Their two flagship parks Dollywood and Silver Dollar City are my two favorite non Disney parks in the country. On the other hand their other park, Wild Adventures in Georgia, is one of the worst parks I have ever been to.
3. Sea World
I really dislike some of the business practices this company has taken on while they have struggled financially, such as: mandatory paid lockers, outsourcing their call center to contractors in other countries, and quick queue vending machines at rides entrances (seriously how tacky can you get?)
But their parks all are very clean, well landscaped, have a plethora of attractions, and most all of the attractions are really good as well. The two Busch Parks are right up there with the two Herschend parks.
4. Cedar Fair
Okay so I am not the biggest Cedar Fair fan but I do think CP and KD are great parks, and KI will be a great park in a few years as they take out more old rough rides and replace them with new ones. I haven't been to Knotts in about 10 years or so but I will admit it looks a lot better now than the Knotts that I know. Even though my most recent visits to CP were pitiful i'll give them the benefit of the doubt because the last time I went there it was SV's opening weekend and they were clearly having major staffing issues, and before that was the last year of Kinzel which was notorious for being cheaply run and was a long time ago.
I will say that I like the second tier SF parks better than the second tier CF parks. I actually kind of like SFSTL, SFDK, and SFOG and don't care for Valleyfair, Dorney, and Michigans Adventure. But Cedar Fair does have enough good parks now for it to be over Universal in my ranking.
I like IOA and the studios park in Japan, but that makes only one park in the USA that I really like. The other two aren't bad but I wouldn't consider them great parks by any measure. USF has Diagon Alley but that area is small, cramped, always packed with little ventilation in the Florida humidity, and I don't care much for the coaster. Way over-reliance on simulators. I guess their parks aren't my cup of tea.
6. Six Flags
If SF had better maintenance, operations, less ridiculous ads, and no stupidly inconsistent locker policy, I would definitely rank their parks above CF.
Like I said earlier I actually really like many SF parks on the surface but hugely excessive amount of ads (not only for other companies but the giant billboards everywhere advertising season passes, dining passes, flash pass, etc) combined with the terrible inconsistency make them the undisputed trashiest company in the industry. Just one quick example of what I am talking about: a couple years ago I went to SFOG in the summer and then again during Holiday in the Park, and all the same seats that were broken on Superman in the summer were still broken in the winter...that is totally unacceptable especially considering they were closed weekdays October and November. I could easily write a book on "Six Flags experiences" like this. Also LaRonde is the worst major park in the continent.
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