Tuttles Attack California’s Great America
I thought getting the kids up early to hit the park when they opened would be easy that morning, but NO!
We had spent most of the summer sleeping in, the teenage boy of course was the worst, having breakfast around noon everyday. But I thought the morning of going to Great America would be exciting enough for them to spring right out of bed. But our two kids were snoozing away when we tried to get them ready at 8:00am. I guess the day before in San Francisco wore us all out, but we were determined to have a great day. After checking out of the hotel, finding an IHOP to have breakfast, we were off to the Park.
Would you like regular parking for $5 or preferred parking for $8? Let the upgrades begin!
We were there on a Tuesday, and it was early and very quiet. The regular parking was about 10 feet from preferred. Uhh, regular please you idiot. Once you pay a fortune to get in, ($230 for 2 adults and 2 kids ) there are signs everywhere about getting a fast pass for the rides. We asked about them, but luckily the girl was honest with us and said today they didn’t expect it to be very busy and we wouldn’t need them. Thank you honest ticket taker, nice! Once you are in the park they stop you and force you to let them take your picture. They are hoping at the end of the day you will stop and purchase it on the way out. No thanks, we have our own camera. I have noticed just about all theme parks are doing this. We didn’t fall for that one either.
Finally we are free to have fun! Well wait, after finding the nearest bathroom, then we can jump on those rides.
Immediately Chris, Jeremy and I wanted to ride a big scary roller coaster. Hailey wanted nothing to do with it, so we took turns. Smart girl! On this ride you are hanging while you ride it. After I rode Flight Deck, I felt nauseous, had a headache and my neck was sore. I have become too old for this stuff! What a disappointment because I used to love riding roller coasters.
Want to watch us brave this ride? here it is!
We found a few smaller rides for Hailey, as I avoided all “spinny” rides. Bleh, I can’t take those rides either.
You know what else is really cool about Great America?
It has a water park right inside the theme park! They provide dressing rooms and lockers so it is easy to change into your swimsuit and get wet. It is a bigger and better water park then the one in my hometown. They have a giant wading pool, a separate wave pool, several slides, and a fairly large lagoon floating type ride. They also have a couple of large water play structures for the kids. We had so much fun breaking up the hot day of walking by using the water park. It was nice to cool off and take a break, and lay in the sun. I’m sorry to say we forgot to take any pictures of video of the water park.
By this time we were starving and grabbed the first edible thing we could find, crappy pizza. Oh well, there wasn’t much choice in the area we were in. Down the hatch!
After a few more rides, we came across the section that is similar to a carnival at the fair. Hailey’s favorite thing in the world is basketball, and they had several basketball games around. I’d say she played about 3 free throw games and she won 2 different basketballs.
Chris found one of those giant arcade games that was Deal or No Deal. It was pretty exciting and felt like we were on the game show. After hitting “no deal” all the way through the game, he won the biggest amount possible! We were jumping up and down hollering like we had won the lottery! Wish I would have recorded that, highlight of the afternoon for us adults.
All day we tried to encourage Hailey to try bigger rides than she ever has before. We finally came across The Tiki Twirl that was a step up for her. After 1 minute of video the ride gets going, but it is cute to hear Hailey laugh with delight.
This ride turned out to be the favorite of the day for Hailey and I. It didn’t make me sick, yet still a little scarry!
Here are Jeremy and Chris on the Vortex, I took a pass on this one
This next video Chris took as we rode a gondola, skyline type ride, it shows a good overview of the park and some of the fun rides.
Even though the park closed at 6:00pm on this weekday that we went, it was just fine, we felt like we got to ride everything we wanted to. It was not that crowded thank heaven!
So that was our attack on California’s Great America
Our last fling of the summer. It got a little expensive, but what doesn’t these days? We felt like it was well worth it. Where did your family go this summer? Leave me a comment below.