Welcome to Nickelodeon Universe--or Spongebob's favorite place next to the Crabby Patty.
Spongebob's Rock Bottom Plunge coaster is all well and good, but my favorite ride there is still the Log Flume.
Iowa's Adventureland was full of friendly people and a particularly painful ride in the Dragon.
But CCI's Outlaw was pretty good.
Worlds of Fun is a generic Cedar Fair park, but I am a sucker for Morgan Hypercoasters, like Mamba.
We all worshipped at the Altar of Prowler, as well. (Seriously, it's a good ride, but I'm not sure why so many fanboys were so passionate about it.)
Yep--Powder Keg was my favorite coaster at Silver Dollar City, but Outlaw Run might change my mind someday.
Wildfire was a good, solid B&M coaster in a beautiful setting.
Silver Dollar City also boasts an actual cave tour.
We rode to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis . . .
. . . and went nuts at the City Museum.
Yes, this place is fascinating to explore and offers many opportunities for serious personal injury.
Elissa, I think the "green ear" virus you caught at Liseberg is flaring up again. Might want to have that checked.
Mr. Freeze at Six Flags St. Louis is proof that Premier Rides builds a damn good launched shuttle (nice job on the theming, too, Six Flags).
Yep--"swamp boat Scooby Doo" is the best Scooby Doo.
Raven was my favorite coaster at Holiday World.
I even thought Legend was OK, although I'd heard bad things about it.
As for Voyage, well, the backstage tour was nice.
Come to Indiana Beach for the bizarre rides . . .
. . . but stay for the elephant ears . . .
. . . and Fascination.
I remember visiting Marriott's Great America in Santa Clara when it opened in 1976. This was my first visit to the Six Flags version in Illinois.
Raging Bull was OK (especially at night), but it looks cooler than it is.
But Illinois still has the Whizzer. Overall, we had a very good time SF Great America that day and evening (even Viper was running great).
Dan finally embraces the wetness.
Their facial expressions perfectly sum up my feelings about Mt. Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells. I've no deisre to go there again.
Sigh! Avalanche was great, though. Pity it's gone now.
Valleyfair is also a bit generic, but it has the greatest mascot ever: Baron Oom Pah Pah! He's great because he probably drinks a lot of beer.
Renegade was fun, too--another solid GCI. That's all for the Midwest. Next week, we'll be going Down Under.
I was pleasantly surprised by Mamba after moving to KC last year. By far the best coaster at WoF.
While I had a great first ride on Prowler, the next three were very jarring and rough. I agree with you in that while it's a decent ride, it's not really worth high praises. Maybe in it's inaugural season when most woodies tend to run their best?
I'd still like to get back to HW to see if I could sneak one of those good rides on Voyage that I see/hear people talk about.
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