Adventure City

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Adventure City
Adventure City logo.png
Location Stanton, California, United States
Coordinates 33°48′55″N 117°59′33″W / 33.81528°N 117.99250°W / 33.81528; -117.99250Coordinates: 33°48′55″N 117°59′33″W / 33.81528°N 117.99250°W / 33.81528; -117.99250
Opened 1994
Operating season Seasonal
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Rides
Total 10
Roller coasters 2
Website Adventure City

Adventure City is a theme park in Stanton,[1] California, United States. Occupying an area of over 2 acres (0.81 ha), Adventure City is one of the smallest theme parks in California,[citation needed] and receives an average attendance of between 200,000 and 400,000 per year.[citation needed] The Coca-Cola Company is the park's only major sponsor.[2] In spite of its physical location in Stanton, the park advertises itself as being in Anaheim.[1]

History[edit]

The park opened in 1994 at a cost of $4 million,[2] as an expansion of Hobby City, a nearby 6-acre (2.4 ha)[3] collection of novelty shops and museums. The park was initially marketed for families with children, as an affordable alternative to other Southern California area theme parks such as Disneyland in nearby Anaheim, and Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park.[citation needed] Hobby City's original miniature railroad attraction, which opened in 1938 (25 years before the park opened), was extended and incorporated into the new park.[4] A classic 1946 carousel was also part of the parks opening day attractions roster.[2]

In 1999, the park purchased and refurbished a classic 1950s-era Wild Mouse style rollercoaster from an amusement company in Brisbane, Australia.[5] The park named its new roller coaster Tree Top Racers, and expanded its boundaries westward into an adjacent former parking area to incorporate its new attraction. The ride was the park's first new attraction since opening, adding to its collection of classic rides.[2] In 2012, Tree Top Racers was permanently closed.

In 2005, the park opened Drop Zone, its second new attraction since opening day, next to Tree Top Racers. In 2015, Rewind Racers, a $2 million family shuttle coaster opened on the former site of Tree Top Racers in time for the park's 20th anniversary.[6] The ride is a first of its kind attraction in North America, built by Gerstlauer, a German ride manufacturer, and the largest single investment in the park's history.[7]

Attractions[edit]

Rides[edit]

  • Balloon Race - Spinning balloon ride.
  • Barnstormer Planes - Spinning airplane ride.
  • Drop Zone - Opened in 2005, a drop tower ride.
  • Freeway Coaster - The park's first roller coaster. It was built around a giant pepper tree[8] which existed on the site before the park was built.
  • Crank 'n' Roll - Kid-powered 'train' ride.
  • Adventure City Express Train - A 14 in (356 mm) gauge[9] ridable miniature train ride built in 1938 and was a main attraction at Hobby *City for 25 years. It was incorporated into the park when the park was built in 1994.
  • Crazy Bus - A bus-themed flat ride
  • Carousel - A vintage 1946 carousel featuring 20 horse figures.
  • Giggle Wheel - A mini Ferris wheel.
  • Rewind Racers - Opened in 2015. A unique family shuttle coaster. A first of its kind in North America.

Other attractions[edit]

  • Children's theater - Outdoor theater showing educational presentations including puppet shows and live shows.
  • Petting farm
  • Thomas and Friends - An area where children can play with toys and train sets from the Thomas and Friends franchise.
  • Mount Adventurous - A children's rock climbing tower.
  • Arcade

Former attractions[edit]

  • Tree Top Racers - Opened in 1999, a 1950s-era vintage Wild Mouse roller coaster. The ride closed in 2012 and was replaced in 2015 by Rewind Racers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whiting, David (2015-04-22). "Whiting: Meet Stanton, Orange County's scrappiest city". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d http://www.allbusiness.com/services/amusement-recreation-services/4587417-1.html[dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Adventure City Express Train". Adventure City. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Tree Top Racers". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  6. ^ "Rewind Racers". Adventure City. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  7. ^ "Adventure City announces new Rewind Racers Roller Coaster" (Press release). Adventure City. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 

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