The Thrill of a Lifetime

Roller coasters, the log flume, the carousel, the tilt-a-whirl…no summer is complete without a trip to an amusement park. Not everybody can plan a big multi-day trip to the “Happiest Place on Earth”, but there are amusement parks all over the place that you may be able to get to for a one day trip of fun and adventure.

I used to love going to the amusement parks. Every year, my youth group planned a day trip to Kings Dominion and another one to Hershey Park. Growing up in Baltimore, we were able to drive a few hours in any direction and hit a park for a day. It was one of the best trips of the year.

I love them so much, that I was totally bummed the year I was graduating 8th grade. My graduation date fell on the same date as our Kings Dominion trip! How was I ever going to get over missing out? Well…little old me is not that great in math. I can do basic math, but algebra and above makes my head hurt. So I was going to have to go to summer school. I was told I could participate in the graduation, but not receive my diploma until after I passed the course that summer. Thankfully my mother was cool about it and let me go to the park instead!!! The nuns weren’t happy…sorry sisters, LOL.

What is the first thing you do when you arrive at the park? Do you eat something? Do you head to the scariest roller coaster to get your nerves straight right away? I always headed to the swings. I don’t know why, but I love to swirl around as the swings take you higher and higher and I get a good look at the park from there. It’s a tradition that I always did. I haven’t been to a park in ages, but it would still be number one on my list.

Next, it was off to a roller coaster. I am a little scared of them, but I go anyway. The best way for me to combat the fear? Humor. As it took off, going slowly up the first hill, I started to pray out loud, jokingly. I would start reciting the Hail Mary and my friends would laugh…then we would reach the top and down we went. My friends would be screaming and laughing, but my mouth didn’t open as my eyes were shut tight and my hands gripped the bar in front of me. Then it was off to the next one.

I always wanted to go on the log flume early in the day. It gives you time to dry off while you are walking around the rest of the day. I would say no less than 3 hours before you leave the park. But kids being kids, we broke that “rule” a lot and ended up riding 3 hours on the rental bus wet and uncomfortable.

What is your favorite type of food at an amusement park? Do you sit down to a real lunch or just grab and go all day? I am a grab and go girl. Stop for a corn dog, then later on a pretzel and no day is complete for me unless I get my cotton candy. Even now, Neil and I will go to an expo in town and if there is a vendor selling it I have to stop to get some. I told you I was just a big kid at heart.

Do you have any funny things that have happened to you at an amusement park? When I was about 8 years old and living in Southern California for awhile, we went to Disneyland for the day. There we were at “The happiest place on earth”, having a great time seeing Mickey and the gang until…we got stuck on the “It’s a Small World” ride. The ride broke down, but the music didn’t. I don’t know how long we sat there, but it felt like hours as that song just played over and over and over again. It’s in my head now and I can’t stand it!!

If you can’t make it to an amusement park, I would say the next best thing is a fair or carnival. It’s not the same big experience, but you can get that feeling. They have rides and games and fun food. If you can, get yourself out to an amusement park or carnival this year and have some fun. It’s what keeps us young.

***Question for the comments…Do you like amusement parks? What is your favorite ride? What is your favorite food to eat there?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

6 thoughts on “The Thrill of a Lifetime

  1. Roller coaster, log flume, all of it. I even took Chaz on Space Mountain when he was 5. Looking back, that probably wasn’t a “good parenting” move. But he loved it. Cotton candy??? 🤮 Again 2 sides of the same coin. You were lucky. MY mother would have made me go to graduation just to show me that I couldn’t get my diploma. But then, she’s 2 sides of the same coin, too. And as you know, I’m definitely a grazer. Speaking of fairs, deep fried Oreos anyone? Lol

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    1. UMMMMM….YES PLEASE!!!! Always want a deep fried Oreo. So true, she would have made you go for sure. but I think my youth group leader probably convinced her a little as well. Space Mountain at 5, huh? So that’s why he is so goofy, LOL. Love my nephew!


  2. Amusement venues? Nope. Fairs? You bet! The livestock and crop judging, homegoods, arts and craft displays, all attractions. The midway not so much except for the smell of the unusual edibles. But to be done properly, fairs have to be autumn and harvest celebrations – just the way I learned to appreciate county and state fairs. Nice read this morning. Makes me ready for autumn.

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  3. Love amusement parks…love water rides and coasters…hamburgers and hotdogs with fries…any type of ice cream…never had a deep fried oreo…sounds good

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