It has been two weeks since I heard the news that Fun
Junction, my first laser tag home, had unexpectedly closed. This was not easy
for me to accept. This past weekend I actually went back to the mall to see for
myself and it brought out a lot of emotions. I walked into the mall and walked
down this familiar hallway that I have so many times.
I entered right behind a family with a young daughter.
I watched as she ran up to where the center had been, put her hands on the
window and pressed her nose up against the glass and I saw her process her own
sadness as she discovered that it was gone. Wow...that hit home. I took a
moment to sit on the bench out front and just reflect on all the time I have
spent here...and especially all of the good times. So that's what this post is
about. Here are photos of some wonderful memories I have of Fun Junction.
Remembering all the good times we had there is a much
better way to say goodbye.
Goodbye Fun Junction.
Comments or Questions?
Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com and www.photonforever.com
While in Tulsa you absolutely MUST stop by the Laser
Quest. I’m so glad that I did! First of all, at 10,000 square feet this is the
second largest Laser Quest right behind the one in Mississauga, ON, Canada
(which would make it the largest in the United States). Second, there is a
really phenomenal staff here. In fact, I got the chance to play with two of
them, which was a great time and an unusual game.
I called ahead and talked with manager Kadrian who hooked
me up with an awesome souvenir that is apparently normally reserved for the
staff (but they ordered a few too many, which worked to my benefit).
We chatted a bit about where I had been traveling and how
my end goal is hopefully going to land me at a Laser Quest in Texas, for which
she gave me some great feedback and a contact person’s name while
simultaneously making sure I was properly registered for LQ Arena. I’m very
appreciative of her interest and support. I’m also really glad that she gave a
couple of her staff members permission to do something they aren’t usually able
to do…play hard against a customer. :)
Rather than go in with the kids party that was already at
the site (I’m no birthday basher) I instead got to play a smaller, but way
better game against marshalls Caffyqueen asnd Drumstyk. While vesting up Caffy
asked me if I was an employee of Quest. That was the only thing she could
figure because they would normally not be allowed to play full out, yet had
been given the go ahead to do so with me. I said no, that I just play a lot of
laser tag and we went in for a game that was quite good considering the small
group. I give kudos to them both. I was holding the lead until the final couple
of minutes where Drumstyk and I flip-flopped shots a couple of times. The final
score was really close and came down to just one shot (in his favor), but let
me tell you I didn’t mind at all because that was what made it a lot of fun!
Thank you for giving me a good game!
This was a memorable experience at Laser Quest Tulsa.
I had decided a short time later that I was going to head
to Oklahoma City (see my last blog entry for more on that) and there was really
only one shot for me to get in a game at the OKC Laser Quest between my other
tag visits in the area. I had called ahead and been told there was a group of
people confirmed for a game at 5:40, but no other reservations for the rest of
the evening (as this was a Sunday and they would be closing shortly after
that). Well, I drove into the parking lot at 5:42 and ran into the center
asking if I could still get into the 5:40 game. The game masters sent me right
in as the game had only just begun and I took as few people by surprise as this
was a team game and I seemingly appeared out of nowhere. :)
This location was very cool and a little different from
some of the other Laser Quests I have been to. This arena had a space crater
theme and a distinctive look. Where I expected to find towers I instead
discovered unusual nooks and crannies as a meandered through the fog. It was a
smaller game with only eight players divided into two teams. When we exited the
arena the green team noted that my score was higher than the total of their
team, so I guess I didn’t lose much by entering the game late. I am
appreciative that I got to play with this group and check out this arena before
the afternoon was over. I am also glad that I got to take home a slightly more
vintage magnet from this site. Boy, I wish I had been collecting these sooner!
So two Laser Quests in Oklahoma made for one really great
afternoon in the sooner state. Lots of fun for sure!
I wanted to check out the Incredible Pizza Company in
Tulsa in part because I knew that Sanch and Beanz had done the installation of
their new Laserforce system and lighting.
To get into their laser tag arena on the weekend they
require the purchase of their buffet as well, so I did so even though I was
really only interested in playing some tag, so I made a beeline for their arena
and swiped my game card.
I had seen one of Beanz’s videos of this site, so I had a
pretty good idea of what to expect. I enjoyed a light game in their single
level arena with a space theme. Lots of neon and lots of black light effects
against the walls and the paint-splatter designed flooring.
And even though they were still using the briefing video
from their previous system I enjoyed playing using brand new gen 7 Laserforce
packs. It’s such a treat whenever I get to play with new equipment because so
often the packs get beaten up from so much use. This system is clearly still in
its honeymoon stage of operation. :)
When the game was done I chatted with the game master a
bit about my journey, while simultaneously getting a message back from Beanz
letting me know that they also did the installation for the Oklahoma City
Incredible Pizza location. This tipped the scales for me as I was contemplating
making an additional drive to OKC anyhow, so now the decision was made. The
Tulsa location manager Seth came over to talk with me and he was so helpful
when I explained what I was doing in Oklahoma. I still had some money left on
my card and, although I learned the credit would not transfer between
locations, Seth was kind enough to call ahead to the Oklahoma City location and
work it out with OKC manager Michael for me to be able to get in a game of tag
at a second Incredible Pizza too. So I hopped into my car and drove an hour and
a half to Oklahoma City to check out the laser tag there.
Incredible Pizza of Oklahoma City has a particularly cool
arena and I’m so glad that I made the trip! Michael met me at the entrance when
I arrived and escorted me into the tag area.
The outside promoted tag with an aquatic theme. This is
something I have never seen before!
We watched a briefing video that was specifically
tailored for this arena, then suited up and went in. I am thoroughly impressed!
Although I can tell that this is a Creative Works design, remarkably it is one
I am seeing for the very first time. The arena is a double level design with
“rock walls” on the lower level and the upper level overlooking a “sea” of
decorative touches that truly make you feel like you are looking down on the
inside of an aquarium.
This aquatic theme carried all the way through even to
the names of the vests. Take a look at the scoreboard and you do not see the
typical Laserforce vest names. Instead they have given thought and attention to
even this small detail.
Yes, I played as Coral. As this is not a member site I
was unable to use my Laserforce card at either Incredible Pizza location so I
had to go in as a Level 1. When the game was over I told Michael that whenever
I’m not playing as a Level 6 I feel like I’m shooting fish in a barrel…but with
the aquatic theme this time that was an especially accurate description! I had
a great time and on my way out I was handed a sticker for being on the winning
Very nice touch! I had a wonderful time playing at
Incredible Pizza, checking out a memorable arena and also seeing the
installation and lighting work that my friends had done. This was definitely
worth making the extra trip!
Upon my arrival in Oklahoma my first stop was to Andy B’s
Although the bowling alley was open I had gotten there
before the games area had opened up for the day, so I took a moment to sit down
and relax as it had been a long night getting between Denver and Tulsa. I
enjoyed some quesadillas and fries from the snack bar and when the gaming area
opened I was ready to join a family group for the first game of the day.
I honestly don’t have much to say about this stop. It was
a typical example of an average tag arena at a bowling alley. It gets the job
done, but is a no-frills atmosphere. A pretty basic set-up with a CW arena
design and minimal lighting effects. It was fine, but nothing particularly
stood out about it.
Please don’t misunderstand what I mean by that
description. This is a good example of your average add-on arerna where it is a
secondary attraction as part of a larger business. This appears to be a very
good bowling alley, the food was great and the arcade is very appropriate for
the center. And I was glad to see laser tag here. I am appreciative of any site
that includes laser tag as part of it’s plan. But this is no question a bowling
alley first and the tag is just one of several additional features that they
offer, so that’s why there isn’t a lot more for me to say other than that it
was an enjoyable game and I’m glad I stopped by.