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“Pathetic excuse for an amusement park!”

Magic Valley Fun Park
Edmonton, Canada
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Pathetic excuse for an amusement park!”
Reviewed August 9, 2010

WE as a family on our vacation decided to go to Magic Valley as something different as we usually go to PEI every year. The kids were so excited as they entered the gate. The first thing we did was the train raide which showed to be excellent on the website etc. It spent 90% of the ride in the bushes and they big heaps of dirt and debrie are still there as descripbed in the other reviews. Story book village is totally run down and the beach bunnies are barely working! The pool was like getting into water full of icecubes and it was a hot day. The children that were in there had blue lips and i was not about to stick around! We spent not even an hour in there and the cost of my family going in was over $80!!!!! They had a big sign NO REFUNDS as we went in which would be appropriate since i cant see anyone not wanting a refund when coming out of there! Next time i will definitely read reviews before choosing a place to go!

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Pugwash, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Still a waste of time and money”
Reviewed July 27, 2010

The 2006 reviewer will not be amused to know this park is still as just as old, creepy and dirty, but the price of admission has gone up! We took 2 five year old girls who were pretty much up for anything, we having sprung this outing on them. We wanted it to be fun. We wanted it to be an amusement park. We found ourselves thrown back into the 1960s, this park feeling like someone unlocked it for a day just to show people how it had been abandoned. The storey book village houses still have those dirty broken dolls the last reviewer mentioned, there is still only one bear in the 3 bears cottage, and what some may find amusing (we didn't) is how they have left a deadbolt lock on the inside of the old woman in the shoe house. Some 3 year olds had locked themselves in as we arrived, their parents trying to keep them calm and away from the door as the father debated on kicking it in while the mother went off in search of a staff member with a key. They eventually talked the kids into turning the lock and we noted staff just shrugged and walked away without trying to avoid this from happening again. Judging by the beat up door frame I'd say this happens often. The kiddy car rides are those plastic playskool cars, only these had broken steering wheels, as in they just come off in your hand. We didn't linger at the peddle boats as we could see how these were working, poorly, leaving people circling the water aimlessly unable to get where they wanted. Over to the train, ah yes, it only runs on the half hour, and yes, it still goes through the woods and past a dozed garbage heap area, rather an apocolyptic feeling. The water slides saved the day for our kids, this was the first genuine smile we saw on their faces. I wouldn't say they got their money's worth but it did wear them out. There were very few people in the park so no line ups, other than waiting on the lone staff person operating the rides. The gift shop is okay. The parents I spoke with said they only went in for the water slide. We won't go back.

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New Glasgow, Canada
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“Total disappointment!!!”
Reviewed July 21, 2010

My family attended Magic Valley this past week end and were very disappointed. I understand that they were awarded a large sum of money from the government for upgrades. What I would like to know is where the money was spent? It was not our first visit and we certainly didn't see any upgrades or new attractions. The pool was very small and therefore overcrowded, and the shallow end for children was very small. They may as well of spent the afternoon home in their wading pool. As for the train ride through the woods, the only scenery was a mess with cut down trees and piles of dirt. When we were there it was extremely hot so thought we would get an ice cream and a cold drink. Well that was a treat. The canteen was packed, extremely hot, and I felt horrible for the two young ladies that were working behind the counter. The sweat was pouring off of them, with no air conditioning or even a fan to cool them off. The young lady that was waiting on us kept wiping the sweat off her brown and neck with her shirt and hands. While she was waiting on us the cook in the back bellowed that the boss wanted a cold drink. If he were any type of boss he would have gotten the drink himself as the poor young girl was extremely busy trying to wait on her customers which was making him a lot of money. Was it worth what we spent. Absolutely not!!! In all reality for the money that you have to spend just to get in the gate, there really isn't a lot to do for small children let alone adults. It was definitely our last visit.

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Nova Scotia
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A waste of time and money”
Reviewed September 4, 2006

This past year, Magic Valley Fun Park was awarded a hefty sum of government money for upgrades. Sounds exciting. It's not. My first attempt to take my three year old to Magic Valley was on Canada Day. It was closed - because upgrades were not finished. Disappointed, we left. We went this past weekend for Labour Day - I now wish it were still closed. It costs 7 dollars per person just to enter the park. We purchased a bracelet for 14.95 for our daughter, so she could ride the rides. They talked us into purchasing tickets for the train at 1.50 a piece, because it's a lovely ride that goes all through the woods. Sounded great. So after close to $40, we 3 were in the gate. We explored the "Storybook Village". In a word - creepy. They have a Gingerbread house - with a manequin that looks like a witch. My daughter screamed and ran away with tears in her eyes. The Old Lady's Shoe; has 6 creepy dolls in beds, and an even creepier one looking out the window. The 3 bears house has only 1 bear - and at one time it was a real live bear. Now it is stuffed and wearing a t-shirt, with a broken claw. More tears. They have a castle that looks really exciting. In side, is the Beach Bunny Show - animatronic bunnies that sing and (should) play instruments along to Beach Boys tunes. Pathetic. The walls inside the castle are in desperate need of new paint, as is the plywood floor. The bunnies are so old and dirty, they looked like they would fall apart. Little kids were leaving the show in disgust. The drummer bunny didn't even have drumsticks, as one child pointed out. From there, we went to see the livestock - dirty pens, sad looking animals. Then it was time for the train ride. It promised to be exciting - said the lady at the gate. it's not. It only travels every 1/2 hour, because the kid operating it is also operating the bumper boats. It travels around a track, takes 5 minutes, and all you can see is piles of mud, chopped up trees, and garbage. Very sad.

Magic Valley is sadly over-rated and under-staffed. One kid is running 3 rides/attractions, there was only one woman working the snack bar, and she was busy, and the food selection was a let down. If you are looking for fun with the kids, try Atlantic Playland in Hammonds Plains - also expensive, but much, much better. Magic Valley was a joke, only we weren't laughing.

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