Thank you, dear bunny_hugger.
Story Book Land, as a park for families, mostly with young kids, and a fairy-tale theme, has mostly gentle rides. One that we missed, as it's being renovated, is the Antique Cars ride. It looked like they were shortening the track a little, removing a short bridge that passed over a water trough. Don't know why they'd be doing that; it's not as though the space they're saving seems to be enough for another ride or anything but a small display. On the other hand, they do need small displays.
They've also got a Tilt-a-Whirl dubbed the Turtle Twirl. The cars on it are painted up as turtle shells, complete with heads out top and hands reaching around the sides of the cars. This left us thinking: haven't we been on this before? We could swear we've seen a turtle-made Tilt-A-Whirl before but can't place just where. Possibly Story Land in New Hampshire. At least that's what seemed most likely to us.
They do have a roller coaster. It's a small, kiddie one, and we weren't sure we could ride until we saw unaccompanied adults on it. The ride is called Bubbles The Coaster, and it's got a ride sign of a water dragon with a bubble wand in her(?) tail. We also noticed the passenger restrictions said explicitly, ``small children obviously being forced against their will, for example struggling to get away from a parent in the seat'' may not ride. I didn't remember seeing the rules about don't terrify your kid, for crying out loud being spelled out so cleanly before, and was glad to see them.
Bubbles The Coaster isn't a big or a fast one; it's got maybe a ten-foot drop, at most. It's a Dragon-wagon coaster, with a train that has a dragon's head out front and a tail out back. But it earns its name. Part of the ride's decoration is an adorable little house by the main drop. And when the train goes past that, the house emits a spray of soap bubbles. There's a good chance of getting hit by them at not too much speed. It's a sweet and fun little ride. And that would be our dominant impression of the park: it's a sweet place. No enormous, compelling thrills, but a lot of nice scenes and excellent for someone who's got kids to entertain.
bunny_hugger would buy a plush of Bubbles The Coaster the dragon. We don't know whether the park has a mascot costume or anything for the character as shown on the sign. But it would be a great fit. Friendly sea dragon with bubble wand has the sort of easy-to-get appeal that makes a great park mascot. I'm still not clear who, if anyone, the park's mascot is.
The roller coaster would be one of the two centerpiece rides we were looking for. The other would be the carousel, of course. They don't have an antique carved-wood carousel. But they have got a Herschel-made kiddie carousel, one that dates to 1955 and that we just assumed had been there since the park opened. Not so, according to the park history book. The carousel happens to be as old as the park, but it was brought in after the park had been open for decades. No idea where it came from.
But we'd work our way to it slowly, not least since we didn't have a map and weren't sure just where it was. We walked past an Alice In Wonderland-themed card maze, delightful and so close to the Disney Movie rendering that we got to seriously worrying for the future of the park. Surely someday the Disney corporation has to tumble on to them, right? And then just before Sleeping Beauty I got distracted by birds. there was the enclosure with several peacocks, including a white one, and including one peacock so studiously attending to a bug at the end of his cage that we got caught up in this drama. (The bug got away, and the peacock pecked at a white feather that'd gotten loose from any bird.)
This would lead us on a path to the swing ride. That was dressed up as a tree, complete with nutty-looking squirrel on top. I think it's a standard kids-park version of the ride; it didn't look like it was matched to any kind of fairy tale or nursery rhyme or something. We did spot the cradle, suspended by wires, with the baby in the tree tops. I think the park history said they put a new doll in each year. At least it's some surprisingly regular changeover for a thing most people only get an obscured glimpse at from afar. It says good things, to me, about a park that they put effort into little stuff.
Trivia: While in Saint Petersburg, Russia, hoping to open peace talks with the United Kingdom, Albert Gallatin learned that the Senate had rejected his appointment to the peace commission by a vote of 18-17. Source: Union 1812: The Americans who Fought the Second War of Independence, A J Langguth.
Currently Reading: Binary Fusion and the Millennium Bug, Beth Bridgman. Aaah, after some dull stretches now we've got to some good crazypants writing. Bridgman's (character's) idea: rectangular microchips can grow so large that the speed of electricity limits computing power. Fair enough. So therefore, make your microchips spherical, in order that every part is equally far from the center. Uhm. Also, since the speed of electricity is so slow on this scale, use the power from cold fusion generators to force these spherical chips to run up to an infinite number of computations in one millisecond in order to reprogram every computer in the world to cure The Y2K Bug. And then on to the Accelerated Shroud of Turin Cloning Project.
PS: Halloweekend on a Saturday. We did some stuff out of the ordinary.
One of those roller coasters we never ride, but got around to this time: the Woodstock Express. I'm assuming it's the Woodstock Express. The train would be oddly decorated if it wasn't.
Woodstock Express is a kids' coaster, but that doesn't mean it can't look like great exciting fun given half a chance.
Serendipity! We were at the right spot, just after Woodstock Express, to catch the steam locomotive go across the central lagoon's bridge. Behind that is the Mine Ride roller coaster.
PPS: The Summer 2017 Mathematics A To Z: Young Tableau, something I didn't know existed three months ago and that I'm now fascinated by.