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.
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!