When we arrived at the park, it was Crowded with a capital C. I have never had to park so far from the entrance gate before. When we got in, I was also glad that the girls would not be riding the kiddie rides. The park was packed with company party groups and family reunion groups and they all came with lots of little kids. The lines for rides like Bulgy the Whale and the Helicopters looked like you would be waiting forever (remember time is relative when you have a five-year-old who is anxious to get going). Even the rides like the Tilt-A-Whirl and Boomerang were a minimum of 30 to 40 minutes, yet we consistently could walk on to the Fire Dragon and the Roller Coaster and only waited 15 minutes for rides such as the Bat and Wicked.
By the time we got to Lagoon, Lela had psyched herself out and didn't want to ride any rides that had steep drops, so while everyone else hit the Roller Coaster, Lela and I rode the Merry-Go-Round.
Luckily, by the end of the day, she was over this and had a great time with Wil on the Tidal Wave and Turn of the Century.
Jon did have to devil Wil a little and refuse to go on certain rides, so dad and mom did have to intercede and negotiate a compromise that allotted equal time to scream inducing coasters and rides that spin you till you want to hurl.
Emily found great amusement on the Space Scrambler by deliberately throwing herself onto Wil as the ride spun around. Wil classified this behavior as obnoxious.
It was also nice to spend time with Hunter and see that he is learning to relax and adjusting to post-mission life. He was his former goof-ball self, even mugging for the camera.
At the end of the day, everyone agreed that they had had a great time. Favorite rides were the Bat, Wicked and MusikExpress. The least favorite ride as far as the girls were concerned was the Spider and I don't see them going on that again for awhile.
Of course a trip to Lagoon has to include two things for our family -
A ride on the Wild Kingdom Train
and a stop in Pioneer Village to visit to my Great....Grandpa Bingham's cabin.
I just have to add this last picture just because it is so fun being with my honey.