Friday, April 25, 2014

Amusement Park Nostalgia

When the weather gets warm I start thinking about amusement parks, Cedar Point (in Sandusky, Ohio) most especially.  I can't help it, it's just something I associate with warm weather. I guess that stems from growing up in an amusement park town where we literally, as tweens and teens spent the majority of our summers tootling around one.

The rides and roller coasters they have today are much more daring than they were back then, and me and my kids (save the little one who is too short to ride them still) love to ride them.  Hubby will ride some, but not the really big ones, which works out great because he gets quality fun time in playland with the little guy while the rest of us go wait in long lines for our three minute thrill...bottom line: everyone is happy. :)

When I start getting the urge to go to the parks though, I usually browse the Internet to see what's new, what's going on, and so on and so forth. Today instead of doing that, I went to my Cedar Point Pinterest board. That's where nostalgia hit.

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My First Roller Coaster ride was on this one, and it was waaaay back when.
This roller coaster, The Gemini, was my very first one, and I still love to ride it just for that reason.

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To a kid, this slide was huge, and very, very fun.
It's gone now but I still distinctly remember how it felt to go down those hills.
And this ride was the big thrill ride for me, when I was still too small to ride the coasters. I must have been very young because all was well and good toting that burlap bag up the stairs, but once I got up there I was all kinds of worried. Things like, 'What if the bag slips before I get in it?' came to my head. Or worse, "What if I slip off of the bag coming down?!?' would get me going.  But I still climbed the stairs, over and over again to get that big rush (while my mom waited patiently for me at the bottom of the slide).

Those were good times.  So good in fact, that they created a lifelong love of amusement parks for me. And now, I have a question for you: What's one thing that you still love to do as an adult, that you learned to love when you were a child?

46 comments:

  1. Well this post brought back sweet memories. I loved going to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk when I was younger. It was great fun.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  2. When I was a kid there were SO many smaller amusement parks near me and sadly, they have ALL closed.

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  3. I haven't been to Cedar Point since I was a teenager! I would love to go back and see how it has changed. We are in southwest Ohio, so Kings Island is closer. I always preferred the roller coasters at Cedar Point though.

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  4. I spent a LOT of time at a local small amusement park - Conneaut Lake Park. Oh how I loved it there! The water park and Lazy River were perfect for sweltering days and the fun rides and entertainment made for great summer memories. As an adult, we went to many parties at the pub on the beach, it's located inside the park. Sadly, the area has declined, most of the businesses are gone and the par itself was struggling after several fires and bad management. The last straw last year was when the pub burned down. It makes me very sad to remember how great of a family area it was in Conneaut Lake for so many years.

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  5. I totally loved the Tilt A Whirl as a kid and like you have such found memories of riding it with my dad over and over again each year when we would visit our local amusement park :)

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  6. I still love the Carousel. As a child, I never ever got to ride on the fancy horses around the outer edge. Now, as an adult, I move faster. The little kids will have to wait a few more years.

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  7. No way can I EVER do roller coasters---I'm a big baby. But I do LOVE Disney World and miss it. I haven't been in a few years because it has gotten so expensive!

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  8. I love funfairs/amusement parks, here in London we used to have Battersea Funfair it was a 10 minute bus ride away so we were there most weeks during the summer seasons when it was open, my favourite ride was The Waltzer was brilliant sadly the funfair was shut down and dismantled it was sad as it had been part of London for years.

    Thanks for sharing your memories it brought back some of mine ;-)

    Have a coastertastic weekend ;-)

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  9. Blowing dandelion clocks. Knowing that it will spread the seeds far and wide. And I still cannot resist.
    Amusement parks? Not for me.

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  10. I love roller coasters and the "Slide Slide" like in the second picture! Haven't been to one in years.... :(

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  11. those are so high...I can't even stand looking at the images without getting the gitters already.

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  12. I remember those burlap bag slides. As for roller coasters, I'd rather take a rocket ride.

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  13. Roller coasters and I don't get along. Although I can ride the wooden ones. I've ridden the Gemini before as well.
    Video games! That will never grow old. And music. I still enjoy making music.

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  14. I have been on that slide. My Grandkids will be going there this summer.

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  15. There is only one here that is okay I guess. I never been on one of those slides though, don't fear any of the stuff, only thing I fear is on one of them and someone loses their lunch, eww lol

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  16. I am a bit tamer. I like the ferris wheel or just wading barefoot in the water edge. I tried to find the comment link on the post below. Cutting those showers short can save you about $200. a year.

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  17. Glad to know I'm not to only Dad who doesn't do the really big roller coasters!

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  18. Allison gets her thrill by getting on YouTube and watching roller coaster videos. That was our entertainment last Saturday night. Watching roller coaster cams on YouTube lol.

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  19. I think an Amusement Park invokes all the senses. The carousel music rather dominates but now each ride seems to have it's own music. And the mixture of all the smells wafting in our noses and tantalizing the tummy. The splendor of color as we gaze up and see the blur of the tall rides..... add it all up and you want to run from one ride to another as you did when you were a kid. Haha

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  20. I too love to enjoy in Amusement park!

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  21. I used to go to King's Island just north of Cincinnati all the time! I have never been to Cedar Point though for some reason. Maybe I'l do that this summer :)

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  22. I remember riding the Gemini as a teenager. I loved that ride. It was great fun at night when many people went home, the lines got shorter, and you could pretty much just ride back to back to back. And I think they sped them up a bit at night. Woohoo!

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  23. Awesome I love rides and like in your house Julian doesn't so score on not being left with the little ones lol

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  24. I never understood how people see roller coasters as fun. I think of them as torture devices and will never ride one again.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/04/atoz-w-for-winning.html

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  25. SWIM--I learned to swim when I was around 2 I think--I still love it to this day. I also love miniature golf. As for those rides---NO THANK YOU!!!!

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  26. Fantastic (and thrilling) ride down memory lane!

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  27. I have never been to Cedar Point but my husband says it's amazing!

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  28. yeah! I remember the slides as a kid where you slid down on the burlap bags - so much fun!

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  29. Roller Coasters have never been something I needed to ride, my oldest talked me into one about 20 years ago and I was never so scared in my life.... I never got on another one ;)

    I wanted to let you know I am taking a media/blog break for a while... I need to figure out how to sleep ;)

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  30. I love going to amusement parks, my husband though, doesn't enjoy it as much - he says there are too many people. This one looks like a lot of fun. thanks for sharing.

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  31. I went to Cedar POint a lot as a child. I don't think I would like it much now because I am NOT a roller coaster person and I don't remember much other than roller coasters being there. I have been on the Gemini and was scared of it, and I also went on the Raptor. It is a place with lots of memories for me. My jr high band played there, and my girl scout troop got to work in the concession stand for a day.

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  32. I have always heard of Cedar Point :)
    I am not a huge roller coaster fan now - but I used to be ;)

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  33. I love Cedar Point! I remember riding that slide in a potato sack as a kid! Fun!

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  34. I Remember To Burlap Bags & Going Down That Slides Over & Over Again Oh To Be Young Again The Good Old Days!!

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  35. I would say amusement parks would be mine too! My dad used to always take us to Kings Dominion very summer. I love taking my kids there now! :)

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  36. Hi Rosie - they weren't around when I was growing up - and after that ... I'm not that keen on masses of people, and not having kids I've managed to avoid them since!! I know everyone loves them though .. and summer is coming - so enjoy those rides ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  37. Aww.. you made me nostalgic by reminding those old memories

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  38. Reading. I learned to read at 4 (my preschool teachers were AMAZING). I remember being very upset that kindergarteners could not check out 'chapter books' and asking the librarian and principal when I found the two together if they would let me. The didn't, so my mom started finding books for me anywhere and everywhere she could. I got my own library card to 2 different libraries and I devoured book after book. Later, when I got into longer series books (Harry Potter and many others), we would go to the bookstore at midnight for book releases and I would spend the next 24 hours locked in my room until I finished the book.

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  39. That looks like a lot of fun. Summer is coming! AMber N

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  40. That slide looks like so much fun to me! Hope you had a nice weekend.

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  41. Oh my gosh, I have to show this to the hubby. He's a coaster fanatic and we have been to Cedar Point sooooooo many times I'm not kiddin'. We were just there two summers ago. We would have went last summer, but I had surgery. Oh well, getting better now though. hehehe thanks for sharing!

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  42. I have never been on one of those giant slides! When I was younger I would have loved to go on one, but these days I'd pass ;)

    Thanks for stopping by and linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog party and for the sweet tweets!!

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  43. When I graduated high school my friend and I took a wild vacation to Michigan to celebrate. Woo hoo! I know. We took a side trip to Ohio and I still remember the Roller Coast as being the most amazing amusement park ever. I speak of to anyone who'll listen it in reverent tones.

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  44. I think I have to say reading. It's a real passion for me. First because my dad, or mom, always read to be when I went to bed. And they also read me aloud on other times. Then because I learned to read myself. There has not been a time in my life that I would not have had a book, or few, that I was reading through.

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  45. I would be wondering that same thing about the bags slipping too :)

    I've never ridden on a ride like...hmm that. no never.

    One tiny one once a million moons ago but not anything like this. So long ago I think it's a figment.

    So maybe one day we'll be able to do this.

    Spring is usually a good time right..or more likely closer to summer :)

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