The last time I was there, there was a large buffer between the park and the tech companies of the Silicon Valley. Since then it appears Cedar Fair sold off some of the land. You can see how close these companies are to the park now.
You can see how empty the parking lot is.
The park entrance
Once past the metal detectors, we were greeted with a familiar sight, the double decker carousel.
The Vortex and the swings as seen from the top deck of the carousel.
From a distance, the carousel still looks beautiful..
But as you get closer, you realize that this ride is in serious need of some TLC.
But at least the grounds were tidy.
Wow!!! An actual video arcade!!!!
You can see how empty the park is.
Whitewater Falls. Since there was no line we stayed in the boat and rode it twice.
Invertigo. This is where The Sky Whirl used to be. It was a 3 armed ferris wheel that gave you a great view of the Santa Clara valley. I was sad to see it had been removed.
Without any themeing (knowing how Mrs. Oogie drives, I tried giving her a lot of space)
Hey!!! They have Dole Whips here too!!!
The Midway Games area. Again you can see just how empty the park was this day.
If you ever miss the Maliboomer, you can always come to Great America and ride the Drop Tower.
J J J
Survivor, the Ride.
There are signs like this throughout the waiting area, and they are all weathered and in bad need of painting.
The wild mouse coaster
With a themed entry (one of the only themed entries in the park)
The entrance to the Snoopy section
Where you are greeted by a statue of Snoopy.
Mrs. Oogie (in the pink hat) and her sister have a seat with Snoopy and Woodstock.
The stuff in the kids area looks great.
Except for the restaurant. What does Cedar Fair have against paint?
After paying almost $30 for a small cheeseburger, a side of fries, 4 chicken strips, and 2 drinks, we made our way over to the log ride.
Originally there were 2 log rides at Great America. Loggers Revenge in The Yukon Territory (now Planet Snoopy), and The Yankee Clipper in Yankee Harbor (now Boomerang Bay). The channels that they used for the 2 rides were side by side, which on hot summer days, made it perfect for having water wars between the 2 boats as they passed by each other.
Wow!! An actual skyway! I think those are even the original cars.
Most of Boomerang Bay was closed that day.
But the entrance to it was still open.
Rip Roaring Rapids. Not quite on par with Grizzly River Run, but still a very fun ride. The ride operators were very laid back and let us ride it 3 times without asking us to get our.
And yes, you get very very wet on this ride. The wettest you get though is when you pass by these machines.
There are 2 spots where they have these jets, and whoever was using them when we were on the ride were experts at using them. Everyone in our raft got soaked.
In turn I got off and spent $3 soaking people as they came by.
Yay!!! Bumper Cars!!!!
Since it was getting late (about 5pm and the park closed at 6pm), we decided to take the sky way back across the park so Mrs. Oogie could ride Survivor one more time.
The tracks for Vortex
A scenic view of the park
An arial view of the entrance to Boomerang Bay
The Psycho Mouse and the employee parking lot beyond.