Chester and Hester's grew from a gas station to a gift shop to take advantage of tourists who wanted to check out the dino bones. Then something incredible happened. The nearby Dino Institute discovered time traveling and started sending people back in time to check out dinosaurs in the flesh. The old holdouts Chet and Het were cashing in. And with more and more tourists flooding the area, they decided to expand out. Hence, Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama.
So, do you think an old couple with a kitschy gift shop would have the hard cash to build a state-of-the-art theme park? Of course not. Instead, you have some carnival games and two off the shelf rides. That is exactly what you would expect of a roadside attraction.
But, even the attractions are themed and many don't even know it. First of all, there is triceratops spin, the spinner ride wherein you ride flying triceratops. Now many people wonder why on God's green earth did Disney pick triceratops. I mean, after all, why not pterodactyls. They fly. Well, that's cause Joe Rohde is a genius. Triceratops are iconic and that's what Chester and Hester would pick logic bedamned. Kids know triceratops they would rather ride in a triceratops. And look at Primeval Whirl. Not the ride, but the signs. You will see that you are on a much cheesier version of the Dinosaur attraction. The scientists in the queue are sending you back in time (check out the spinning clock as you ascend) to see dinosaurs. And just like the Dinosaur ride, a meteor comes at you right before you are sent back.
There are also carnival games that seem more at home on the Boardwalk then here in this theme park. But again, that's the point. These would be sure fire ways for Chester and Hester do increase profits and that is why they are there. Cash cows, if you will. There is the Dino Whamma, Fossil Fueler, Mammoth Marathon, Comet Crashers, Bronto-Score, and my favorite, the whack a mole inspired, Whack-a-Packycephalosaur. Yes, these are dumb side show games. And yes, they actually cost money to play which is why almost no one ever does them. But they fit in perfectly. And there are other silly carnival things like a mirror that changes your shape, a photo booth and a cardboard stick your head in it and take a silly picture thingie- I have no idea what those are called but you know what I mean.
by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)