CNN profiles Hershey, Silver Dollar City and Knott's

Posted Wednesday, July 2, 2003 5:02 AM | Contributed by supermandl34

CNN has published an article profiling Hersheypark, Silver Dollar City and Knott's Berry Farm, as part of an overview of the $9.9 billion amusement park business.

Read more from CNN. CNN also published a top 30 map according to attendance, based on Amusement Today's figures. See that here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 7:51 AM
Good article, I wish they had gone more in depth. But I couldn't help laughing at the quote at the end: "A (12-hour) visit costing $24 per person equals an entertainment cost of only $2 per hour". Yeah, if you don't, say, eat anything or buy any souvenirs.
Wednesday, July 2, 2003 9:06 AM
Knott's Berry Farm's ’50s-themed roller coaster, Xcelerator, takes riders upside down in Buena Park, California.

Umm, they are not very smart....


Wednesday, July 2, 2003 9:38 AM
It is nice to see that Cedar Point ranks higher on the list than Six Flags Magic Mountian. I am not sure though that Magic Kingdom should be the top park. Universal Studios should be the top park, followed by Cedar Point, then Six Flags Magic Mountian, and Six Flags Great Adventure and so on.

CP kicks SFMM ASS!

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 10:14 AM

Ranking of BGT (pretty high up there on attendance); ranking of BGW (fairly low, comparatively)
Wednesday, July 2, 2003 10:30 AM
That Xcellerator photo and caption are funny.

I like roller coasters.

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 10:40 AM
It tickled me that the writer's name is know she's a sista!! :)Anyhow optho, BGT always doubles BGW's attendance each year. Maybe it's the spill off from the Orlando crowd.

On another note, Great Adventure did not do that bad on attendance like many claimed. I thought they fell to # 20 or something. Its good to see that we are still up there...yehyo!!

Bid my blood to run, before I come undone...

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 11:35 AM
The park ranks are in terms of *attendance*. It's strictly numbers, and has nothing to do with which park is better than another (well, unless it manages to draw in more people because of it). In other words, Magic Kingdom is the top park on that list because it had the highest attendance last year, not because it's the "best park."


Wednesday, July 2, 2003 1:45 PM
I find it strange that SFMM is lower on the list than SFGAdv but they get coasters year after year unlike we at GAdv do...owel.

Coaster count:41
top3 wood:Boulder Dash, Wildcat, Thunderhawk
top3 steel: Steel Force, Nitro, S:ROS@ SFNE

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 1:47 PM
Did anyone else notice that their top 30 list only has 28 parks on it. They also said that Knott's is not in one of the nation's largest cities, but isn't it right outside L.A.?

Nonetheless it is interesting to see people who know very little about parks write articles for people who know very little about parks.

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 3:03 PM
Two ties are included so there are in fact 30 parks listed. Thought the same thing when I first saw the list.

Total attendance is all well and good but I'd be more interested in knowing the average attendance per operating day. Just for fun. Not that it means anything. Never mind.

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 4:21 PM
Excellent PR no matter who the article was written for.

Every coaster is a labor of love that begins as a gleam in someone's eye!

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 5:45 PM
If you throw out the year SFMM got three new rides due to upcoming competition with DCA, SFGAdv and SFMM are *equal* in how many coasters they have added since 1990. Both SFMM and SFGAdv get a coaster every other year on average.


Wednesday, July 2, 2003 10:49 PM
A few things I found interesting while looking at the map:

1. Can we start calling Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens: The Dark Continent, again? (look at BGW for an explanation);

2. Adventuredome attracts the same amount of visitors as BGT...and they are both open year round; just how many people per acre is that comparison?

3. Morey's Piers is higher than all of the Six Flags parks & Cedar Point, and well deservedly so!

4. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is on there but neither PGA or SFMW made it on the list. Just goes to show what a great place that is. Can you say "location, location, loacation" ?


Sea Monkeys have my money.

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 11:44 PM
Remember that SCBB, Morey's, KCS, and (I assume) the Adventuredome don't charge for admission. It's a lot easier to have high attendance when you don't charge for it.

-Nate*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 7/3/2003 3:44:46 AM ***


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