For whatever reason, Magic Mountain has allowed the gangs to take over. Knotts Berry Farm has some of this problem too, but nowhere near Magic Mountain.
I think the only thing that keeps Disneyland from having these issues is that Disney's prices are too high for the gangs to afford.
And, I've never been to Magic Mountain, so my rankings would be:
Cedar PointGreat AdventureKings DominionHersheyParkKings Island
(at this moment while I'm thinking about it...may change in five minutes when my now-49-y.o. brain remembers something else that should be there...)
I would rank SFoT higher than SFGAm.
My list would be
Six Flags Great Adventure (El Toro, Nitro, Kingda Ka)Cedar Point (Millenium Force, Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster)Six Flags Magic Mountain (X2, Tatsu, Riddlers Revenge) Six Flags over Texas (Texas Giant which is my #1 coaster) Six Flags over Georgia (Goliath, Mindbender) Hershey and Busch Gardens Tampa get Honorable Mentions
It is always easy to criticize Six Flags parks, but Great America truly stands above the rest with their selection and variety of Roller Coasters. They have an excellent representation of every type of Roller Coaster Technology and most of the examples are some of the best in the industry.
I'm not sure how long ago this experience took place -- but this has not been true for at least the past three-five years. I can never recall a time I felt unsafe at this amusement park, or really ANY major amusement park.
You can criticize Magic Mountain for a /lot/ of things, but "gang activity" is not one of them.
Cedar Point is probably my favorite park overall but one thing it definitely doesn't have is a topnotch wooden coaster so in that respect it is lacking. In fact its wooden coasters range from meh (Blue Streak) to egregiously inferior (Mean Streak).
I think that one of the best coaster parks - again, lacking a state of the art woodie - conspicuously missing from this list is Kings Dominion.
I am in agreement with those who think that BG parks don't belong on this list. Sure, they're both gorgeous parks but as has been pointed out, they don't have much of a coaster selection. BTW, I'm not in agreement that SheiKra is better than Griffon but then my opinions often go against the general consensus; I prefer Kingda Ka to Top Thrill Dragster. And I think that Apollo's Chariot is a great coaster, similar to Nitro but not quite as good.
i agree about BGW not seeming to fit. But when I go there, I will look forward to riding all 5 of the coasters, even if none of them are the "best" of their kind (Verbolten -- does it have a kind? -- but I don't really like the drop even though I like the rest of it).
I do happen to like Apollo's Chariot as just about the smoothest fun pure air time coaster.
When I go to King's Island, I look forward to three coasters, although it clearly has more good coasters than BGW. At Cedar Point, I also look forward to 3 coasters, although I'll sometimes ride up to 7 of them.
Kings Dominion is my home park, and it sure has a lot of coasters, and I'll work to ride about 6 of them. Dominator, Intimidator, Volcano are three really great coasters. Throw in Grizzly, Rebel Yell. Then I don't know, but I'll enjoy anaconda if I'm not already sore, or hurler if I can get to the front, and I like the italian job, the avalanche is great but I don't count it as a coaster, I'm not a fan of stand-ups though.
I remember liking a lot of roller coasters as six flags Great America.
But I was just thinking that when I go to Hershey park in a week, I've got a list of 8 coasters I'm looking to get on. The new one, The great bear, stormrunner and fahrenheit, wild cat, wild mouse, lightning racers, and then the comet. Does that make it "the best"? Or is it just that I have to PAY for that park, and therefore feel I need to get my money's worth? (I'd also ride the super duper looper on occasion).
Of course, I loved Son of Beast at KI, up until the day they closed it for good. I never understood the hate. I did always ride the front though.
-SFGAdv has a large quantity of coasters and a wide variety, but only has a couple headliners-Cedar Point has a large number of coasters and most of them are good, but several of their rides are relatively similar-BGW only has a few coasters, but all are great and they are very different from each other-SFMM comes the closest to having all three categories, but they still have a couple duds in their lineup
Based on only parks I've visited (and excluding Canada's Wonderland), I'd list the following as top five for each of the three categories above:
Quantity:1. Six Flags Magic Mountain2. Cedar Point3. Kings Dominion4. Six Flags Great Adventure5. Carowinds
Quality:1. Dollywood2. Busch Gardens Williamsburg3. Six Flags Magic Mountain4. Kings Dominion5. Carowinds
Variety:1. Six Flags Magic Mountain2. Carowinds3. Six Flags Great Adventure4. Kings Dominion5. Cedar Point
The park offers too many repetitive looping coasters, mediocre versions of various types of coasters and lacks any that are really outstanding with one exception- X2.
Revolution would be exceptional, but it's been destroyed with modifications over the years. Colossus is a victim of mods as well. Ninja is a good (not great) suspended coaster, but is most notable because its type is so uncommon.
When someone says "Six Flags Magic Mountain is great or #1" it just tells me that you have very limited exposure to roller coasters and the various parks outside of California. Once you travel the major parks throughout the US the words "Six Flags Magic Mountain" will rarely come up in a sentence offering praise.
However, the other parks you mention Six Flags Great Adventure, Cedar Point, Busch Gardens Tampa and Six Flags Great America are good choices for the title. Six Flags Great Adventure has an outstanding line up with amazing coasters like Nitro, El Toro, Kingda Ka and Bizarro. Cedar Point offers more exceptional roller coasters than any other park- Gemini, Millennium Force, Magnum XL-200, Raptor, Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster and GateKeeper. Even Blue Streak, Corkscrew and Wicked Twister are worth a mention.
Busch Gardens is a great example of quality over quantity, but if you include Tampa then you may as well include Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Notably missing from the list are Hersheypark, Kings Island, Kings Dominion and even to some degree, Canada's Wonderland, all of which I'd choose to visit first before Six Flags Magic Mountain.