The BLOGFlume—In the Mood
Forbes' Top Ten list, Great Wolf plans another indoor waterpark, and breaking news from Six Flags America.
Written by Russell Meyer
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Everyone seems to want to come up their own top tens lists, and it seems that Forbes is no different. While many will disagree with the parks that appear on the list, I think it’s one of the more interesting ones that gives recognition to parks around the world, particularly Europe. The list is (drum roll please)…
1. Alton Towers
According to this list, I’ve got to get to Europe, since six of the ten parks on the list are somewhere across the pond. People could dissect this list for weeks, and just about everyone out there could come up with a reason why every park that’s on this list should not be on the list, and 10 other parks that didn’t even receive mention on this list. Sophia Banay, a lifestyle travel staff writer for Forbes, compiled the list by looking at new attractions for 2005, history of the park, and probably a whole lot of subjectivity. While I have not been to seven of these top ten parks, I’ve heard great things about just about all of the others, especially Alton Towers, Europa Park, Port Aventura, and Tivoli Gardens. So let’s see what you think… Do you agree with this list, and if not, what are your top ten parks? From my experience of only US parks, my list would be…
1. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Based on the success of indoor water parks from Sandusky, OH to Williamsburg, VA, Great Wolf Lodge is expanding its locations with indoor water parks coming to Niagara Falls, OT, Pocono Mountains, PA, and Mason, OH. The Mason park will be the franchise’s largest, and located close to Paramount’s Kings Island. The hotel will have 404 guest rooms, and the water park will be 75,000 square feet, with an estimated opening date sometime in 2006. The chain has been having a lot of success, particularly in the winter months, and their locations near established theme parks are more successful than one would expect. I have not yet stayed at a Great Wolf Lodge, but most reviews are generally positive, and the rates are similar to an on-site Disney or Universal resort. Indoor water parks are quickly becoming a fad, and seem to be popping up just about everywhere. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone tries to open one in Orlando, Florida, or even southern California.
This Just In…
I happened to be sitting and writing this evening, and a news blurb popped up on TV. It seems that there was a shooting at Six Flags America in Largo, Maryland this evening around 6:00 PM EST. There aren’t a whole lot of details yet, but I’m sure more will be known tomorrow morning. However, as it stands now, there was a verbal argument between at least three individuals in the Six Flags parking lot, and it quickly escalated. Shots were fired from three vehicles, with two other vehicles racing off, and still at large. Shattered glass injured one person in the remaining vehicle. The sound of gunfire caused a number of guests exiting the park to drop to the ground, and frightened people who were ending what was a normal day at the local amusement park. Since this incident occurred in the parking lot, there was very little Six Flags could do to prevent this incident, but their security cameras, which survey the parking lots constantly, could provide police with the information to track down the persons responsible for this event. I don’t want to place blame on Six Flags, because it’s not their fault that an incident like this occurred in their parking lot, as it could have happened in just about any parking lot, but you rarely see these types of things happening at other parks.
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