Be careful folks, the WILDEST ride here is how LOW this place has sunk in 10 years. When we first came to the area and visited, this place was a little pricey but worth it enough to buy season passes for two years in a row. The water park was fun, the rides were plentiful, and the souvenir cup for refillable beverages was a worthwhile deal. This year I took a new family member for a visit and was appalled at how far this place had sunk. The OLD deal was pay for one day, get a second day free so long as you returned within 10 days. NOW it's buy one day and you don't get the second day free unless it is the very NEXT day. Trust me, after the heat stroke you will get here in the blazing sun with NO relief in the way of actual shade or shelter, the second day is not a healthful or even attractive option. The NEW deal is FAR less rides (made way for "attractive gardens and pavilions" - read as "dead bushes and seats with stained and dirty cushions") that, I jest not, BROKE the two times we tried to ride TWO different rides! We spent 10 minutes waiting for the ferris wheel only to have it suddenly start SCREAMING in protest every time they hit the brakes. After the 4th shrill "treat", it was announced to the line that the ride was broken but we were "encouraged to come back later and try again". We went straight from there to our NEXT ride, some up in the air "Batman" looking thing, and after sitting on line for that for almost 10 minutes, we sat down in one of the flying "cars" and then another 10 minutes passes as they try to figure out why it's not working. Finally after that enjoyable 20 minutes in the frying pan of the theme park, we were informed that the ride was broken but we were again "encouraged to come back later and try again". At this point we decided to cut the entire rest of the park some slack and not try another ride since apparently our backsides cursed every ride we attempted. From there it was a trip to the water park where... I kid you not... I could SMELL the water as I walked over the footbridge! My youngest commented, "Mommy the water smells like CHEESE!". It was disgusting. We cut our losses at that point and left but on the way out, we decided that after such a trying (read as FRYING) day, we deserved something cold, frosty, and decadent. Starbucks! Why not? There was one RIGHT there as we approached the exit of the park. Can we talk? I watched the insane woman behind the counter LOAD the machine with about 3 lbs of ice, pour in two squirts (not a glug, a SQUIRT) of chocolate sauce, and then about a quart of milk. She hit the on button and proceeded to freeze the machine SOLID. It took TWO women, metal spoons, and another quart or so of milk (I am thinking the entire time that there is NO way they would attempt to serve the result to a human being once they free up the machine) to break that sucker loose. Sure enough... they broke it free, whirred that mess up, and then put it in cups and attempted to serve it to us! We stared in disbelief and then TASTED it! It tasted like a cross between ice milk and stale dishwater! I announced that it was disgusting, to not BOTHER refunding my money, and stormed out. Needless to say... we will NOT be returning. I have better things to do with my time, money, AND sanity, and can think of FAR more amusing ways to get heat stroke.
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