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O'Connell's Yogi Bear Park
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Amboy
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“Not the quality I expected from a Jellystone property.”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

There are a lot of things that I don't mind paying a little extra for, and a nice campground experience is one of those things, however, I didn't feel the high price was warranted at this Jellystone property. The first thing we noticed was that none of the sites were very level--the tent sites least of all. The fire pits were just dusty spots in the ground-- very hard to keep the fire contained. And firewood can't be brought in, but they charge $6 for a very small bundle. I don't mind buying firewood at the campground, but the price gouging was obnoxious. I noticed everyone else brought their own wood, so clearly we were the only suckers who followed the rules. The spread out nature of the park does encourage a lot of car and golf cart traffic-- and everyone was driving dangerously fast. The water slides were fun and fast, but only for the older kids. Unlike other Jellystone parks, there are no water activities for younger kids. No splash pads or small slides. We bought the wristbands ($18/each) which allowed unlimited mini golf-- water slides, and kayaks--more convenient than paying every time, but certainly not a deal. The pools were heated and comfortable, as well as relatively clean. The hot tub, however, was so hot it had to be in violation of regulation. I am certain it was over 110 degrees, and maybe even hotter. It was so full of dead, swirling bugs, that it looked like a bug soup was being made for later. The mini-golf was pretty standard, and plain enough that it should certainly be free. The kayaks were fun, although the lake could have definitely used a dredge for weeds. They had three pools, so none were especially crowded, which was nice. The arcade was fine for kids to play ticket games, and the ice cream at the snack bar was good. I should also mention that the younger staff members were very friendly and outgoing and great with the kids. The store facility and the bathrooms were very outdated and not very well kept. In fact, most of the property just seemed like it was suffering from neglect of one kind or another. The movie screen was flaking paint, the bathrooms were moldy and dirty, and the store smelled like mildew. On top of all that, they charge for wifi. We didn't bother to pay for it, but wifi seems like one of those things you can just throw in when you have a huge property charging outrageous prices. Which brings me to my biggest complaint-- for such a huge facility with a huge staff, they had terrible hours. Nothing opens until 10 or 11 am, and everything closes at 6 or 7 pm. What kind of campground has such goofy hours? So my kids woke up at 6, and we had to wait 4 hours before we could do anything. It was so weird-- I'd never been anywhere else that did that. The other Jellystones we stay at have activities and amenities that begin at 8 am and don't close until 8 or 9 pm. Those weird hours were the breaking point-- we will never return to this campground.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Illinois City, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

This has got to be one of the best campgrounds in Illinois! The golf cart drivers are a little crazy, but we're here on a holiday weekend so that's to be expected. There's just sooo much to do here!
They come pick up your trash twice a day, which is great and gave us free garbage bags on the way in. We bought the kids wristbands for activities that were good for the length of stay and there's an arts n crafts center where the kids can paint ceramics or make tie-dyed shirts.
I will be coming back!!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Aurora, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

This is the largest campgrounds that we have ever had the pleasure of staying at. We arrived late (10:30pm) and the office was still available for our check in and a guide arrived shortly after that to escort us to our site. We stayed for 8 days, and even over the weekend it was not overly crowded or noisy. With multiple pools to choose from, they were not too crowded. We will definity be back with family to enjoy the park again. We travel in a 37 ft Motorhome.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed for Mother's Day weekend, upon arrival the moms got a cool Mother's Day picture frame. our site was nice and clean, our kids had a blast and loved the activities. we spent the extra $100 on a golf cart and although expensive there's some neat trails you can go down on the cart. we stayed in off season so it was cheaper. It gets pretty costly once you add in resort fees and stuff like that. it's not worth more than $50 a night to me.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Earlville, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Haven't been year in several years. When we went we rent a golf cart from across the street. It was around $100 for the wkend. It was fun "Baja-ing" (as the security guy called it) on the trails in the woods. Didn't like how you had to pay extra to use the waterslide. The prices were too bad for primitive camping back then but now its just too expensive. When I went there was 3 pools and 3 hot tubs. Got to see the characters frequently! They do activities and such with the kids. They had a little snack shop. Fun place just wish it was a little cheaper!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

My family and another family went on Memorial Day Weekend. upon arriving we were led to our campsite which was very small and on a hill, not the best place for a pop up. Our friends arrived about an hour later and were next to us on a bad slope as well. All of the campsite were marked by orange paint and were very small and not worth the $60.00 per night we were charged. We set up camp and more people began to arrive and start setting up and we realized that they would be blocking our way out of the site. After talking to the other campers we were able to convince them not to block our exit thankfully. Saturday rolled around and more people showed up and had a difficult time getting into spots because the way everything was situated but managed. Sunday one of the bathrooms was out of order most of the day but thankfully got fixed. People in the campground regularly ignored quiet time every night and nothing was said to them. They nickel and dime people for every little thing here. Have been here 4 times and with the change of management Memorial Day 2014 will our last visit

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

Avoided this Yogi all year because of the poor reviews. Went this weekend as everyone else was closed down/full. I can not speak to the summer amenities-pool/water slides, but we had a wonderful time. Check in was fine-however, it was dark, we rented a golf cart and they wanted my husband to walk for it. After the kid took us to our site, my husband had him drive him over to the rental place. Pumpkin Hey ride was great, Haunted Barn was also good according to them. Lots of things for the kids to do-in summer wrist bands would be well worth it for the stay!! The big difference I see here is that the "families" r younger adults who like to have fun just like their kids. They even have Bingo for $$$$. If your looking for quiet, this is not the place for you. But if you want to have fun, enjoy a cocktail next to your fire, and don't mind that's why everyone is there, you will have a great time and so will your kids. We can't wait to go back. Campsites were the largest we have stayed on anywhere, at 1st I thought they were placing us at every other site-but it was just that they were oversized! Bath houses were few and not the best. Overall had a great time and will be back!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Property: O'Connell's Yogi Bear Park
Address: 970 Green Wing Rd, Amboy, IL 61310-9446
Region: United States > Illinois > Amboy
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Amboy
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Hotel Class:2 star — O'Connell's Yogi Bear Park 2*
Number of rooms: 636
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