Cedar Point vs. Virginia Parks

Monday, June 14, 2004 10:28 PM
Hey, I'm planning to do a short coaster trip, which will only be around 3 days long. My question is what would you rather do?
- Go to Cedar Point to experience TTD, considering I've already been to Cedar Point, but never ridden TTD. or - Go to BGW and PKD for the first time, and ride a bunch of new coasters that I've never ridden. Thanks for any help! *** Edited 6/15/2004 2:34:12 AM UTC by OFFcoAst1***
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Monday, June 14, 2004 10:31 PM
I'm all for new experiences.
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Monday, June 14, 2004 10:33 PM
When I first saw the title of this topic, I was kinda worried for you. Usually vs topic starters are flamed to death around here... ;)

To answer your question though, I would personally go to the VA parks. Consider the fact that if you chose CP over the VA parks that you would be going simply because of one roller coaster that may or may not be running while you're there. Given that I'm also a credit whore, the extra 10-20 coasters wouldn't hurt either...

By the way, you've got a great website with a lot of potential. Think of all the coasters you could photograph! *** Edited 6/15/2004 2:34:59 AM UTC by MarimbaGuy87***

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Monday, June 14, 2004 10:37 PM
Thanks for the reply, I'm sorta new posting here, so don't flame me, hehe. I'm also leaning towards the VA coasters, just because of the fact that it's around 20 new coasters for me, but TTD looks so amazing... I don't know if it's something that I want to miss. Thank you for the compliment =) *** Edited 6/15/2004 2:38:43 AM UTC by OFFcoAst1***
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Monday, June 14, 2004 10:44 PM
When I said vs topics, I meant topics like "which is better? coaster A or coaster B?" Stuff like that. Sorry for the confusion, and you're welcome for the compliment. :)
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 12:23 AM
If all other Ohio Parks are out of the picture then do the Virginia Trip, but Geauga Lake and PKI are both very much above average and worth the trip.

In short - Ohio Trip > Virginia Trip, *BUT* Virginia Trip > CP.

That is 'my' opinion, but you should go to RCDB.COM and see what each park has to offer and decide for yourself.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 1:36 AM
Virginia, without a doubt. In fact, I'm in Richmond right now. Off too PKD tomorrow!

As far as that deep rooted need to sample TTD, I'd personally not make the trip just to try it - especially if you've been to the park before. Why?

(disclaimer: what follows is opinion, specifically mine - your mileage may vary, warranty not valid in many states)

I just completed the Rocket Coaster Trifeca at Hersheypark yesterday. I've now ridden all 3. It's real easy to sum up:

Ohio has the biggest, California has the first, but Pennsylvania has the best. :)

Quite honestly, TTD, while an outstanding experience, is my least favorite of the bunch. Certainly not a good enough reason to skip almost 20 new to you coasters.

And if you really want a rocket coaster fix, it's only a 3 or 4 hour drive to Hershey from PKD/BGW. :)

-Gonch
Yes, Storm Runner won me over...big time!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 7:47 AM
Go to Virginia. If you've already done everything at CP, TTD isn't going to make your trip for you. Plus, you get to ride XLC.

Hypersonic XLC is the "poor man's" Dragster. You'll understand when you see it. It's kind of a carnival ride and looks very portable. It rides like a portable too.

Still a fun ride. Just don't plan your trip around it.

But, yeah. Go to BGT and PKD. Both are awesome parks.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 8:22 AM
I'll put in another vote for VA for ya. If you're a launch coaster fan, PKD is a great park. Even if you're not a launch fan, PKD is a great park, and if you've already been to CP minus TTD, head on over to PKD and get the new experience.

I'll put a different spin on things though and say VA will be more expensive, but you'll get a bigger variety of new rides, and visit a great park in PKD, and CP will be less expensive, but be "old hat" (if CP could ever be considered that!)

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 8:31 AM
Go to the VA parks in Oct and experience there Fright stuff. Busch is amazing that time of year and PKD was so so! CP is an awesome park but get out there and enjoy the new parks and rides!
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 9:07 AM
I'll also comment that planning a trip around a single coaster can lead to disappointment -- what if it happens to be down? Sure, you'll still be at Cedar Point with its amazing collection, and have plenty to do. However, as you've said yourself you've been there and would enjoy the fully new experience of Virginia.

Given those constraints, I'd say Virginia.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 9:09 AM
VA! You can't miss Busch williamsburg. Its is possibly one of my favorite parks. PKD is also awsome, Volcano is a must (although is now wheres as good as Alpie!) and Hypersonic XLC is crazy!
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 9:22 AM
I'll throw in another comment - ride Hypersonic before you ride TTD, otherwise Hypersonic doesn't seem like much more than a really quick carney-ride. I made the mistake of doing it the other way around. (another vote for VA)
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 12:54 PM
I'll side with the others & advise you to take the VA trip over CP.

You'll have several new coasters,not to mention some launchers to add to your credit including HS:XLC,FOF & V:TBC not to mention some good wood with Grizzly & a varying range of flats as well....rides on DZ as well as night rides on the Grizz are simply something not to be missed.

As it is I'm anxiously awaiting my annual PKD trip in july & hope to get on more rides than last year's trip(due to record crowds) & while you're down there BGW is certainly worth your time as well....hell BBW & LNM are more than enough of a reson to include BGW in your travel plans for the region,not to mention that BGW has some of the best theming of any park I've ever been to.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 12:55 PM

Impulse-ive said:
... CP will be less expensive, but be "old hat" (if CP could ever be considered that!)

Trust me, it can get that way after a while.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 1:25 PM
True, I've also experienced that (once already this year) but from what I got in his original post, he hasn't been there 3 times in the first 6 weeks of the season ;)

--Brett, who's quite content to have not visited a park in the last two weeks and probably won't for another two until the pull of Storm Runner becomes too much

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 5:19 PM
Thanks for the input, everyone. I agree with the bunch of you. I'm about 95% sure that I will go to Virginia to experience the wonder of BGW and the great launched coasters at PKD. You're right about riding XLC before TTD, that way TTD will seem even more amazing compared to XLC. Hopefully, next year I will be able to do a trip which will encompass both CP and PKI, I won't have enough time to do it this year. So, Virginia sounds like a great idea. Luckily, my friend is lending me his camera, which has amazing quality compared to my 2.1 megapixel camera. So, expect HQ pics up on my site when I come back from Virginia! Thanks for the help.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 5:26 PM
I have yet to go to CP(but going this summer) or BGW(hopiong to go in the early fall), but I would opt for going to a park you haven't been to before and tell you to go to VA. I went to PKD when Hypersonic was down 2 years ago, and I knew it would be down, but I hadn't been to the park in over 10 years, and had only ridden 2 coasters there. I had an amazing time(went on a dead monday), and rode till I could ride no more. The rides are great, and the park(despite what alot of people say) is very nice and has alot to offer.

Plus you'd be getting to go to 2 new parks. Again, never plan a trip around one coaster, as it may be down. You could go to CP and never get on TTD, and though I'm sure you would have fun, you would have that hanging over your trip the whole time if that is the reason you go.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 11:56 PM
I hope XLC at PKd doesn't let you down like it did me!
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Wednesday, June 16, 2004 8:59 AM
I would say VA........not only for new coasters but the excellent theming of Busch and whats left of the once-excellent theming of KD. The sites of that area of the country are also very nice.....
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