A few days ago I was looking at what parks were on the upcoming TPR west coast trip, and was surprised to find one called "Adventure City" in Anaheim, CA that I had never heard of, despite living in So Cal my whole life. So... my girlfriend and I decided to go check it out. This is our trip report from that visit on 6/14/09. It should serve as a nice little preview for those coming on the west coast trip in about 2 months.
I should start off by saying that I was going into this park with very low expectations. The website just didn't intrigue me too much (mainly because there weren't any big overall pictures of the park or rides), there were only a handful of pictures on TPR, and it wasn't in the nicest area (although, to be fair, the area isn't terrible either.. and I felt 100% safe in and around the park). However... from the moment we stepped in, we were very pleasantly surprised. We ended up having a great time, and I almost feel guilty for thinking it would be anything less than a great experience. The staff were ALL very friendly to us (the park really shined in this regard), the rides... while mostly small... were fun, and overall... for a small, hole-in-the wall type park... it was surprisingly nice and well kept. I would definitely recommend checking it out and spending a few hours here. We had a wonderful time, and thought it was well worth the entry price.
On to the pics...
My gf and I outside the entrance
There's a train that runs around the whole park. You cross over the tracks in the entrance plaza.
First we headed for the freeway coaster... the smaller of their 2 coasters.
It was small, but still fun.
And they let you stay on for 3 laps!
I liked that it wasn't just sitting on a concrete slab like most other kid's coasters I've been on.
It used the terrain nicely.
It felt almost like it was built specifically to go through this tree.
It loops around under itself... the basic layout is a figure 8... with a few extra bumps and twists.
For lift hill enthusiasts
One last pic of the freeway coaster.
Next we headed for their larger coaster, Tree Top Racers. On the way we passed the party tree... which was locked... so we just partied outside.
Tree Top Racers
The cars are nicely themed.
I didn't get a good picture, but at one point near the end it feels like you're going to hit the track above you.
Next we headed for the train. This display case with model trains was a nice extra touch in the station.
The whole train ride was very well themed for such a small park.
Very pretty theming for the last section of the train ride.
Next up was this balloon ride. My girlfriend wanted to go on it because she thought it was going to be a really slow spinning, calm ride (she didn't see it run beforehand). She was wrong.... it was actually pretty intense.
Wheeee I'm flying! I admit we were probably too big to be riding some of these rides... but we didn't care :-) The staff were great too, and didn't give us any weird "aren't you too old for this?" stares.
Little ferris wheel type ride
Overview shot taken from the ferris wheel
Crazy bus.. the only ride we didn't get a chance to get on... just because we only came 1.5 hours before closing.
They also had this car ride... and the really neat part was they let you dress up like firefighters to ride it!
See? This was so cool.
It was little touches like this that made this park really nice.
The cars went through a nicely themed tunnel.
Some of the theming in the tunnel.
Each of the cars was different too... we rode the fire truck. I should also add that I'm supremely jealous of anyone who can fit in the front part of the firetruck.
Well, that's it for Adventure City. Definitely check it out if you're in the area!
Bye bye adventure city! We had fun :-)
Bonus pic #1: Outside the park was this museum that looked like the white house.
Bonus pic #2: Down the street from the park was this store called "Man's Town". WTF? I had to stop and take a manly picture out front. The funny thing was that they had women's clothes too... strange.
How does the pricing work for this park? Is it all pay as you go? Or is it just an entrance fee? Just curious to see if I can easily hit this park up on my way to the beach when I'm down there in August.
That mouse looks like a blast! I gotta get over there. I heard you had to have a kid with you or be an ACE member to get in. Seeing as how you are neither with children nor morbidly obese, I guess this is no longer the case. Thanks for the TR!
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