So we decided to check out Adventureland in Iowa this past week. I have been wanting to check out this park for some time now. The drive to the park has to go down as one of the most boring drives I have ever had to do. They have corn and more corn. Nothing much to see while driving. Once we arrived at the park, we had a hard time finding the parking lot due to the lack of signage. After driving a mile past the park and getting turned around, we finally found the entrance.
The park looks like they were trying to look like Disneyland when they built it. It also looks like it is stuck in the 80's. But beyond that, we enjoyed the park and had a great time. The crowds were light and the weather was perfect. We were able to hit all the coasters several times(once on the dragon was enough).
The new attraction this year was storm chaser. There must not have been any storms in the area because the ride was not operating. The ride looks very nice and towers over the park. The rest of the park is very well landscaped and kept up. I have to say that the employees were all beyond friendly and helpful. The food selection was decent and so were the prices.
My favorite attraction in the park has to be the tornado coaster. A close second would be the underground just because it's so uniqe. I thought the underground had a waterfall in it? Either it is no longer there, or was not operating at the time.
Onto the pictures.....
Look at all the scenery there is to look at in Iowa
They do have the biggest truck stop though.
They have this as well.....
We made it!
This is the main entrance
Hmmmm....I can't put my finger on it, but it seems like I have been here before.
Here, you enter a place....
Instead of posters of attractions, Adventureland has signs from 2008
This was the view as soon as we were in the park.
The first ride in the park is the ferris wheel
And hidden away inside the arcade was the g force ride.
Our first ride was the chair lift
From the chair lift, you can get a great look at the parks log flume ride
You actually get pretty close to it
The lay of the land
Inside the saloon where the magic show is held.
Our first coaster was the dragon
But first you must go up these ramps
A look at the station and train
The ride starts out with fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo hop over the water before reaching the lift hill
Here is the lift
The ride has two loops
And yes.....they are painful
The rest of the ride consists of this figure 8 track
At the exit of the ride, they have these silly fun house mirrors
Up next is the outlaw coaster
This must be an outlaw
This is the track just before the lift
The first curved drop
It was a fun ride, but herd to get a good shot of the layout
Right next to outlaw, was this fun little water ride
Next, we were able to check out the circus show
Inside the tent
The show was great, and recommend checking it out
Some of the theaming in the park
The underground coaster/ dark ride
Glad that the park was not buisy
Inside the loading area
They also have some pretty advanced animatronics
Inside the station
Here is a shot of the seats
The parks new attraction is storm chaser
Not sure what this is for.
The entrance to my favorate coaster in the park
This ride has lots of hills
The coaster still has skid breaks and buzz bars
Inside the station
This will look really nice in a few years
The park has plenty of spinny rides
The parks train ride
There was a lot of Disney in this park
Lets take a look at a few of the Disney touches inside adventureland
Just missing the castle
Just like at Disneyland, they have a stage that rises out of the ground
The park had some decent prices on food
The park had some awsome looking buildings
Found some interesting items for sale in the gift shop
A view of the gift shops in the front of the park.
Thank you so much for posting these photos. Adventureland has long been a park that has been close to the top of my list of parks to visit due to the fact that it's rare to see a park the size of Adventureland still being an independently owned property.
Some rides look better in smaller sizes and I think Storm Chaser looks better than its larger cousins at the CF parks.
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