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January 13, 2015

Visit Phoenix: Castles~n~Coasters

Since Oahu has no amusement parks, whenever we travel we try to find one to take my kids to, and while in Phoenix, we made sure to visit Castles~n~Coasters.

Desert Storm
Highlights of Our Hosted Visit
Castles~n~Coasters offers a day full of fun and excitement through its rides, arcade, miniature golf, and other activities.
Arcade
Miniature golf
On our visit our family opted to participate in just the rides since we already have access to miniature golf courses and arcades back home.

There was a nice variety of rides that all of my kids could participate in.

One of our family's favorite rides was Splash Down.  Going down the falls on a log ride was quite exhilarating!

Splash Down
Other favorites included the Ram Rods, Go Karts, and Bumper Boats.
Ram Rods

Bumper Boats
There were a few rides for the littlest of thrill-seekers, such as the Junior Dixie Wheel, Spinning Tops and Carousel (unfortunately that day, the Flying Bugs ride - another ride for little ones, stopped operating).

Junior Dixie Wheel

Spinning Tops

Carousel
There are so many other rides and activities at Castles~n~Coasters, including Free Fall, which made my middle son squeal every time he "fell" from the sky; the Magic Carpet - which takes riders backwards and forwards on a fast and gripping ride; The Patriot - a mini coaster that excited my youngest son; and On the Ropes Challenge - three stories of obstacles to put your balance and bravery to the test!

Free Fall
Magic Carpet
On the Ropes Challenge
Although there were a few rides my youngest son could not go on due to not being tall enough (love the cute signs the park uses for height requirements), there were still plenty of rides that he could enjoy, which made for a super fun (and super exhausting!) day for us all.
Cute signs for kids to check their height

Dining
There are two Snack Bars on site - a larger one in the ride park, and a smaller one in the arcade.  For lunch we dined on pizzas, fries, and chicken strips.
Chicken Strips Basket

Cheese Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza
Our Experience Visiting with a Special-Needs Child
My oldest son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and although I know kids on the spectrum all behave and react differently in various environments, I always try to share our personal experience when visiting attractions.

Castles~n~Coasters offers numerous rides, and fortunately the rides were all rather close together, meaning we didn't have to walk very far to get from one ride to the next.  My son would excitedly go from ride to ride, and fortunately there were many places to sit for rest breaks if needed.

Although there were lots of people on the day we visited, the crowd wasn't too overwhelming for my son, and fortunately, most lines were fairly short, with the longest line always at the Bumper Boats, primarily because the ride itself is several minutes long and it takes some time for each of the riders to get on and off.

There are no real "quiet" spots due to it being an amusement park, but whenever my son needed to self-calm (e.g. after having a slight meltdown when telling him we'd go on other rides first instead of going back to the same rides) he simply watched the Desert Storm or Splash Down rides, as the repetitiveness seemed to ease any nerves.

If it had started raining, we simply would've retreated into the arcade or snack bar area to seek cover (my son has sensitivity issues with rain).

My son really enjoyed himself at Castles~n~Coasters.  He even waited in line by himself (under my watchful eye) for some rides.

The minimal wait times and variety of rides made for a very enjoyable day!

Final Thoughts
Whether you're a thrill-seeker, gamer, or miniature-golfer, Castles~n~Coasters has no shortage of fun things to keep you busy.

Castles~n~Coasters provided a full day of amusement for our entire family - we raced, we flew, we spun, and we splashed - and we left with a lot of great memories!


Castle~n~Coasters
9445 North Metro Parkway East
Phoenix, AZ 85051
(602) 997-7575

Click here admission prices.  Free parking.

Thank you to Castles~n~Coasters for hosing our admission.  Meals were paid on our own.

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