One of the most amazing looking parks was Phantasia land in Germany. My brother lived in Germany for 8 years, and told me many stories about The park. but, I never really believed it could be that great until I saw actual pictures of the place....Wow! What great Scenery! I have been to a lot of parks in the U.S. And I have never seen anything like it here.
For example. I don't think any U.S. park would have spent the money on the amazing scenery that surrounds the Black Mamba coaster at Phantasialand. There is so much going on there, you can't see where the coaster ends. And, the rest of the park is just as heavily themed.
Why doesn't the U.S. have parks like this? Disney and universal are the only ones that come close. *** Edited 8/27/2006 3:10:17 AM UTC by Timber-Rider***
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I just think that American parks can, and should make their parks more appealing. Most are just open fields with some rides....Michigan's Adventure being one of them, even though it is getting better.
I think the biggest difference, and why everyone says that our parks aren't as well themed, is the fact that we have so many more than they do. It's to the point here in the U.S. that we have pretty much 2 amusement parks in every state. Also, they don't have the chain parks like we have here with Six Flags, Cedar Fair, and Busch (with the excpetion of Disney). Our chain parks can't afford to theme every single one of their parks because it would be way too expensive in the first place, and the upkeep would be very pricey.
From what I've been told(Since I haven't been to Phantasialand yet, Next Month!), One of the main reasons for all of their themeing, especially for Black Mamba, is noise reduction. Apparently, there are residential areas well within a few blocks of the park.
As far as Europe not having a Cedar Point type park, well that's just flat out wrong. Europa park is absolutely on par, if not better then Cedar Point(By my opinion). I was at Europa during ACE's ECO trip, and was completley amazed by the way the handled themselves, on a very crowded day, when we were there.
I look at Europa, as a themed Cedar Point.
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