The weather in Iowa has been very hot lately, with Memorial Day Weekend featuring temperatures in the upper 90s. Adventureland begins daily operation now, and Adventure Bay has also opened for the season.
On Memorial Day Monday, crowds seemed pretty tame early on. Around noon, parking was still mostly using the main up-front lot (Lot 4, I believe). There was, however, a major line at the ticket booths, filling the full queue and extended out past the planters:
Inside the park, most of the rides had very shot lines, with many basically being a walk-on. I expect most visiting that day were down at the water park.
On Main Street, work continues at the fire station. When Adventureland opened in the 1970s, this location was meant to replicate a town fire station, complete with some form of fire truck/wagon on display. In later years, it was used for stroller rentals before finally becoming a small merchandise shop. It looks like the garage door may have been removed, possibly indicating this location will become an extension of retail space for the shops in that area.
Down the way, work continues on the new Doc and Leone’s Diner project. The front sidewalk is roped off, and the windows are uncovered. Inside you can see the new 1950s-style tables and chairs, and even catch a glimpse of a jukebox. It looks like the walls have all been redone too, in fancy 50’s diner style. The park has said this location will open in early June.
The locations formerly used by Airbrush Avenue are still closed, and it did not look like anything had been going on inside yet.
Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign
A number of new signs have appeared in the park, such as new restroom signs…
As well as nice new signage on the Rathskeller.
As mentioned in the Facebook group, the Tea Cups also got new signage this year;
In addition to new signs, it was also pointed out that new flags have appeared around the park. Some are tied to the location – such as Iowa flags flying over at Iowa Beer & Wine…
…and country flags flying over in River City:
…as well as Germany flags at Rathskeller:
Some flags are a bit different, such as a Navy flag flying over Infant Ocean:
And, of course, pirate flags at the Galleon.
There are various other flags lining buildings and such, but I’d have to check past year’s photos to see if these are new for this year. Adventureland has always had plenty of building-top flags in the park.
The Circus is in Town!
Memorial Day Weekend also marks the return of the Adventureland Circus, presented by Billy Martin. New signs for the circus have appeared in several places in the park:
Even with a very small audience at the 1 o’clock show, and temperatures in the upper 90’s, the circus gave the same high energy performance as they would to a full audience on a much milder day. The circus has added some new lighting effects inside, as well.
And this thing was amazing:
Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
And over at Sheriff Sam’s Saloon, it looks like the building has been repainted.
Stepping inside, it appears the flooring has been updated, and a new wall constructed.
This seems to block the light better for Ben Ulin’s Glow Show. They were keeping one of the doors open, instead of them closing during that show.
And, did you notice the four new hitching posts that have been added? These would be where the cowboys would have tied up their horse when visiting the saloon.
The new children’s play area has gone vertical, and is visible from within the park.
And landscapers are hard at work on this hot day, too.
And, when you exit, you can even get a sneak peek at the new Bernie statue:
…and appreciate all the work that is going on inside:
More to come…
The day was hot, so my visit was short. I am sure there are many more things to be discovered this season. Like, how did I miss the relocation of the bowling ball game? Dee/Anna mentioned it was near the Skee-Ball area now, so it looks like some Skee-Ball machines have been retired:
Nothing has yet taken over it’s former spot, but, the jumbo crane game seems to be ready:
Oh, they moved the smoking BBQ pit, too.
Until next update…