So a couple of months ago, some local news came out that caused my children to literally lay in the floor and cry. Both of them. It was pathetic. Seriously, for the first time in their short little lives, they actually wanted to watch the news to hear if this horrible rumor was true.
Is Alabama Adventure really shutting down all their non-water rides?! In the words of Donkey, “Really, really.” When the announcement was made, my children wanted to know “why?” According to my kids, it must be because someone wants to ruin our summer. What other reason could there possibly be?
If my kids were about ten years older, I thought this would have been a good time to introduce micro-economics and really make the subject mean something. But somehow, I thought talking about it now would just cause them more pain. So instead, I agreed with them, “Maybe their not trying to ruin our entire summer, but they are definitely ruining my day.”
The truth is I really wasn’t a bit surprised by the news. In fact every time we were there last summer, I must have said hourly, “I don’t know how this place stays open!” There was never anybody there. That’s part of what made it so great. We had the place to ourselves and never had to wait in a line. So like all good things, I knew it had to end, but in my heart, I was hoping it wouldn’t end so soon.
It’s funny though. When I asked the kids if they still wanted to go even though now it was only a water park, do you think they hesitated before yelling an enthusiastic “YES!”? Not. For. One. Second.
So all of that to say, last Saturday we went to the park formally known as Alabama Adventure. Out of protest, that’s what the kids and I are still calling it. That and because changing the name is just too confusing for Roark.
First my thoughts on the changes and then some pictures.
From what I can tell, everything is shut down except the water slides and pools. No more log ride or Buzz Saw Falls. Basically the only things left open are what was in the pool and water areas. They’ve said on the web site there are plans to add some other things like a zip line and water/mist maze, but these seemed non-existent as of last Saturday. I’m not sure what the schedule is for these additions, but it didn’t appear they were building anything new.
But even without the non-water rides, my kids had a blast. They let it be known that they missed the old rides, and Roark wanted me to ask somebody if he could just ride the Choo-Choo train one last time, but we still had fun.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t miss the rides that much. Honestly, Alabama summers are pretty brutal, especially when you are doing activities that don’t involve water. And even though I loved the old park, by the time I’d walked in the heat to each ride, eaten lunch, and changed the kids into their swimsuits, I was exhausted before I’d even sat foot in a pool. It was almost too much for one day.
So Saturday, I was able to enjoy the pools more than I ever had. In fact, we never even made it to the wave pool last summer because I was just so tired by the time we got to the swimming portion of our day that I didn’t have the energy. But this time, we took our time at each pool. I even sat in a chair and watched the kids play for awhile. I never had time to do that last summer because I had to hurry them along to each ride so we could leave before traffic got terrible. Saturday just didn’t have that rushed feel like our days at Alabama Adventure have had in the past.
So I’m okay with the change. I really think their prices should be cheaper, but there was a decent crowd. So people are still paying for the smaller park. I hope this decision is a profitable one for them. After all, a water park is better than no park at all.
Now for some pictures:
Dressed in their finest summer attire. They’ve been waiting for this day for months.
Edie is finally tall enough to ride one of the bigger water slides all by herself. She was super excited about this news. The only problem was the inner tube she had to carry up to the slide was bigger than she was.
I threw this picture in so you understand why my kids love this place so much. I mean, look at it? We would have thought this was the most awesome place in Birmingham if it had been around twenty-five years ago. That’s Roark in the bottom of the picture, walking up to it like he owns the joint.