Playland Adventures Bangor FunPlex – The Newest Entertainment for Kids

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268 Odlin Road
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 989-6611
www.playlandadventures.com

Playland Adventures of Brewer Maine recently joined buildings with Hollywood Cinemas to make a full family entertainment complex. Most of the same bounce house attractions made the move, albeit in a much smaller footprint. Many of the larger attractions like the big obstacle course, the giant slide and bull ride are missing, which is kind of a bummer. But the staples like the standard bounce house, the cliff jump and the double slide are still here.

The pizza was surprisingly good, I wasn’t expecting gourmet, but honestly I was impressed.

Cliff Jump – The Canon Ball is Not an Approved Move

Prices & Attractions

The prices haven’t changed much, it’s still around $10-$13 bucks a kid which allows them to play the entire day. This is a huge value, because unlike trampoline parks which measure by the hour, this price is for the entire day. They’ve also added a bit more value to the ticket price by allowing access to three premium attractions. These attractions used to cost extra but are now included in the basic entry price. They include the Trampoline, Gyro and Meltdown a.k.a. Wipe-out Machine. These are all a big hit, but after hours of experimenting with all of them, the kids universally declared the trampoline the best ride. Probably because they saw fear in my eyes as they were performing gymnastic routines in the air. The kids figured out you can pull off forward and backward aerial somersaults on the Trampoline, that added a few points to my blood pressure.

The kids figured out you can pull off forward and backward aerial somersaults on the Trampoline, that added a few points to my blood pressure.

Meltdown is hilarious to watch, I can’t believe kids want to pay to be on it, because I’d pay to watch it. Picture an episode of WipeOut, but with your kids. All that is missing is some overly excited commentators.

Snack Food & Birthday Parties

There’s a full kitchen here with Pizza, Burgers, Chicken Tenders, Nachos and Dippin’ Dots. Combine that with Birthday Rooms and this place has all you’ll need to entertain the kids. We ordered three pizzas, which was one too many for 5 kids and 2 adults. The pizza was surprisingly good, I wasn’t expecting gourmet, but honestly I was impressed. Even the picture came out good, and I’m notoriously bad at taking photos.

The biggest improvement brought along with the new location is the arcade, bringing Playland to a new level. They’ve made investments into modern machines and card based systems for playing games and collecting tickets. Game cards are a little different here because they go by dollar amount rather than a points system. This is a big advantage over competitors, because the card can be used for anything at Playland. Including: movies, arcade, food and anything else. This makes it a great gift idea for kids.

The new games are great, very modern and a good variety. There’s a lot to do but if they were to add 5 or 6 extra games, it would really close the deal on taking the crown for best arcade in Bangor. My only complaint is the ticket counter is filled with far more Oriental Trading merchandise than necessary. This was definitely tier three Oriental Trading prizes, like plastic spider rings and Chinese finger trap bad. They should take a page from Dave and Busters, and provide better prizes with an upsell of $1.00 per 100 tickets. This generates extra revenue and increases the value for the kids.

All in all, this was a reduction in square footage, but a major improvement in quality. I’m very excited to have this place available for our town, and I highly recommend it to any families looking for a fun afternoon if you’re bored in Bangor.