austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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There's King Cole and his fiddlers, and Little Boy Blue

So yes, Story Book Land hasn't got many thrill rides. One is has got is the Tick Tock Clock Drop, a drop tower. It's not a very tall drop tower, but it is a drop tower and that can't avoid being a thrill. It's themed to the mice that ran up the clock. There's a building beside it that looks like it ought to be a diorama of some clock-making gear, maybe with some mice action in it. No; it's just a room full of mechanisms and power supplies and the like. We were surprised by that. The outside made it look like part of the theme.

It's a fine tower, though. It's got a circular bench for the seats, so you get to rotate side to side during the lifts and drops, and you get several rounds of lifting and dropping too. bunny_hugger seemed to enjoy, which is novel as she's not really a drop tower fan. But between this and Keansburg we'd gotten on a bunch of dropping rides. I certainly had fun. I get giggly on rides when I'm having fun and this had me incredibly giggly. I guess it's the motion and the theme and all that come together.

And now we finally were up to the carousel, a 1955 Herschell kiddieland carousel that is, admittedly, like many other kiddieland carousels. We'd assumed it was as old as the park, and were wrong. It just looks like the sort of thing that the park had to have always had. It does make me wonder whether the park had a carousel before this one, and if so, what the vintage of that was.

Some more wandering around. There's a Brick House, with three Little Pig figures outside. One of them is the duplicate of the Little Pig figure at Bowcraft Playland and that we'd photographed. Inside the house are the Three Little Pigs, again. The button on the thing plays ``Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf'' from, once more, the iconic Disney cartoon and seriously, what kind of deal were they able to wrangle? Please tell me they have a deal because we would be heartbroken if the park were suddenly obliterated in a lightning bolt of legal fees. I'm shy about even saying this where Google might someday index it.

Not something we got to riding: the Happy Dragon. I mention it because it's one of the few covered rides. It's, well, a circular dragon ride, like your flying elephants ride. According to the book we got, for the Christmatime they take the dragon cars off the ride and put on reindeer-with-sleigh cars instead. Isn't that fantastic? Yes. Yes it is.

Back to animatronics and dioramas. Little Red Riding Hood was the one that forced us to just stop and discuss how incredibly good the park's displays are. I don't know whether it's just that animatronic technology has gotten so reliably good that even a small park on the outskirts of Atlantic City can afford smooth stuff. Most of the animatronics I see are from dark rides at, like, pier amusement parks that might date back to the 1930s when nobody said ``robot'' correctly. It's just good now.

We looped back to Snow White's castle, from which I'd diverted us by noticing the peacocks, and that again highlighted how Disney their renditions of fairy tale characters were. Next to that was Alice in Wonderland, entirely the Disney movie's version. This didn't have a specific ride, just a walk-through down a rabbit hole through fluorescent-painted walls and scenes from the movie, exiting onto the playing-card labyrinth. Fine enough, although we were left wondering what the attraction might have looked like before it got the Disney brand painting. We suspect it was more interesting, even if it wasn't so professional and smooth.

Outside that, tucked into a gazebo, was a pumpkin carriage, surely from Cinderella. We figured it had to be the retirement home of a former parade float. That park history book says yeah, we got that right. I'm not saying we're transcendent geniuses who can penetrate the meaning of every artefact in a park. But I am saying we can make the obvious guess about stuff.

Trivia: The Collins Company, of Collinsville, Connecticut, reputed itself to be the first axe factory in the United States. It made its first axe in 1826. Source: The Old Post Road: The Story of the Boston Post Road, Stewart H Holbrook.

Currently Reading: Binary Fusion and the Millennium Bug, Beth Bridgman.


PS: At the petting zoo^W^W educational historical farm at Cedar Point!

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bunny_hugger making friends with one of the petting zoo's turkeys.


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Petting zoo turkeys giving me such an evil eye.


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Petting zoo turkey has had enough of my attempts to be friendly. The sheep in back isn't having any of me either.


PPS: Reading the Comics, September 22, 2017: Doughnut-Cutting Edition, featuring a comic strip hypothesizing the impossible.

Tags: cedar point, fifth anniversary trip, halloweekends, new jersey, story book land
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