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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ridin' The Zippin Pippin

Ridin’ The Zippin Pippin

August 15, 2012; the day I was supposed to meet my pen pal that I had conversed with for a year and half over Facebook that the excitement—and nervousness, was a bit overwhelming.

“Since you are going to Bay Beach, be sure to ride the Zippin Pippin!” The bus driver exclaimed as we were en route to Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, which is in the vicinity of the park (maybe 5-10 minutes away). I knew vaguely what she was talking about. Every January I am sent a magazine advertising Green Bay and I painstakingly plan my trip through the sacred magazine. I have always seen it advertised and was always curious, but I was never a fan of roller coasters.

Purchased in 2010 from Memphis Tennessee, Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, WI now houses one of the United States oldest wooden roller coasters and the most famous. To the delight of the bus driver and I see the smile that lit her face in the mirror, as it’s really impressive to boast, was Elvis’s favorite ride.

According to their site, 200,000 were expected to ride the new attraction as of May 2011. Since then, if I remember from the sign correctly, over a million people have ridden the Zippin Pippin. The cost is nominal at $1, or two tickets, per ride.

It’s nice to finally meet my pen pal. We zipped through the winding streets of downtown Green Bay. “Let’s ride the Zippin Pippin!” was the first thing out of her mouth once we arrived at Bay Beach. I was hesitant, but I figured that we only live once and the experience would be one I would treasure of Green Bay for a long time.

My heart pounded and my nails broke as the Zippin Pippin knocked us from side to side, it’s almost violent. We couldn’t help but laugh, however. I held on for dear life and that’s why my nails broke and despite that and the butterflies in my stomach, I had a lot of fun. My nails on the other hand, not so much, as the green nail polish hung off to my chagrin (as the big game was on the 16th). We wanted to ride again, but opted not to because we wanted to ride the other rides the park had to offer. The other rides are just as fun and laugh worthy.

I can see why the park is now popular to kids and folks of all ages not only in Green Bay, but from all over the country. According to Wisconsin’s travel bureau, attendance is up 65% from 2010.  If you happen to be on a road trip and travel through Wisconsin, it’s worth it to go to Green Bay to not only ride the Zippin Pippin or visit Bay Beach, but to see other attractions the small city has to offer. The travel bureau can be found at the following site



  1. Apostrophe?? The United States' oldest?

    I don't understand how the big game is related to your chipped nail polish...

    The rest of my comment shall be emailed, and it will answer your questions directly!

    Hurrah for writing a travel piece! You are a good person.

    1. Since it can be longer, I can explain I paint my nails for luck. :) Which reminds me, I need to paint my nails purple and black for the Ravens (and my neighbor is having a Super Bowl party, YAY!).

    2. How much longer may it be?

      All right! Nail polish remover gives me a headache...

      Enjoy your Super Bowl party. I am going to bed to build up University energy!

    3. Up to 2500 words, but I'm going to keep it at 1000.

      The party is Feb. 3rd. I ordered the cake today... I'll post pictures next week!

    4. Why do you want to restrict yourself so? You can write 2.5 times what you intend!

      Your party is the day before my mother's birthday, and two after Cong's! The first weekend after WCU's spring semester begins. I am not calling the counselling service until after next Monday, to ensure it's open.

      I was chuckling reading your other comment, as I am tentatively going to a set of cities in China the week after my 24th birthday, instead of a local Chinatown :D Beijing, Guiyang, Shanghai.

    5. I'm not sure how much room the Quad has, so I want to make it short to be on the safe side. I want to say in the past I only had space for 500 words.

      I'm just hoping that when she passes the funeral is before Sunday. I really want to go and I ordered the cake.

    6. As you wish!

      I didn't respond for a while because I found the wish she'd hurry up and die so your life can continue so incredibly selfish, but what can you say? It may be a generational thing, or it may just be realism, which is the international relations theory that everyone is out for herself. It may also just be free speech on an American blog.

      I never have time for reading the Quad, personally.

  2. I'll answer your questions here, in accordance with your request. I just have one question of my own: are you allowed to write the guide from a first-person perspective or does it not matter? In this case, however, I find the narrative helpful.

    1. Yes. Your own curiosity and the bus driver's recommendation are good enough for me (I'm speaking from my point of view on this; others may not share my perspective).

    2. Yes. I'm not exactly a roller coaster fan myself, but from my perspective, if you're not one either and still went on the ride, I'd give it a go (again, my view).

    3. If anecdotes won't lead to your piece being rejected, I'm find with them.

    4. By "history", are you referring to the history of the amusement park? If so, I think a little more history on the place wouldn't hurt. If you're concerned about too many anecdotes, trimming them a bit in favor of history would be fine.

    Hope my input is useful! :)

    1. It is! When I'm with nan tonight, I'm going to work on it. I want to bring my notebook anyway since I'm going to China Town.