I haven't been following your trip report until now, but I just went back and ready your visits to Clementon, Hershey and Knoebels and I really enjoyed it. I like your writing style, it's well written and contains a good doze of humor. You also have a very good balance between text and pictures. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this thread from now on!
DelGrosso's Amusement Park DelGrosso's Amusement Park is a cute little family park in central Pennsylvania. It's often passed over in favor of Kennywood or Knoebels, but this park has carved a niche market among families and it definitely seems to be doing better than the closest park in Lakemont. The park is probably best known for its food, but the park is well-run, clean, has a solid flat ride collection, and a decent water park.
Same sign as before.
But an awesome new entrance. Can you tell the park's owners are Italian? If you can't yet, just wait.
If you come to DelGrosso's for coasters, you'll likely be disappointed. The park has a standard Crazy Mouse (5 out of 10) and a Wacky Worm. The former is the only attraction on the ride side that pulls any sort of line and even still it was no more than 15 minutes. As far as spinning mice go, it's pretty average. I'll still take a non-spinning mouse over a spinning one since a few of the turns on the spinners aren't the most comfortable.
The most popular attraction on the ride side.
Average spinner. Nothing more, nothing less.
I proudly did not ride the Wacky Worm...only because I rode it 6-7 years ago.
X-Scream is by far the best attraction in the park. Really all you need to get me to like a park is to have a Larson/ARM tower...unless you're Clementon and manage to be so bad everywhere else that you can cancel out the awesomeness. X-Scream absolutely towers over everything else in the park and there's really nothing in the park that comes close to providing thrills anywhere close. One thing I noticed from my trip is that the towers with the circular seating the whole way around provide just a smidgen better of a ride (something I was able to piece together after riding 5 different versions of these towers in a week). Like the other towers, this one had great ejector air and a great stomach dropping sensation. Just not quite as good as Knoebels's version. 10 out of 10
Easily the best ride in the park. X-Scream is better than most coasters.
Artistically framed shot or a penis? You decide.
The rest of the park's flats are considerably tamer in comparison. I think the most disappointing thing from my visit is that the Space Odyssey was removed in favor of a garden variety magic carpet flat. Space Odyssey was a classic caterpillar that operated without the canopy, but instead of the canopy they enclosed it and threw a rave with lights and music. I didn't realize they had removed it so I was pretty bummed out to not find it there.
Mini X-Scream seemed more popular with the park's clientele.
Rock Star was ok, but it was hard not to look at that ride and think about Space Odyssey.
It wouldn't be a DelGrosso's update without the food. Because of the DelGrosso family's Italian background, I knew I had to get something. I went with the basic pizza. I thought it tasted good, but it wasn't quite as good as Cesari's at Knoebels. The sauce was better than Cesari's, but the Knoebels had better cheese and crust.
I can smell the pizza.
DelGrosso's water park, Laguna Splash appears to be the bigger draw than the ride park. While the ride said had almost no queue lines, the water park side had 10-15 minute waits for all the slides. The water park made the park's Italian roots even more obvious.
An overview of the water park.
Some Italian flags.
And a soaking Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The two most noteworthy slides at the water park are Twin Twisters and Gravity Groove. Twin Twisters is a racing mat slide. The slide starts slow, but the double down at the end gives some fantastic air for a water slide and feels completely out of control. 10 out of 10
That double down gives some serious airtime. Especially cool being on a tiny little mat.
Gravity Groove starts off as a standard tube slide, but midway through there is a gigantic drop. That's not too uncommon, but it's what happens after. There's a unique uphill section. Unfortunately it provided no air and was pretty slow, but it was interesting to experience on a non-water coaster. 6 out of 10
Looks like a normal slide. Starts off as a normal slide.
But then there's this uphill section.
DelGrosso's was fun to stop into for just a few hours, but it's definitely not a full-day park. If the park does expand and continues to maintain their current level of quality, I could see the park putting themselves on the map. They just need a noteworthy coaster like a Gravity Group woody.
I wasn't planning on hitting DelGrosso's, but had a few free hours and it was only 20 minutes away. Since my last visit, it seems the park has focused heavily on general park improvements.
It's too bad they couldn't build Libertyland's old loop-screw since they are in dire need of another coaster. I know these coasters aren't popular with enthusiasts, but when the only adult coaster is a Crazy Mouse, that would definitely fill a niche.
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