An August 2002 trip
to Aurora by Amy Travels
Quote: On Friday, August 23, my family and I took a day trip to Aurora to see the newly created Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. We found that there was something for everyone in this huge mega park.
It also helps to arrive early, so that you can check out the show schedule for the day and plan your day so that you can see all, or at least most, of the shows. I recommend planning first when you’ll see the shows, then you can see the other attractions in between. This applies more to the Wild Life side of the park, where there are many shows.
Also, don’t go to Six Flags without discount coupons. See my journal entries for more information about how you can save money on your admission.
The menu consisted of ¼ or ½ chicken, French fries, and a roll. There was also a chicken and ribs combo, as well as cheeseburgers. Finishing out the menu were very small side salads, desserts, and a peanut butter and jelly combo for the kids. By the way, if your kids don’t like peanut butter and jelly, they are probably out of luck. We looked at a few different menus at various food outlets on the Wild Life side, and couldn’t find one that offered a kid’s meal other that peanut butter and jelly. I don’t know why they wouldn’t also have chicken nuggets, hot dogs, or hamburgers for the kids.
My husband ordered the chicken and ribs combo and enjoyed it. I had a ¼ chicken meal and thought it was O.K. My father-in-law had a cheeseburger as he had at lunch (once again, lack of variety!) My daughter refused to eat peanut butter and jelly, and ended up eating some of my chicken and fries.
Dinner at Shorty Pete’s was pricey — $37 for dinner for three adults and one child, with no desserts, salads, or alcoholic beverages. We thought this was a lot of money for a fast-food style meal. We could have had dinner at a nice restaurant at home for this price. On the plus side, the food was O.K. and we did get a decent portion.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 21, 2002
Shorty Pete’s Smokehouse
Six Flags Worlds of Adventure- Wild Life Side
There were two different platters available at the Lakeside Café — an Italian Sausage Sandwich with Fries for $6.29 and a Cheeseburger with fries for $5.99. Also, French Fries at $1.99 for small, $2.39 for medium, and $2.79 for large and Cheese Fries for $2.99. For the prices that you pay, you don’t get a large portion of food. However, the food at The Lakeside Cafe was good.
The Lakeside Café
Six Flags Worlds of Adventure- Wild Life Side
Beverages were expensive as well: $2.79 and $3.49 for small and large soft drinks, respectively. Bottled Water cost $2.49. So, for three Original pretzels and three bottled waters, we paid about $20.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 21, 2002
We’re Rolling Pretzel Company
Six Flags Worlds of Adventure- Wild Rides Side
We found Six Flags to be very expensive. Parking is $8, which is ridiculous. At Kennywood, our hometown amusement park, parking is free. (See my Pittsburgh journal for details about Kennywood). The food at Six Flags is also very expensive, as you will see in my dining journal entries. However, you can save money by looking for discount admission coupons. I’ve seen them at McDonald’s, AAA, Giant Eagle grocery stores, and in an Ohio Visitor’s Guide and Travel Planner. The Aurora Convention and Visitors Bureau sent me coupons as well. Even with coupons, expect to pay somewhere around $28 to $30 per adult for a one-day pass. If you have a large group though, this does make a difference.
We visited Six Flags on Friday, August 23. This proved to be a good time to go because the parks were not crowded and the lines were not long. A lot of Ohio schools were in session by this time, which probably explains this. However, there did not seem to be a lot of help. This may be because college students who worked there all summer headed back to school as well. We noticed that the restrooms and the park itself were not that clean and many food stands were closed or closed very early in the evening. Maybe we were just spoiled from our family trip to Disney in December 2001 (see my Walt Disney World journal.) Even though the restrooms were not as clean as I like, I was really impressed by the quantity and quality of the baby changing facilities.
Through most of the summer, Six Flags is open from 10 am to 10 pm. Hours vary in the spring and late summer. Also, portions of Six Flags are open through early November for Freight Fest.
Six Flags Worlds of Adventure
1060 North Aurora Road
Aurora, Ohio 44202
Attraction | "Six Flags Worlds of Adventure- Wild Rides Side"
We found the Wild Rides side to be difficult to navigate. We didn’t see many directional signs. Also, there were a lot of dead-ends and many of the rides seemed to be hidden from the main path. For most of our time on the Wild Rides side, we found ourselves going in circles. Maybe we'll do a better job navigating this section the next time we visit the park, as this was the first time any of us had ever been to this side of the park.
Other than the time we spent trying to find our way around, we spent most of our time in Looney Tunes Boomtown. This re-created Looney Tunes village felt like it was right out of the cartoons. We liked this area of the Wild Rides section, because there are family rides there. One parent is allowed to accompany each child on these rides. These rides are great for toddlers that are too young to go on the rides themselves. Three of the rides my daughter and I enjoyed were Taz’s Teacups, Yosemite Sam’s Train, and Wiley Coyote’s Balloons.
Other than Looney Tunes Boomtown there were many roller coasters, both steel and wooden, as well as traditional amusement park rides. Many rides are themed after Batman, Superman, and other characters from DC Comics, as well as Looney Tunes characters. There were several shows on the Wild Rides side, but unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to see any. And, as at all amusement parks, there were many games of chance.
Attraction | "Six Flags Worlds of Adventure- Wild Life Side"
A separate building houses the shark aquarium. This aquarium contains many different types of sharks as well as tropical fish in a huge floor to ceiling aquarium. There are also educational displays pertaining to sharks. There's yet another building with penguins. To me, the aquariums alone are worth a trip back.
One of the highlights of our day was Dolphin Harbor. This is an area in which dolphins interact with spectators. These beautiful animals were easy to photograph — I was able to get many shots of them jumping out of the water as if they were posing. It was an amazing feeling to get so close to them.
The Sea Lions show was very comical and very good. There is also an area where you can get very close to sea lions and seals. An employee was there to provide facts about these animals and we were able to view employees feeding them.
While at Six Flags, don’t miss the Killer Whale Show featuring Shouka, a new whale from France. At the beginning of the show, Shouka’s trainers explained that Shouka is still getting used to them and her new surroundings. Despite this, Shouka performed many jumps and waved to audience among other things. During the short intermission, there was an interesting video with footage of Shouka’s transport from France. After that the trainers asked kids in audience for questions. It was a very entertaining, as well as educational show.
Tiger Island features a show where tigers and trainers interact together. The trainers work with the tigers from the time the tigers are babies. Since the last tiger show is in the late afternoon, I recommend seeing this one earlier in the day so you don’t miss it.
Other animals on display included zebras and flamingos.
The Bat Man Water Show takes place on lake and features boats and jet skis. I didn’t think this show was appropriate for young children — they don’t understand it and it's much longer than the other shows. It didn’t even really hold my attention. If you don’t have enough time to see all the shows, skip this one, unless you have older children.
There is also a Pirate show and a Tropical Birds show. Unfortunately, the times these shows were showing did not fit into our schedule. Another popular show, which we did not see, was the Fireworks Show. We weren’t sure how our daughter would like the fireworks, so we decided to leave the park early to avoid the rush.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2002
We drove through Streetsboro to get to Six Flags. There are many motels in this town, which is about ten minutes from the park. On a previous trip to the former Sea World, I stayed in Bedford, which wasn’t a bad commute.
In mid-October, I was able to get a room at the Microtel in Streetsboro for $40/night. My husband and I are planning a trip to visit nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park (made a national park in 2000). Stay tuned for that journal in which I will review the Microtel in Streetsboro.
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