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Adventureland Long Island!

Postby milst1 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:49 pm

I started working as a professor at Farmingdale State College on Long Island nearly a year ago, and I have to admit, the school's proximity to Adventureland was actually a factor in my taking the job. And while I've communicated with park co-owner Paul Gentile via email and telephone to talk shop, I hadn't actually been over the park since August of 2008, when Cheryl, Lauren, our friend Dave, and I went there to get the credits. This made me sad, because during the school year when I bike from my office to the train station in the dark on my way home, Adventureland always cheers me up because their small Ferris wheel is always lit up with LEDs at night, even during the off season. So on a day when Cheryl was on her way to the Bahamas with Lauren, and with very bad traffic back to Queens, I decided to wait it out and kill some time at Adventureland. I was not disappointed, and it was better than I remembered it.
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Adventureland is more or less in that circle on the left, and my office is approximately at the end of that arrow. I took this picture while flying in the back seat of a Cessna with a colleague and Cheryl's uncle, who's also a pilot. Farmingdale State College actually has the largest collegiate flight school in the Northeast.
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Zierer Tivoli coaster. These kids were really into it!
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Some version of a wave swinger.
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There is a lot of stuff jammed into a small space. There is one of those scramble-through things for kids.
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There are a lot of kiddie rides.
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I can't even show them all, it's so packed in.
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But still room for little touches along the midway.
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My kind of park!
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I had already eaten, but there seemed to be plenty of food options.
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The train ride took a good 10 minutes, which is amazing given the small size of the park.
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They had pictures and relics of old rides along the train route. Lots of Long Islanders have Adventureland memories: The park has been open for 51 years.
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Here's the 12-armed Ferris Wheel that I see at night. I think it's a Zamperla.
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The train ride was surprisingly serene too, given that you're surrounded by exburban sprawl.
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Good haunt stuff on the train route too. The owner told me that they were getting very pumped up for their Halloween event.
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My 4 remaining tickets were for the dark ride, and I was surprised to see that the old dark ride was gone and had been replaced...
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...by this! It's called Geister-Rikscha (Phantom Rickshaw). I think it was built by Mack way back when.
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I found that information and this earlier picture of the ride from an earlier location at this German ride site:
http://www.ride-index.de/include.php?path=content/content.php&contentid=1466
At least I *think* it's the same ride. I couldn't get a good picture of the whole face of the ride at Adventureland, and it's amazing how tightly they've managed to wedge it in.
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All of the rickshaw drivers are hooded! Totally creepy.
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It's fun. They've added a ton of props inside.
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All in all, it's a small but charming little park with a nice mix of rides packed into a smaller footprint. I had a really nice chat with owner Paul Gentile at the end of my visit. I hope to recruit him as a guest speaker for one of my classes. It's very much a family-owned and -operated kind of place and you can tell that it's a labor of love. Maybe it was because my last park visit had been to pathetic Camden in WV, and this park seemed incredible by comparison, but I left with a really good feeling about Adventureland. It was just good to see a local park that has been treated with a lot of TLC.
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Thanks for visiting Adventureland Long Island with me!
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Unfortunately I did not run into Alfie the mascot that day.
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Hey, it's New York! Adventureland is about an hour from Manhattan, maybe even less without traffic.
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The S.D.C. Hurricane.
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Antique cars.
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A pirate guarding the flume in the pirate area.
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There's also a pirate ship in the pirate area.
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Huss Frisbee.
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Musik Express.
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Re: Adventureland Long Island!

Postby larrygator » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:18 pm

On my only visit I was surprised how much they crammed into such a small footprint.
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Re: Adventureland Long Island!

Postby yay101 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:33 am

Great photo report! Yay for parks who still have S.D.C. Hurricanes! =)
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Re: Adventureland Long Island!

Postby Parallax » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:51 pm

It's weird seeing a thread for this park. I live about 25 minutes away and used to go there all the time. Still go every once in a while, but now that I can commute to Great Adventure I tend to not go to Adventureland.
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Re: Adventureland Long Island!

Postby cfc » Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:04 pm

The rickshaw ride looks pretty cool.
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Re: Adventureland Long Island!

Postby sspaz1000 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:29 pm

Great report! I still need to get up there some day, hopefully next year.
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Re: Adventureland Long Island!

Postby gisco » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:58 am

Small parks like this have a lot of charm. Love the report.

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Re: Adventureland Long Island!

Postby palmerleeberry » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:09 pm

You don't often get to see trip reports or even hear about the small parks, so that's why this site was set up to give these parks the exposers they really need. You never know what type of obscured ride may be found in parks like this, or a one-of-its-kind attraction that no one else has.

Great Photo Trip report, but the way. We need more photo trip reports on small parks; you may have that rare ride that might encourage a rider and amusement park flyer to go there and ride it!

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Re: Adventureland Long Island!

Postby milst1 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:56 am

Thanks for the love, everyone!

I'm personally not a huge fan of Hurricanes, but whoever loves them should go take a spin! It's definitely a park that's worth a visit.

I know that I'm going to try to take more advantage of a great park that's right across the street!
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