shesaidboom and 307 do the parks that are kinda the mid-west but some are more easterly but I guess a few can be considered mid-west but maybe "central" is a better term for them - PART SEVEN OF THIS IS THE LAST ONE
So this turned out to be our final day of riding coasters, even though it wasn't supposed to be. We had originally planned on going to Idlewild for the first half of the day, and hauling A$$ to Lakemont Park for the second half. Little did we know the trailer trash horrors that would await us in Altoona. We were able to fit in DelGrosso's with time to spare and concentrate solely on heading home the next day.
Idlewild was weird, in that the front half of the park was jampacked full, but the back half was almost completely empty. Fortunately, Rollo Coaster and Wild Mouse were in that back half, and even though Wild Mouse had big lines [I mean a serious wait here, people, due mainly to - well, you'll find out in a bit], we still managed to ride it three times.
Lakemont Park - oh boy. That place was, wow. We have nothing against restoring old rides or keeping old coasters up and running, but to be quite blunt, this place needs to go away. The operations were terrible, there was almost no attention to safety, and there were NO PEOPLE. You'll find out more about this shoddy park later. One thing I did find amusing was the location of it - right past the outfield wall of the Altoona Curve AA baseball stadium. GO CURVE!
DelGrosso's park was kind of like a carnival grounds. No theming or anything. It was nice enough, and there were a lot of people there, though no one seemed to be going on any rides. We managed to get both credits plus a few flats done in under an hour, so it fit nicely into the 6PM -> 7PM block, aka: The Hour Before the Stanley Cup Finals Game Three came on.
Now, for the final installment of PICTUREZZZZZZZZZZ
This was the extent of the pictures you could take of Rollo Coaster.
Nikki doesn't have turn her camera sideways to get a crooked picture of this lift hill.
Two mice for the price of one.
Idlewild doesn't have to hire employees, their shops give birth to them.
Caterpillar, aka the molest your friends ride.
We enjoyed very much ;) [PS we're gross]
Wild Mouse was an amusing ride with two crazy spots of air.
It wasn't the greatest ride ever, but we enjoyed.
We took like 300 pictures of this coaster. This was one of them.
Large mess of track. Lots of head-choppy goodness.
We thought it was more 'through the trees' than it actually was.
Here Wild Mouse undergoes one of its scheduled hourly maintenance checks. This caused a lot of pissed off park goers.
Howler was one of the best flat rides on the trip. You sit in these funny circles and make yourself spin. A shout out to the kids who thought the cars spun automatically.
CHOO-CHOO! "Watching this fat broad attempt to get out of the train was a lot more fun than riding," says Jer.
Nikki enjoyed the hand-pedal cars, Jer was too scared to ride.
This kid enjoys Fanny's Fudgery.
It took us until the second last day of the trip, but we finally found 'y'all' written in a public setting.
Leap the Dips is apparently the oldest running coaster in the United States. It's too bad it's stuck at such a dump.
The park was empty and if the lack of people wasn't a tell tale sign, the fact that it took us half an hour to find someone to ride Leap the Dips with us proved it.
Are these cars ever used?
I had been dreading riding the Toboggan since we had planned the trip. At least I didn't smash my head like Jer.
Skyliner was surprisingly smooth considering the age of it. Outside of the pop of air coming off the lift, it wasn't really a great ride.
The strategic location outside of a baseball stadium made cross promotion inevitable as you can see here.
Nikki's back to the crooked lift hill pictures.
If there were ever a long enough home run it could conceivably ping a coaster rider in the head.
They wouldn't run the train without at least four people riding, despite Jer's best efforts.
We couldn't get any pictures with the car in them since nobody was riding.
We finally coerced people into riding with us so in celebration we took this "exclusive" onride photo.
You can really feel the train leaving the tracks, and let me tell you, it's not the greatest feeling in the world.
We are at Del Grosso's, home of yummy pasta sauce.
Oh yeah, it also has credits.
This worm seems happy enough...
...but you better watch out for the elephant!
Rodents + pasta = happy ending. Thanks for reading y'all!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
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