Photo TR - Fun Forest

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Photo TR - Fun Forest

Postby odie » Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:15 pm

Yesterday, my mom took me and a friend over to Seattle for a early birthday present. Our goal was to hit Fun Forest before it was rumored to close in '09. We were originally going to hit Gameworks first then head over to Fun Forest for some rides but, Gameworks failed us by taking out their best game.... So we went straight to lunch. The weather started nice but, after a couple hours, it started raining. So onto the report:

We caught the 1:20 ferry and got over to the other side at about 2:00. The Blue Angels were out practicing for Seafair while we were going across... That was amazing. They get so close to each other that one little mistake could effect the whole group. It was very exciting to see. When we got off the ferry, we made our way up to the mall to get some lunch at Johnny Rockets. It was my first time going to Johnny's and I have to say, those burgers are the best burgers I've had in a very long time. Then we climbed aboard the monorail and it brought us right to the middle of Fun Forest.

We got our wristband and headed straight for Windstorm. There was no line (just like every other ride in the park) and so we decided we'd start in the front. The ride was better than I remember it being but man, this thing is still crazy! It has a little bunny hop at the top that gives a little floater airtime but, after that, it's smashed-in-your-seat madness! I'm just glad this thing doesn't have OTSR's. There was one point of the ride where I even found my head outside of the headrest! Overall, I did raise my rating of it to a 5/10 from a 4/10. I don't think I'll ever raise it much higher though. :lmao:

Next, we did the Wild River, the Rainbow Chaser (the kiddie coaster), the Windstorm 4 more times, and the rest of the flats in the park. I think the ride operators here won the award for the worst, and scariest ride operators I've EVER seen. When you come up to a ride, they are usually catching up on some sleep in one of the seats on the ride. You reach the gate and they get up, open it, and watch you sit in your seat. They don't say anything! Then they start the ride. Yeah, I only found a couple that actually check the restraint or buckle before they let the ride go. Plus, on the Zamperla pirate ship, we were able to lift the bar all the way up while the ride was in motion. And once the ride starts, they just glare at you the whole time! It became scary after a while. I think it definitely put a damper on the whole park.

We left the park after about a hour of being there. We visited a couple shops on the way down to the ferry and then we hopped aboard and headed home.

Overall, the park is OK but I won't go again for a while. I don't like to see any park on the verge of closing, but I can see why this one is. I think if Seattle took up the offer of this (www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=464307) guy's ideas, Fun Forest could really become something. But for now, it's up to the city.

Well... Onto the pictures!
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That's where we're going.
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Blue Angels practicing.
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How many crates can you stack on a ship?
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Tall.
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The library.
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Johnny Rockets.
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First view of the park.
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Music Express.
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Zamperla Galleon with lifting restraints ;)
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Windstorm and all it's twists.
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The little hop that could.
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The helix drop thing! I don't even know what to call this, it's just that insane.
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More pictures soon.

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Postby Luka » Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:27 pm

Cool pictures so far.

I went there for the 4th but I didn't get to go on windstorm ::(. I went on the wild river though, pretty bad ::|

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Postby doublex98 » Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:33 pm

Nice pictures.

I love those types of rides that are like Musical Express!

They used to have one at WOF, but they tore it down and built Patriot.
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Postby odie » Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:01 pm

Luka wrote:I went there for the 4th but I didn't get to go on windstorm ::(. I went on the wild river though, pretty bad ::|


Where there any lines that day? I don't think I've ever seen this park have a line longer than 5 people.

Anyways... here's the rest of the photo's:
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View of the city from the Ferris Wheel.
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Mini Swinging Ship!!! This thing was crazy! I could barely keep in my seat!
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Tornado; I stayed off this one.
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The Space Needle.
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Birds Land. And then the music starts and...
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... The birds leave :( It's like they knew it was coming.
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Wild River.
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1st drop POV.
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It's a *little* ghetto.
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Final drop!
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The lonely Jet Spin that hasn't moved for years.
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The Orbiter.
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A little visit to Pike Place Market.
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A very nice carousel in a building on the waterfront.
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And of course, you can't go to Seattle without stopping at Starbucks! Anyways, Thanks for reading everyone!

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Postby Luka » Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:57 pm

odie wrote:
Luka wrote:I went there for the 4th but I didn't get to go on windstorm ::(. I went on the wild river though, pretty bad ::|


Where there any lines that day? I don't think I've ever seen this park have a line longer than 5 people.


Nope, no lines. A bit more than average though.

To me, orbiter goes pretty fast, I hate spinny rides.
I hate the mini pirate ship, almost impossible to stay seated..

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Postby larrygator » Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:48 am

Your Photo TR has been added to the Theme Park Review Park Index, thank you for provided pictures of a "new" park.

BTW - Do you have any photos of their kiddie coaster (Rainbow Chaser)?
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Postby Hand 0f Time » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:00 am

I knew that place looked so familiar, and I remembered. Experience Music Project building. I haven't been there since I was like 8 years old.

Place still looks gloomy as I remember, lol.

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Postby Liseberg4ever » Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:35 am

Windstorm look like a fun little ride! :)

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Postby kraken613 » Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:39 am

I love Seattle! Its such a nice place I went in 06. I really liked it up there and nice pictures!

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Postby Team Thriller » Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:58 pm

What? No pictures of the best ride there, Booster? Oh well, it's still a very well put together TR. Great job.
And yes, Windstorm is a very intense coaster for it's size.

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