Published on July 16th, 2012 | by Shellie Ward0
A few months ago I scored a Groupon back in March for a place called Fun Junction formally known as Dixieland in Fayetteville, GA. Haven attended a birthday there 4 years ago and had fun. Now that Harley is the same age Haven was back then, I thought they would both enjoy it. The Groupon went like this….
- 2 all day Fun passes
- 50 tokens
I’m going to attempt to describe Fun Junction. It’s not as elaborate as Six Flags, with nice landscaping and characters walking around, and it’s not the carnival either. When I redeemed my groupon, which covered 2 Fun Day passes, I found out that I didn’t have to purchase a ticket for admission! Now that’s winning! The short admission line took a while to get through, but I kept reminding myself to take Disney standards off the table and enjoy the fact that for $19, the girls were about to have a great time….. and that is exactly what happen.
There were NO lines for all of the rides and if they wanted to ride two or three times, they could. We went to Six Flags a month ago, and I’m sure it scarred Harley for life. So this day, she stuck to the safe kiddie rides that went 1/2 mile per hour. Haven was a different story. She has developed into a thrill seeker! The big rides that Harley refused to get on, Haven had to ride by herself and she was FEARLESS! After the girls rode everything at least twice, we decided to check our the arcade, play some games but honestly, I needed some relief from the sun! WHEW!!!! (It was at least 107 degrees!)
Once the girls realized that you get to win tickets and redeem the tickets for a prize, it was all about strategy. We could not play games that you can’t win tickets. I started us off with skee ball. Trying to teach Harley how to roll the ball became a challenge. She would roll the ball and it would roll back to her. She became so frustrated and pitched the ball to make it go in. She threw her ball in other people’s lane because SURELY there was something wrong with her lane.
The girls played at the play center, while I cooled out in the A/C and facebooked and tweeted about our whereabouts. We grabbed a bite to eat at the food center which was fairly inexpensive as well. I refilled our Sipp by Thermos containers with water for the second half of our FUNDAY! (Gotta stay hydrated!)
The girls selected which rides they wanted to ride AGAIN, which was all of them! Haven rode the roller coaster a few times, and then she spotted a ride that she wanted to attempt…..The Zip Line Coaster. This ride actually had a line, and a wait. Haven got in line by herself, hooked up with a couple of girls standing in line with her, and negotiated who she would ride with. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Harley was running through the water mist area and playing in water puddles. (no worries….I could see Haven the entire time.) After 30 minutes of standing in line, it was finally Haven’s turn to get on the ride. One of the girls bailed and then there were two on the ride. Harley and I were cheering her on screaming “WooHoo” GO BOOGIE” and so on. The ride took off and came back to home base. She came through the exit in tears!!!!!!! I couldn’t believe it! She said that ride got her.
Strangely enough, we there are goats and a lama. The goats immediately ran up to us. I thought they wanted to be petted…. WRONG! They wanted FOOD! There was machine that cost a quarter and it dispenses “goat food”. I thought, what’s 50 more cent to this inexpensive, yet exciting day. The girls fed the goats, got some cotton candy and called it a day!!
And what a day it was…..
Here is the stuff you need to know before you go…..
- Fun Junction is formally known as Dixieland
- The Groupon was the best deal ever so catch it next time!
- The fun pass allows access to most of the rides, but there are a few exclusions.
- You can purchase individual tickets rather than the Fun Pass.
- For additional fees there is miniature golf, laser tag, Go Karts and an arcade.
- Check operating hours because it varies and doesn’t usually open until late morning or noon.
- If you don’t plan to ride, you don’t have to pay admission.
- You must have on closed toe shoes in order to race a Go Kart.
- Next to the arcade is an indoor park that requires socks! There are socks for sale for $1 if you don’t have any.
- You will find rides that are not functioning for whatever reason, it can be an eyesore, but these are cheap thrills!
- There is food and “carnival” food available such as cotton candy, funnel cake, lemonade, pizza, etc at very reasonable prices.
- There are not many trees so the heat can be intense.
- Wear sunscreen!
- Bring containers for water. There was a cooler station that you can refill your container with water.