I'll post the same thing here as I did about the AOL list:
In reference to the lists of "best whatever" - keep in mind these are just opinions. The same as if we all made lists. They'd all be different.
The main difference between our lists and the ones on AOL and MSN are that it's not any of our jobs to make the list that gets posted to those sites.
In the end it's just the opinion of the person whose job it was to make a list in arbitrary categories of their own choosing. Not every list is meant to be an authority or even proclaims to be.
*** Edited 5/14/2005 3:15:31 AM UTC by Lord Gonchar***
The BEST Six Flags park is Astroworld? I guess the editors of MSN are: A) older than sand, B) picking them from a hat, or C) enjoying elephant ears enough to be rejected on the coasters (See: Intamin restraints).
But again, Astroworld? When is the last time SF has purchased a new coaster at that joint? Vekoma clone in 1999 counts, but does it really?
Again, a good chuckle had by all.
I see a safe, middle of the road, afterthought, fluff piece that's been floating around on the site for years meant to be of meaning to the largest audience geographically. (note the placement of the parks on the map - it covers everyone)
Maybe it's just my heightened mood this week on the cusp of finally getting out to the parks for the first time since fall or maybe it's just another enthusiast thing I don't quite 'get', but I always wonder what the fascination of enthusiasts in ripping apart things written by and geared towards the once-a-year-Joe-GP-Park-Visitor. (like these lists and the old discovery channel specials, etc)
Nothing personal. This is just the thread I in which chose to say my piece. :)
At least they should have ways of backing up their opinion. Or a way of contacting them so that a person can find out what the author's credentials are.
On another note, could this possibly be an advertising scheme?
Can't you understand that? ;)
I have the fotune (or misfortune) of remembering those GP days quite well. I'm 32 and have only been into this on the enthusiast level for 5 years, give or take.
It was just a few years ago that I had no idea many parks existed beyond what was shown on the discovery channel. For example, I grew up in western PA and have lived 25 of my years here and it wasn't until a few years ago I even knew there were 14 different parks in my home state alone.
I think the average person is on that level. They visit their local park(s) once or twice a year, call it a day and forget about it. It's fun, memories are made, all are cool with it.
If anything the list is a meaningless blowoff to enthusiasts and might just be enough to pique the interest of some kid in suburbia who knows nothing beyond the park his parents take him to every summer.
I just don't see the harm.
A. Making sure this isn't seen as a personal attack
B. Venting all my enthusiast/GP issues in one nice package.
Consider it public enthusiast therapy.
Besides the fact that these parks are in large or 'touristy' markets (NYC, Tampa/Orlando, Houston, LA). I'm sure everyone's 'list' is different based on regional opinion. Like Moosh, for example, would probably place Silverwood high on his list, since he's able to visit and has said great things about this park, something that I would be extremely fortunate to accomplish in my life living 1500 miles away. I take his opinion to heart because of his past experiences that he has posted on the Buzz. On this side of the nation, I would place HW high on the list, a park that friends of mine have never heard of, but they are not enthusiasts.
And you're right, Moosh, the list IS wrong. I'm sure of it. ;)
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