Time for the 2006 seasonal theme park wrap-up!
Is it really September already?
As the kiddies go back to school, most parks have already dropped their weekday operations. For the majority of the country the theme/amusement park season is coming to a close. How'd your season go? Did you hit all the parks you wanted to? What was the best new stuff you encountered? What was the worst? What was the best/worst new park you visited?
Let's hear the dirt, so the rest of us can start planning 2007 accordingly!
I had a great time this summer. I went to BGE about 6 times (I've got one left with Howl-O-Scream, you know?), Water Country once, King's Domininon once, and hit all the parks at Disney World, minus Blizzard Beach. Overall, I had a good experience, but, I can think of a few complaints about my two local parks...
I definitely didn't get to all the parks I wanted to this year. I was hoping to make a trip out to Indiana to ride The Voyage at Holiday world and also hit Kennywood, Kings Island, and Kentucky Kingdom, but sadly it kept getting pushed back until I finally settled on a week when all of the parks were closed.
I also didnt make all the trips I wanted to. I will be going to BGA next week, plus a trip to HOS at the end of the month.
Sigh. Pretty crafty of me not to respond to my own question, eh? We were working on a video this summer, so we found ourselves hitting a lot more parks than I'd ordinarily hit. Parks with an * were first time visits for me,
lol this joker goes 2 parks 4 theming, i'm so glad you didn't get to get on MF as I'm sure the park doesn't want your kind on the ride any way. Me and 99% of the rest of america prefers CP over any other place in the world as you can see what award it has won for the past 9 years in a row. So you go enjoy your boring themes and We will enjoy the rides in Heaven.
We have season passes to 6 flags, but am very doubtful that we will renew them after years of keeping our passes. 6 flags has turned into a joke, brunch with bugs? a guided tour? prefered parking? chaffered parking? designated smoking areas? character parade? all the while under guise of promoting it as a family friendly park. Even though they sell beer and whiskey labeled T-shirts and made 6 flags appear to be a cheap daycare center. all they have done is raise prices on everything, made it unenjoyable for guests and made 6 flags a joke, trying to immatate disney and universal. Someone could run 6 flags better if they would play a round of rollercoaster tycoon
I can see from the other comments that some folks have had an amazingly busy year! Congrats to all the coaster and regular theme park fans, and I hope you have an equally fun time next year.
Ryan, thanks for adding nothing to the conversation. Cedar Point doesn't want "my kind" there? What, discriminating adults with a lot of disposable income? Yeah, that makes a great deal of sense. Relying on mothers buying season passes for their ungrateful teenagers must do a bangup job of paying the bills at Cedar Fair.
Having been to Florida 9 times, once every year in fact, I still couldn't make my mind up as to which was the best year. The U.S always does it for me on any holiday. Florida has always been the best for the theme park experience.
Wow, it does sound like everyone has had a busy busy year! This has been a very boring year for me with themeparks. I usually try to go to at least one good one, but other things came up this year. I have only been to 2, well one isnt really a park, but Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tn (I recieved a season pass as a gift other wise I wouldnt have gone.) and The Pier in Ocean City MD. Dollywood, well it had been a while since I had been and I was surprised at how much has changed. Its gone a little more kiddy themed but not in a bad way. The Thunderhead was awesome, but dont ride it in the rain... and Tiiimber Towers sucked... horribly. But it is overpriced to get in, but most of the food and games ect. are fairly decently priced. As for the gifts, when are themepark gifts ever a decent price? Hopefully with this new coaster opening in 2007 or 08 or whenever hopefully they will start focusing more on rides and less on crafts. The Pier: not much to say, its a little pricey too but its fun and you can only pay for the rides you do ride. Plus it was a very short walk for the condo and a good way to spend and hour or so. Thats about it. We might try to go to Scarowinds on Fall Break since it isnt too far of a drive! Hopefully next year will be better for me!
I'd planned to hit SFMM, SFMW, PGA, Knott's, all in the same trip but guess what, SFMM & Knott's are the only one's still open this week, the others are weekends only & since I'd planned to return Friday or Sat. Well, I guess I'll hafta wait til some other time so I'm detouring thru Vegas hoping to hit Desperado, Speed, & maybe Manhatten Xpress. Canyon Blaster is a no-brainer & been on it before but the others I missed last 2 times I visited. So I'll post how my trip went next wk. We did manage to get to SFOT last Sunday for a rather pleasant trip although it did come a gully-washer mid-day but cleared up later on. Planned to goto SFFT this wkend but didn't make it, maybe for Hallowscream.
Last year was my big amusement park tour, so in 2006 I didn't go to nearly as many parks as I did in 2005. Furthermore, almost all the parks I visited this year were repeats of last year; the only new one for me was King's Island, which I went to on the way back from a business trip in Chicago. The other parks I visited this year were HersheyPark, BGE, PKD, Geauga Lake, Sea World Orlando, BGA, Universal & IOA.
in case you people haven't heard, CP has won the biggest award possible for the 9th year in a row, so all of your opinions are pointless and mean nothing...
Dear Ryan Saunders,
Ryan, How old are you? I seriously doubt you could possibly be any older than 12, judging by your childish ways. Anyway, my theme park trips this year was good, what few I went to. BGE was pretty good, had a few good coasters, Apollo chariot and loch ness being my favorite but am ready to try out griffon next season. And of course PKD, Volcano and hypersonic being my favs there. Thats it for me didnt get a chance to hit many but enjoyed the 2 that I did.
I was able to hit 2 new parks this year that i had never been too before which was my goal. I went to Dollywood and Holiday World, and i had a excellant time at each one!!
it has been a different year for me. i did not make it to my home park hershey but i got to disney for only the second time. had a great time, even mk, for 6 days. got to all 4 parks plus both water parks. worst part was knee could not handle all the walking and had to use wheelchair or cart more than i like to admit. only got one trip to dollywood but have one more trip down tis month. i got to see dollywood in different way with grandson who was only 19 months at the time. i still love the coasters and the shows but i also enjoyed watching his discovery of the park. taking him and his older brother later this month. we did splash country while down. enjoyed time there. can not visit dollywood with going to doggywood, the day kennel, at dollywood. that is the highlight of the trip for gidget, our dog. i know next year will probably not have as much travel. will probably only make hershey and dollywood and i am looking foreward to new coaster at dollywood.
Being a coaster enthusiast who cannot any longer ride coasters, I go for the themeing alone.
OOH, Ryan! You're a Cedar Point freak! Yes I know it won big awards "more" than any other parks. But you know, people have their own opinions. Yupe, I know I know. I really want to visit CP, however, my mom won't even allow me visit Ohio just for theme park traveling. My mom said it is a waste of time! I think I'm the only person in my family.
^Theme park travelling is a waste of time or the entire state of Ohio is a waste of time? Admittedly, after the second week in Ohio, I started to agree with the latter sentiment...
good 2 hear that stevie, the state of ohio hopes u never come back either. stay in FL where they have not 1 thrill ride, must be fun....
Who the f*** do you think you are Ryan? Cedar Point isn't the only f***ing place with thrills. Have you ever been to Florida Ryan? BGA has thrills, IOA has thrills, EVEN MGM STUDIOS HAS THRILLS! So why don't you take you're ugly face and shove it up Dick Kinzel's a$$.
No need to poke the troll, folks. He likes the attention too much.
We've gone to Orlando for the last two Spring breaks. WDW a year ago and Universal this April. Stayed at Hard Rock Hotel. Beautiful hotel, grounds, and pool however rooms need maintainence - new carpets, linens, etc. Best part was that you got Express Passes for all of the rides at the two Universal parks and could cut to the front of the lines. Did the 5 park flex ticket option.
i'll b in heaven this weekend, where will u be?
So you're going to die this weekend? Thats fine with me.
CP is heaven, ask most anyone
Hey, Scott - for what it's worth Hard Rock Hotel is spending around $7 million on renovations and it looks like they're going all out. New sheets, pillows, carpeting, and flat screens in every room. That's the one Universal hotel I've missed, so I'll have to check it out once the renovations are done.
^not trying to threadjack, Scott, but we LOVED Royal Pacific. I liked it a lot more than Portofino Bay and the staff there was infinitely nicer. We haven't stayed there in about two years, but when we were there we were extremely pleased.
With all the black eyes the Six Flags chain has gotten lately, it's time to express some kudos for the new management team! I have to admit I have had more fun this year at my home park, Six Flags over Georgia than I have had in a very long time. As a 17-year season passholder, I can say with confidence that the changes are real and the difference is huge. Park personnel seem to be friendlier, the lines seemed shorter, and the park looked much cleaner.
well unfortanitly do to health probs no parks this year for this old ride junkie.Its great to see how many of you got to go out and enjoy the parks.As far as Ryan goes he needs a reality check CP may win awards for its rides but Steve Lee hit the nail on the head.Go ask CF Managemant who thay would rather see more of a bunch of Local area Teenagers with limeted money and season passes that mom and dad bought them or All the Adults who travel with their kids from out of town or the people who travel to check the park out . I very seriously doubt that They would want CP to turn into another SFMM.CP may win awards for its coasters but I'm sure CF Management would trade them all in for the cash that the Theme Parks generate due to their themeing and related items.Enjoy the rest of the year all and take an extra ride for an old ride junkie Cya at the parks next year .
I had an exellent summer park wise, especially since I had hernia surgery in late May and had to wait a month or so to get to it.
Kevin, being that you're from Toronto, I'd be interested in hearing your views about your home park - PCW. It was one of the ones we were considering for next summer. Any new changes with Cedar Fair's buyout of the Paramount parks?
I have something to say about planning a trip to PCW. Come on a Sunday in May or October. Crowds are light. The park doesnt look as "nice", but if you want less crowds this will do.
Scott, my view on things is that both Cedar Fair and Paramount were doing a decent job running their parks before the acquisition. In the short term, I see day to day operations staying at a good quality level in all former Paramount parks including PCW. In the longer term, I see things improving as the Cedar Fair takes some of the positive things from the finest Paramount minds and applies them to all of their parks.
You all need to chill the feck out. Quit droppin' hate bombs on one another for their preferences of parks. We're supposed to be theme and amusement park enthusiasts, not gangsters. Ryan, quit actin' like a Cedar Point Roller and the rest of you fighting with him quit trying to "rep your sets," because IT'S ALL ABOUT AMUSEMENT, not about an imaginary pissing contest to see who's better! I personally love Cedar Point...Aye, AND King's Dominion, AND Busch Gardens, AND Universal Orlando... Do you want me to go on? It's not about picking ONE park and calling it your 'hood.' You see? The narrow-minded stupidity of gangsters and the way you lot are fighting it out is VERY similar, so please, for the rest of us here, knock it off, that goes triple for you, Ryan.
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