Castle Park is a fun little park that seems like a Golf'N'Stuff style place at first, but it's actually fairly nice. Now this may be in Southern California, but I procrastinated so much in getting here that I ended up coming here in 2011 for credit whoring. My plan was just to get the credits, maybe try another ride or two, and then move on. But nope, I really enjoyed Castle Park. Yeah, I know its a small little park in the middle of Riverside. But hey!!! I really liked it. The coasters aren't really anything that special, since really, they're best coaster is just a clone of Pole Position. But hey, it was running really well and doing lots of spinning. So at least they're running all their rides well. But hey, all the other rides that they have at the park are a lot of fun and there is a fairly big selection in the park. I mean, yeah. Its not an all day place, but there is a lot more to do at this park than I was originally expecting. The flat ride selection is good, the coasters, though not special, are fun, and the park actually has a really nice atmosphere. I was expecting a Golf'N'Stuff feel to this place, and instead, I got in a weird sense, a Mini-Hersheypark. Now that was an unexpected surprise. Yeah, its out of the way. But if you're looking to credit whore in Southern California or just want to see a really nice small park, then definetly check out Castle Park. Its definetly one of the hidden gems of Southern California.
All right. Here are all of the flat rides that are found at Castle Park. First off, the falling star. Now, theres nothing really to this ride. Its just an ordinary falling star, though I did slip on the exit. That was fun. =) They also have some flyers here. The flyers here are fun, but they don't snap. The bumper cars are awesome since they don't have any stupid one way or no head on bumping allowed rules. Their tilt a whirl spins a lot, and the car ride is fun. And these are just the flat rides that I rode. They also have a double shot, a Ring of Fire, a Gravitron, a Monster, a Scrambler, a Pirate Ship, some Chairswings, and a Carousel.
Just chillaxing on the flyers. =)
Well this doesn't really seem like the type of place you'd see have a big dark ride. But they do have a shooting dark ride here. Its nothing special, just an ordinary shooting dark ride. Its an exact clone of the one they have at Nickelodeon Universe. Which is fun, but nothing special. Now unfortunetly, it is an upcharge in the arcade, which is why I didn't do it. But hey, if you love shooting dark rides, here you go.
Sorry. You have to pay to use the guns. Those are the rules.
There is only one water ride at Castle Park. Its just a log flume. Now normally, when parks like Castle Park have a log flume, its usually the sh*tty RCT Style Log Flume, but the one at Castle Park actually was a lot of fun. Ok, its not that great. Its not amazing. But it was fun, and though it does seem similar to the carnival log flumes, but this one seemed bigger for some reason. But hey. Definetly check it out if you're at Castle Park and its got a short line.
Hey. This is a fun log ride.
While I will admit that the food at Castle Park is nothing special. Theres no mystical food unique to Castle Park that you have to try that you will never find at any other park. But there is something to note about the food at Castle Park. ITS DECENTLY PRICED!!!!! At least for an amusement park it is. Its not like fast food, but it is a fairly good deal by amusement park terms. The Pizza Meal I got was only $8.00 That's a f*cking steal by amusment park terms. Hell, its not even that much more expensive than fast food. So the food itself may be meh, but you won't get robbed for it. =)
See. I'm not lying.
Theming and Other Attractions
Here are the reviews of all the other stuff at Castle Park. Well when it comes to theming, Castle Park isn't really that big, but the park does have a very nice atmosphere. Like I said earlier, it almost reminds me of a Mini-Hersheypark in a very weird and bizarre way. And when it comes for other stuff to do, yeah. Theres a lot more at Castle Park. They do have a really nice arcade. I'm not a big arcade person, but I still managed to have some fun in here, and it did bring a sense of nostalgia to me, but thats probably just the sheer fact that I rarely ever go to arcades. And they also do have mini-golf course. I never checked it out. But I'm sure that its fun.
Hey, the Arcade is cool. See look. We're having fun.
Castle Park is not an incredible theme park. The rides are fairly average and its no Disneyland. But I think its safe to say that nobody ever expected this place to be Disneyland. Castle Park knows what it is, and for what it is, it does its job really well. The park is a lot of fun despite its small size because you know that they care about this place. Its not a place that I'd really go out of the way for, but I'd be willing to consider the park to be a hidden gem of Southern California and it is a nice place to not only go credit whoring, but just hang out at in general. And hey, what else are you gonna do in the sh*thole known as Riverside?
*Are there kiddy coaster restrictions? - No. There are no restrictions for the Little Dipper.
*Hit up the park in the mornings to avoid all the locals coming at night.