Vote of the week: Which was the best decade for theme parks?
Published: December 31, 2009 at 10:37 AM
Don't get me started on the "decade doesn't end until next year" thing, either. I'll agree that the first decade of the 21st century runs from 2001-2010. But the whatever-it-is decade runs from 2000-2009. Just like the '90s ran from 1990-1999. Saying that the "90s" ran from 1991-2000 makes no sense. The year 2000 isn't a "90." So there.
Anyway... how did the Voldemorts compare with previous decades, as far as theme parks are concerned? Let's take a look at some of the major parks we've covered on Theme Park Insider, and sort them into the decades when they were founded.
Some of these were tough calls, as parks such as Cedar Point evolved over the years. In that case, I put Cedar Point in the 1940s because that's when its oldest surviving rides were built. In other cases, such as Hersheypark and Dollywood, I put the parks into the decades when they were redeveloped into their current forms.
- Cedar Point (oldest existing rides installed then)
- Knott's Berry Farm (Ghost Town started)
- Busch Gardens Tampa
- SeaWorld San Diego
- Silver Dollar City
- Six Flags Over Georgia
- Six Flags Over Texas
- Busch Gardens Williamsburg
- Enchanted Forest (now Six Flags Great Adventure)
- Hersheypark (redeveloped from original Hershey Park in 1971)
- Kings Dominion
- Kings Island
- Magic Mountain (now Six Flags Magic Mountain)
- Marriott's Great America (now Six Flags Great America)
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Six Flags Over Mid-America (now Six Flags St. Louis)
- Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
- Canada's Wonderland
- Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios)
- Dollywood (expanded in 1986 from original Rebel Railroad/Silver Dollar City Tennessee)
- Holiday World (expanded from Santa Claus Land in 1984)
- SeaWorld San Antonio
- Tokyo Disneyland
- Disney's Animal Kingdom
- Disneyland Paris
- Legoland California
- Universal Studios Florida
- Universal's Islands of Adventure
- Disney's California Adventure
- Hard Rock Park (now Freestyle Music Park)
- Hong Kong Disneyland
- Tokyo DisneySea
- Universal Studios Japan
- Walt Disney Studios Paris
Which brings us to our question for the week:
Tell us which is your favorite group of parks, and why, in the comments. And be sure to check back tomorrow, as Theme Park Insider brings you its annual coverage of the Rose Parade, from our home here in Pasadena, California. Happy New Year, everyone!