New frontier (part 2)

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As I said in the previous entry, this was our first ever visit to Oklahoma City's Frontier City theme park. It was just us guys, so we were going to ride as many rides as we wanted to, as often as we wanted to, without slowing down for anyone else. We ate before we went to the park, and it was hot enough (104, I think) that we weren't interested in eating during the day. We bought the big refillable drink cups and went through three fills each.

Because of the heat, the crowds were pretty thin, and we never had to wait in line for long. We rode the Wildcat (the wooden coaster) at least five times, the Silver Bullet (a steel coaster with a loop) three times, and the Prairie Schooner (like Pharoah's Fury at Bell's) at least six times. (My son rode it six times; I think I stopped at four.)

Neither of us are daredevils, but we both pushed our limits. Neither of us had been on a looped roller coaster before. The tallest and most noticeable ride in the park is Eruption, the slingshot ride that launches the six-person capsule 240 feet in the air. It's easy to spot from I-35. About mid-afternoon we had worked up the courage to try it, and we liked it so much that we did it again. It was a bit creepy to see ourselves rise above the tops of the supporting towers.

The park seemed shorthanded. A few rides were closed the entire day -- the train, the Terrible Twister, the Tomahawk. I overheard one ride operator say that they had closed several shops and food stands to try to keep as many rides open as possible. At another ride, I heard a couple of employees talking about the number of hours they'd worked the previous week: One was over 70, and the other was over 60. Despite that, everyone seemed to be polite and efficient.

We saw three shows. The gunfighters show had some impressive stunts and lots of silly humor. The World of Magic was excellent -- a real magic show with illusions involving swords, boxes, locked trunks, and attractive scantily-clad young women. There was a psychic segment, where the fakery was exaggerated to the point of being obvious. Good showmanship all around.

The third show -- Merlin's Magicademy -- was a waste of our time. It would have been helpful if the description had said, "Very small children will be delighted...." Despite the name, no genuine illusions (oxymoron?) were performed. It was all puppetry, lipsynched music, and some animatronic effects. I didn't even notice any little children actually being delighted with the performance, but it's hard to tell. Hot weather seems to make audiences less than responsive.

Most unexpectedly interesting ride: Casino, which looks like a roulette wheel that does some tilting and turning.

Most nauseating ride: As always, the Tilt-A-Whirl (known here as the Tornado) brings me closest to losing my lunch. The Rodeo Round-Up -- a kind of centrifuge -- was a close second.

Most relaxing ride: The ferris wheel.

Most boring ride: Treasure Mountain, the oldest ride in the park, would only be fun if you brought your own entertainment in the form of a date to make out with in the dark. A close second: The Swingin' Six Guns, a spinning swing ride, didn't spin fast enough to be fun. You could hardly feel the breeze.

Most interesting exhibit: In the waiting area for the Wildcat, there are photos and descriptions about the history of roller coasters, famous designers, and famous coasters. Wildcat was rescued from Kansas City's Fairyland amusement park.

Best ways to cool off: Renegade Rapids and the Mystery River log flume.

Rides we skipped: All the kiddie rides, the carousel, the Mindbender, the Hangman (a free-fall ride), the Diamondback, and the three that were closed.

Costs: We bought our tickets online and printed them at home, $26 each including tax, plus $3 "shipping", netting us about $7 total saved. Parking was $10. The refillable soda cups were $8 each, and $1 for each refill. We managed to steer clear of the games and the add-ons, except for the photo you see above, which was just too good to pass up as a memento of our day together.


Richard said:

DUDE, the Mindbender is AWESOME!!

susan said:

Great photo!

The other day two very polite boys from Calvary Boys Ranch located in Eufaula, Oklahoma were selling some really nice candles.

Apparently the two boys elected to attend the Calvary Boys Ranch which they said they attend for about one year to turn their life around. Not all teens have a great dad like Michael.

I don't know much about this ranch, but if all the teens that attend there a year turn their life around like the two boys I met, the current
juvenille court system should take a good look at this ranch to encourage troubled teens to have the choice to attend there.

MrFisher said:

that is one great photo there boys

and i am shocked! shocked i say, that you had never been to frontier city

glad you guys enjoyed it

susan said:

With the dreadful long lines at Disneyworld especially during summer and at peak times when schools let out, I wonder if there would be an investor that would buy land in north Tulsa to help that area grow into a thriving business area. It's sad to see so much of north Tulsa with so many poor performing businesses when Tulsa has the roads in place.

susan said:

Having more thriving businesses in north Tulsa
where teens through adults wanting to get a job and work even if they are 60+ would help. Businesses
that have "easy to apply" availability.

Some older workers today have a very hard time figuring out how to apply on-line. They never received the computer training our youth get free in school today. While libraries do offer some classes, the times and availablility
do hinder older adults from still learning
"microsoft office" and other computer training skills. Perhaps there could be a "Bill Gates"
out there that could offer more opportunities free of charge for computer learning classes with expanded times and easy to learn classes.
We need to get more employed in Oklahoma with good jobs.

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