Does anyone have anything to mention about these parks such as SFEG, Lakeside, Lagoon, Silverado, Cliffs, Oaks, etc.?
I've driven past SFEG and Lakeside, but haven't actually been in either one. Lakeside looks like it has an amazing atmosphere, it's lighting package is reminiscent of Kennywood's, which I believe is the best there is. SFEG looks pretty thrilling for a small inner-city style park. I'll probably be getting to both of these parks next spring/summer when I go visit the folks.
I think all of the Western parks are similar to Lakeside and Lagoon. They're small parks with nothing remarkable on their own, but put the whole package together, and they're a nice getaway from reality if you live in the area. Not the types of places I'm going to blow $500 on plane tickets and hotels for though ...
The hotbeds for parks in this country seem to be California, the midwest, Florida, and a couple parks on the east coast as far as what people really talk about. A bulk of our talk though is about the midwest here, (CP, PKI, HW, several SF parks, ect.)
It's not all we talk about, if you bring up specifics in a discussion-type fashion we'll ablige you most of time. Just be specific. Me, personally, I don't talk about the west much because I've got no experience with any parks out there. Hopefully I will someday soon, (man I gotta get out there!).
Lakeside has a great atmosphere and the Cyclone is a great ride. Another can't miss is the Wild Chipmunk. If the train is running, it runs around the lake and at night you get some great views of the park with the lights on. Could use some better food, but we stopped in for an hour or two quite often. A cheap place to chill for a few hours and grab a few coaster rides.
SFEG is a rather small park for what they offer. It's landlocked in all directions and they can only add smaller coasters. This is evident in their most recent additions of The Flying Coaster and Halfpipe. I'm not too impressed with this park. The coaster lineup isn't anything special with all but one of the coasters being a clone: SLC, Boomerang, Zamperla Flying Coaster, Intamin Half Pipe, Arrow Shuttle Loop and the woodie. The Arrow is the best coaster in the park IMO and the woodie would be the second. It's fun, but nothing special. They have a few decent flats, NO log flume and a water park (which I never visited since Denver has Waterworld also).
Oak's is a tiny park. The Pinfari looper is their big coaster. The best thing about this park was the bumper cars. Now I haven't been to Knoebel's, but these cars are the most vicious that I've ridden. When I lived in Portland I went more often for the bumper cars than for Looping Thunder. Honestly this park isn't anything to go out of the way for, but I'd love to see a small woodie here. Oregon could use a woodie.
The POP is $12.75 for weekday evenings (only the kiddieland is open during the daytime on weekdays) and $$17.75 all day on weekends.
This is one park that does not appear to get the attention that is should. In many ways it is a step back in time to the parks of the mid 20th century. The park has gone through its share of difficult times in recent years but is still hanging in there. I wouldn't make a trip to Denver just for amusement parks but if I am ever there during the summer, I do plan to spend an evening at Lakeside. *** Edited 6/18/2006 10:29:23 AM UTC by Arthur Bahl***
I'm big on theming, and I'm big on classic parks too. And it seems Lakeside has a great balance of both. The rides look fun, and well kept, and the lighting at night just blew me away even on the video. Does Lakeside really light the park up like that all the time? Because to be honest that suckered me right in.
And does anyone know anything about Adventureland, (Des Moines, Iowa)? It looks like a pretty decent park, (at least on video), but we may be heading that way to see friends in the near future, wanted to know if the stop was worth it. *** Edited 6/18/2006 1:02:56 PM UTC by Floorless Fan***
Here's to a West Coast trip for all us Midwest people! I have only been past the Mississippi River once and that was on a one day and one night trip last year to NM, which really only ended up being a one night trip due to a 2.5 hour rain delay at Chicago O'Hare. I did drive past the waterpark in Albuquerque and saw the one giant slide they have. So who wants to start planning something for next summer?!!
Even with all the bad things I hear about SFMM, I would like to visit it once to ride X and Superman. My other choice would be Knotts because of their ride selection and Cedar Fair season pass.
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