PURPLE PEOPLE BRIDGE CL!MB — June 25, 2006
Today, a group of us (Ted, Tracy, Julie, Mark, Robin, Dave, Ron, (Jay), Wendy, and Drew) participated in the PURPLE PEOPLE BRIDGE CL!MB, a new attraction in the Cincinnati Ohio/Newport Kentucky area. This is the first bridge walk in the Northern Hemisphere (there are others in Australia and New Zealand).
Despite a slow start (we actually started the climb an extremely frustrating 75 minutes past our reservation time — we had to be flexible because they’ve only been open one week, though Jay had to bail out because he flat ran out of time), it was a fun tour. I trust that the issues that delayed our start time will be addressed and fixed. Our tour guide, Todd, did a very nice job with our rowdy group.
From the uber-cheesy introductory video they make you watch to the incredibly bright purple-and-yellow jumpsuits you have to wear, the entire experience is entertaining on many levels, some of which I am sure are not intentional. The view from the top of the bridge is a spectacular, but you’re not allowed to take your camera (though your tour guide i$ willing to take a$ many picture$ a$ you want, and they’re $o happy toÂ $ell them to you once you make it back to ba$e camp).
I don’t think the attraction is worth $60 (a sunrise climb, sunset climb, or a ‘specialty’ climb costs even more) especially considered against the cost of other entertainment options in the area (King’s Island comes to mind, where an adult gets a full day of entertainment for under $50). I anticipate a lot of coupons, promotions, and discounts for this attraction in the future, so it might be worth holding out for those incentives. I’m glad we did the climb, though I am not sure it’s something we’d do again unless we had out-of-town guests who were dying to do it and coupons.
The gallery of shots is here.