My home park is Cedar Point and I'll be moving to the Los Angeles, CA area soon. I know I'll have Six Flags Magic Mountain to rely on for my fix, but to others out there who've been in this situation, am I just being a whiny brat or is am I just spoiled to a point where Cedar Point has set my standards so high, it will take some getting used to?
I know Jeff moved from the Cleveland area, so I would love to hear his perspective on this, but how hard is it actually?
It's quite funny because I'm probably more anxious over leaving Cedar Point than my family & friends... lol
Um, you'll be within short distance to Knotts, SFMM, Disneyland, universal studios, a Legoland, a Sea World, and, like, at least a dozen or so small parks. And Vegas.
I live next door to Walt Disney World, 25 minutes from Universal and Fun Spot, 25 minutes to SeaWorld, an hour to Busch Tampa. I think I'll be OK.
Cedar Point is a special place for me, I suppose, but only because of the people. I have people here too.
Depends how you look at it. I went from SFGAm and Kiddieland to having parks from the Orlando and Tampa area. I love both but I would take my homepark back.
Once you start visiting parks in LA you'll quickly forget how much you loved Cedar Point. I spent years going to Cedar Point as a guests, then spent 11 years working for the company before moving from Sandusky to Orlando. Going back once or twice a year now has given me a better appreciation for Cedar Point. The same will happen to you too.
You just traded up from my favorite amusment park to my favorite theme park, that will be opening Star Wars land soon, you will be fine. Besides that, California Adventure is a great 2nd gate (only Epcot is a better one.)
Besides the Disney Parks, you have Knotts which is a very fun and unique theme park that also happens to host a fantastic Halloween event (as good as Universal Orlando.) Speaking of Universal, you have Potterland and their Halloween event. Don't be suprised if when comparing all of these parks to SFMM don't be suprised if you don't spend time there. Imagine Cedar Point but without any other rides and shows but the coasters (but the coasters are great.)
Outside of amusement parks, be sure to visit the National Parks in the area (Sequoia, Yosemite, Death Valley) drive Route 1 and visit San Diego and San Francisco.
I'm also an Ohio to Orlando transplant, and I do just fine. If anything, it makes the one trip a year to Cedar Point when I go back that much more enjoyable. Sure, there are times I miss the easy access to the place but life keeps me just as busy here as it did there.
Man, what Touchdown just said now has me jealous that you are moving to LA. I just got back from a trip out there and thankfully this one finally swayed my fiancé into wanting to move to Burbank. With any luck we too will be making the move out west in the near future!
I can't relate to that at all. I've only been to LA once, and I couldn't wait to leave. I just didn't get it.
A lot of people don't like LA because all they see is traffic and highways but once you start seeing the outlying cities, you start seeing the other side of LA that is rarely shown on television. This was I think our 6th trip before my fiancé finally saw what I was talking about, which was Burbank in this case. It's a nice quiet city where you can still take a walk a night and feel safe and not have to deal with traffic in the day. The complete opposite of the stereotypical LA on the other side of the Hollywood hills.
"Oh no, I have to move from crappy Ohio weather to beautiful Southern California! Oh, boo hoo hoo!"
Malibu was nice. I hung out at Jackie Treehorn's place.
We felt the same about LA. Didn't understand the attraction. Really liked San Diego and San Fran though. Yosemite was good too but prefer Yellowstone.
Maybe not the right thing to say around here but there is a whole lot more to life than amusement parks. Travel is easy and if planned correctly relatively cheap. Easy to make regular trips to whatever park(s) suit your fancy.
I think its the perfect place to say it. I have stopped making trips specifically for parks now and more for everything else a city or state has to offer and if a park happens to be in or near a city I am visiting, then I will make time for it. Even then I don't always go to a park if I have other plans for sightseeing or hiking. This past trip to LA was the first time I ever stopped at Disneyland after having visited LA 6 times in the past 3 years. There is a lot of beauty out there to see in the world and amusement parks are only a small, small fraction of that. Cruising has actually taken the place of amusement parks for me :)Last edited by 99er, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:26 AM
For what it's worth, in recent SQLI state quality of life rankings, California was in the 31-40 category while Ohio had a better quality of life ranking, placing in the 21-30 category. Personally, you can keep California with its high cost of living, mudslides, wildfires and earthquakes.
Isn't quality of life really subjective though? I know a lot of people hate Ohio weather and list southern/western states weather as a big plus. But I really like Ohio's change of seasons and winter is maybe my favorite season here. I know a lot of people who essentially hibernate in the winter though. What is a positive for you may well be a negative to someone else. Nothing wrong with that.
Other than the Orlando parks, we have never traveled to go to parks. We have over the past 10 years or so stopped at parks that were nearby our destination or along the way. Some its an all day visit. Other times just a few hours. Identify some places I would like to see again and others are more of the been there, done that.Last edited by GoBucks89, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:07 PM
Yeah, Ohio has winter, high income taxes, winter, non-functional state government, winter and rural culture that's as racist as the old south. Oh, and did I mention winter?
Maybe not the right thing to say around here but there is a whole lot more to life than amusement parks.
No, the right place to say it is on one of the Disney freak sites.
But, Ohio has a great lake, terrific arts and cultural institutions, major league sports, nationally acclaimed culinary scene (at least in Cleveland), winery districts, excellent state parks, very low housing costs, low overall cost of living and a benign, temperate climate. The two or three months of winter we have is actually desirable for a fair amount of people, and in any case, the Ohio climate is mostly free from extreme storms and natural disasters give or take a tornado or two. Summers are beautiful. And my low mortgage payments pretty much makes up for the high income tax.Last edited by Pete, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 1:12 PM
My equally low mortgage and property tax and no income tax still wins. I don't think Ohio is all together bad, but now that I've moved around a bit, I can honestly say that I regret staying as long as I did.
True, Florida does have low housing and no income tax, but you have to like the constant heat and humidity, especially in the summer. The climate and huge bugs there are deal breakers for me. The cost of living in Florida is a definite plus though, especially when compared to the east or west coast.
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