Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports Land

Como Town and Como Zoo
Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 1 guest
Discuss theme parks, roller coasters, and mules!
Why do I still have a donkey title???
User avatar
 
Posts: 5568
Joined: 04 Mar 2007
Location: Western NY
Gender: Male
Age: 47

Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby Philrad71 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:24 pm

Got to check MoA out a couple of times during work trips, but Valleyfair has been closed every time (offseason).

I've always said that something like this would be a huge hit in Buffalo - where it's also winter for 3/4 of the year.
Image

Why do I still have a donkey title???
User avatar
 
Posts: 13369
Joined: 16 Feb 2005
Location: The bar
Gender: Male
Age: 30

Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby coasterbill » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:34 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Awesome report!

That Mall is on my bucket list of places to visit. Theoretically that new mall in New Jersey should have some similarities, but I strongly doubt it will have the same woodsy atmosphere. I'm stunned and glad they kept it looking as nice as it did during the Camp Snoopy days.

Lastly, how did they miss the opportunity to theme Ghost Blasters to Danny Phantom? I loved that show growing up and that ride layed it up for them.


Thanks! The one unfortunate thing about this trip was that it made me excited for the American Dream and nobody should ever be excited about the American Dream because it'll never open. I mean... American Dream won't be *as* good because it won't have Log Chute but it'll have better coasters.

ytterbiumanalyst wrote::lmao: Fantastic report!

Glad you got on Orange Streak! My oldest doesn't usually ride roller coasters, but she loved that one. Something for everyone.

Maybe it's that a giant orange turd was dumped on my city today, but I laughed way too hard at the glass ceiling joke. Spectacularly done.

We also got the combo tickets with Sea Life, and why not? IIRC, they were ony a few dollars more than the NU wristband anyway, plus huge awesome aquarium. It's way bigger than the Sea Life in the Crown Center mall in Kansas City.

That log flume is the best in the Midwest. It's been there since before the Nickelodeon stuff and I'm glad they haven't messed with it.

And of course...Margaritaville. Perfect. :)


Thanks! Yeah, unless you're on a whore run and you have a flight out of MSP or something that same day you're insane not to do the combo ticket with the aquarium. I was surprised at how good it was considering it was in a mall (that statement was a recurring theme for everything throughout the day).

PKI Jizzman wrote:Ahhhhyeah, you finally got to check out the flume! Glad you like it, and glad you got on Orange Streak. The place is seriously as modern engineering marvel, every theme park fan needs to check out MoA.


Thanks! Agreed.

boldikus wrote:Super awesome update. I might have been a little embarrassed to say this park is near the top of my list. It looks so fun and this fab report just made me want to go there even more. And the missus lives to shop so she'll enjoy the mall its attached to.


You would love it. It's weird that it's normally so expensive to fly there but if something cheap pops up don't hesitate. Just pull the trigger.

bluestreak wrote:That Ninja turtle ride is one of, if not the best flat I've ever ridden. It's absolutely amazing. Glad you had a great time!


:lol: Yeah, we loved that thing.

CaptainUnknown wrote:That log flume is a national treasure. I knew you'd love it.


The fact that that thing exists in a mall makes me want to move to Minneapolis. What's the trade in value of a Honda at the moose dealership? :lol:

anonymouscactus wrote:Wow. Great report. I had no idea the park had all of that theming and awesomeness rolled into it as this is the first report and photos I've seen of it. Very cool.

That was the biggest surprise for me also. I really just assumed that there would be a bunch of rides plopped on the floor and that would be it.

Philrad71 wrote:Got to check MoA out a couple of times during work trips, but Valleyfair has been closed every time (offseason).

I've always said that something like this would be a huge hit in Buffalo - where it's also winter for 3/4 of the year.


I feel like it could work in a lot of places. I know malls are dying but malls that double as major entertainment destinations are really in their own category. Mall of America is pretty much killing it.

RCjunkie wrote:Nice trip report. Good to see you like my 'winter' park. ;) Glad you got to ride Orange Streak, it is the 'train' of the park and lets you see it from all angles. Log Chute is the only original ride from Camp Snoopy and it was themed to Paul Bunyan (as you can see his ax in one of your pictures). Why they did not re-theme it I don't know but I am also not complaining. I had a strange feeling you might like this ride. :lol: Having it at NU makes up for VF removing their Flume ride. Airbender is not down a lot but I would say it lives up to it's Intamin reputation and is down more than any other ride there though.


Thanks! It's really weird to me that they didn't re-theme the flume but I'm thrilled with their decision to leave it alone.

I think Intamin should make a donkey!
User avatar
 
Posts: 154
Joined: 23 Oct 2017
Location: Greensboro, NC
Gender: Male
Age: 45

Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby hoppedup » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:51 pm

Nice report! I think I'll add MoA to the itinerary for our eventual trip to Valleyfair.

Buffett fan, eh? He has recorded my friend Will's songs on all of his albums since License to Chill.

Why do I still have a donkey title???
User avatar
 
Posts: 13369
Joined: 16 Feb 2005
Location: The bar
Gender: Male
Age: 30

Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby coasterbill » Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:24 pm

hoppedup wrote:Nice report! I think I'll add MoA to the itinerary for our eventual trip to Valleyfair.


Honestly you've got it backwards. If you could only go to one park you should go to Nick Universe. That said, in a pinch you can do both in a day.

Why do I still have a donkey title???
User avatar
 
Posts: 5568
Joined: 04 Mar 2007
Location: Western NY
Gender: Male
Age: 47

Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby Philrad71 » Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:57 pm

^^^ You're absolutely right about some malls being a dying breed.

The Galleria Mall in Buffalo is something similar to MoA, although smaller in size with no theme park.

But in its defense, it has lots of premier restaurants, bars, hotels and such either attached or right next door...and the place always seems to draw a huge crowd.

Hell, all they'd need to do is add two more levels, add an indoor water or amusement park and an aquarium and they'd have pretty much the same thing. ;-)
Image

I just swallowed a whole donkey!
 
Posts: 742
Joined: 15 Jan 2017
Location: The red-headed stepchild of Michigan (Manistee)
Gender: Male
Age: 26

Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby cparkes92 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:47 pm

I've been to the Mall of America once. That was back in 2000 when the only coaster there was what is now Orange Streak. The log flume was wetter than Splash Mountain IMHO
Top 10 steel: Steel Vengeance, Millennium Force, Maverick, Mako, Incredible Hulk, Banshee, Diamondback, Raptor, SheiKra, Montu
Top 10 wood: Mystic Timbers, Shivering Timbers, Beast, Racer (KI), Viper, American Eagle, Woodstock Express, Blue Streak (CP), Mean Streak (RIP), Wolverine Wildcat

Open Up Happiness
User avatar
 
Posts: 8179
Joined: 21 Jan 2006
Location: Orlando, Florida
Gender: Male
Age: 27

Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:55 am

Thank you for sharing such a great report from the Mall of America! This is definitely on my park bucket list... I'm just not sure when I'll get out to that side of the country, but when I do, I'll definitely be stopping into Nick Universe!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!

Image

Site Admin
User avatar
 
Posts: 47662
Joined: 01 Feb 2005
Location: Orlando, FL
Gender: Male

Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby robbalvey » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:03 pm

coasterbill wrote:
hoppedup wrote:Nice report! I think I'll add MoA to the itinerary for our eventual trip to Valleyfair.


Honestly you've got it backwards. If you could only go to one park you should go to Nick Universe. That said, in a pinch you can do both in a day.

Agreed!

Why do I still have a donkey title???
User avatar
 
Posts: 13369
Joined: 16 Feb 2005
Location: The bar
Gender: Male
Age: 30

Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby coasterbill » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:46 pm

Wow, I made it to the big time. I guess I should probably write something finally. :lol: :lmao: :lol: :lmao: :lol:

Why do I still have a donkey title???
User avatar
 
Posts: 13369
Joined: 16 Feb 2005
Location: The bar
Gender: Male
Age: 30

Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby coasterbill » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:30 am

^On that note...

Our Minnesota trip was a weird one because due to Frontier's weird flight schedule we actually had an extra day and no clue how to spend it. I pretty much resorted to hopping on Tripadvisor for "Things to do in Minnesota" and after passing the top results of elk milking, moose tipping and Oxycodone we noticed that the area had not one but two zoos. Once Brit got wind of that our search was over. We were going to the zoo.

At first we considered just going straight to the larger zoo (The Minnesota Zoo) but reviews actually made it look like the smaller free zoo (Como Zoo) was worth a visit also, mainly because they had a polar bear which is pretty rare for an American zoo and even more rare for a free American zoo. Even better, they had a coaster!

Como Zoo seems to be split into three main sections. There's the zoo, there's a conservatory and there's an amusement park. A few coaster people had told me to go to this place since they had a coaster but I assumed that it was some embarrassing kiddy credit and was absolutely planning to skip it. That said, when we pulled up and made our way towards the zoo I caught a glimpse of it and realized that it actually looked like a full size Zyklon (or whatever). We quickly bought our tickets and made our way over, somehow managing to walk right on to the ride ahead of the massive queue that was sure to build up later in the day.

A few seconds later we found ourselves locked in, faced with taming this relentless tiger.

IMG_0245.JPG
I'm far from "proud" of this, but it's not that embarrassing. I'm in. My enthusiasm level is clearly visible in this photo though.

The ride starts out with a slow turn to the right to build suspense followed by an unnerving and slow climb towards the stratosphere. After your ears pop and you reach the top you struggle to make out the tiny ant-sized figures below as you slowly begin to turn and build up speed while traveling through the clouds.

After a few heart-pounding seconds that feel like an eternity you're abruptly ripped down a massive drop, throwing your whole world upsideown (I mean, not literally but you know). You rise again and scream into a high speed unbanked turn to the right that barely allows you to catch your breath before you careen down another massive drop, throwing you into an RMC-style airtime hill followed immediately by an abrupt turn. After a helix that puts I305's greyouts to shame, the ride slams into the 37th trim of the ride (where it shatters the world record previously held by Rip Ride Rockit) but it barely offers a break from the intensity. While it does trim, it seems to do so only so the ride won't totally Daytona itself but it does nothing to control the relentless speed and intensity.

Following the trim, the ride immediately barrels into another rapid-fire, stomach churning trim before it throws you down a drop and into another trim. Just as your body starts shutting down from the intensity and strong G forces and your terrified hands feel as if they're about to break the grab bar in two you rocket through another out-of-control low speed turn before you mercifully meander into the brake run.

Make no mistake, this is an elite coaster. If you haven't already dropped everything to book a flight to Minneapolis please stop reading this report and do so immediately.

IMG_0247.JPG
This ride really does embody the spirit of the tiger

After our terrifying brush with death we decided to check out the rest of Como Zoo. I'll be honest, I was impressed. For a free zoo they have an amazing animal collection... wolves, primates, giraffes, lions, tigers, polar bears, bison, zebras, seals, gorillas, sea lions, birds, reptiles and more, holy sh*t! (Lions and tigers and bears, oh sh*t!)

IMG_0249.JPG
This zoo was really impressive for what it was

IMG_0250.JPG
The giraffes were front and center

IMG_0252.JPG
While the animal collection was impressive the quality of the exhibits was more in-line with what you would expect from a free zoo. It's pretty no-frills.

IMG_0268.JPG
Say what you want about the ride itself, but SeaWorld Orlando's new penguin exhibit has totally ruined the traditional "behind the glass" penguin exhibits for me.

IMG_0257.JPG
Do you like bison pictures? Well you f*cking better because our Yellowstone trip report is coming soon. If you don't you should probably leave this thread. Bi, son. (I had to)

IMG_0275.JPG
Confucius monkey say, "Man who ride Tiger Trax be $5 poorer, but infinitely richer at heart ".

IMG_0270.JPG
Nothing to see here, just a gorilla licking a surfboard

The zoo's pride and joy (besides Tiger Trax obviously) is their polar bear exhibit and for good reason. While it's still not on the level of a large zoo, it's the nicest exhibit in the park and they attempt to make it much more of an event than just walking up to a fence and looking at a polar bear.

IMG_0259.JPG
They're clearly pretty proud of their polar bear, as they should be...

The exhibit features a gift shop, interactive features, tons of information and a nice view into the indoor and outdoor areas. Even though it was almost Labor Day, they had the polar bear outside because... Minnesota. :lol:

IMG_0260.JPG
What an amazing animal.

We were probably done with Como in 2-3 hours but it's a nice little zoo. As we didn't pay for parking or admission we were sure to hit up the gift shop and support the zoo in Brit's traditional way... buying literally everything. :lol:

If you have the time I highly recommend popping in if you're in the area. Not only is there a credit (for the whores among us) but it's a really nice little zoo and it's a great place to kill a few hours for free.

Up next: The Minnesota Zoo!

PreviousNext

Return to Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, & Donkeys!

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 1 guest

These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment,
Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.

All onride photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by a professional ride photographer.
For yours  and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at parks without proper permission.

Disclaimer!  You need a sense of humor to view our site, 
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back now!
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER!
There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13."
Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.

cron