Adventureland

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does this entrance look familiar?

So Adventureland is a theme park near Des Moines. The park is nice but reeks of architectural plagiarism, which you can see in the video. The entrance and Main Street are incredibly familiar, especially when you walk under the train station to get to it. There is a big river they don't have boats on any more, but it is fronted by a New Orleans and old west section. In the middle of the park is a contemporary restaurant with a stage that comes up out of the ground. So they pretty much stole somebody else's idea when it comes to theme parks. It also has a few original ideas, including a chapel with religious music shows. They have a ride called the Underground, where you listen to a formerly animated prospector say something you can't understand and watch his mouth barely move, then board a rollercoaster train that slowly travels past several mining scenes.

Does this look familiar?
Is it a dark ride with lifts, or a rollercoaster without drops? Their looping coaster was sadly closed, and their wooden rollercoaster in the back was closed for the majority of the morning. The ride operator at the entrance was practically laying on the ground when I tried asking him if it would open, but he wasn't interested in customer service. About this time is when I went to Trainland and the casino. When I came back it was open, so I was lucky enough to ride. Overall, it was a nice park, except for the sleeping guy at the coaster entrance, but if they have enough imagination to steal such an obvious park design they could have come up with something more original.

http://www.adventureland-usa.com/index.php

allenhuffman says:
When I moved to Iowa in 1995, I noticed the similarities, too, and built a webpage on my site with some comparison photos:

http://www.disneyfans.com/dlresort/dlvsadv/index.htm
Posted on: Jan 16, 2009
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does this entrance look familiar?
does this entrance look familiar?
Does this look familiar?
The old boat dock
The old boat dock
A character dog
A character dog
the live show
the live show
they go back into the ground
they go back into the ground
They sang gospel music
They sang gospel music
Pig and a windmill
Pig and a windmill
reflection of rollercoasters
reflection of rollercoasters
The Outlaw opened late
The Outlaw opened late
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