This is a smaller amusement park with many rides that date back to the 70's and 80's. Some newer rides have been added in recent years. These are enjoyable amusement park rides, not the kind of big thrill rides you'll find at the bigger parks. The roller coasters would be more similar to what you'd find at a Coney Island or Santa Monica pier type park.
The ticket price of $39 is pretty steep for what the park offers, but when combined with the water park, is a better deal. There seem to be pretty good discount tickets available. The nearest similar park is Worlds of Fun / Oceans of Fun in Kansas City, with a price of $49. However, Worlds of Fun / Oceans of Fun offers a separate ticket for the dry park and a separate ticket for the wet park, or you can combine them. It would be nice if Adventureland would offer the same split ticket option. In our opinion the water park is worth far more than the dry park.
There aren't a lot of rides on the dry side of the park to begin with. But it was frustrating to find several of them broke down and not working. Splash Over, Tea Cups, Falling Star and the Tornado were all closed. The Tornado opened up late in the day. That was really disappointing given that there isn't a lot to start with at this park to begin with.
The water park was really nice. Our entire family commented on how much fun it was. They have two really great little kids areas as well as a dedicated little kids pool. The lazy river was long and refreshing. They advertise 12 water slides, but some of them are in the kiddie area. There are really 8 that are adult-worthy. They are pretty fun, especially the speed slides. The wave pool was well done.
The design of the 4 Bermuda Quadrangle slides is really frustrating. Of the 4 slides, 2 of them are really popular. Two others are not as popular. There are two staircases that lead to 4 slides. Each staircase serves 1 popular slide and 1 unpopular slide. But they don't divide the staircase. You stand in the same line. So despite the fact that the slide is EMPTY at the top and you could walk right onto the less popular slide, you get to stand in line with people waiting for the popular slide. This is an idiotic design. They should at least divide the staircase with a rope and allow people that are willing to ride the unpopular slide to walk up to it since it is empty at the top.
When they built this water park they built it without any tube conveyor belts like other parks have. So you have to carry your tube (some are massive 4 person tubes, others are double or single) all the way up the stairs.
There is also a separate pool that doesn't have any attractions except a swim up alcoholic bar. I was kind of surprised to see this in an area so close to a family / children's attraction. In fairness we did not see any behavior that was out of hand. I will say that the water in that pool was disgusting looking. I can only imagine what is in that water as the day goes on.
The walk to get into the water park is REALLY long. You have to walk to the very back of the entire dry park. Most frustrating is that they built the water park in stages and the walk back to newest portion in the back funnels through a narrow walkway and even more narrow thatched roof overhang that is squeezed between a gift shop, cabana check-in and locker rental. It is a mess of people when busy and idiotic to try and squeeze that many people in such a small space.
My biggest complaint about this place is probably the staff. Some were friendly. Many were indifferent and a few were downright rude. It started in the parking lot. They were directing traffic into two lots, alternating cars. Our group had two cars and therefore by default they wanted to separate the group. We rolled our window down and simply said "we are with that car ahead, can we park with them?" The answer we got was "whatever" followed by a roll of the eyes as he moved onto the next car.
My son and I were riding the Sky Ride. He held his flip-flops in his hands so they wouldn't fall off. As we were coming down into the staffed exit station the older guy hollers out "Shoes." That is it. He repeats it twice, adding nothing to his words. He simply says "shoes" two more times. My son shows the guy his shoes, as we were unclear what he was asking. He looks at me as we exit the ride and says "Next time he needs them on before he gets off the ride." Fine. Sounds reasonable but you don't have to be a complete jerk about it.
We were paying for some ice cream. Every item was $2 and we ordered 6 items. The lady was having some trouble convincing herself that $12 was the correct total. She was flustered. I gave her my credit card. She swiped it and handed it back. I stood there for a minute. She says "Are we done here?" I said "I'd like to get a receipt please." She tells me "Oh - well next time you need to tell me you want a receipt when you hand me your credit card." Really?
The staff, overall, could use some Disney training. In fairness, I can see how the staff could get a little snippy. Some of the clientele at this park weren't exactly society's best examples. I was a little surprised at the amount of people that we encountered that acted like this was there first attempt at an activity in a civilized society.
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