OMG! I live in Phoenix too and yeah... I still have not made it out to Cabelas... After seeing the pictures I kinda need to go out there and check it out.... It looks to be like the Ikea of outdoor stores.... plus those displays are amazing... That and with their close proximity to the Westgate I could go check that out... more things in the valley I have yet to try out.
but anyhow she speaks the truth when the highlight of Amusement parks in Phoenix is Castles N Coasters... and yeah... that place is very ghetto... and the roller coaster is fun being a double loop coaster and all but you only have a tiny lap bar to hold you in so its kinda scary and rickety... and the drop tower is fun but doesnt hold a candle to the things at DCA and the tiny log ride they have is fun for the wet factor but thats about it... but I go up there every now and then to play Dance Dance Revolution but I steer clear of the rides... I have friends who used to operate some of the rides and I seriously get that feeling of OMG... But I live up the street from Castles N Coasters so I go every now and then and its kinda sad its the highlight of amusement parks in Phoenix.
but then thats what trips across the desert to Disneyland are for! The drive is fun and amazing, and nothing is more fun than taking a road trip in the middle of the night and hitting the main gate of Disneyland at park opening and playing the game of stay up as long as possible by drinking energy drinks until you can check into the hotel and the drive isnt too bad when you switch off between everyone in the car... lol! Castles n Coasters is a big reason that a lot of us Phoenix people go out to Disneyland and to the other california attractions whenever its within our means... there is seriously nothing to do here in Phoenix with regards to actual attractions... and being a mall rat by going to a movie or out dining in the many shopping centers out here gets kinda boring and while going hiking, going out of the town for camping and seeing the desert or other town landmarks can be lots fun... it gets the been there done that feel after its been seen!
So props for making a fun TR on Cabelas... Thats so imaginiative and awesome... it kinda gives me hope that I can make believe anything in Phoenix is as close to DL as it can be... I should make a TR for my trip to Tempe for Ikea the next time I go out there with some friends to get something... Ikea is seriously the Disneyland of do it yourself furniture... and the Meatballs are to die for! Not to mention having to lug the furniture in your cart and navigate their labyrinth of a store.
Its a proven fact us Phoenix area people are a little wild when our favorite attractions in the valley are places like Cabelas and Ikea! But I seriously could not live anywhere else... I love Arizona!
Great report Lisa. I didn't realize there were actually things to do and experience in AZ aside from Grand Canyon Please pick me up a rod sock next time you're there, I've been searching for one on-line with no luck.