This is not a competition thread, its an "attention getter" title, so chill people, I love both parks just as well. SFMM shouldn't of been on the list, but then again, not the brightest folk on AOL! :)
I'm willing to bet that the people that came up with that list tossed in one or two "oddball" picks in an attempt to make it legit. They could have made it legit by picking another Six Flags park- ANY other Six Flags park!
Coasterbuzz- You obviously haven't been to the Strat. The casino is themed, you're under the 'Eiffel Tower' going up to the elevators, and there is a coaster, big shot, and 2 flats at the top. Granted, the themed casino is for adults only, but I'd consider it one. Buffalo Bill's as well, which has a themed coaster (somewhat) and log flume.:)
If you click on the link that says "Top 10 Theme Park Thrills" you'll see why the parks that are listed are there. You may not agree, though, that some of the categories are necessarily "thrilling." For example, Fair Park is listed because it has the largest Ferris Wheel.
And Disneyland, the #1 theme park isn't mentioned under the top 10 thrills at all (not surprising). But then of course, they're turning 50, so that explains all of that.
It's still City Guide, the same people who put out that "other" list. I don't agree with their judgment on many topics, so I just take it all with a grain of salt. If you feel like it, search through the guide for your favorite parks and give them a high rating-- what the heck, people here can skew the scores as well as anybody else can-- maybe next year, that list will actually change.
That list isn't really that bad at all. Heck, the first two even matches my personal top 2.
Obviously, Fair Park probably needs to get off the list!
Lake Compounce is small, but I've heard tons of praise for Boulder Dash. Its nice to see a small park on there, honestly.
SFMM undoubetedly has its issues, but I think that with 16 coasters, its only fair to give it a mention. I can't deny that their coaster selection isn't impressive, despite shortcomings in almost every other category.
In any case, the list has some slight quirks, but pretty much anything on that list can be justified within reason.
Lake Compounce is a great traditional park (despite their advertising as the nation's first theme park- a claim I REALLY have an issue with) and Boulder Dash certainly gives them a lot of credibility but I find it hard to accept them being on the list and Kennywood not.
Rob Ascough said: I wouldn't call either of those "theme parks", but I wouldn't call Cedar Point a theme park either. They are amusement parks though!
That's like an engineer trying to expect people to know the difference between cement and concrete. We know there's quite a difference but we just kind of ignore confusion of the words. Amusement and theme parks are interchangeable to anyone outside of the enthusiast crowd and so it's best just to ignore that detail.
Ok, I've never been to the stratosphere, but a casino with a few rides is IMO neither a theme or amusement park. Which raises the question, what criteria needs to be met before being considered either one?