A masochist's delight. Decades ago when it was in Cave Creek, it was lot of fun for kids and amusements where accessible. Now, in its new location (and now as an adult), I have to ask what was I thinking taking a five year old there?
There was barely anything to do for kids under 7...couldn't go in the bouncy house, due to seemingly very tall requirements, couldn't use the climbing wall (unless over 50 lbs), everything cost $4.95 to do but half were not open or available of the few choices there, once you have driven all the way there. The Stagecoach ride offered no historical info or narration (six minutes on a sparsely decorated path of old coaches and a weird half-bald mannequin; pretty horses though - I do not fault them), $5 even to open the jail for a photo.
Everything was overpriced, the staff indifferent (I waited ten minutes for lemonade with no other customers in line. The cashier was out and the other guy apparently could not pour or ring), and really just not fun for anyone not even the workers.
The one gunfight show we saw (at $4.95 each person - you have to now pay to get in the "theater" and it isn't on the streets of Rawhide but on hot sweltering bleachers), was reenactment of Buffalo Bill pursuing and shooting a drunken duo around town, one of whom is female and is being kicked in the stomach and punched by the male at the start. It was so inappropriate and just plain weird and kind of scary for the little ones. It wasn't for kids, certainly not fun to see. The actors tried and admiration for the stunts I guess, but the script stunk and seemed totally tone deaf at a child audience. No one was laughing.
Overall, the experience was just a bid dusty bowl of waste devoid of visitors and staffed by many who do not care what they were offering or how. It was certainly not-customer oriented and tone deaf and I would never go back or recommend. There is free play area for kids inside, but it is small. Once you have paid $5 to park (which is ridiculous because the only reason you would be in the lot is to go there, you just keep paying by fives. Maybe if management tried just a little bit to make it better versus just being there, it would be worth going.
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