This afternoon six of us were guests of Playland; free to roam the rides, wolf down mini donuts and go crazy on the Corkscrew.
Even though the morning skies were grey, we all agreed that at least the lines would be short on a day when the probability of precipitation was high. This also meant that heat stroke was out of the question and our truly durable Gortex-like West coaster exteriors would be able to brush off any showers that might befall us.
I must admit, I was feeling adventurous and I went on the type of rides where people in the line up told tales of cars falling off tracks and gory dismemberment due to mechanic failures. I took on the Hellevator (which was included in our blogger special ride passes), the Wild Mouse (that left Biehler and I with battle scars) and the 50 year-old Coaster (where staying seated as instructed throughout the ride is an impossibility).
We played some games and while Keira did not win her giant jumbo stuffed animal she did get to fire off some rounds at the shooting gallery. We all walked away with something in the end or at least with some change in our pockets from not going completely nuts with balloon darts.
The food service was at the concession was slow but since we were in no hurry we didn’t mind terribly. The girls all found the best bang for our buck was the Kids Pak (for $7.50) which came with a corndog or hotdog, fries, a cookie, and a pop served in a plastic teddy bear. Word of caution on the bear cup though, the heads simply pop on and off and if you’re not careful you may accidentally decapitate your bear, spilling Sprite all over your own shoes.
Highlights of the day included the bumper cars, which left us all with permanent smiles on our faces – especially after exiting and re-entering the ride on succession due to the lack of other patrons lined up out front.
I was pretty happy that John had a good time since he really didn’t want to make the trek out there today. His laughter (that sounded like an excited Peter Griffin) could be heard with every twist and turn of the Scrambler. The Crazy Beach Party (the second time around) was the ride that finally did us all in after five hours of rushes and giggles.
A big thanks to Playland for having Keira, Amy, John Biehler, Jennifer, John and me out for a fun-filled afternoon. If you plan on going to Playland and it looks like the weather may not agree, I encourage you to go anyway as it’s still a great way to spend an afternoon with friends.
I am certain there will be many more photos coming through from everyone that was out today, including some wicked video by Biehler on the Hellevator and other rides. I’ll link all those posts n’ goodies up when they’re available.
John Biehler’s Flickr Photos and blog post John’s Flickr Photos Keira’s Flickr Photos and blog post Jennifer’s Flickr photos and blog post