Popular Ride at Adventureland Is Now Closed For Good

Officials with Adventureland theme park tried their best to find ways to keep a popular ride safely operating. But in the end, the safest decision was to just shut it down for good.

KCCI reports letter

The Raging River ride has had a checkered past but really came under intense scrutiny after an accident during the summer of 2021. In July of that year, KCCI reports that Michael Jaramillo died while riding the attraction with his family. A raft capsized, trapping the family underneath the water. Michael’s brother and father were also injured. KCCI reports that the Jaramillo family has a lawsuit against the previous owners of Adventureland, seeking nearly $100 million in damages. The lawsuit contends that the Iowa Division of Labor should have found 17 safety violations on the Raging River prior to the deadly accident.

My family took many rides on the Raging River during our family trips to Adventureland. But after the accident in 2021 that claimed the life of Michael Jaramillo, we never rode it again. I’m guessing other park patrons felt the same way. Adventureland is making the right move here. Get rid of something inherently dangerous, and focus on the rides of the future.

The Restaurants & Stores Iowans Want to Come to the Corridor

If you could bring any chain restaurant or store to the area, which would it be? Here are some of the most popular responses from Iowans!

The Lions and Dogs of Brucemore Mansion

Howard Hall and his wife Margaret moved into Cedar Rapids’ Brucemore mansion in 1937. Over the course of 14 years, they owned three lions, all named Leo. Below are photos of those lions, and the family’s German Shepherds.

Read the rest

Facing my fears and flying above seagulls on the island of Mljet

Ah, that island, that Mljet! Without doubt my favourite destination in the south of Croatia is a magical green island that seemingly floats on the turquoise sea. It is an island that very quickly stole my heart, it was love at first sight. And it is an island that, unfortunately, I haven’t had much chance to visit in recent years due to work commitments. So when the opportunity to visit and indeed work on the island for a few days reared its head I grabbed it with two hands.

I had thought I had seen everything there was to see and experience on the former home of Odysseus, I was wrong. So the reason for my escape to Mljet was to film some promo videos. Now, whilst the island is incredibly photogenic, a supermodel amongst Dalmatian islands, many visitors don’t dive deeper into the island and discover its hidden gems.

mljet view 2022

Hence some promo videos. One of these was entitled “active & adventure.” “There is a couple near Polače that do kayaking, hiking and abseiling tours, maybe you should meet them,” stated my contact on Mljet. And so I did. OK, kayaking and hiking not a problem, but I hope that the abseiling isn’t too extreme. Tea and Lukša were the adventure couple, and this hard-working pair live in a tiny bay away from the world, imagine of Robinson Crusoe got married and you’ll see the picture.

“A short kayak ride of 15-minutes to a deserted inland and there we’ll go abseiling,” said Lukša. “Maybe 15 minutes for you,” I joked. “Your arms are the size of my legs,” I added. We jumped into out kayaks and set sail. I took so getting used to but once I had the hang of it I have to admit that I enjoyed it.

Read the rest

New Go-Kart & Minature Golf Complex Coming To Evansville?

Evansville could be the home of a new indoor/outdoor facility where families can race go-karts and play miniature golf.

You hear some people say that there’s nothing for families to do in Evansville. I am one who disagrees with that statement. We have plenty of things to do such as Walther’s Golf & Fun, Bowling, cMOE, High Score Player Two, Bowling, Escape Rooms, Birdies, Burdette Park, and more. There are a lot of things to do here in Evansville, however, when I was growing up, there was one place that I used to love to visit. That place was Kart World. Evansville’s only go-kart track was located on Morgan Center Drive, in conjunction with Adventureland Golf, was a blast. I could have raced all day in those go-karts if my parents would have let me! However, Kart World closed down in the early 2000s leaving a void for those who enjoyed the thrill of racing their friends and family members in go-karts.

Ever since Kart World closed I have been hoping that another place like that would open up in the area. The closest place for public go-kart racing is in French Lick. However, that could soon change.

New Go-Kart Facility Eying Evansville

According to Evansville 411 News, a local developer is looking to bring a new go-kart and miniature golf complex to Evansville. My prayers have been answered! Evansville 411 News reports that the developer is looking to build the complex on Evansville’s east side and is in the early stages of planning. The complex details (as of this writing) include:

  • 6 miniature golf courses (18 holes each)
    • 3 indoor courses
    • 3 outdoor courses
  • 2 go-kart tracks
    • 1 indoor track
    • 1 outdoor track

I don’t know about you, but I am all for this happening. Since this

Read the rest

Adventureland Has Announced 2 New Rides for 2023

UPDATE: 8/9

Adventureland has announced not one, but TWO new rides arriving in 2023! The post reads:

“The first leg of the Viking invasion happens by sea. Introducing DRAKEN FALLS, a next-generation flume ride coming to Adventureland in 2023!

One new ride isn’t enough – Adventureland guests deserve two! Get ready for FLYING VIKING, a frenetically fun family coaster that’s made better by weaving together with DRAKEN FALLS for two incredible, uniquely themed attractions arriving next summer.”

You can get more details on both new rides HERE.

ORIGINAL STORY: 8/5

Get ready for some big news from Adventureland!

Earlier this week, Adventureland Park in Altoona made an interesting post on social media. The photo showed a Viking helmet sitting in the dirt, with the caption:

“We unearthed something interesting at the site of our 2023 adventure. What could it mean? Stay tuned, more news is sure to come soon!”

Just one day later (August 4th), Adventureland gave us another clue as to what the announcement will be! They posted a scenic, 15 second video featuring Vikings that reads:

“They’re coming – by land and by sea. The Viking Invasion. Hang on to your helmet. Adventureland 2023.”

The posts make it pretty clear that a new Viking-themed ride will be arriving next year, but what kind of ride? Adventureland fans have been speculating in the comments. Facebook user Rob Howe wrote,Zamperla family rollercoaster and log flume combo?” Another commenter, Kayla Coon, said, “New water ride like the log ride I hope.” User Logan Ingersoll added, It must be a Water Coaster.” Unfortunately, we won’t know for sure until next week. Adventureland promises, “the journey to 2023’s new adventure begins Tuesday, August 9!”

Adventureland has made all sorts of changes this past year. Three older rides, Lighthouse,

Read the rest