Calling America!

Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:09 AM
Dear American Friends. You help is needed. Myself and my friend are in the planning stages of a major trip to the USA at the end of MAY (to also incorporate Coastermania2003).
Could anyone over there in the US advise me what small parks we should hit in Pennsylvannia and New Jersey?

I have checked on the web and there seems to be loads of small parks dotted all over the place - we dont know which ones to hit?

We are big woody fans and want to find the best selection in the small parks in both of these states.

You could also tell us if the Great White at Moreys Piers is worth a ride?

Any useful tips and advice would be really appreciated.

Thanks folks!

Lookin forward to 2003 and our double annual trip over the pond!

Ukcoasterlad

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:18 AM
In PA you must hit Lakemont, Knoebel's, Conneaut, Hershey, and Kennywood. All the homes of excellent or historic woodies.

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Da Poodle

Coming in 2003-The Spawn Of Magnum!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:23 AM
Thanx Magnum

Noted them

:-)


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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:27 AM
Well, what airport are you flying into, and what airport are you flying out of....that will make a big difference in what parks.

Also, how many days do you have?

If you like wooden coasters then you MUST visit Holiday World in Indiana. No question. Knoebels in Pennsylvania too. (Great White is fun, but bottom of the list of wooden coasters you must ride)

Hope I can help!

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*** This post was edited by Peabody 2/12/2003 1:29:00 PM ***

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:29 AM
UK Lad - there is a current discussion in this thread about the New Jersey and Maryland shore. Look for the post from Agent Johnson...it is very helpful.

If you're going to Coastermania in May have you thought about trying to hit Holiday World's Start Raven Mad event on May 31/June 1?

Moosh

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:30 AM
Hey Peabody

Think we are flying into Toronto to get PCW outta the way then drivin down thru NY State - have heard there are some pretty good parks there too. Probably have about 18 days in the US

Fly back outta Toronto again to go home

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:32 AM
Moosh

Did SRM last year mate - and was utterley awsome! Need to get loads of coasters under our belt this year tho so dont think we will get the time to do both. Gotta do CM tho as need to ride Dragster and wicked twister still (it was closed last yr!)

Thanks for ur advice tho mate - really appreciate it

:o-)


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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:34 AM
OK....you have a lot to work with then! Look into going to Stark Raven Mad at Holiday World.

Think about Holiday World and Indiana Beach in IN. CP, Kings Island, Six Flags WOA in OH. Kennywood, Knoebels, Hershey, in PA.

There are many, many others, but those would be my "must hit" parks along the way, and a good starting point.

edit: I didn't know you had been here before. What parks have you done and what years? That should help too!

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*** This post was edited by Peabody 2/12/2003 1:35:07 PM ***

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:38 AM
Peabody - have already hit all of the parks you have mentioned last yr and the yr before. Really lookin for those small inobscure parks that hide some little gems!

Do you know of any?

We wont be hitting SRM this yr - too many others to squeeze in mate. Knoebels is a must as the Phoenix is my favourite woody and for $1.50 a ride its stupid not to go.

We have to go back to IB to ride Locosumu - it wasnt built last yr when we got there and also want to visit that small little park just outta Cincinatti - think it used to be called Americana? Has a woody there - u ever rode it?

:-o)


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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:41 AM

Dear American Friends. You help is needed. Myself and my friend are in the planning stages of a major trip to the USA at the end of MAY (to also incorporate Coastermania2003).
Could anyone over there in the US advise me what small parks we should hit in Pennsylvannia and New Jersey?

Well, if you're doing Cedar Point, you might as well stop at Six Flags World Of Adventure, since if you're coming from NJ, it'll be on the way. Other parks:

Highly Recommened:

Knoebels - I'm not huge on Twister (which is okay) but Phoenix is very good.

Coney Island - Its back in a big way. And its THE CYCLONE.

Six Flags Great Adventure - Rolling Thunder might actually be getting retracked this year. Plus there's tons and tons of other worthwhile attractions (S:UF, Nitro, Medusa, Batman, Chiller).

Hershey - 3 good wood coasters and some decent steel too. Very well kept park.

Kennywood - 3 good wood coasters, one excellent steel coaster. A must visit.

Dorney Park - Steel Force makes this place a must see. Hercules is utter tripe, but Thunderhawk is good in the front 3 seats. Laser and Talon are decent as well.

Recommened:

Lakemont - Has a bit of a "permanent carnival" feel to it, but has Skyliner and the world's oldest coaster, Leap The Dips.

Jersey Shore - Morey's doesn't know how to maintain Great White; the tracking is a mess. But at a relaxed pace, their shoreline piers, along with those at Ocean City, would make a very worthwhile day. Seaside Heights is home to Star Jet, which is very good.

Conneaut - If it opens, which is in question. If it does, Blue Streak's opening sequence looks mighty inviting.

Okay, but not necessary:

Williams Grove - Yet to go, but it looks so bad it could be worth a side trip during a stop at Hershey. Closed on Mondays, I believe. "Unique" seems to be the word surrounding the place.

Dutch Wonderland - Sky Princess is inoffensive. I hate the surrounding area because it seems like they're just exploiting the local Amish. But hey, go if you want.

Blands - No wood coaster, but its on the way to Lakemont, so if you do that, you might as well stop there. Good Zyklon.

Waldameer - Not far from Conneaut. Haven't visited here yet, but it looks like a decent place to spend an hour. Junior wood coaster present.

Idlewild - Another small family park operated by Kennywood. Large storybook section, as well as a long ride based on American children's show Mister Rogers Neighboorhood. Junior wood coaster present.

Wyandot - Has a junior wood coaster and some mild flat rides. Free with SF seasons pass.

Rye - The kiddie wood, which is the last of a kind, is off limits to adults. The larger Dragon Coaster is "meh". Very nicely landscaped, cool art deco architecture.

Bushkill - No coasters, old Pretzel dark ride. Whip also present.

Hope that helps.

-Alan

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:41 AM
Americana's woody is great. Screechin Eagle.

The Park is now called Lesourdsville Lake and we really don't know if they will be open next year or not.

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Da Poodle

Coming in 2003-The Spawn Of Magnum!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:43 AM
OK, so you are already a seasoned rider of US coasters! I first thought you hadn't been here! :)

Americana (now called LeSourdsville Lake), Lakemont park, and Idlewild are all fun. I have been to all and had a great time. I suggest spend time poking around RCDB and studying all the little guys around your route. I'm sure no park is not worth stopping by if they have a coaster. Best of luck!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:45 AM
Thanx for ur advice Peabody - have a great season!


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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:46 AM
I hate it when you spend time writing a nice, big, detailed post only to find others beat ya to it [damn you, Alan!].

Anyway I'm happy to help, UK Lad ;)

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*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 2/12/2003 1:46:21 PM ***

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:48 AM
Thanx Deadandrestless

Thats just what I was lookin for - a good selection of out of the ordinary parks to visit. Sometimes get so sick and tired of the corporate parks

I am gonna check out the parks u have listed and see if we can fit them into some kind of schedule

Have a great season mate
:-)

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:49 AM
Thanx Mamoosh

Happy ridin!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:52 AM
UK Lad - let us know when you have your itinerary finalized. I'm sure some of us would love to meet ya!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 9:01 AM
PA is a long state, and I don't expect that you're going to make it that far west, especially not to Kennywood. At that point, you might as well keep going for Cedar Point, SFWoA and PKI!

I don't think Dorney gets enough credit (not surprising since enthusiasts are all about wood coasters). Talon is one of my favorite inverters and Steel Force one of my favorite hypers. It's also about an hour from SFGAdv.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 9:04 AM
Since you also mentioned you were coming down through New York State, might I suggest Martin's Fantasy Island, Marineland, and Six Flags Darien Lake.

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Mike Miller

Intamin Fan says we have to behave. Let's bring this discussion back to coasters. Do you people think I have all day to dick around?

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 9:23 AM
Comming into NJ? Do a I-70 tour across Pennsy. Included SFGADV, Hershey/Williams Grove (Same day do hershey early before crowds) Do Lakemont, Delgrossos and Knoebels same day you might want to do Knoebels first. Do Idlewild. Do Kennywood. Do SFWOA get there early. Conneaut.

If you love woodies, That includes many GCI's, John Millers, A CCI or two. The worlds oldest, The worlds Funnest, The worlds ricketyest. Several B&M's Intamins ect.

Chuck, who says 18 days is pretty much and some parks like Delgrossos/Lakemont, Hershey/Williams grove can be done in the same day with missing out on very little.

You may want to add Dorney Park too as it is on the way :)

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Charles Nungester.
Confirmed, Lesourdsville Lake opening for 2003 details soon at Lesourdsville.com

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