Hurricane Harbor

August 15, 2008 at 10:47 pm | Posted in Amusement Parks, East Coast, Music | Leave a comment
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Our nine year old niece is visiting this weekend, so this morning we set out to Hurricane Harbor, the Six Flags water park nearby.  The greatest thing about living 15 minutes from a theme park is that you get to go even when the day is overcast, you slept late, and you know you may not have more than a few hours anyway.  All the pressure is off.  We’ve had season passes to this park ever since we moved here 5 years ago.  They make it impossible not to – if you go to the park twice all year, it’s cheaper to buy the season pass.  The way I think of it, every visit after the first two is free.  So, you actually go more, because who cares if its raining, or a little chilly, it’s not like you are losing any money on it.

Unless, of course, you become hungry or thirsty during your visit.  In that case, lose hope for your pocketbooks all ye who enter.  I got a kid’s size Sprite and a medium Diet Coke, and it set me back almost eight bucks.

I am also going out on a limb to say this is not the ideal destination for a traveler with disabilities.  Seriously, I do not know how they are not breaking the law by having not one of their waterslides accessible to people who can’t climb stairs.  Just because you use a wheelchair doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to strap on a life vest and careen down a waterslide.

The park is clean, and the music has been carefully chosen to make you feel like you are on a beach vacation.  They’ve got some calypso tunes, lots of Jimmy Buffet and Beach Boys.  If your favorite artist ever recorded a song with “beach,” “surf,” or “island” in it, odds are it’s on the playlist.

They have phtographers through ought the park, and they will give you a wrist band if they take your picture, so you can look at it on the way out.  It’s all digital now, so you look on the computer monitor, rather than at a printed copy, like some other places (cough..disney boat..cough) do.  It makes so much more sense this way.  Today, the photographer pictures were no better than ones I’ve taken myslef at the park, so we passed.  I rarely buy these pictures anyway, but have once or twice at other places.  I’ll post them when I write about those trips.  One in particular was taken with a – gasp – Polaroid.  And not the good kind.  And we PAID for it.   But hey, we were young and in love, and how many times do you get a change to get your picture taken inside a shark?

What’s you favorite photo taken by one of these resort photographers?


This Year’s First Trip to Great Adventure

April 8, 2007 at 12:00 am | Posted in Amusement Parks, Animals, Holidays | Leave a comment
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As dictated by Oliver, age 5:
I went with Mommy and Daddy to Great Adventure on Saturday. It was cold but there were no lines. We got our season pass cards and then I went on some rides. I went with Daddy on the flying elephants, and then with Mommy. After that I went on the monkey swings and the rickshaw. Then it was time for Tiger Show! I watched big white tigers who had an act. A funny man said things with sound effects. The tigers chased balloons and popped them! They went in the water too. Then it was time to go on the teacups. I went with Mommy and Daddy. I was soooooo dizzy! Daddy and Mommy were dizzy too. After that we went into a store where it was nice and warm. They had cool things there. Lots of candy, and shirts with Justice League!
Today I woke up and I played Candyland. I beat Mommy and Daddy like all the games of it. Then I found where the Easter Bunny put my basket. It was behind my bed! I ate some chocolate candy and it was delicious. But what is that funny stuff that they put in the chocolate egg?

The Great Wolf Lodge

March 12, 2007 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Amusement Parks, East Coast, Snow, Travels | Leave a comment
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We don’t care if its snowing out-

We don’t care if it’s raining out-

I met up with my Carolina Cousins and we had a costume party for my 5th birthday. They had Magic Quest and water slides and Pizza Hut and I swam. I had a bunk bed in the Wolf Den and my own TV.

My Coney Island Adventure

October 15, 2006 at 9:04 pm | Posted in Amusement Parks, East Coast | Leave a comment

by Oliver

Today I went to Coney Island with Mommy and Daddy. I had never gone there before. Aunt Mimi, Matt & Michael came and I got to ride there in their car. Nana and Pop Pop came. We went to the original Nathan’s where everybody who liked hot dogs got to eat. I don’t like hot dogs yet, but I had some good snacks. I also chased some sea gulls that tried to come by our table.

Coney Island is cool. They have a beach and I dug in the sand. The waves came and got my legs wet. The water was cold!


They also have a big ferris wheel called the Wonder Wheel. I rode on the rocket ships with Matt and Michael. After that we went to a bakery in Brooklyn that had yummy cookies that had chocolate on them.

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