California Trip... Part 2- Which Park?!?!

Thursday, April 9, 2009 10:39 PM

I'd be torn between spending a day at the Disney parks and a day at Knott's. But I'd have to say if you've never been do Disneyland, that's the place to be.

For me, I've been to Disneyland twice for three days a visit and the experience isn't that different from the easier to get to (from Northern Ohio) and much more frequently visited WDW that it's that much of a draw for me.


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Thursday, April 9, 2009 11:07 PM
LostKause's avatar

Tokyo? If I could afford to travel to Tokyo, an extra $60 for Q-bot would mean nothing to me.

Let's not start that again. We all know that I am included in the 4% of CoasterBuzzers who dislikes the system. I have to maintain the 4% by speaking up every once in a while, but let's face it, it really does ruin a thread when it goes exclusively to that topic.

On topic, if I had the opportunity to go to CA, I would definitely consider Disney as first priority, but that's my personal preference. I am an amusement park enthusiast first, and a coaster enthusiast second.


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Thursday, April 9, 2009 11:49 PM

Jennifer describes herself as a coaster junkie. Why should Disneyland be her top priority over Knott's or Magic Mountain? I don't understand. Every park has it's own advantages, but coasters are not Disneyland's strong suit.


My mother (1946-2009) once asked me why I go to Magic Mountain so much. I said I feel the most alive when I'm on a roller coaster.
2010 total visits: SFMM-9, KBF-2
2010 total ride laps: 437

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Friday, April 10, 2009 12:04 AM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Well... with all due respect... there have been 73 replies among two threads all addressing the same topic: "what should this person you don't know do with her free time and what do you all think she might enjoy most."

I really hope we aren't now going to start debating who might be closer in their speculations. ;)


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Friday, April 10, 2009 12:14 AM

Sorry if my tone came off the wrong way. I meant that as a serious question. Disneyland is a good park, and would be a good choice to spend one of her free days at. It just doesn't seem like it would be a priority for a coaster enthusiast. In my opinion Disneyland would be worth a day, but only if KBF and SFMM can also be visited.


My mother (1946-2009) once asked me why I go to Magic Mountain so much. I said I feel the most alive when I'm on a roller coaster.
2010 total visits: SFMM-9, KBF-2
2010 total ride laps: 437

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Friday, April 10, 2009 12:27 AM
Carrie M.'s avatar

No, no, your tone was fine. LK was just describing his ownpreference. And that speaks to the larger point I was trying to make. Everyone has their own opinions and preferences.

I am fascinated by the amount of interest generated for advising acomplete stranger about what he/she might like best. How could anyonepossibly know?

At best, the majority of posts become a collection of individualopinions about what each poster likes best. It's just a giant opinionpoll... or two. :)


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Friday, April 10, 2009 12:43 AM

Part of the fascination for me is that I almost never have "contact" with anyone who is going to my local parks for the first time. I have enjoyed the chance to give some opinions and info to someone who has asked for advice. My friends and family have all been to these places before, and also have already heard everything I have to say about all of them.

Overall I agree with what LoadedG said. KBF, Thurs. DL and DCA, Fri. SFMM, Sun. They are all good parks and all 3 are worth visiting, especially if you may never get another chance.


My mother (1946-2009) once asked me why I go to Magic Mountain so much. I said I feel the most alive when I'm on a roller coaster.
2010 total visits: SFMM-9, KBF-2
2010 total ride laps: 437

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Friday, April 10, 2009 12:56 AM
Carrie M.'s avatar

I'm with you and that makes sense.

With them all being parks that offer so much, I can't imagine advocating for any one of them over the others. Particularly if we are talking about a once in a lifetime opportunity, as was suggested this would be.


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Friday, April 10, 2009 1:52 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

LostKause said:
Let's not start that again. We all know that I am included in the 4% of CoasterBuzzers who dislikes the system. I have to maintain the 4% by speaking up every once in a while, but let's face it, it really does ruin a thread when it goes exclusively to that topic.

Which is exactly why I wonder why you take it there everytime. Up until you jumped in it was simply stating information that might be useful for the person asking questions. Maybe you should follow your own advice and quit going there?

With that said, for the sake of balance, I must speak for the other '96%' and say it's totally worth it in my experience.

Note to self: Definitely take $140 for admission and parking next time you go to SFMM and have fun.


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Friday, April 10, 2009 9:13 AM
LostKause's avatar

Sometimes, I'd just like to chime in a few sentences about flashpass and then duck out, letting the people who might be able to see how much of a scam it is to everyone visiting the park that their is still someone else in this world who hasn't been enticed (or blackmailed) to believe how wonderful it is. It helps to maintian the "4%" (which was a made-up number that I thought would be funny). It's such a hot topic, that any time I write a few words about it when it comes up, it gets blown way out of proportion. I'm just stating my opinion on how not wonderful it is when I hear someone else say how wonderful it is.

It's probably the most controversial topic we have ever discussed, or will ever discuss, on CoasterBuzz. ...Well to me, anyway.

And on topic...Yes, my point was that it really depends if you are a COASTER enthusiast or an AMUSEMENT PARK enthusiast as to which park you would want to visit.


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Friday, April 10, 2009 4:28 PM
Raven-Phile's avatar

The Matterhorn at Disneyland, IMO, is better than any coaster at SFMM. It's probably my favorite coaster in Cali, to be honest. (Followed closely by Xcelerator at Knott's)

Not to mention, for a "coaster" enthusiast - wouldn't riding a part of coaster history, in the form of the very first tubular steel tracked roller coaster, be something to look forward to?

I'm just sayin'.


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Friday, April 10, 2009 5:28 PM

I have decided I'll be going to Disney next Friday, so all can relax, lol.

I do appreciate all the input!

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Friday, April 10, 2009 6:41 PM
Raven-Phile's avatar

Hey, I'm relaxed as I can be. SFMM fanatic just likes to have fits whenever someone doesn't show his park any love. :)


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Saturday, April 11, 2009 1:16 AM

When did I have fits? I even recommended Disneyland. You call yourself a Disney fanboy. To call me a fanatic seems like hypocrisy. The fact that I have not had endless bad experiences at MM like other people say they have, does not mean my opinions are not valid. Actually, Disneyland is the only park I have ever been to where employees have been rude to me. I know that is a rarity and anecdotal, and doesn't prove anything, but that is my personal experience.


My mother (1946-2009) once asked me why I go to Magic Mountain so much. I said I feel the most alive when I'm on a roller coaster.
2010 total visits: SFMM-9, KBF-2
2010 total ride laps: 437

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Saturday, April 11, 2009 7:57 AM

I'm a pancake fanatic but I don't run around recommending them all the time. That doesn't mean I love them any less.


- Johnathan
@robotfactory

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Saturday, April 11, 2009 8:46 AM
matt.'s avatar

Bacon, on the other hand...

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Saturday, April 11, 2009 10:55 AM
Mamoosh's avatar

The fact that I have not had endless bad experiences at MM like other people say they have, does not mean my opinions are not valid.

What that means is either you've set your standards for customer service so low that you overlook all the bad stuff or you're still spending mommy and daddy's money and really don't give a crap about getting any value for it.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009 12:23 PM

Not to side with SFMMAddict but when was the last time you visited SFMM Moosh?

From what I have been hearing by quite a few people, the park has changed for the better as far as customer service goes.


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Saturday, April 11, 2009 12:50 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

When you've reach bottom there's no way to go but up ;)

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Saturday, April 11, 2009 12:56 PM

Was it Nietzsche or Kierkegaard who said that? ;)


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