Adventureland Iowa photo trip report

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Adventureland Iowa photo trip report

Postby thrillrider » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:44 pm

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.....
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Look at all the scenery there is to look at in Iowa
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They do have the biggest truck stop though.
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They have this as well.....
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We made it!
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This is the main entrance
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Hmmmm....I can't put my finger on it, but it seems like I have been here before.
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Here, you enter a place....
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Instead of posters of attractions, Adventureland has signs from 2008
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This was the view as soon as we were in the park.
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The first ride in the park is the ferris wheel
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And hidden away inside the arcade was the g force ride.
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Our first ride was the chair lift
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From the chair lift, you can get a great look at the parks log flume ride
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You actually get pretty close to it
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The lay of the land
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Inside the saloon where the magic show is held.
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Our first coaster was the dragon
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But first you must go up these ramps
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A look at the station and train
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The ride starts out with fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo hop over the water before reaching the lift hill
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Here is the lift
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The ride has two loops
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And yes.....they are painful
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The rest of the ride consists of this figure 8 track
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At the exit of the ride, they have these silly fun house mirrors
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Up next is the outlaw coaster
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What line?
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This must be an outlaw
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This is the track just before the lift
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The first curved drop
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It was a fun ride, but herd to get a good shot of the layout
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Right next to outlaw, was this fun little water ride
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Next, we were able to check out the circus show
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Inside the tent
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The show was great, and recommend checking it out
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Some of the theaming in the park
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The underground coaster/ dark ride
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Glad that the park was not buisy
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Inside the loading area
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They also have some pretty advanced animatronics
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Inside the station
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Here is a shot of the seats
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The parks new attraction is storm chaser
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Not sure what this is for.
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The entrance to my favorate coaster in the park
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This ride has lots of hills
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The coaster still has skid breaks and buzz bars
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Inside the station
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This will look really nice in a few years
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The park has plenty of spinny rides
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The parks train ride
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There was a lot of Disney in this park
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Train controls
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Lets take a look at a few of the Disney touches inside adventureland
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Just missing the castle
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Just like at Disneyland, they have a stage that rises out of the ground
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The park had some decent prices on food
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The park had some awsome looking buildings
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Found some interesting items for sale in the gift shop
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A view of the gift shops in the front of the park.

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Re: Adventureland Iowa photo trip report

Postby DaveH80 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:55 pm

Great TR, thanks for posting. I'll be visiting this park for the first time next month.

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Re: Adventureland Iowa photo trip report

Postby booink » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:02 pm

That's looking like a nice little park ! Thanks for the pics!

BTW, what did you think of the indoor woodie ? I've always been curious to hear about that ride (pretty much all I knew about the park until reading your TR :p )
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Re: Adventureland Iowa photo trip report

Postby thrillrider » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:07 pm

booink wrote:That's looking like a nice little park ! Thanks for the pics!

BTW, what did you think of the indoor woodie ? I've always been curious to hear about that ride (pretty much all I knew about the park until reading your TR :p )


It was more like a dark ride rather than a coaster. The ride has a few scenes that go with the storyline that the freaky animatronic tells you about in the loading platform.
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Re: Adventureland Iowa photo trip report

Postby larrygator » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:15 pm

It's nice the see the rebuilt Main Street, was very empty looking with it missing during my visit a few years ago.
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Postby thrillrider » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:58 pm

Yea, the main street area looked great.
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Re: Adventureland Iowa photo trip report

Postby coasterkyle » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:10 pm

The metal thing in the middle of Storm Chaser is to keep the cables from slamming the tower. It rests on top of the gondola when it reaches it.
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Re: Adventureland Iowa photo trip report

Postby thrillrider » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:16 pm

coasterkyle wrote:The metal thing in the middle of Storm Chaser is to keep the cables from slamming the tower. It rests on top of the gondola when it reaches it.


Thanks for that info.

I don't recall seeing this on the other windseekers.
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Re: Adventureland Iowa photo trip report

Postby Geauga Dog » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:40 pm

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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Re: Adventureland Iowa photo trip report

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:56 pm

I went in 08 and it was an OK park. I'd take Underground over SFGAm's Dark Knight any day of the week.
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