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Photo TR: Idlewild, Lakemont Park, and DelGrosso's


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I was assigned the PONY World Series (8/12-8/19) from PONY baseball along with three other guys from my group. We took off on a red-eye to Pittsburgh on Friday (8/11) and arrived in Pittsburgh the next morning. The World Series is being held in Washington, PA, which is just a half hour south. I will post a link to the whole World Series trip report later. Our schedule was Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. The championship game is on Saturday. The other group worked Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

 

Since Sunday was off, I moved our plans to have us go to Idlewild, Lakemont Park, and DelGrosso’s. Idlewild is really interesting. There have been a few trip reports on the park lately, so I won’t bore you, but “Come along, Come along to the castle Hug and Song.” A neat thing about Idlewild is you pay when you first get there. It looks like you’re paying to park, but it is for everything. Dan said, “Rick, make sure you get the senior citizen’s discount for McAuley.” This became pretty familiar the rest of the trip. Rollo Coaster was neat, wild mouse is just that, a wild/crazy/non-spinning mouse ride. Dan and Jim were making all sorts of noises in the back of this ride. It was a little painful. Hootin’ Holler is very good for food. The pics below will show some more.

 

Lakemont is so interesting with their roller coaster just beyond the right field wall. It was great to be able to ride Leap the Dips and I actually liked the Toboggan ride. We also rode the go-karts. They have a neat train display set-up too.

 

DelGrosso’s, what can I say. It has a Crazy Mouse ride, and another kiddie coaster. The water park area is neat and you don’t have to pay to park. You actually park by the water area and walk across a bridge that goes over the road to get the rides area.

 

There were so many flat rides in all these parks.

 

Hopefully I didn’t bore you. Here are the pics. More to follow along with other links.

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I thought I could get a good "before" picture of Steve with this ice cream cone, but there wasn't an "after" picture because he didn't spill it!

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This Whip ride really whips you around!

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Now Dan has his guns.

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We were going to do this, but it is similar to the mystery spot in Santa Cruz so we decided not to wait for it.

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Dan needs a couple six shooters.

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Here's Jim playing with his monkey that he won in the pig game.

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Dan needs food or he'll kill us all with his imaginary gun.

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Soak Zone is just beyond the exit to Wild Mouse.

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They're already yelling up the lift hill.

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Steve and Rick in the front, we should have brought ear plugs for all the yelling from the back. Do we really fit on this?

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It's still moving.

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Thanks for the tip, we know Jim and Dan will be yelling the whole time.

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I don't know if 4 200+pound men can ride this up that track.

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It's moving...

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The chick with the shades is gone, that must mean the ride is open!

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Rick, get out of my way and get us out of the neighborhood.

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More facts for you

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Here we are, do you like my hat?

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Is this over yet?

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You're too shy

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That didn't take long.

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They're not laughing...

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Hey, bring your hat.

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You can come too.

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We couldn't stop Jim and Dan from laughing hysterically at this whole ride along with the 45 minute breakdown.

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Yeah, you're invited...

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Come along, come along to the castle hug and song....

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This better be good....

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Why do we go backwards before we go forwards? Maybe it is to break the ride for the next 45 minutes! Yep, that's what happened, and we stayed there!

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4 grown men on this ride....hmmm

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Jim is happy, Dan is confused.

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The neighborhood trolley, YAY!

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Okay, we made it here.

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I need to stop off at my gift shop first.

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Which way should we go?

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Yeah Dan, it's smoke free. Put those away.

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We'll head over to Mister Rogers neighborhood. We have heard so many good things about it.

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No water for us

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Hey, do you know if Wild Mouse is going to be open? Yeah, later on today. Great! Nice shades

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I'm glad the brake guy was back after our ride.

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Here we are! The 4 fools crazy enough to embark on an 8 day journey. This is only Sunday.

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I guess it must be "break" time

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No one is manning the brakes!

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Some facts for ya all!

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Wow! The Rollo Coaster, we gotta get on that.

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Had to take a pic here. The guys said I should be on the other side!

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Pictures continued.

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it's more trains!

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More trains

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They had a neat train set-up.

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One way, no head on collisions.

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Now you can hold on.

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We haven't left the station yet guys.

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Go CURVE!

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mmmm airtime

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The drop

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The baseball club...Altoona Curve

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POV

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It's a ballpark

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Up the lift hill...

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Don't be scared!

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Hey is this in rightfield?

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Hold on!

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There goes Dan.

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Dan really fills up the whole car.

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Jim hurt himself pretty good.

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This is the best pic of any of us.

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This is Steve.

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Here's me again!

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Use your Superman x-ray vision to see me.

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I believe that's me.

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Time for Toboggan

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Bumper cars broke down after this because the ceiling was falling down!

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Maybe not.....

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This is a much better ride

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POV

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Our crew!

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The brake crew.

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Yep, more facts.

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The oldest rollercoaster

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Steve, don't run over Jim!

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We made it to Lakemont!

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Keep on cranking. More photos and days to follow. Thanks for reading!

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It is time for some smashed pennies

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This is Fred's.

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They have this cool area with some facts and memorials about the Del Grossos along with this poem.

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Mr. and Mrs. Del Grosso

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This guy was leading her around and I thought that this is what Gyendolynne and I would be like when we get older!

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They have a cool kid's kingdom

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Yep, that's the look after you ride this one.

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We actually rode this...

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A little toot.....

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Steve has his concerns, Jim is a little curious and Dan is either holding on or trying to escape!

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Going up the lift hill

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Yeah, I am sure the 4 of us can fit, squeaze in tight!

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In case you forgot where we were.

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They have one of these drop rides that is about 100 feet.

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I hope I don't lose my hat!

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thlftthlftthlftpftpht...

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Here we go!

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3 grown men on a kiddie coaster....

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It looks pretty tame.

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Time to get the kiddie credit. Will we fit?

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This is a better DelGrosso's sign

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There is a lot of safety first!

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Is it elGrosso's?

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