We complete our quadrilogy of fair visits with the Central Florida Fair. It’s held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. While we were definitely feeling some fair fatigue, we decided to use all the knowledge we had accumulated from the previous fairs to maximize our chances of having fun.
First off, I knew that the fair’s attractions were provided by Wade Shows. I really liked what they had to offer at the Florida State Fair, so I was happy to pick up some “pay one price” wristbands in advance. They didn’t have a list of all the attractions that would be there, but I figured we’d be able to get our money’s worth.
Second off, we knew that weekends were a terrible idea, so we planned to take a day off work and go on Tuesday. That’s when I encountered the first bit of confusion. The Central Florida Fair isn’t open on Mondays or Tuesdays. That’s weird. Okay, we’ll take off on Wednesday instead and – wait, the fair opens at 4pm on Wednesday? That’s weird too, but I’m sure there’s a reason for that.
We arrived around 4:30 or so and it felt like we almost had the place to ourselves. Here’s an elevated view of the bulk of the fairgrounds. That’s Lawne Lake in the background – there were no attractions that utilized the lake, but there was a company providing helicoptor rides operating just behind the Yo-Yo.
Here’s an elevated shot from the ferris wheel (and OMG do you see that fantastic shadow?). The red white and blue structure on the left is the support beam for the observation tower (where the previous picture was taken) so this angle shows what you couldn’t see in the previous picture.
I haven’t ridden a Gravitron in 25 years or so. One day I might be brave and try again.
But I will totally take a ride on Rock Star, which is essentially a Rainbow ride.
I thought the lights on the bottom of the ride carriage was a cool touch. These things are always fun, so I’m glad to have a chance to hop on (should have shot POV. Sorry).
Oh, man – they have a Wipeout! I’ve always regretted not riding the similar Starfish ride that was at Geauga Lake. At first glance, it looked like a pretty fun little spinning ride. Hell, even Karen was willing to hop onboard…
If you watch, you can literally see her go through five or six phases here. She starts off fun, then has some regret, then it’s fun again, then it’s getting bothersome, then it’s just flat out “nope, that’s quite enough of this.”
Yeah, this thing was a lot more aggressive than it looked from the ground. It wasn’t as bad as my Space Roller experience at the Florida State Fair, but it still made us slow up a bit.
Hey, is this the same Mighty Mouse from the Florida State Fair? Too bad they didn’t also bring that stupid damn Schwarzkopf I missed…
Here’s an upskirt shot of the Mighty Mouse if you’re into that sort of thing.
So as I’ve said in previous fair write-ups, we really like the art displays and all that. But the Central Florida Fair had the smallest area for that stuff, and there was literally one small sign pointing us in the direction of that building. We almost didn’t go in because it really did feel like we were going somewhere we weren’t supposed to be. Which would have been a shame, because this model of the fair was remarkably well done.
I bet you thought that was a picture of a model of a carousel, didn’t you? Nope, that’s the real carousel. It just looks fake because there’s nobody on it.
We were really excited about the Wall of Death show (where motorcyclings zoom around on the walls of the structure) but every time we passed it seemed like the posted show time would get later. It started at 7:15, is at 8:00 in this picture, and later on was kicked back to 8:30. Problem is there really wasn’t enough to do to keep us busy that late.
This is the first time I’ve ever been on one of those “Ring of Fire” / Super Loop rides. Two observations: (1) not very fun; and (2) definitely not a roller coaster. Quit lying, Six Flags.
Incidentally, I had to wait in this position for like five minutes until somebody else came along to ride. It was not comfortable.