Starting with this article, we will begin our "tip sheet" series on the various attractions in the Mount Washington Valley. Our first is Storyland - hope you enjoy it!
We once again ventured to Storyland this past week and this time around, we took a few more notes. We hope these help with your stay at our place or locally in the Valley and are useful when you visit Storyland.
At the beginning
We have always attempted to be at the park at the open but when we visited this past Monday, the lines were very long...yet, when I looked 5 minutes after open, the lines were nonexistent. Not sure if this is a trend but perhaps one just waits 5 minutes before getting in line?
Wait on the Antiques
The antique cars are extremely popular and everyone gravitates to them at the open of the park. If you are first in line, go to this ride at the open. However if you are not first, don't waste 15 minutes at the start of your day sitting in this like. Also if you happen to venture there during the day when the lines are long, sneak in a quick snack and make the time useful.
One benefit of staying local is the budget lunch. What is the "budget lunch?" Well at lunchtime, instead of sitting in line for food at the park, venture to your local place, have cold cuts or something quick. Then head back to the park and enjoy the rest of the day with a full stomach!
"Save Storyland Show" / characters
The great thing about Storyland is access to the characters. "Cindy" is always at her castle (except to tea parties), you can get direct access to the characters at the "Save Storyland show" before and after the show and they are also available at the park opening and at the conclusion. Great long term memories come from these photo ops. Also, Mother Goose is a great photo at the end of the each day. Lastly, one can get pics with Duke at his "Dance party."
Here is also some quick hits
- The tractors were quieter than normal in the morning at our visit the Monday before Labor Day...especially at the beginning as most appeared to focus on the front of the park.
- My kids love the mist tents...especially when it is hot!
- For the Crazy barn, if you have motion sickness, sit on the outside, not the inside which spins more (closer to the axis if you will). Normally the ride is not packed so take advantage if you like to spin. Otherwise, stay away of you have motion sickness issues.
- The Roarosaurus seems to generate more headaches if you sit in the middle of the ride (vs sitting on the ends of the roller coaster). Most won't sit in the very first or last cars due to the initial trepidation but don't fear! Take advantage of this and jump right into those spots.
- The Bamboo shoots is normally packed during the hot days but not so much during even normal temps. Lines tend to move fast though so wait times are not as long as they look. Also if you want to get wet, don't duck when your shoot goes down. Sit up!
- Look out for the "splash battle" water guns when going over to the drive through the jungle ride. You could get unwittingly caught in the crossfire of some kid!
- The Flying fish are always a fan favorite. Hit this ride later in the day when a majority of the park participants are winding down on the train rides or in the shows.
- The fudge is pretty good at Yum Yum junction. If you buy five pieces, you get the 6th free. I wouldn't waste the time on the toys though. High priced and your kids won't be playing with them 6 months later.
- We tend to avoid any and all food in the park saving it for other excursions. Time spent sitting in like for food or drinks could be time spent on the polar coaster or other rides such as the Roarosourus!
- The people who work there are always the kindest folks you will find anywhere. They are always helpful with whatever you need. Don't ever hesitate to ask a question!
- Dr geysers ride is fun but the wait times are normally obscene. There is a little water area outside the ride which I suppose could be for the kids while the older folks go on the ride. They only times I have taken this ride it are late in august when nobody is here or beyond. It is not an guarantee that you get wet on the ride though if you do, you could get soaked!
- The Old lady in the shoe is an easy way to get a Storyland sticker. Also the treehouse around the corner from the old lady is petty cool for the very young ones with 2 slides and a talking tree who tells jokes!
- The Merry go round is an popular attraction and most of the time has at least a small amount of an line...especially featuring parents with the younger children.
- The pirate ship and swan boat are both not bad rides and the wait time for each is generally minimal. This is the type of a ride that attracts more people when the weather is hot for a break. Also on the pirate ship, if you don't row, you will walk the plank!
- The loopy lab is fun as there is a place for kids to shoot nerf balls into the air in different directions. It can house a large amount of kids at any one time and also has the magician's show in the back.
- The train ride around the park is a nice take a break trip. It Would be better if it was a longer ride extended up to the tractors but not bad overall...get on it for the final ride of the day at the time of the park closing and the conductor sometimes does some funny chants or songs as you pull into Yum Yum junction.
Well, that is it for the latest " tip sheet." Hopefully you got something useful out of this and if you have any questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.