Orlando Bingles’ 2011 Summer Road Trip – Day 13 & 14

by Bingle on Aug.26, 2011, under Richard Bingle Family

One thing that Orlando isn’t lacking in is water parks. We’ve got Wet’n Wild, Aquatica, Blizzard Beach, and Typhoon Lagoon. All “world class” water parks. Yet we felt somehow compelled to spend our two days at the Wisconsin Dells at water parks. Although while originally planning out the trip I thought we might spend part of our visit at a go-kart park or maybe ride one of the famous Wisconsin Dells Ducks by the time we started nailing down our itinerary the plan had morphed into spending about a day and a half at what is billed to be America’s largest water park, Noah’s Ark. But our plans suddenly changed when we started calling around for a room as we approached the Dells as we found a pretty good deal at one hotel that included free admission to Los Rios at a nearby resort. We’d get to play at two parks!

Like Pigeon Forge, The Wisconsin Dells seemed like a copy of Orlando/Kissimee’s I-Drive and 192 areas, complete with attractions like Ripley’s Believe it or Not and tons of themed mini-golf courses and the countless t-shirt shops. It was the second time on the trip that made us wonder why we’d driven all that way…

After spending an entire day on Day 13 at Noah’s Ark trying pretty much every slide that was open, we spent another four hours or so that evening at the indoor Los Rios water park, completely wearing ourselves out! While much smaller than Noah’s Ark, Los Rios still offered plenty of fun. While it felt like we had to climb hundreds of stairs up to the top of the slides after each ride, the girls insist it was actually closer to 90 stairs total to the top.

Day 14 found us back at Noah’s Ark and Los Rios to ride some of the slides a few more times until our leaving to drive back down to St. Charles, IL to visit Don for the evening (Linda was in Hawaii).

You can’t visit the Chicago area without having at least one meal at Portillos so after a brief stop to pick up Don we headed straight to Portillos for some Italian Beef sandwiches. Then we spent the rest of the evening playing air hockey on Don and Linda’s arcade quality table. When things started winding down, the girls fell asleep petting Mauka and Makai. I’m not sure if the girls or the dogs enjoyed that more!

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