It's been a while since we conquered a local park, so I convinced Laurice that a trek inland towards Riverside was in order. Why? Because Castle Park is a massive minigolf/amusement center with credits yet to be conquered. Though it may be small compared to the big boys in Anaheim and Valencia, this park has a lot to offer. In fact, there is so much stuff going on here, I can't in good conscience post all of the pictures I took!
We bought our tickets online, which, with processing fee, were only a dollar cheaper than buying them at the park, but at least there was a discount. Parking is $6. Like Scandia, it's a bit of a drive from my house, and I'll probably only visit again if they add some more credits, but if I lived in the area, I'd probably have a season pass. We really had a good time here. Siege on!
Edit: Special thanks to Larrygator for condensing our threads into one superthread!
Park Entrance. Bask in its glory.
As you enter, you walk under the flume ride's lift hill and largest drop.
Meager defenses and small crowds today, almost everything was a walk-on.
First credit of the day!
This is a Vekoma junior coaster. No head-banging here!
It's not particularly thrilling, and it's a little short, but it makes two circuits, and finishes with a decent helix.
Merlin's looking a bit dehydrated. The fountain around him is on the fritz.
Entrancing, isn't it?
Everyone likes to be photographed on rides!
We're waiting for the almost back, listening to the Harry Potter theme playing in the station.
The back is not available today.
Why? Because the cones get the back. End of story.
On to the next credit!
This is a Fabbri spinning madness model, and according to RCDB, "the Screamin' Demon was previously the 'Pole Position' owned by 'Butler Amusements', a traveling amusement company."
Overall, the coaster wasn't a winner. A little herky-jerky, and sometimes painful.
I liked the screamin' demons painted on each car, however, and it had an acceptable amount of spinning.
I'd like to take this time to say, the employees at Castle Park are awesome! Just shows how a really friendly and attentive crew can add to a visitor's overall experience.
Random lamp shot. Laurice loves lamp. And granola bar.
OMG I forgot the park map shot. Here it is in its splendor.
Today was great for many reasons. Here's one of them. Our first S&S tower.
Up until now, we've chickened out when it comes to these, but this was a good first step!
See? Not very tall. Still, it delivered some nice negative g's, and we are now ready to try some bigger ones!
Thanks S&S, you provided our favorite ride of the day!
As it was pretty hot outside, we decided to get wet before it cooled down.
We enjoyed this flume. It had two drops, some nice theming and rockwork, and kick-butt banjo music in the station.
Entrance sign, check.
Rockwork and theming, check.
Photo of our faux fear, check.
Okay, here comes the sob story. I swear, it was open when we were in line for the log ride.
After the flume, it was closed. Then, as we were eating corn dogs, I saw it running through the fence.
We booked it, but when we got there, it was closed. The best part? We saw it running through the fence as we left. Oh well, no whoring today.
Here's a shot of the cool train that winds through the park.
Everyone likes to be photographed on rides!
We liked this one.
It was a tight fit, but the cars moved swiftly, and the course was nicely themed. This car had a REALLY loud siren. We refrained from using it in the station (unlike all of the children), and the ride ops thanked us profusely.
Here's an idea of the layout.
This park is really much nicer than I expected. Check out the enclosed carousel!
Here it is unwrapped.
We next decided to survey the golf course and arcade, as the latter held a dark ride.
The mini golf area is huge and themed to the hilt. Here's one shot of it.
The arcade held this awesome shooting dark ride.
Highlights include cool theming and a spiral lift mid-ride. Shooting stuff is also fun.
The arcade also featured this classic! As per usual, I gave Laurice tons of useless advice, only to be the first to die. She got to level three!
Back to the rides. This was a chair swing themed to look like a tree. Hence King's Crown?
Looks tame, right? This thing was pretty out of control. Laurice and I kept bumping into each other, and I imagine this was not too different from Kick-boodie!
Another reason today was great: Our first flyer ever!
Very nice dragons painted on each flyer.
Laurice took this ride very seriously.
I'll end this TR with a testament to our enjoyment. Thanks to Castle Amusement Park for some fun rides, a nicely kept park, and a great crew!
Yes! Thread saved from obscurity...many thanks, Bebes! We owe you one. Glad to provide you guys with a preview of the park. Really, they had tons of stuff there, we were very surprised. Plus, the two credits there got me up to 60 coasters! Thanks again for the comment.
For all you credit whores out there: the new coaster at Castle Park is not the former "pole position" coaster. Unless Butler Amusements decided to buy a newer model of the same exact ride and set it up at the Ventura County fair...
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