And I wish that weren't the case. The two rides are fantastic in their own right. Knoebels ride isn't as long or as high or as "oh my God" but it's still great. The trip down the mountain gives a fantastic view of the park, whereas LC's skyride is on the extreme edge of the park and doesn't give you much of a view of the layout until you get down low.
^ True about the woods and dirt path. But then, most other skyrides are suspended above macadam and concrete. And evening is the best time to ride, just as the lights on the rides and buildings come on and the sun is just setting below the opposite hill.
Yeah, it costs $3.00, but it lasts much longer than it takes to drop $3.00 at a game. *** Edited 5/22/2006 5:23:37 PM UTC by RatherGoodBear***
No it isn't. Parks are full of transportation rides that serve no functional purpose. I'm always whining about that. I bet non-functional transportation rides outnumber functional ones (but I'm not going to check to see).
Nothing wrong with traveling through the woods on a dirt path, I'm often walking through the woods on a dirt path anyway.
Yeah, but when was the last time a park installed a transportation ride to nowhere? And I'm not talking antique cars or something like that, I'm talking a transportation ride that takes people on a scenic ride from Point A to Point A without stopping at passthrough Point B. Why does a transporation ride HAVE to go somewhere? If getting there is half the fun, why have somewhere to go? ;)
^Michigan's Adventure's train ride (Timbertown Railway) used to be just a loop, until they expanded it this year to include a second station. But I believe it originally opened within the past 4 or 5 years.
It all depends on the train. Some trains (like Knoebels Pioneer Train) don't need two stops because no one wants to be dropped off in the middle of the woods. Others, like the ones at the Busch parks, need multiple stops because they circle the park and it makes sense. Good that Michigan's Adventure added a second station because it sounds like it made sense.
Park pricing also plays a part. Parks like Knoebels that use pay-per-ride extensively aren't going to see many people use rides just for transportation around the park unless the ticket is for a one-way trip only. The use of rides for transportation works best at parks where everyone pays admission to the park and the admission charge includes the rides.
An example of this is Disneyland's train ride. Years ago this ride required a "D" ticket (just below an "E" ticket in value). Everyone pretty much rode the complete circuit even though the ride had three stations. Now with one-price admission, more people use the ride to go between different parts of the park. Other Disney transport rides such as the former sky ride and the horse drawn streetcar on Main Street were more often used for this purpose because your ticket was good for a one way trip only.
Another park that had a skyride up a mountian is the currently SBNO Ghost Town in the Sky theme park in North Carolina. Since the park was on top of the mountain but the parking was at the foot of the mountain, this ride did serve as transport.
Ghost Town is currently for sale. I believe that the growth and success of Dollywood on the other side of the Smokies was largely responsible for the park's demise under its old management.