first-timer's visit to PGA -- 6/11/06

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Monday, June 19, 2006 5:57 PM
Well, we pulled it off! Thanks to those for their help with their California infomation. I already posted my SFMM TR, which was long. The rest will be the usual style--random points/observations. I'll do PGA first.

--The park is very nice-looking and fairly well taken care of and landscaped. I was impressed.

--The crowds were small, at least for a Sunday in June.

--None of the coasters are exceptional, though I think I like Top Gun the best.

--Demon seems to have more theming than the one at SFGAm.

--Grizzly is lame and does little of interest. It and the area under it look nice, though.

--The Crazy Mouse isn't as intense as a normal wild mouse. The cars are huge. Leave it to Arrow to bank turns on a wild mouse. It wasn't run the most efficiently.

--It was nice to ride a skyride in a park again.

--The waterpark and area near it look nice. You can still see some footings from Stealth.

--Survivor: The Ride is fun and well done in terms of theming for that type of ride.

--The entrance plaza (inside the gate) looks nicer than SFGAm's; on the other hand, SFGAm's looks better outside the gate.

--All coasters that could were running 2 trains, as far as I know.

--This park seems to be in a strange location, what with all the office buildings nearby. You can't spot it from the freeway nearly as easily as SFGAm.

--Top Gun has some cool theming.

--I'm just really impressed at how nice the park looks; I know I've said that already, but it just looks so well maintained, especially compared to SFMW and SFMM.

--Why did they close off their giant screen theater? SFGAm still uses theirs, as far as I know.

--PGA seems to be a nice medium-sized park that is pretty well-maintained and offers a family a good day of fun. It is definitely lacking in the coaster department, and what they have there we knocked out before 2:30PM (excluding Taxi Jam). No giant complaints about the park from me. They were doing a decent job at what they do.

As a side note, I did notice in CA that they have restaurants called "Carl's Jr.". It looks like a Hardees to me. Can somebody confirm this for me and also tell me why the different naming?

Monday, June 19, 2006 9:27 PM
Hardee's and Carl's Jr are the same! According to Wikipedia, Carl's Jr's parent company acquired Hardee's in '97.

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