Me and my kids took a trip to Camden Park a couple of days ago. It had been six years since we had last been there, and whille some things had changed, alot was still the same. Some of the changes was the removal of several rides for various reasons. Gone was The Monster, ferris wheel, Dodgems, Hot Cat and Sky Diver. Added since our last trip was The Rattler, Camden Princess and a new mini golf course.
First stop on the trip was actually the restrooms. These desperately need some attention. Not that they were just dirty, but they are really in rough shape and could you use a remodel in the worst way. With that out of the way we took a ride on The Scrambler. Your typical scrambler, ran well but could use a fresh coat of paint. That would be a theme for the day. Next we headed for the Haunted House. Now this ride had certainly seen a facelift since our last visit. The outside had been redone, the ride cars had new designs on them and the scares inside had been spruced up a little. Fun ride and yes I believe it should count as a coaster! After that we went over to The Bullseye. Long ride cycle and plenty of force that keeps you pinned to the back of where you are standing made it fun ride. We then mosey over to The Paratrooper. Fun little ride.
Next was the crown jewel of the park, The Big Dipper. Built back in the 50's, this coaster still has the same classic cars. Plenty of air time on the one back drop, especially in towards the back of the train. Saw some new wood on the ride and yes it still shifts some on the one turn. It really could use a new paint job, but its still lots of fun. We then took flight in The Flying Scooters. I can see why this are so missed by many at Kings Island. We then went over to The Whip, one of the last of these rides left. Doesnt look like much, but its more than what you would think. Long ride cycle on this one too. We then rode the train around the pond they call Swan Lake. Lots of folks in the paddle boats today. Next was a ride on The Little Dipper. Lots of new wood on this one, but it was very rough. It looked like the cars had gotten refurbished though.
We then went aboard The Camden Princess. I called it Surf Dogs little brother, nice looking ride but you dont get much speed going on it. The Tilt-A-Whirl looked like it had been painted recently. I love this ride and another long ride cycle. The Kite Flyer was new the last time we were here but the paint is starting to fade and a lot of rust is showing in places. Skipped the log ride as we were heading to the mall afterwards and I didnt feel like getting soaked. The kids rode on the ski lift that goes over the mini golf, which looked very nice. Before we left it went down and it took them several minutes before they could get it running again and get everyone off the ride. I also picked up a tshirt in the gift shop and the kids hit the small arcade before we left.
The park was pretty busy today. Several bus loads of church groups with lots of young kids were at the park. Camden is a fun little park to spend 2 or 3 hours at, and it appears the owners have done a little sprucing up of the place. With some more fresh paint and attention to some of the small things, like the restrooms, this park could really shine.