Adventureland Amusement Park
July 18, 2013
Kicking off our big summer trip this year Bond and I headed west into
the vast cornfields of Iowa to start it off at Adventureland just
outside of Des Moines. Bond had been here before in
2000 but he was unable to ride any of the coasters because he was
just four months old at the time. This time thirteen years later
he was ready to go and ride some coasters.
Adventureland's entrance pays more than a little homage to Disneyland
and The Magic Kingdom as you enter under train tracks into a square with
an Iowa version of "Main Street U.S.A.".
Bernie Bernard is Adventureland's mascot and he met us as we walked into
the park. So Bond and I stopped for a rare photo of us with him
before going coaster crazy.
As I said earlier Adventureland was just the start of our trip.
Our big plan was to loop through the plains states after Adventureland
visiting Missouri for World's of Fun (I'm not going to do an update for
WOF as I have already done two
this year), Kansas for All Star Adventures & Joyland Amusement Park,
Oklahoma for Frontier City and finally two days back in Missouri for
some night time rides on Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City. Joining
us on this adventure was our friend Chris who goes by the name "DiceGods"
on the Negative-G Forums
and several other friends including "Spencerman" from the Forums who is
an Adventureland local.
Oh, one change to Adventureland since my last visit in 2008 is this
block of stores and games. During the winter of 2010 the roof of
one of the buildings collapsed due to excessive snow and that started
off an electrical fire that ended up consuming the entire block.
Adventureland quickly cleared the site and started the rebuilding
Soon the store and bingo parlor were back up and Adventureland even
threw in a new spinning ride to the arcade. I'd show you the
spinning ride but the lure of coasters drew us deep into Adventureland.