One of my most favorite things in the whole world is amusement rides. It doesn’t matter if they are at a fly by night carnival in the parking lot of a defunct mall or Disneyland, I love them all. I think my love for these rides began when my mother took me to the now defunct Opryland in Nashville, TN. That place seemed like a wonderland. I feel very fortunate to have grown up in a city with a major amusement park. It’s a big and wondrous place as a child, a cool place to hang out when you’re a teen, and a place to relive memories of childhood when you’re an adult. If you’re lucky you can pass on your own love to of these places with your children.
We currently live within a short drive to a Six Flags park. It’s sort of dirty, several of the rides break down a lot and the people who attend are sometimes pretty sketchy but its better than nothing.
I’ve had the good fortune to have visited many parks over the years. Opryland, Kings Island, Carowinds, Seaworld, Six Flags over Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Six Flags over Georgia, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure all of them wonderful in their own way. But, I have to admit my heart belongs to Disney Parks. I’d be hard pressed to pick my favorite.
It has pained my soul to go all spring and now into summer without riding at least one roller coaster. Amusement parks are just now starting to open nationwide. All of them with a myriad of rules to enter. It’s not just enough to have a ticket or season pass. And, don’t even get me started on the mask situation. There’s no way in hell I’m going to wear a mask in 90% humidity outside. I am fine with wearing them inside in the air conditioning but I draw the line outside when I am at least 6 feet away from someone. All that said, I doubt I will go to an amusement park this year. That makes me incredibly sad. I know it’s a petty problem. I can only imagine how some people would scoff at that. I don’t really care. Some people are sad about sports, I’m not. Some people are sad about other closures. But, to me, the amusement parks are what’s hitting me the hardest. What little luxury are you missing?
Photo Credit: Me. Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. I wish I could time travel and stand in that line again.