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2013-07-03 10:50:02 AM  
#2 Knobles is a favorite of ours.   It is especially great for kids and very cheap for an amusement park.  Good food too.


Kennywood in Pittsburgh is a great park too.
 
2013-07-03 10:53:42 AM  
#1 is what it should be, whatever is after that doesn't really matter much.
 
2013-07-03 10:54:38 AM  
Cedar Point. Bar none. And I don't even like Ohio.
 
2013-07-03 10:58:54 AM  
I like Kennywood outside of Pittsburgh.  It's not very ostentatious but it's cheap and they have a lot of old coasters and rides.  Also they will cover everything edible with cheese and gravy, which is disgusting but for some reason neccessary.
 
2013-07-03 11:05:25 AM  
Disney World is the only local amusement park I don't get an annual pass for.

The remodeling etc. of the Magic Kingdom/Fantasy Land is super duper lame.
 
2013-07-03 11:14:24 AM  
Kennywood. Noah's Ark is where you could sneak a smooch with your young lady.
 
2013-07-03 11:15:57 AM  
I have been to most of those parks and as a theme park connoisseur , I totally disagree with that list. Cedar Point is a soulless bore.

Busch Gardens Willaimsburg is the best theme park in the country, if you're curious.
 
2013-07-03 11:29:25 AM  
one of my favorites was Traction Park.
 
2013-07-03 11:30:05 AM  
Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun in Kansas City is fantastic. The rides are great, the park size is perfect, it's clean and the lines aren't bad even on peak days.

The water park is every bit as good.

I also like Michigan Adventure: it's not a big park but it's still fun, cheap and no crowds.
 
2013-07-03 11:30:22 AM  
Cedar Point, Kings Island, Holiday World, Hersheypark, Kennywood, Busch Gardens Williamsburg...  not necessarily in that order...  Might try to hit some of the PA parks in a few weeks.  I haven't been to Knoebels yet...
 
2013-07-03 11:35:12 AM  

Mike: Cedar Point, Kings Island, Holiday World, Hersheypark, Kennywood, Busch Gardens Williamsburg...  not necessarily in that order...  Might try to hit some of the PA parks in a few weeks.  I haven't been to Knoebels yet...


kxs401: I have been to most of those parks and as a theme park connoisseur , I totally disagree with that list. Cedar Point is a soulless bore.

Busch Gardens Willaimsburg is the best theme park in the country, if you're curious.


No love for Busch Gardens Tampa?
 
2013-07-03 11:37:18 AM  
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2013-07-03 11:40:51 AM  

Diogenes: No love for Busch Gardens Tampa?


Sadly, I've never been. It's on my list, along with Holiday World.
 
2013-07-03 11:46:57 AM  

Diogenes: Mike: Cedar Point, Kings Island, Holiday World, Hersheypark, Kennywood, Busch Gardens Williamsburg...  not necessarily in that order...  Might try to hit some of the PA parks in a few weeks.  I haven't been to Knoebels yet...

kxs401: I have been to most of those parks and as a theme park connoisseur , I totally disagree with that list. Cedar Point is a soulless bore.

Busch Gardens Willaimsburg is the best theme park in the country, if you're curious.

No love for Busch Gardens Tampa?


Have to say Sheikra is a really good coaster, especially if you are not a fan of coasters that jerk you around, rickety, etc.... it is smooth as silk as a ride.
 
2013-07-03 11:49:15 AM  

kxs401: Diogenes: No love for Busch Gardens Tampa?

Sadly, I've never been. It's on my list, along with Holiday World.


It's been quite some time since I've been to either.  Tampa had better coasters as I recall, and it's since added some.  But I had been to Williamsburg a number of times as a kid and I like the thematic presentation of the Old World better.  More artfully done.

Fun fact:  I live across the street from Sea World.  The town is named Williamsburg.

And on that topic I have to give Kraken and Manta big thumbs up.  Kraken is just a very well done coaster.  Tall, fast, lots of upside down action.  But Manta is a trip - smoothest coaster I've ever been on.  Your feet get pulled up to the track so you ride under the track with your spine parallel to it.  If you get the front car it looks like you're going to crash head first into the ground on the first big dip.
 
2013-07-03 11:50:09 AM  

Diogenes: No love for Busch Gardens Tampa?


I love it.

We have season passes to Disney World, Busch Gardens / Seaworld, Universal Orlando, Six Flags, Legoland Florida.  Ironically, we live in SC and the closest park is a cedar fair park (Carowinds), but we don't have passes there.  (At least not this year.  We buy a season pass to them every couple of years.)

Favorite park is probably busch gardens tampa.  They have the big rides I love, and the animals to keep my wife entertained since she won't ride the rides.  And yes, cheetah hunt is a lame coaster.  They made such a big deal about it before hand being fast, but it's a glorified family coaster.  That, and they took out the best part of rhino rally so cheetah hunt could have a waterfall.  What the hell?  (OK, rhino rally was broken all the time anyway, but still....)

Second favorite is Magic Kingdom.  The rides are all for kids, but hey, it's disney.
 
2013-07-03 11:54:44 AM  
Oh... and of course Cedar Point and Magic Mountain are both wonderful.  I haven't been to cedar point since 2004 (Farkoasterfest, for those who remember it, right Mike?)  Went to Magic Mountain in 2011.

We just got back from florida monday, and checked out the new transformers ride at universal (cool) and the penguin ride at seaworld (broken, but they let us walk through and see the penguins.)
 
2013-07-03 11:55:40 AM  

dletter: it is smooth as silk as a ride.


well, yeah, everything made by B&M is.
 
2013-07-03 12:00:46 PM  

Mike: dletter: it is smooth as silk as a ride.

well, yeah, everything made by B&M is.


I assume you mean the newer ones (like last decade maybe?).

Because I am pretty sure we also rode this one...  http://rcdb.com/94.htm?p=0 , and it was pretty "whippy/aroundy" (although, it was early 90s).... I guess maybe that was another thing with Shiekra.... as my wife said, it is like your are "flying" after that first big drop, and there really wasn't many really sharp turns/twists like some coasters.
 
2013-07-03 12:04:28 PM  
Compared to old (pre-'95) Arrow stuff, anything from B&M is smooth  (well, maybe not that last turn on Raptor...)
 
2013-07-03 12:06:50 PM  

labman: Diogenes: No love for Busch Gardens Tampa?

I love it.

We have season passes to Disney World, Busch Gardens / Seaworld, Universal Orlando, Six Flags, Legoland Florida.  Ironically, we live in SC and the closest park is a cedar fair park (Carowinds), but we don't have passes there.  (At least not this year.  We buy a season pass to them every couple of years.)

Favorite park is probably busch gardens tampa.  They have the big rides I love, and the animals to keep my wife entertained since she won't ride the rides.  And yes, cheetah hunt is a lame coaster.  They made such a big deal about it before hand being fast, but it's a glorified family coaster.  That, and they took out the best part of rhino rally so cheetah hunt could have a waterfall.  What the hell?  (OK, rhino rally was broken all the time anyway, but still....)

Second favorite is Magic Kingdom.  The rides are all for kids, but hey, it's disney.


Coincidentally, my kids were visiting friends in Tega Cay, SC last week and did Carowinds, and we're off to Universal and Busch Gardens next week. No Disney this trip, which makes me sad...they just want roller coasters.
 
2013-07-03 12:07:15 PM  

Mike: well, yeah, everything made by B&M is.


This.  They are my favorite Manufacturer.

Manta at Seaworld is amazing as well.  Plus the queue is air conditioned and you're walking through an aquarium so you have stuff to look at while you're waiting.  (And it was only a 15 minute wait when I was there this weekend.)
 
2013-07-03 12:11:00 PM  

ManateeGag: one of my favorites was Traction Park.


That place was (don't know if it still exists) INSANE!

I was rectally violated by 1,000 gallons there.  My colon opened up like a dragster parachute.

People everywhere walking around bleeding and completely busted up.  I can't imagine how much of the gate went into insurance premiums.
 
2013-07-03 12:12:35 PM  

kxs401: I have been to most of those parks and as a theme park connoisseur , I totally disagree with that list. Cedar Point is a soulless bore.

Busch Gardens Willaimsburg is the best theme park in the country, if you're curious.


It's certainly the nicest.  I was at Kings Island in Ohio a few months ago and that park was pretty nice, too.  Clean, lots of plants and vegetation, and the food was good.   Kings Dominion, in Virginia, is for poor people and pedophiles.  It's a small, dirty, smelly wasteland of black asphalt and rednecks.
 
2013-07-03 12:17:02 PM  

Diogenes: kxs401: Diogenes: No love for Busch Gardens Tampa?

Sadly, I've never been. It's on my list, along with Holiday World.

It's been quite some time since I've been to either.  Tampa had better coasters as I recall, and it's since added some.  But I had been to Williamsburg a number of times as a kid and I like the thematic presentation of the Old World better.  More artfully done.

Fun fact:  I live across the street from Sea World.  The town is named Williamsburg.

And on that topic I have to give Kraken and Manta big thumbs up.  Kraken is just a very well done coaster.  Tall, fast, lots of upside down action.  But Manta is a trip - smoothest coaster I've ever been on.  Your feet get pulled up to the track so you ride under the track with your spine parallel to it.  If you get the front car it looks like you're going to crash head first into the ground on the first big dip.


I'm not a coaster fanatic.

I'm actually headed to Williamsburg at the end of the month. I can't wait!
 
2013-07-03 12:33:10 PM  
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2013-07-03 12:52:48 PM  
i've been to a few. every vacationer may want something different. i live in da schlong, and most residents would never do any florida park anywhere near the summer, unless you get wet (not from sweat). i've been going to knoebels for sixty years, and what they have to offer is free entrance, free parking, temperate weather, best park food for years in a row, the phoenix (wonderful wood coaster), best bumper cars in the world (many lusse), cheap ride prices (individual or all day), great large pool, family owned since at least 1926, wonderful carousel with rings to catch, lots of rides for little kids as well. this is the only park i know of that i would lets my kids off on their own. i'll be there in a couple of weeks, again!
 
2013-07-03 01:14:41 PM  
Here's some random shots of SeaWorld, including the new Empire of the Penguin.  Very, very well done.  Lines for it are coming down finally.  There's also two shots of the outside of Transformers at Universal.

I'll update later with shots from last weekend at Springfield.  They've really done up the area outside the Simpsons Ride at U. Studios.  You can go to Moe's Tavern and get a Duff or a Flaming Moe!

Album
 
2013-07-03 01:19:13 PM  
Added Simpsons to album.
 
2013-07-03 01:23:24 PM  
Subby's mom.
 
2013-07-03 01:25:19 PM  
Lagoon, here in Utah. Nothing big, but good coasters. A few reasons why it's the "best", IMHO:

1. It's close. Maybe a 25 minute drive from my door. Makes staying late a nice plus.
2. You can bring in your own food. Plenty of public picnic areas, including a lot of grassy areas and shade. Nobody farks with your food, it's safe all day. Full coolers, even the cooler/grill combos, it's all fine. You can even bring in beer(Cans only).
3. It's got a very "family" feel, the place actually makes you feel like it's more than a cash cow for the owners. People who have worked there loved it.
4. Short lines. The absolute worst line ever was for the Wicked, a coaster that opened a few years ago, and that was 45 minutes. We went the last Sunday before school started last year, and I waited 10 minutes for a ride, once. Usually you wait maybe 15 minutes.

Seriously, the place is enough of a local draw that Disneyland keeps trying to snag people.

http://www.lagoonpark.com/

As for #1.. Knott's Berry Farm, last time I went, in the late 80's or early 90's, they had a single roller coaster and the parachute drop. Talk about a boring ass place. Wait, there was the wooden coaster, too, so they had Montezuma's Revenge and the wooden coaster. I hope they've added more than the one I see in the pic for it to be #1 worthy.
 
2013-07-03 01:29:18 PM  

ytterbium: Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun in Kansas City is fantastic. The rides are great, the park size is perfect, it's clean and the lines aren't bad even on peak days.


It's pretty good for a local park, but come one...  Hell, if I had a bit more experience, I may even rate it decently above average.  Top third definitely.

I suppose it's a matter of taste, though.  I might rank it higher if they put the Zambezi back in...  Personally, I'll always have a soft spot for King's Island, which was one of my favorite vacation destinations as a kid.  And The Beast is still the best wooden coaster.
 
2013-07-03 01:36:50 PM  

Mikey1969: Lagoon, here in Utah. Nothing big, but good coasters. A few reasons why it's the "best", IMHO:

1. It's close. Maybe a 25 minute drive from my door. Makes staying late a nice plus.
2. You can bring in your own food. Plenty of public picnic areas, including a lot of grassy areas and shade. Nobody farks with your food, it's safe all day. Full coolers, even the cooler/grill combos, it's all fine. You can even bring in beer(Cans only).
3. It's got a very "family" feel, the place actually makes you feel like it's more than a cash cow for the owners. People who have worked there loved it.
4. Short lines. The absolute worst line ever was for the Wicked, a coaster that opened a few years ago, and that was 45 minutes. We went the last Sunday before school started last year, and I waited 10 minutes for a ride, once. Usually you wait maybe 15 minutes.

Seriously, the place is enough of a local draw that Disneyland keeps trying to snag people.

http://www.lagoonpark.com/


Magic Mountain will always be my #1 since it was about 90 minutes from home growing up and kept a steady pace of adding insane coasters throughout my childhood. The crowd can be a little sketchy some days, but I've never felt unsafe.

But yes, Lagoon is actually pretty good. I laughed at it when I moved to SLC because it was just a "local" park, but they've done a good job of keeping it friendly and accessible and even though there's nothing really "extreme," it's got something for everyone. Also, Frightmares during Halloween is surprisingly good.
 
2013-07-03 01:43:56 PM  

cr7pilot: Magic Mountain will always be my #1 since it was about 90 minutes from home growing up and kept a steady pace of adding insane coasters throughout my childhood. The crowd can be a little sketchy some days, but I've never felt unsafe.

But yes, Lagoon is actually pretty good. I laughed at it when I moved to SLC because it was just a "local" park, but they've done a good job of keeping it friendly and accessible and even though there's nothing really "extreme," it's got something for everyone. Also, Frightmares during Halloween is surprisingly good.


Magic Mountain is definitely cool... Liked it better than Knott's personally.

I really have to do Frightmares one year, it looks fun, but we've usually gone over budget on entertainment by that point.
 
2013-07-03 01:52:52 PM  
How can Knott's be in the top 10?  Sure its got the nostalgia factor going for it, but I haven't met anyone who can spend more than half a day there without running out of things to do.
 
2013-07-03 02:28:58 PM  

ShawnDoc: How can Knott's be in the top 10?  Sure its got the nostalgia factor going for it, but I haven't met anyone who can spend more than half a day there without running out of things to do.


This, exactly. When I last went, they had the wooden coaster, Montezuma's revenge and the parachute drop. The rest was just walking around looking at shiat.
 
2013-07-03 02:29:43 PM  
fark Seaworld. I hope those whales kill everyone in the audience.
 
2013-07-03 02:30:56 PM  
I like the older crusty parks, Lakeside in Denver, don't remember much about Como Park tho. Never been to a big theme park.
 
2013-07-03 02:35:03 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: fark Seaworld. I hope those whales kill everyone in the audience.


The polar bears do kinda make me sad.  I go very often since I can walk to it if I wanted.  I've only ever seen one not sleeping once.  Not what you'd call a life.
 
2013-07-03 02:35:37 PM  

Mikey1969: Knott's Berry Farm, last time I went, in the late 80's or early 90's, they had a single roller coaster and the parachute drop


Cedar Point's parent company bought the park in '97.  They have 10 coasters now...
 
2013-07-03 02:37:20 PM  

Diogenes: thismomentinblackhistory: fark Seaworld. I hope those whales kill everyone in the audience.

The polar bears do kinda make me sad.  I go very often since I can walk to it if I wanted.  I've only ever seen one not sleeping once.  Not what you'd call a life.


I'm coming down off of a recent documentary about animal abuse at SW. Of course, I'm not prepared to do anything about it other than post incendiary shiat on the Internet. At least I'm honest. My outrage will fade.

/which is why I avoid vegan docs
 
2013-07-03 02:43:32 PM  

ReverendLoki: ytterbium: Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun in Kansas City is fantastic. The rides are great, the park size is perfect, it's clean and the lines aren't bad even on peak days.

It's pretty good for a local park, but come one...  Hell, if I had a bit more experience, I may even rate it decently above average.  Top third definitely.

I suppose it's a matter of taste, though.  I might rank it higher if they put the Zambezi back in...  Personally, I'll always have a soft spot for King's Island, which was one of my favorite vacation destinations as a kid.  And The Beast is still the best wooden coaster.


We've been to all of the big ones, but for me WOF is the most pleasant because of the layout and lack of crushing crowds. I also miss the Zambezi, lots of great memories.

I'll admit to enjoying Dollywood for similar reasons, even though the rides aren't as thrilling as other parks.
 
2013-07-03 02:45:21 PM  
On a lighter note, in the late 1990s I tripped on acid at Cedar Point and ended up hanging out with some Mennonites. Nothing will beat that trip to the park.
 
2013-07-03 02:47:01 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Diogenes: thismomentinblackhistory: fark Seaworld. I hope those whales kill everyone in the audience.

The polar bears do kinda make me sad.  I go very often since I can walk to it if I wanted.  I've only ever seen one not sleeping once.  Not what you'd call a life.

I'm coming down off of a recent documentary about animal abuse at SW. Of course, I'm not prepared to do anything about it other than post incendiary shiat on the Internet. At least I'm honest. My outrage will fade.

/which is why I avoid vegan docs


There is a certain 'fraternity doing charity' aspect to it (sure we forced that kid to drink till he died, but we just built a house with Habitat!).  They do alot of good work for animals in the wild.  But the lives of the animals in captivity leaves ALOT to be desired.  And while I am a patron, I like to ask the attraction attendants questions that make them visibly uncomfortable.

There are some occasional protests and picketers out front.  Risking their lives if you ask me -- the tourists driving here in the heart of attractions are scary.
 
2013-07-03 02:52:05 PM  

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2013-07-03 02:57:52 PM  

Mike: Mikey1969: Knott's Berry Farm, last time I went, in the late 80's or early 90's, they had a single roller coaster and the parachute drop

Cedar Point's parent company bought the park in '97.  They have 10 coasters now...


OK, that sounds much better. I'll have to check it out next time. Last time I went, I was bored off my tits after about 2 hours. 10 coasters is a definite improvement.
 
2013-07-03 02:59:51 PM  

brap: ManateeGag: one of my favorites was Traction Park.

That place was (don't know if it still exists) INSANE!

I was rectally violated by 1,000 gallons there.  My colon opened up like a dragster parachute.

People everywhere walking around bleeding and completely busted up.  I can't imagine how much of the gate went into insurance premiums.


No, but I've read about it before. It's the one with the full loop water slide? I found a website about it that had a lot of checkins from ex-employees about just how shiatty safety was there...
 
2013-07-03 03:23:58 PM  
PA guy here, Hersheypark is cool but been years since I have been there, Kennywood is nice, Knoebels is great, Dorney is more of their water park to me. WDW is nice, I was just there two weeks ago.
 
2013-07-03 03:49:58 PM  
Hersheypark is a real thing?  I thought it was gay slang.
 
2013-07-03 03:53:05 PM  

RoyHobbs22: Hersheypark is a real thing?  I thought it was gay slang.


It was in pretty bad shape when I was growing up, but heard it's vastly improved.  I grew up in NJ on the Pennsy border.  Hershey, Dorney, and Great Adventure were the parks for me back then.

Although my folks loved Colonial Williamsburg and DC so we'd road trip for vacations.  Then it was Busch Gardens and King's Dominion.
 
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