I was wondering what kind of area is around the different parks. I am just really interested in different cities and stuff. Now, my homepark, which is SFSTL is actually not in St. Louis City, but it's in Eureka, which is just southwest of the city. Anyways, it is a very nice area, with some hills and stuff around the park. There are also some very nice houses in the Eureka area, and as far as I can tell there doesn't seem to be many bad areas in Eureka. But I'm not from Eureka, so I'm not positive. :-) So what about other parks?
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Well, with Cedar Point there's a big lake around it and there's also that carousel museum.
SFEG is in the middle of downtown Denver, which I think is really weird.
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It all depends on the park. Knobels and Holiday world are in very small communities in rural locations. Kennywood is in an industrial area of Pittsburgh. You can see the old steel mills from the park. Hershey isn't that big a town, but the park is pretty much in the center of town. PKD sits right off I-95 by truck stops and outlet stores. PKI is north of Cincinnati in a location that was about rural when it started, but the burbs are growing out to it. Actually the outer fringes of the suburbs is pretty common. My home park, SFA is in that sort of location though it is growing around it all of the time.
alton towers is literally in the middle of nowhere. how they get some of the coaches round the small, winding country roads i will never know! i could only just get a people carrier around them!
thorpe park and chessington world of adventures are both located just outside of london with the M25 (a motor way which totally encircles london) nearby.
we also have many seaside parks in the UK including blackpool pleasure beach, fantasy island and pleasureland.
parks in the countryside or near any settlements have very strict planning restrictions (alton towers and chessington cant build above tree height, and chessington has VERY strict noise level controls). others can only build to 100ft (thorpe park). its the seaside parks that dont seem to have much restrictions (blackpool have a hyper coaster and fantasy island are getting a 400ft attraction for next year)
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Area around Gröna Lund, the best pic i can find on the internet. It's water on 2 sides and Stockholm city on the other 2. http://granat.es.lth.se/~olofsrnm/rc/picindex/jetline/jetline01.jpg
And Liseberg is located in Gotheburg: http://www.skybrain.de/bilder/nordt02/DSC09974.JPG
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Edit: The buss ride to Alton Tower was really freaky, many time i thought the dubbel decker wouldn't make it to the park.
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Knott's Berry Farm is completely surrounded by residential and busy business areas.
Same goes for Paramount's Great America. It's completely "boxed in."
Magic Mountain is surrounded by rolling hills.
Knotts is on Beach Blvd, a very touristy area. Medievel Times, Buffalo Bills dinner show, ripleys museum, wax museum, and many many hotels. Knotts is divided from its parking lot by beach blvd, and you have to go under the street to get to the park, depending where you park. Across the street is also soak city, picnic areas, and independence hall, EXACTLY like in philidelphia, newly remodled BTW (when CF bought them oddly). Back on the other side is knotts, knotts radison hotel, more parking, and knotts marketplace. Oh, behind one of the parking lots is the buena park mall. I visisted there once when the theme park got too hot and crowded, and there was NOTHING. I never thought I'd see 99 cent stores in a mall. Knotts should have bought out the mall, and made parking. Then they could have threatened to leave Buena park if they didn't tunnel beach blvd to expand the park.
Same goes for disneyland. You can't see peoples homes though.
SFMM is in the middle of nowhere, on the way up to sacramento. Freaking hot weather compared to knotts and dl.
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom is pretty much surrounded. Airport, buisnesses, hotels. It's going to be intresting to see how they handle it a few years down the road. Although it's not like they get something new every year.
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SFEG has the S. Platte River to the west of it along with the Childrens Museum, Ocean Journey, I-25 and Mile High Stadium. On the opposite side is the Pepsi Center along wtih Metro Denver. The park is basically on the edge of Metro Denver.
Lakeside has Lake Rhoda to the west of it and I-70 to the North. Other than that it is just neighborhoods. It is pretty much in the suburbs to the west of Metro Denver.
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"l. Holiday World is literally out in the cornfields. It's just on the edge of a very small town.
2. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is at the far end of a historic district, pretty well hemmed in by restrictions on noise, sight lines, etc. But it is in what appears to be a dense forest. That, too, is created by careful planning, but it's a convincing illusion.
3. Conneaut Lake is on a lake shore in a small town.
4. Waldameer is on a bluff looking down on Lake Erie beaches. There's a stairway leading down to the sand, and the park entrance turns off the road leading down to Presque Isle, an 11 mile stretch of beaches.
5. Carowinds is out along the interstate, with its own exit, its own huge parking lot, and its own cluster of hotels. It has room for expansion, but the surroundings are kind of sterile.
6. Idlewild is a scenic drive through a deep canyon, opening out into dense forest, with a golf course across the road. It probably has the most aesthetically pleasing location but has limited room to expand."
A deep canyon, I wonder if your thinking of the same Idewild park in ligonier,pa that I'm thinking off, for me Idewild is just a 10 min drive off the donegal exit and all I see from Idewild is just forest and that river and stream and that lake behind the waterpark that surrounds that area, to me it seems they have plenty of room for expansion
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Gurnee, IL where SFGAM is very urban. It has a lot of hotel, restaurants, and the big Gurnee Mills Mall across the interstate. Its a very crowded town for the size in population. SFGAM has houses off to the East side and the other side is the interstate. Off to the back (South) is the second entrance from a smaller road.
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1.Dollywood is in a Valley between two Mountains, and is on a small backroad outside of the city of Pigeon Forge.
2.Silver Dollar City is on the side of a mountain, with a lake down the mountainside just a little way.
3.Six Flags Over Georgia is nestled next to a river, beside the interstate.
4. Opryland WAS on large River Pennisula, that it shared with a golf course and a couple of Hotels.
I really enjoy the middle of nowhere feel of parks like Knoebel's and Holiday World, although I certainly don't mind the industrial feel of the Kennywood area (especially when coming up 837 from the south).
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Worlds of Fun is in a pretty bland area of northern Kansas City. On the north side of the park is a pretty plain residential neighborhood, and (someone HAS to have a story about this)--a tiny graveyard that looks like it is ON the WoF property. The park is bordered by I-435 to the west, and across the interstate are several hotels. The last time I traveled east on the road south of the park (next to Mamba and past the Oceans of Fun entrance,) there was nothing but industrial facilities and a dead-end at a farmhouse, complete with barn. South of the park is a Ford Motor Company complex, another hotel, a gas station, and not much else. You have to travel a ways to reach your typical fast-food joints, shopping, and of course the casinoes on the river. Travelling north of WoF on I-435 basically leads to vast expanses of nothingness until you near KCI Airport.
Wichita's Joyland is pretty much blocked in, in a rather not-so-wealthy-looking residential neighborhood on South Hillside. Directly across the street is a nursing home, elementary school, and houses. North of the park are houses, churches, etc. A river borders Joyland's south side, with some small businesses further south on Hillside, which terminates not very far south of the park. On the far west side of the park is I-135. Really, the closest major retail areas are several blocks north of the park, once you reach Pawnee. If you're travelling south on Hillside, Joyland kind of just pops up out of nowhere, as the roller coaster and ferris wheel are not visible over the trees of the surrounding neighborhood.
Just a couple descriptions to add to your list of parks' surroundings.
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