As for Dollywood, I wouldn't bother with it much unless you were heading through that area. It's quite a ways from the other 2 parks you mentioned. It's a bit pricey for what you get, too.
Personally, I'd suggest BGE.
Never been to Dollywood, but BGE is my favorite park this side of the Florida border, you will not be disapointed with choosing that choice. Also dont forget Williamsburg is home to Water Country USA waterpark and Colonial Williamsburg historical renactment area and Jamestown, Yorktown and VA Beach are near by.
Touchdown said:Dont forget BGE is getting a new coaster in 07 too...
Dollywood *is* a really sweet park, but you KNOW that, LOL. Great for all ages! :) BGW is really awesome too, and TOTALLY fits that bill as well. BGE? Not so sure where that even IS...hehe. ;)
I think the new '07 Dive Machine ;) would probably tip the scales that way for me *if I were in your position*.
As always though, what makes you happy? Does the thought of no wooden coasters at a park make you sad? Then don't go to BGE and head to DW instead. Do you like more advanced flat rides? Again, head to DW. But realize that DW is way off the beaten path compared to your other alternatives.
Daniel (can I call you Daniel, LOL), seriously, be a LITTLE patient with SFA, but get the RIGHT mgt. in place and stick with 'em, and you'll be rewarded. My "batting average" is pretty decent...see, I even know football... ;)
How's this apply? Might wanna consider the idea that SFA may not be *visitable* after '07...it's a consideration... :-/
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Two-Face only has two other clones. Joker's Jinx is the grey area. Some would consider Poltergeist its only stateside clone (the third outdoor version Mad Cobra has been relocated to a new park in China and is currently SBNO until the park opens), while others would throw the two Flight of Fears in there, and unfortunately the good one of those is closed. But obviously, the SLC and the Zamperla kiddie coaster can be found at many parks. *** Edited 7/11/2006 6:10:17 AM UTC by Intamin Fan***
Intamin Fan said:
Austin, since I don't know your track record, why would you care if some of the coasters at SFA are cloned or not?
Probably because he has or can ride the clones very easily. Even if I hadn't ridden an SLC ever, I wouldn't consider it a highlight of SFA because I could ride one in 10 different places. Apollo's on the other hand, I can only ride in one place.
I forgot about King's Dominion, but I don't want to go there. It just doesn't look thrilling, even HyperSonic... I'm already going to Hersheypark too.
That aside, BGE without a doubt, with or without the new ride. It may only have 4 coasters now, but all are high quality. Not to mention a beautiful park with great food. I also liked Darkastle. SFA on the other hand, if some of you enjoy this park, more power to you, but I was very underwhelmed.
Also, Kings Dominion was not among my favorite parks, but definitely worth a visit, IMO. I loved Volcano. Either way, I'm sure you will be happy. Besides, don't worry, you will love hershey, definitely top notch!
I also don't get the part about KD not looking thrilling. Have you ever been there? That would be a solid no. Four woodies, the only U.S. Mack Bobsled, the only Intamin launched suspended full-circuit coaster, the first S&S air-launched coaster, the tallest Intamin drop tower, Tombraider Firefall and a huge kiddie section. But hey, it's your money and you've already made up your mind. *** Edited 7/12/2006 4:35:24 AM UTC by Intamin Fan***
While seveal parks may be in one part of the country (i.e. the East Coast, the Mid West, etc) it doesn't necessiarly mean that they are close to each other. Sometimes they can be in the same state and still be hours apart (i.e. Kennywood in Pittsburgh PA, Dorney Park in Allentown PA... your Olrando Theme parks and the now defunct Miracle Strip Amusment park in Panama City FL... etc).
Not sure of your location, Austin the Ninja, but while Hersheypark, BGE and Dollywood seem like they are in the same location (i.e. East US), there are alot of miles that separate them. Starting at Hersheypark (in of course, Hershey PA), and heading south on either interstate I-95 or I-81, travel times (with NO traffic) are about as follows: SFA = 3 hrs, PKD = 4 or 4.5 hours, BGE = 6 to 6.5 hours, Dollywood = 12 hours. While they are all on the east coast... Dollywood is still a good driving day away from Hershey. I live 40 minutes SW of Hershey, and I certainly don't consider Dollywood a "near by" park... It's certainly a 3 day journey (Day 1 = 12 hour drive there, Day 2 = Day at park, Day 3 = 12 hour drive home)
I've found out that the best thing to do when planning a "Coaster Vacation" is sit down with a map. Pick your most desirable destination, and then plot from there, picking parks that are the most "reasonable" to travel to.
In all honesty... If I were travelling from the west, I would break the East up into a few "zones".
New England: Funtown (Saco ME), Canobie Lake (Salem NH), SFNE (Agawam MA), Lake Compounce (Bristol CT), Rye Playland (Rye NY)
Upstate NY: SFDL (Darien Ctr NY), Martin's Fantasy Island (Grand Island NY), Marineland (Niagra Falls ONT), Sea Breeze (Rochester NY), The Great Escape (Lake George NY... though this could arguably be put into New England)
Eastern Pennsylvania and MD: Hersheypark (Hershey PA), Dorney Park (Allentown PA), Knoebels (Elysburg PA), Dutch Wonderland (Lancaster PA). (Lakemont in Altoona, Del Grosso's in Tipton and Kennywood in Pittsburgh might also be considered in here... but Kennywood... as well as Conneaut Lake and Waldamere are geographically closer to the Ohio area than they are Eastern PA).
Jersey: SFGrAdv (Jackson NJ), Morey's Piers (Widlwood NJ), Clementon (Clementon NJ) (SFGrAdv and Clementon are not all that far from PA either).
MD & VA: SFA (Near Washington DC), PKD (north of Richmond VA), BGE (Williamsburg VA)
The South: Carowinds (Charlotte NC), Dollywood (Pigeon Forge TN), SFoG (Austell GA), Lake Winnie (Rossville GA), Vision Land (or what eve its prsent name is) (Bessemer AL).
Florida: Orlando Theme parks, Boomers (the Hurricane) (Dania FL), BGA (Tampa FL), Wild Adventures (Valdosta GA... though this could be considered in "the South").
If I were travelling and found myself wanting to desperately to go to a park in one of those Zones, I would consider all parks in the same Zone before I would think about jumping to another park in another Zone.
Depending on how long you have, you might be able to hit two zones.... NJ and PA... New England and NY... The South and MD & VA... etc...
I've found out a few vacations ago... remember to include realistic TRAVEL time (including rest / refuel / food stops) and DOWN / RELAXATION / REST time... not just PARK time. It will make your trip a whole lot more enjoyable... a vacation rather than an "ordeal".
SFA has had issues from day one (back when it was called Wild World). The park has sputteringly made strides here and there over the years and SFA has injected it with coaster-clones, but I still wouldn't put it on a serious "to-do" list. (you may want to consider replacing that option on your list with PKD)
Its true that its hard to shake a bad reputation--I grew up 20 minutes away from WW/SFA and virtually nobody I knew ever bothered going there. And I guess that reputation still lingers for me...they'll have to do A LOT of improving to overcome the general public sentiment of the past 20 years or so. *** Edited 7/12/2006 1:52:54 PM UTC by brunus76***
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