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Old 08-10-2017, 10:49 AM
 
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Bookgeek59 had a post in the lounge about being at an amusement park and not having fun. So it got me to thinking about how much fun it was when we were younger to go to an amusement park but not really as a senior citizen.

So.... what should an amusement park for older folks include? What would be fun?

I would enjoy an IMAX theater. There could be a variety of shows during the day so you could see something you really enjoy.


I think there should be benches all along the walkways where you can sit and rest. They could have massage machines there for us to receive a foot rub. It would feel so good after all the walking. Right?

So what else?


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Gourmet restaurants with top chefs, lovely flower and vegetable gardens with how-to demonstrations, large lake with small boats where you can just sit and float for as long as you like...
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Maybe a train ride to an interesting area from the park, possibly lectures that I care about. The massage machine idea could be turned into rides: It's a Comfortable World After All, The Swedish Massage Dragon, Hot Stone Paradise, etc. I would ride on those ALL DAY.
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I love those ideas!

The lake would also be covered with various designs of bridges to walk across. The boats could float under. There could be small sail boats, row boats, paddle boats.... At night the park workers could do fireworks from the tallest bridge so you could also see the reflection in the water as well as the actual fireworks in the sky. Music would accompany the fireworks show.

For the garden lessons there would be a schedule you received when you arrived. That way you would know when to head that direction for the lesson you wished to attend. They would bring in a small tent and set up chairs for our comfort while we listened and learned.

Vendors with the trays that hang around their neck and hold their food would be walking around to sell us refreshments where ever we needed them. You know the kind, like they used to have at the circus where they walked into the bleachers to serve you.
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They would bring back the love tunnel ride. It would be an easy and comfortable ride with a few rolling bumps, not hills. You would select your own music that would be piped into your own vehicle. You could also program your own visual- Paris, London, Rome, NYC, The Alps, Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls...

It could really take you down memory lane!


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I'm probably the only one but I want shuffleboard and miniature golf! I remember playing shuffleboard in jr. high PE class and I really liked it (I was really good at it too). I also always enjoyed mini golf when I was young, although I was not very good at it.
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Shuffleboard sounds good to me
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My husband and I used to frequent a B & B that had a game room. It had a shuffleboard table and it was great fun! So yes! By all means we should have shuffle board and miniature golf.
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This could be fun too! Of course there would have to be pooper scoopers around to clean up.

What about a photo studio where you can dress up in period costumes and then have our picture taken? I did this when I was younger. It was fun.

Alcohol would need to be served. We are all adults after all.

A Farris Wheel and carousel would be a must.

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Half price discounts on all rides, shows, and food! We can dream....
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There should be a variety of shows with different kids of talent.

But one should be a melodrama. We want to boo, hiss, clap and throw popcorn at the villain. Yipee!

Musical? YES!

Impersonators? Yes!

Light show? YES!

Concerts? YES!

Comedy? Yes!

Magic? SURE!


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I find swings to be relaxing so I would like to put a plug in for a swing set in our amusement park.
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The seats need to be a little bigger. You are right Cat Woman. Swings can be very relaxing.

We need some double gliders around too. They will be a great way to swing, relax, rest our tired feet and have a snack if we so desire.

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With slow moving warm water.
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We all get senior discounts!

No children under 50.
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Yes!
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A Lazy River is perfect. Love it! Maybe a wave pool as well. I like it mhugs.

No children at all. I agree Connieg. Must be 50 or older to buy a ticket. Maybe if you are married to someone over 50 that would be okay too.
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sugar free drinks
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something beside diet coke or diet pepsi
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Wonderful ideas! I'd like to add a tea shoppe where special blends of tea and coffee along with delicious chocolate pastries are sold. The caffeine would help keep us alert and energized, and the chocolate would add to our happiness.

One more thing, no endless lines to wait in, please!
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YES mhugs
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I vote for Sprite Zero and there should be many more as so many of us have issues with sugar. There should even be sugar free or low carb desserts available.
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I agree Ruby Tunes
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No long lines!

Or maybe the lines could be people sitting on benches going down a conveyor belt. Vendors could be selling drinks and snacks. Maybe the benches could have screens attached that you could pull up. You could play games, do crosswords or watch old TV shows like the one with Gracie Allen and George Burns. Everyone would have their own headphones. We would be resting our feet and be entertained while we waited for the next ride.
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with low sodium spreads
non-breaded chicken sandwiches etc.
low fat sauages with peppers and onions

Rides with a panic button that would stop it if vertigo or sheer fear set in and and easy way to exit.

Merry Go Rounds where ALL the horses came down to the floor so even folks with bad hips could mount up.
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Like The Panic Button Idea
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Maybe we need blood pressure cuff stations so we can monitor our blood pressure!
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I LOVE these ideas.

How about a live TedTalks area?
Frozen yogurt machines with many topping choices?
An ongoing drop-in exercise class for seniors?
Comfy seating to look at the lake and read?

And I vote everything is included with the price od admission--even tips.
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Live Ted Talks is a good idea!
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I would like a log flume ride like the one I rode in Dallas at Six Flag in the sixties. It was thrilling but not terrifying. It was fun getting wet. But maybe there could be a bubble to cover people who do not want to get wet.

I would also like the ride where you are strapped in standing up around the perimeter of the round cage. It starts to spin and then the floor drops out! It might make me dizzy today but it sure was fun when I was younger.

I would also like a tilt a whirl. I think that is what they were called. You sat in a seat with someone and it usually had a little partial roof over you. The cars or machinery holding the people were in a circle on a circular platform. The platform began to spin. Then the individual cars began to turn as well while the platform was spinning. Then the platform also tilted from side to side. Again it gave you a thrill but it was not scary like the roller coasters of today.

I would also like a couple of simulated rides. Maybe they could make it feel like we were riding a donkey down into the Grand Canyon. Then we could take a raft into white water down the river. Another one could simulate how it feels to parachute out of an airplane and then land on ground.

And they might need to have little pod houses where you could take a nap if you needed one. Just a short break before getting back to the fun.

There would need to be a place for dancing under the stars at night.

Maybe we would like an area for carnival booths. Shoot the ducks, hit the milk bottles and knock them over with a soft ball, pitch a penny onto the dot, toss a ring over a bottle....... Then everyone is a winner and gets a big stuffed animal as a prize.

Wouldn't it be great if there really was place like this?
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Just kidding, of course!
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How about the carnival game where you squirt a water gun into a clown's mouth and a balloon inflates above its head until it bursts? You could have a picture of your "favorite" principal on its face. We'd all be winners!
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You are way to creative and funny. I say yes! Let's do it!
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The cage ride that spins around and the bottom drops out-----I used to love that! I rode it later in life and I had a boob hanging, plastered down each side of my body.
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covering yourself back up! I bet you were a quick draw returning them to their rightful places. Did you wear a turtle neck the next time you went to the amusement park? What a great story! Thanks for sharing.
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I love this idea. We should get together and start this amusement park and do franchises. Maybe we would get rich in our old age!
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I agree. I am just wondering what could be included at park that would keep people coming.
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Live concerts
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Live concerts Would that be able to be available in an amusement park lol
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Perhaps the park could have themes according to a specific generation like 50's or 60's month or Gilligan's Island etc. . .

of course there would have to be ample bathrooms accessible by foot or tram

complimentary Evian spray bottles for rehydration

how about gigantic Smart boards to face time with other happy retirees at other amusement senior parks throughout the US

There could be a swinging single senior week

Christian seniors, pagan seniors, retired teacher seniors, etc. . .
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And an ice skating show like one we went to at Busch Gardens once. It was so refreshing to cool off a bit. Oh and good for you but tastes like the real thing cotton candy.
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Even now, there is NOTHING that I enjoy more than going to a County fair! I just LOVE IT! And always have.

There is SO MUCH to do! Wild and tame rides, ALL KINDS of delicious ethnic foods, popcorn, cotton candy, roasted peanuts! Shooting ranges, prizes, animal and farm shows---those darling baby goats and pigs and chickens! I want to take 'em all home. The biggest horse on earth!

New technologies are often displayed at county fairs too; music concerts, dancing, Native American displays, historical exhibitions (one of my favorites!), everybody is happy and smiling.

Nothing is more enjoyable than to spend ALL DAY in the summer at an old fashioned county fair. And dress the part too--long flowing colorful dress, BIG fancy hat that keeps the sun from making me too hot. I LOVE IT!

If ever I stop enjoying an old fashioned county fair, Lord, take me home.

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We can all dream a little.
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