When it comes to vacations to a theme park, Orlando probably has everyone beat. They have Disneyworld (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom), Universal Orlando (Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure), Sea World of Orlando (Sea World, Discovery Cove), along with a theme park of your preference (Holy Land Experience, Wet n' Wild, etc.). That doesn't stop other towns from having their own theme parks, and West Berlin, New Jersey is about to have one for themselves: Diggerland USA.
According to The Epoch Times, Diggerland is opening up next month and will let kids and adults move some earth with excavating equipment. It is a very unique experience because the owners of Diggerland say its the first theme park of its kind, despite its plans being based off of four theme parks in the United Kingdom. Visitors, who are at least 4-feet tall, can drive a backhoe around a course with the help of a staff member or dig in the sand piles with a 7-ton excavator.
Just from the description above, Diggerland sounds like a theme park that tries to make someone's job into a fun and exciting adventure. There are people who push dirt for a living right? If Nintendo can made surgery and defense law into a fun game or Zynga can make farming into an addiction, Diggerland can make land excavation entertaining.
For those who don't see the fun in pushing dirt, there are construction-based rides in the theme park too. One such ride is called the Spin Dizzy. It is a ride where passengers spin at a high speed while strapped into the bucket of a specifically designed earth-mover. If speed isn't a theme park patron's cup of tea, then there is a merry-go-round (fashioned in a digger theme of course).
On the business front, Diggerland is owned by Ilya Girlya and his family, as reported by MSN Money. Diggerland is set to open on June 14. Full-day tickets are $35 and it does not cost extra to go on individual rides.
The lucky and the blessed were able to try out Diggerland at a preview event yesterday. Lisa Rupertus took her 3-year-old son Jace on the merry-go-round (called the Dig-Around). Jace even got a theme park t-shirt that said "I make dirt look good." Rupertus was pleased with Diggerland as she made the following statement:
"He's [Jace] very excited. So is my 13-year-old and my 11-year-old."For more information on the specialty theme park, Diggerland USA, check out their official website.
[Images via Diggerland USA website]