Okay, so I was looking @ my 2004 Kentucky Kingdom map(EmGee, don't be this guy;)), and I started recalling my trip in early August to SFKK for the first time. Yes, it needs some paint and sprucing. Yes, it would be nice if all the rides were up and running. But I personally enjoyed the coaster lineup, and I liked T2 and Chang!
But it got me to thinking: Is Kentucky Kingdom a "Theme Park" or just an amusment park? Sure, it has some(term used loosly) themeing, most notably the mouse, and Penguin's Blizzard River. And there were small bursts of themeing here and there (quake's little bit, and the hot rod behind Greezed Lightnin), but Kentucky Kingdom dosen't even have themed areas of the park. I mean, yes, most of the kiddie rides are ploped down together, and the water park is plopped in the middle of everything, but where can you look in the park and say it is a "Theme Park"?
I've only been to 2 other SF Parks, SFGAm, which definitly has good themeing in areas (Ahem, SW Territory), and nicely themed rides.
SFA has Gotham City and the western themed area, and a (from what I saw without going in) fairly decenltly themed water park. And they have that themed water ride. So I can see those 2 as "Theme Parks", because not only do they have ride themeing, they also have themed areas that focus on one predominant theme.
Obviously the Paramount Parks are "Theme Parks", with every section being at the very least loosly themed.
Disney? Definitive "Theme Park"
Then there are places like the most of CF's parks. Geauga, I think, was a "Theme Park". Whilst I dont' remember the names of each specific area, the kids section was very well done theme wise, IMHO. The Gotham, err, I mean Power City section had been well themed under SFI, though now it seems much more stripped.
Plus there was the area by Villian. Sure, they've stripped some themeing out, but I still consider it a "Theme Park". Same with Worlds of Adventure.
But I consider CP an Amusment park with some themeing. I consider the Myrtle beach Pavilion to be a small park with some themeing(much less than CP, but they're still the same thing).
So is Kentucky Kingdom even really a theme park? I'm not trying to open an argument really, But thought it might be neat to see what others think.
And while we're on the subject, do you think CF will keep what GL still has for themeing? I realize they took what they had to out for it being SFI licenses and all, but do you think they'll upkeep the themeing they have now(and maybe fill in what SFI took out with their own?)
Talk amongst yaselves and discuss. Then amuse me with your replies.
IMO if the area changes or the guests thoughts about the scenery change (pretty dramatically) from one section to another it's a theme park. Once a park adds a themed midway/section/ride, it turns into a theme park. SFWoA was difinetly a theme park. Geagua Lake, still is a theme park.
A tradional amusement park to me has just rides, and entertainment. Some parks I would call amusement parks are more like boardwalk parks, and some smaller parks...there are very few big parks today, that I think I should call an amusement park. I do however have a personal scale of when talking to people about how much parks have certain themes, or different levels of a theme park. I also think when talking to most, if you mention theme park, they'll mention pretty much any parks we talk about wether or not it's a theme park or amusement park. It doesn't bother me eitherway.
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Theme Park- a.) A park where the overall theme, story, and mission, is represented in all it's ride. i.e. Universal Studios. b.) A park where the lands it has follow the overall theme of the park and it's mission, while each ride in it's lands pushes a story forward.
The key word is story. That's the difference.
Now why is it that you park in a driveway and drive on a parkway? Hmmmm............:-D
Back to the topic at hand. I think I like the Mole's explanation best, although I think there is a lot of grey area when it comes to the difference between the two.
Edited for punctuaction error. *** Edited 9/13/2004 5:47:05 PM UTC by Dragster Freak***
Theme Park - IoAs and Disneys of the world. Few rides, expansive theme, immerse you in a different world so much so that you could spend hours just looking at the buildings, never ride anything and still be mildly satisfied. Examples being the Busch parks and the two mentioned above.
Amusement Park - Collections of rides and coasters with no central theme, but perhaps a few rides close together with similar themes to create "lands", examples being the Paramount Parks.
Thrill Park - High intensity parks focusing on the "ball-busting" rides, with a smattering of theme thrown in there more for marketing strategy than any real desire of the park. Examples being SFMM and CP. SFGAdv would be on the border between this and amusement.
Traditional Park - The oldies. Kooky theme, "Feel like a kid again" being the biggest theme of the place, lost in time and staying that way. See Kennywood, Knoebels, etc.
More confused now? ;)
All the roads in SoCal are 'parkways' sometime during the week.
People who need to label things are anal. ;)
Its a loaded question that brings about too many other loaded questions.
It basically boils down to this: A park is whatever the park decides to call itself. Its like how some car manufacturers like to call their cars SUVs, SAVs and Cross-Overs when in fact they are just 4 wheel drive station wagons.
Same way, I at least, rarely hear anyone in Ohio/Western PA refer to anything around here as a theme park. It's either the "amusement park" or just "the park". I think public perception more than owner desire is what "brands" a park as one category or another.
I'm sure that people in Florida know that you're talking about Disney and Universal when you mention amusement park and not theme park.
What if the CONCEPT of a particular themed section is that of an "amusement park", like Paradise Pier or Carolina Boardwalk...do you then have an *amusement-themed area*? :)
Is Celebration City an amusement park or a theme park with the theme of an amusement park?
Kennywood is an amusement park but the "volcano" section with the Top Spin and Enterprise is themed. Is that a theme park in an amusement park?
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